Saturday, December 28, 2013

Crave (The Clann, #1) by Melissa Darnell ~ Review

Source:  Received an eBook in exchange for a fair and honest review.

Savannah Colbert has never known why she's so hated by the kids of the Clann. Nor can she deny her instinct to get close to Clann golden boy Tristan Coleman. Especially when she recovers from a strange illness and the attraction becomes nearly irresistible. It's as if he's a magnet, pulling her gaze, her thoughts, even her dreams. Her family has warned her to have nothing to do with him, or any members of the Clann. But when Tristan is suddenly everywhere she goes, Savannah fears she's destined to fail.
For years, Tristan has been forbidden to even speak to Savannah Colbert. Then Savannah disappears from school for a week and comes back…different, and suddenly he can't stay away. Boys seem intoxicated just from looking at her. His own family becomes stricter than ever. And Tristan has to fight his own urge to protect her, to be near her no matter the consequences….

My Thoughts:

2 stars - I had such high hopes for this one.

Can I just say I was bewitched by the cover and leave it at that?  No, guess not.  My first great love in reading is paranormal.  I've not read as much of it over that last year but I still love it.  As the year ends, I very much wanted to get caught up on some books that have been on my TBR list for way too long and this one jumped to my attention.  It sounds so good.  I love star crossed lovers.  I love the magnetic pull that won't be ignored.  I loved the draw of unknown paranormal.  But I couldn't over come the over 400 pages of story.

Let me start there, the story.  Time.  It's not this books friend.  It jumps around and sometimes I'm left wondering what about.... when the story just jumped 2 weeks or 2 months??  Things would get over looked or brushed aside and time would roll on.  I can't deal with that in a book.  It feels like all these little dangling details hanging out of the pages and I wanted to scream.  Yeah, no dangling details, please.

This leads me to Savannah.  I like her at first but then she just annoys me.  She worries that her gaze is affecting guys she makes eye contact with.  She worries and thinks about telling her dad or trying to figure it out but no she decides to ignore it and hope it goes away.  Waiting longer is better, right.  That's pretty much her strategy throughout the book.  I'll ignore it.  It'll get better on it's own.  This isn't happening to me if I don't deal with it.  It's just the ostridge syndrome.  I really can't deal with that from MCs.

Speaking of her dad, yeah that was weird.  So, if you don't know what this girl is, stop reading now.  The way her dad tells her what he is and how that goes down is like WTH?  It felt so lacking I can't even explain it.  He's like..."I'm a vampire".  Okay, whatever.  That's how it felt.  I need more emotion from books.

Now Tristan.  I loved the Tristan at the end of the book.  He's the only reason I kept reading.  At first, he made me mad.  I didn't like that he left Savannah high and dry in fourth grade but I guess he was a kid.  He grew up and when he finally let himself, he became someone I really liked.  The Clann wasn't going to tell him what to do.  He wanted Savannah, and dang it, he would have her.  I love how determined he was and how sweet he was.  He found ways to make their time together special.  Let me just say that I'll love to share dreams with him any day.

Will I read more? No.  I read the summaries of the rest and, pretty much, have it figured out.  I can't endure the pulled out story for almost 5oo pages twice more even for Tristan.  I'm done.

Not everyone agrees with me.  Check out some reviews below with lots of praise.


About this author

Melissa Darnell is the author of a growing list of adult, New Adult and Young Ault fiction and nonfiction books. Born in California, she grew up in Texas and has also called the following states home since then: Utah, West Virginia, Louisiana, Alabama, Kentucky, Iowa and South Dakota. She currently lives in Nebraska with her husband Tim and two sons, Hunter and Alexander, where she enjoys watching Whale Wars, Defiance, Newsroom and True Blood, and of course writing her latest book.


  1. A lot of the reviews for this have been similar to yours. I have noticed that they get better as the series progresses, though. Sorry this didn't work for you, Pal.

  2. I loved this book! Sorry it wasn't up to par for you.

  3. I hate it when books jump around and it seems like they are skipping things. Also, I like more emotion in a book too. If I can't really feel it, it's not going to have much of an impact on me. Not that I need to be wallowing in my emotions, but a little bit goes a long way to make me feel something for the story and characters. I had been trying to decide whether I wanted to read this book or not, but I don't think it would be for me. Great review Val!!

  4. The cover is striking. Too bad it didn't work for you.