Crave (Crave, 1) Hardcover – Import, 7 April 2020
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- Item Weight : 635 g
- Hardcover : 592 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1640638954
- ISBN-13 : 978-1640638952
- Dimensions : 15.01 x 4.72 x 21.36 cm
- Publisher : Entangled: Teen (7 April 2020)
- Reading level : 14 - 18 years
- Language: : English
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Tracy Wolff has definitely put her all into this book to keep you riveted. It was a true entertainer (a term I never thought I'd use to describe a book) but that's what it felt like. It felt like I was reading a book that was just so entertaining and enrapturing that I couldn't look away--whether or not there is something predictable happening. I think I can safely say I was definitely lost in the story so much that I was utterly incapable of guessing anything until just before it could even take place. I was wholly with Grace as her story unfolds.
The story pretty much dives (hehe) into gear as soon as it starts and pretty much all the important characters are introduced earlier on and I felt no confusion as to who was who. While I wasn't all that moved by Grace's relationship with her cousin, Macy, I definitely think that Macy has done her best to support and help Grace throughout her stay at Katmere Academy. Grace's uncle, Foster, however I had warm feelings for because Grace always remembers her father around him and that's just both a sad and sweet emotion. It was lovely that Grace had family that watched out for her (*cough* gave her a lot of privileges *cough*), had her back no matter what and never pushed her on anything. Though, I will agree, despite the strangeness of some of the benefits and outs Grace always had, her situation was rather different than those around her.
Grace was whose head we are in the whole book and I think what may put off some people was how that made the narration sound. It sounded exactly as you would expect it to if you were inside the head of a young girl. This could both endear you to her and pretty much have you disliking her voice, depending on the reader. But I was rather comfortable because I could imagine someone her age thinking of and being absorbed by certain thoughts. Strangely enough her relationship with Jaxon was something I surprisingly enjoyed. It was rather organic and natural and though I wouldn't describe it as insta-love, I would definitely call it insta-connection, which created a very nice gentleness within both of them when around one another. Speaking of gentleness, Jaxon himself surprised me; I truly was expecting a hot-again-cold-again Edward Cullen redo, but I really didn't expect what Jaxon brought to the table. I was surprised to feel through the pages that Jaxon actually seemed much much older and wearier than someone his age, he was hurting, self-loathing (of course), but definitely gentle and at no point did I doubt that he was fond of Grace.
There is much that is left to be explained, but I presume the sequel will help up understand more of Grace and Jaxon and their story. The last perhaps ten percent left me reeling with the action and gore and I hadn't expected it in the least. The surprise and minor cliffhanger has me excited for Crush to know where Tracy Wolff is going to take us next!
Four stars! I would definitely recommend if you're looking for a paranormal romance with steaks of familiarity and lots of magic and mayhem. Go in with an open mind. Happy reading! Be safe <3
Received an ARC.
The simple yet gorgeous cover was the primary reason I picked up this book. I kind of went into this book blindly. No Synopsis reading or anything. I mean c'mon! You don't even have to! The whole cover and the title itself gives it away!
It practically screams VAMPIRE!
So if there are vampires then surely werewolves aren't far.
The plot is kinda very typical. The whole book gives you twilight-ey feels if you know what I mean though it's not really twilight. Maybe.
Anyway the characters include the same old dark, handsome brooding vampire, a mundane human girl bringing light to his darkness and a psychopath who wants to destroy them... you get the gist?
The characters are quite predictable.
The fact that all of this happens in an academy is a plus point for me.
There are many steamy scenes(not that steamy, mind you!) in between ( of course! It's a paranormal ROMANCE!)
I really don't like how the author subtly tries to portray a strong female protagonist when everything about her says naive, clueless, ignorant and damsel-in-distress. So there's that!
Nothing much can be said about the whole story without reading the second Book.
All in all it's a good trash and I am willing to read the second book.
Sincerely looking for the second book.
The story is told in the first person perspective of a seventeen year old girl Grace who moves from San Diego to Denali after her parents' death to live with her only uncle and cousin in Katmere Academy, a boarding school where her uncle was Principal.
Her plan was to blend in among students and complete her education peacefully there, but it seems impossible when she received a warning to leave the school as soon as she entered, and all other students seems not to like her for some unknown reason. Then there is Jaxon Vega, the most powerful and dangerous boy in the school towards whom she feels a pull despite knowing that he's untouchable and is hiding a dark secret.
The story continuous on as Grace discovers the secret of Katmere Academy and the creatures surrounding her, and realises she might have been stuck between a mighty paranormal war.
I'm a sucker for vampires so yes I loved the book. Its like Twilight but with more sass, feminism and badass characters. If you are a fan of Twilight then you'd definitely like it. Its not best out there but definitely suitable for fun reading.
