Monday, January 23, 2012

Crave by Melissa Darnell

Crave (The Clann #1) - Melissa Darnell
Release Date: October 25, 2011
Publisher: Harlequin Teen

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…. -

I want more RIGHT NOW!!  Great book.  It had just about everything you need to make a perfect mix.  The adventure/mystery in the story was there, with Savannah having to figure out the changes in herself, what's going on with those around her, and where her family comes from.  Then there's the aspect of her being an outcast among her peers.  She has one or two people who like her, but it must be strange to go to school and know that everyone hates you, and not in the regular, (normal?) 'kids can be so cruel' variety.  More like a 'we have a strange, unknown vendetta against you and would be perfectly happy to see you dead' kind.  Then she has some pretty weird changes going on in her body (don't think puberty, think paranormal).  And then... there's the strange, undeniable, and unctrollable attraction and emotion she feels toward the leader of the kids that hate her...Tristan.  And his for her!  What a combination.

This book just worked for me.  In every way.  I was utterly captivated and sucked in from the very first page, the first sentence!  And I stayed up all night to finish reading it.  I'm not sure what it was that made it so perfect for me, but it just had that indefinable magic to it (no pun intended) that made it compelling and made me unable to put it down.

Savannah is a strong character, interesting, and Tristan was just absolutely adorable, sexy, honorable, and intriguing.  Where this story takes them was shocking, and I hate that it ended there!  I want more!  I have got to find out what happens next. 

Great story, awesome, fluid writing with great pacing.  Put this one on your To Be Read pile and you won't regret it.  I can't wait for the next one, Covet, coming out some time this year. 


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