Monday, February 28, 2011

Review of Crave by Melinda Metz & Laura J. Burns

Release Date: Sept. 21, 2010
Publisher: Simon & Shuster
Pages: 256 pages
Genre: Vampire, Paranormal Romance
Rating: 3 stars
Source: Library

Goodreads Summary: Shay has had a rare blood disorder since she was born. In fact, her mother married one of Shay’s doctors, Martin, who left his world-renowned leukemia research to try and figure out exactly what the disorder is and how to cure it. When she turns seventeen, Martin begins to give her new blood transfusions that make her feel the strongest she has ever felt. But she also has odd visions where she sees through the eyes of a vampire.

Review: This book is interesting. In some ways, it is original and different from other vampire books out there, and in other ways, it’s very similar.

Shay has been sick since birth and unable to do things that other girls her age can do and it has made her resentful and bitter. She thinks that her mom and her best friend Olivia are overbearing even though it's clear that they care about her well being. When she starts getting the new blood and the temporary health and strength (and visions) that comes with it, she wants to live life to the fullest which is understandable; her bratty behavior to her friend and her mom is not. Shay’s conduct in the first part of the book is beyond annoying. In her defense, she does mature by the end of the book.

I think how Shay and Gabriel meet, his back story and his family's history is orignal. Shay and Gabriel as a couple is less so. A lot of what Shay does seems like she is crossing things off a bucket list and unfortunately, that includes her relationship with Gabriel. Their romance, both the emotional and physical aspects of it, did not feel very romantic at all.

I still don’t get why Gabriel, a 400 year-old vampire, fell in love with a 17 year-old human girl so quickly. He did find her scent extremely appealing (sound familiar?) but their insta-relationship went against everything he was taught for hundreds of years and yet he was head over heels after a few days.

The book ends with a cliffhanger and a lot of unresolved issues but those issues aside, I will probably read the sequel as I am curious to see what will happen next.

Content: Sex, language (including the f-bomb), teenage drinking and drug use.

1 comment:

Jenny said...

Wow, great review. I had been looking at reading this book (even though it goes against my no vamps rule). This gives me a good idea of whether or not I will actually do so.

Regarding the insta-romance (great word, by the way!) of a 400 year old full of life experience and a naive/bratty 17 year old, I had the same problem with both Twilight & Fallen. It's a bad trend in YA lately. Which probably means this series will shoot into the limelight soon.

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