**Disclaimer: I was given a free copy in exchange for an honest review from the publisher.**
I’d like to begin by thanking The Fantastic Flying Book Club and Entangled Teen for choosing me to be a part of this tour. Please check out the other stops along the tour for other reviews, playlists, and other fun posts about this book and the author, Tracy Wolff.
Prize: Win a copy of CRAVE by Tracy Wolff (US Only)
Starts: 7th April 2020
Ends: 21st April 2020
Author Tracy Wolf
Release Date April 7, 2020
Publisher Entangled Teen
Description from Amazon
My whole world changed when I stepped inside the academy. Nothing is right about this place or the other students in it. Here I am, a mere mortal among gods…or monsters. I still can’t decide which of these warring factions I belong to, if I belong at all. I only know the one thing that unites them is their hatred of me.
Then there’s Jaxon Vega. A vampire with deadly secrets who hasn’t felt anything for a hundred years. But there’s something about him that calls to me, something broken in him that somehow fits with what’s broken in me.
Which could spell death for us all.
Because Jaxon walled himself off for a reason. And now someone wants to wake a sleeping monster, and I’m wondering if I was brought here intentionally—as the bait.
Be still my vampire romance loving heart. I saw this book and I knew I had to be a part of this tour. I read Twilight when I was 15 and I think that was my first foray into the epic world of YA literature. I was a reader as a child but I strayed away from it in middle school. Finally, an epic vampire saga brought me back to my roots. When I saw the synopsis of this book, it brought back all of the feelings and love I remembered discovering back then.
Some Things I Liked
- The chapter headers. They were witty, hilarious, and just downright amazing. I loved each one and I thought they struck a perfect balance between informative and humorous.
- Jaxon > Edward. Jaxon is my new fictional supernatural boyfriend. DIBS. I loved Jaxon’s character. He was broody and helpful and just all around the stuff of good book boyfriends. I loved his character development and the way he didn’t really keep secrets, but rather, skirted around the truth that was in plain sight.
- Nods to Twilight. Major props to Tracy Wolff and the team at Entangled Teen for using the clear cut comparisons to their advantage. One could easily make arguments for parallels between these stories but I loved the fact that Crave referenced the older vampire saga. I loved that. Now, I’m not trying to compare, but instead, I understand that Grace is working from the same knowledge base that I am as a reader. I’m thinking WWBD (what would Bella do) and so is Grace.
- THAT 👏 BABY 👏 YODA 👏 REFERENCE 👏 It was everything I wanted and more. It was perfection. I loved the analogy (no spoilers, but the reference was really well done).
One Thing I Wasn’t Crazy About
- I’m not a huge fan of slow burn plots. I’m a self-proclaimed detective of motives and I am always trying to guess the plots of stories. Therefore, I don’t do super well with slow burn. My overly-analytical mind is always trying to make guesses about the plot and motivations of the characters (which sometimes end up being wrong), and I ruin the story for myself.
I’m super excited for the next book in this series. I’ve seen on Instagram that not only has the next cover been announced, this is being picked up for a screen adaptation. I think this series has tons of potential and I can’t wait to see where it goes.
I enjoyed this book. The story started out a bit slow but it picked up around halfway through. I’m definitely going to continue with this series and I’d be very interested in trying the audiobook for a re-read before Crush hits shelves.
Recommendations for Further Reading
- Crush (Crave #2) by Tracy Wolff – this one is a no brainer rec, if you liked Crave, definitely add the stunning sequel to your TBR.
- Twilight by Stephanie Meyer – again, this rec should go without saying. Crave actually references Twilight. And, if that’s not recommendation enough, the Twilight series is basically the main reason I fell in love with vampires (longer ago then I care to admit 😂).
- Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead – if you like hot AF vampires, boarding school in the middle of nowhere, and outspoken, kick-ass main characters, try this finished series by Richelle Mead.
Google Books: https://books.google.co.uk/books/about/Crave.html?id=yRmkDwAAQBAJ&redir_esc=y
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