The book is really captivating and development of characters were amazing. It clearly shows how inspiration was drawn from Twilight, from the cover to the plot but, its definitely better than it. The setting is cliche, a human in school full of paranormal creatures located in middle of nowhere, falling for the vampire prince and not giving up on him despite knowing everything. But, the author did amazing job in writing it. You won't see any overflowing cliches anywhere. I loved the descriptions provided. And the ending blew me up. I never thought something like that would happen.
I loved how Grace handled everything emotionally and always have a current state of mind even at the worst situations, especially during the last chapters. Her jokes were the worst but I still loved it. I loved how Macy tried her best to make her happy and always supported her wholeheartedly. I however didn't like Jaxon Vega much. At least not as much as I thought I'd in the beginning. I mean yes he's the Vampire prince, very dangerous and powerful who could literally shake the earth, and ofcourse an eye treat but still somehow I don't like him as much (please don't hate me 😂) .
I definitely got frustrated during first few chapters but it really got interesting after that. Especially after Grace came to know everything, it's a roller coaster ride. The reason I took down a star is because of the insta love thing. I'm not a fan of insta love and here the romance is way too rushed. Grace was literally obsessed over Jaxon after she met him for the first time. Teenagers do not get obsessed with anyone whom they met for first time, let alone over a stranger. Although I liked how the author has put on few deep feelings about love and life amidst Grace's roller coaster of emotions.
It's not everyones' cup of tea but I'd recommend to at least give it a shot. And if you have started it recently or going to start it the please have patient during the first few chapters and restrain yourself from dnf-ing it, or else you're going to miss the actual fun and action. Its definitely worth it.
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£6 isn’t a lot but it is for this book. Honestly don’t waste your time. I got halfway through and gave up.
I’ve read countless books, many following a similar idea as this one. Some are drivel, some are torture, some are mediocre and a few are superb.
This was torture. My brain is aching from the abuse.
Plot - non existent
Characters - so cliche and stereotypical. There was not one character I could remotely like. If you want a prime example of one dimensional characters, read this.
World building - none
Predictable - 1000%.
Our main character is Grace. We meet Grace just after the death of her parents in a car accident, as she is moving into her Uncle’s boarding school, Katmere Academy, in Alaska to continue her education under the guardianship of her Uncle and the friendship of her cousin Macy. Grace soon comes to the attention of the bad boy at school, Jaxon, and she feels instantly attracted to him. As expected by the blurb in the book, it’s not all as it seems and we soon realise that there are strange forces at play and that someone is trying to kill Grace.
Is this book a mashup of Twilight and Harry Potter? Yes.
Are the characters stereotypical? Yes.
Is the storyline predictable and nothing new or original? Yes.
Did I devour the book in two days and think about it when I wasn’t reading it? Yes.
Although this is nothing new (just a few f-bombs that Twilight and Harry Potter doesn’t have) I was absorbed by the story. The characters are predictable and pretty unimaginative, the scene setting isn’t awesome - all we are told about her beautiful Alaskan setting is that it is cold - the strong bad boy falling for the fragile human girl has been done 100 times before BUT this book had something. I don’t know if it was because I was looking for something easy and effortless but there was something that kept me reading.
Grace was annoying but strong, Jaxon was self-obsessed (so much so that Grace actually calls him out on it) and there are ridiculously sloppy scenes that go on forever. But the death of Grace’s parents was handled well, there was a well written fight scene, an interesting twist, a hint of more surprises to come and it ends on a great cliffhanger.
I think you just need to enjoy this book and go with it, if you compare it to others or overthink it, you will be disappointed and will miss out on a solid read. It’s only got a PG rating, so nothing too sexy happens but there is a biting scene that I would argue was on the edge of probably what is allowed within that rating.
There are 3 bonus chapters at the end of 3 of the scenes told from Jaxon’s POV which gave an interesting spin, although I didn’t miss the fact that Twilight did this too. I won’t rush out to buy the next book in the series but I will add it to my wish list.
I read this book at the beginning of lockdown after being stuck in a massive reading slump for years. This book reignited my love of YA books and fantasy! It's such an addictive read - I couldn't get enough! I've already pre-ordered the sequel, Crush.
The story follows Grace who finds herself at Katmere Academy, her Uncle's boarding school in Alaska, and totally drawn in by the school's most well known student, Jaxon Vega. But, in true YA Fantasy fashion, things are not as they seem...
The characters are fantastic - Grace is very likeable and understandable, Jaxon is every YA fantasy reader's dream and we see other characters, like Flynn and her cousin who add nicely to the mix. We have a range of mythical creatures represented at the school, including one that's very unique! (I'll not spoil that)
I adored the three chapters at the end that conveyed pivotal scenes from Jaxon's POV - it was a welcome bonus!
A well-written and enjoyable book!