Crave by Melissa Darnell

I bought Crave after Amazon suggestions told me this would be a good book for me. Amazon has yet to steer me wrong, so I took a chance and bought it.

I was a little worried Amazon got it wrong after the first couple pages. It starts out a little awkward and slightly forced. The reveal of Savannah’s identity and the focus on dancing were just a little off to me, and while I understand their need for the rest of the story, I would have liked a little bit more polish to that part of the book.

However, the second half completely made up for the first. As soon as Darnell started in on the romance aspect of the book, I was in love. Darnell used the forbidden love idea that has been so prevalent in young adult books lately, but she made it unique and interesting. She was able to really bring out the emotions she was writing about and use them to make the novel even better.

One other little thing I had a problem with was the constant referring to Tristan’s “player” past. I never really felt like this was a necessary problem and only put in because it’s a young adult novel and that somehow equates to someone needing to play a player role. Tristan never displayed that “love ’em and leave ’em” mentality and I could have done without that being in issue in the novel.

Overall, this was a great book and really drew me in. I can’t wait to read the next installment.

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