(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...
The Short Story? – A forbidden love story with a supernatural twist. Darnell has written an interesting debut laced heavily with romance and the paranormal. Great characterization and beautifully written, told from duo perspectives Crave is a unique story about the value of love and how far you would go and what sacrifices you would make for the one you love.
The Long Story? – Crave focused heavily on the love between Savannah and Tristan. While I enjoyed the romance overload, I didn’t enjoy the shallow plot. In terms of a plot, there really wasn’t much of one. The story was going around in circles and getting nowhere. It’s a long novel and for a story with so little action, I thought a whole chunk of novel could have been cut out. Darnell had a massive build up for the ending that sounded like it was going to be spectacular and it turned out to be good but not as amazing as I thought it would be – it was a very short ending for such a big build up. Crave was a solid read, there were enjoyable moments and the romance was very nicely written. Darnell has such beautiful prose and I know lots of readers did enjoy it but I’m a little disappointed in the plot (or the lack of one).
The characterization was done well though. I had a little hissy fit over the age of the characters, I thought they were too young but that’s just me and my age prejudice :P Savannah was easy to relate, she is bullied and I think that’s an issue teens can relate. I’m a little skeptical about the lack of a reaction upon discovering that she not human. However the rest of her personality and her actions really brought out what a nicely developed character she turned out to be. I really liked Tristan, I love my fictional boys to be manly and possessive and totally handsome. Tristan was all of that but he was also hopelessly romantic and his love for Savannah really showed. I think Darnell did a really great job with the characterisation.
I can’t but be a little disappointed in the plot but Crave was a good novel. Darnell has written a very beautiful love story about a forbidden romance and the sacrifices one has to make to be with their loved one. If the opportunity showed, I definitely would recommend you guys to read the book because while it might not have been my cup of tea, there are plenty of people out there who really enjoyed Crave!
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