Thank you so much to Entangled Teen for giving me an eARC of this book! All thoughts and opinions are my own.
Overall: 5/5 Stars
Plot and Themes: 5/5
Awesomeness Factor: 5/5
Review in a Nutshell: Crush was everything I wanted it to be, and so much more.
// Content Warning: Violence, Death, Genocide (Mention), Murder, Anxiety //
Release Date: 9/29/2020
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Page Count: 704
Crush Takes place a few months after the ending of Crave. Grace is back, but she doesn’t remember what had happened to her. Now, she needs to know what happened, and what she is, so she can save those she loves.
Writing & Setting
This book really fleshes out the world we were introduced to in Crave. We learn so much more about the different magical beings, the history behind them, and the politics of their world. I loved this deeper dive.
Meanwhile the writing style is very similar to that of Crave; it feels almost fanfiction-y, but in the best possible way. It’s easy to read and get immersed in.
This book is just fun. It did not feel like a 700 page book. The pace is very fast, with constant action (or buildup). I couldn’t put it down. I also could not stop smiling. Seriously, I was enjoying myself way too much while reading, but I’ll get into the reasons for that later.
There were quite a few twists in this book that I did not see coming.Crave was a little bit more of your typical YA paranormal romance (but much more self aware). Crush then took that formula and flipped it on it’s head.
Now for why I was smiling.
I won’t go into spoilery details, but we get to know a new character in this book and yes, I am in love with them. The banter between this character and Grace was hilarious, and I loved their dynamic so much. Again, I don’t want to go into spoilers here but seriously I did not expect to love this person as much as I did.
Meanwhile, our cast we know from the first book gets even more development. Grace is a great protagonist, but I really loved the direction Jaxon and Flint’s characters went in Crush. You learn more about them, and it’s so interesting to read about.
Pros- New favorite character, the direction the romance is going in!!
Cons- That last line is killing me. These cliffhangers are just getting cruel
Overall- 5/5 stars.
Crush is pure serotonin. I couldn’t stop smiling the entire time I was reading it. I can’t wait for the next book!
Bonus! My Thoughts While Reading
If you finished Crush and want to know more of my thoughts on it, I wrote down my reactions as I was reading it. I shared it in my Goodreads review (linked here) if you want to check it out! It’s hidden under spoiler tags because, well, it basically spoils the entire book.
If You Liked Crush, I’d Recommend:
- Velvet by Temple West – [ Review ]
- Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead
- Evernight (Evernight #1) by Claudia Gray
What’s the most recent book you read that just filled you with joy?