Review: Crave (The Clann #1) by Melissa Darnell

    Crave (Harlequin Teen)
Melissa Darnell; Paperback, 416 pages
Published October 25th 2011 by Harlequin Teen (first published October 18th 2011)
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 loooove that cover, don’t you guys? I’m quite sure you do too, it’s so beautiful, how could you not, right? Now, on to the rest of my thoughts, lol.

This is YA; this YA I enjoyed reading, better said – shocking? Not so much? I dunno. I had a YA-phunk moment this winter, but maybe it’s about to become a memory. I had fun reading this book, I really loved the characters as well, though I will admit in order to truly enjoy the story I pictured both Sav and Tristan as older then they are in the book, that’s my honest truth. Their chemistry just seemed a tad bit more mature then the age they were supposed to have, but then again maybe they’re old souls and etc. My issue with YA is it sets this time-stamp on the relationship in such a way that the chemistry between the characters is most often mature, and the nature of their relationship is mostly mature, but the happenings of the relationship are, you know, young. But what do I know, right, I’m chronically single so I guess I didn’t really get the how-it-works of relationships to begin with. TMI, right? Moving oooon…

The plot was really smart and entertaining, and I had a lot of fun following it. It has just the right tempo for me, a bit slower where it should have been blues, a bit rushy when it should have been tango, a bit of a head rush when it should have been…uhm, fast, lol. I loved the pace of events and the pace of Sav and Tristan’s relationship, it made it feel real and swoon-worthy all over the place, and that’s a really big plus on my part.
The writing was good too, fresh, young, but at the same time giving enough perspective and insight to make this stick in my mind for a while, and I do SO want to read book #2, no doubt about that.

As I mentioned before, the characters were lovely, but they read to me as a bit more mature people then their young ages, but maybe that’s just me being too anal about age groups and romance and stuff like that; their structure was great, their inner conflicts and the resolve of said conflicts were greatly put together, in my opinion making these characters quite memorable without going for the shock-factor in much. Well, you know, aside the PNR part of it I mean, lol.

What made this a 3,5 butterflies read (more then a 3, but slightly less then a 4 though) was the fact that at some point, though I was having a good time, I found myself thinking “This is running a bit long…”, though I wasn’t at any point tempted to put the book down by any means. But the fact I had that thought meant somewhere along the line, more towards the end I’d say but before the big meeting thing (no, not giving details! :P), my chemistry with the book went a bit thin, I usually feel like the book is too short when I’m really 100% into it.
Perhaps a factor in that played the fact that I kept thinking “Am I having a flashback of you-know-what-title or won’t I have one?” a lot, especially near the big meeting moment; I’m not saying this is a look-alike of any title, but I will admit to the fact that many niche novels do tend to have this…likeness in style and registry, you know? Since I’m not necessarily a niche reader, that doesn’t necessarily comfort me while I’m reading. But that goes to say how much fun I did have reading this YA PNR, because me not being an emphatic reader of that niche I did have a lot of fun reading it and I totally wanna read the next book in the series.

One of the things I really liked about this is it was a whole book on its own, you know? At the end there, though there is a bit of an evil cliffhanger (series, what can you do?), it didn’t feel like I read a whole book only to be refused its final resolve exactly at the end – and I did have that feeling at times with some series, especially those that focus on the same character or couple as mains.

So, to wrap it all up, it was a great read, I had a really good time reading it, I do recommend you read it if you like YA PNR, and even if you like just PNR like I do basically it’s a really fun read. Plus, it most likely seduced you right out of your socks the moment you laid eyes on that cover, so don’t hold back, ravish it!



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