*Thank you to Entangled Teen for sending me a copy of Crave along with some Crave goodies! For a full unboxing, check out my bookstagram!*
Overall: 4/5 Stars
Plot and Themes: 4.5/5
Awesomeness Factor: 4/5
Review in a Nutshell: Crave is pure fun. This book has some of my favorite things about the paranormal romance genre, and it got me so hyped for more vampire books.
“I can see something in his eyes. Something powerful and terrible and all-consuming.”
// Content Warning: Violence, Death, Assault, Torture, Panic Attacks, Anxiety, Murder, Illness, Kidnapping/Abduction //
Release Date: 4/7/2020
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Page Count: 592
Crave is a YA paranormal romance book following Grace, a girl who has just lost both of her parents, and is forced to move to an elite boarding school in Alaska, where her uncle is headmaster. However, this school isn’t what she expected, and no matter what she does, she doesn’t seem to fit in. Then she meets Jaxon, a boy who runs hot-and-cold, and is hiding a dangerous secret.
“He turns me inside out with a look, destroys me with a kiss.”
Writing & Setting
The writing in this book is really lighthearted and easy to read. It’s a little more description-focused than dialogue, but Grace’s inner monologue is definitely entertaining. Some of the lines feel a little juvenile, and almost as if it’s trying too hard to appeal to teens, but they’re easy to look past and relatively infrequent. The overall tone of the book is campy and fun, it knows its cliche. This book is very self-aware, and I loved that a lot. Also, can I just mention the chapter titles? They are so fun and I love them!
The setting is really interesting, the school is very atmospheric, and I loved that it’s set in Alaska. There were a lot of things I never really thought of (such as altitude sickness, daylight, etc) that were incorporated into the story very well. It really grounded the book despite all of the fantasy aspects. Speaking of the fantasy aspects, we get a lot of different paranormal creatures in this book and I found them all really interesting. I’m really excited for the sequel, so we can learn more about them.
Crave is a long book, but it really doesn’t feel like it. The chapters are fairly short, and things are constantly happening, making the plot move along easily. The book is fast-paced, but not overly so. Nothing feels rushed. Meanwhile, the plot itself can be a little cliche at times, but for the most part is just fun. It’s like Twilight, but revamped for teens in 2020 (re-”vamped”… get it? I’m sorry I’ll stop). Since the paranormal genre was so over-saturated, it’s hard for them to feel original, but the plot of Crave has enough going for it to make it stand out among the rest.
The characters in Crave are really fun. I liked Grace as a protagonist, and I look forward to seeing where she will go in the next book. I also really loved her dynamic with her cousin Macy, and just Macy as a character in general. Also, Flint. Can we talk about Flint? I loved him so much. He’s an absolutely fascinating character and I really hope we get to spend some time with him in the sequel!!! He’s an extremely well-written character and I am so excited to see more of him.
And finally, we have Jaxon. Jaxon is our main love interest, and while he falls into the possessive alpha-male trope a few times, he also is genuinely caring and has solid reasons when he’s being a little harsh and I love him so much. It’s a refreshing take on the broody love interest that I really enjoyed.
“Everyone answers to me…eventually.”
Pros- Fun, addictive, and easy to read
Cons- Writing can feel a little juvenile
Overall- 4/5 stars.
If you’re looking for a fun read, Crave is the book for you. This book was just what I wanted, and if you’re a fan of paranormal romance, then trust me you will want to read it.
If You Liked Crave, I’d Recommend:
- Velvet (Velvet #1) by Temple West – [ Review ]
- Evernight (Evernight #1) by Claudia Gray
- Vampire Academy (Vampire Academy #1) by Richelle Mead
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