Tuesday, 7 February 2012

#54 Book Review: Crave

Crave (The Clann #1)
Release Date: November 1st 2011
Author: Melissa Darnell
Publisher: Harlequin Teen Australia
Source: Publisher for Review
Format: Paperback
Where to Buy: Amazon & The Book Depository
More Info: Goodreads

Summary from Goodreads:
Savannah Colbert has never known why she's so hated by the kids of the Clann. Nor can she deny her instinct to get close to Clann golden boy Tristan Coleman. Especially when she recovers from a strange illness and the attraction becomes nearly irresistible. It's as if he's a magnet, pulling her gaze, her thoughts, even her dreams. Her family has warned her to have nothing to do with him, or any members of the Clann. But when Tristan is suddenly everywhere she goes, Savannah fears she's destined to fail.

For years, Tristan has been forbidden to even speak to Savannah Colbert. Then Savannah disappears from school for a week and comes back…different, and suddenly he can't stay away. Boys seem intoxicated just from looking at her. His own family becomes stricter than ever. And Tristan has to fight his own urge to protect her, to be near her no matter the consequences...

My review:

The cover is what made me really intrigued to read this book. I love the girl's white dress and her back is to us, as if she is headed to the woods by herself. The cover makes me really intrigued to find out what the book is about!

4 Forget-me-not flowers for the cover!

A craving so bad you can't stop...

Savannah never understands why the Clann hate her, especially when she's very attracted to Tristan Coleman, the child of the Clann's leader. But when she gets 'sick' for a week, she suddenly experienced a change and she becomes more and more attracted to Tristan. Their relationship is forbidden. Will they fight their family to be together?

I've heard mixed things about this book. Some really enjoyed it, some didn't quite like it. I got worried that I will not enjoy this book as well but when I finished reading this book, I actually enjoyed it! The first thing that made me enjoy this book was the fact that I couldn't guess what's the problem with Savannah when she was away for a week from school and the paranormal element in the story. Crave is written from two perspectives: Savannah and Tristan. I like how we get to read from both side of the characters and understand what they think about each other and their lives. I really enjoyed reading the relationship between Tristan and Savannah but I did felt that it dragged for a bit too long, with more than half of the book exploring how Tristan is attracted to Savannah but is forbidden, how he decides to break the rules, how Savannah is not convinced but then convinced to go out with Tristan. I felt that it could have been kept a little shorter because this book is actually quite thick. The exploring of the characters development throughout the story felt like the main focus in the book and this book may have been more enjoyable if it focused in other problems such as the Clann, rather than just Tristan himself.

I really enjoyed reading about both characters and understanding them. Savannah never thought she was something more and that her life would change since the sickness. Her feelings was clearly written in the book that we can feel what she's feeling. Tristan was a very great character who really loved Savannah and dared to break the rule for the first time. Both characters' relationship were explored really well. This book really focused on both characters so we didn't really get to read more about other characters, but I enjoyed reading about Savannah's grandma, mother, father and friends!

Crave is a captivating story of forbidden love with a paranormal twist and a very detailed exploration of the characters' relationships. I did get to read an excerpt of Covet, the sequel in the book and I can't wait to read it. This is recommended for those who enjoy reading about forbidden love and depth characters exploration with a sweet romance!
4 Forget-me-not flowers for Crave!

Thank you to HarlequinTeen Australia for the review copy!

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