Review: “Crave (The Clann #1)” by Melissa Darnell
Published October 25th 2011 by Harlequin Teen
Review Copy: NetGalley
Description 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.
3 of 5 stars
“Crave” is a story about a young girl named Savannah Colbert and Tristan Coleman, a Clann member. When Savannah was in fourth grade, Tristan told her that he, along with the twins, was no longer allowed to talk to her. She didn’t understand why, all she knew was that she was losing her best friends. But Tristan and the rest of the descendants were forbidden to speak to Savannah because she imposed a threat upon them – her father is a vampire and her mother, a witch (a member of the Clann, until she was forced out).
When Savannah finds herself at home sick for a week, her mother, nanna, and father try to explain to her that she’s experiencing a change. They aren’t sure whether she’ll change into her vampire half or her witch half, so it’s important that they keep an eye on her. Savannah thinks it’s all a joke at first, until she sees the changes for herself – her eyes which seem to daze people, her ability to sense emotions, and her new physical found abilities (which improve her dancing almost overnight). When her gaze gets her into trouble, Tristan finds himself desperate to help her, not caring about the consequences.
“Crave” is ultimately about a forbidden romance and a young girl trying to fit in. Watching as Savannah and Tristan manage to find their ways back to one another makes for an interesting read. The desperation of both characters, how much they want to be together even though they know it’s impossible – it’s really well done. Sure, “Crave” isn’t perfect, but you’ll still find yourself lost within Savannah and Tristan’s story. And that ending is sure to leave you wanting more.
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