Covet by Melissa Darnell

I really liked Crave. I wasn’t sure Covet could top it. I was totally, completely, 100% wrong. As much as I liked Crave, Covet was so much better.

Savannah is trying to deal with her changing body, mind, and life. She had to promise the vampire counsel she’d break up with Tristan, and she has to start learning to deal with her emerging vampire self. On top of that, she has to deal with the Clann members’ prejudices and being a teen in high school. She doesn’t have it easy in this book. And yet, she faces it all with bravery and keeps her strength through the entire book.

One little thing I absolutely loved was that after Savannah and Tristan broke up, they weren’t together again two pages later. Savannah stuck to her decision, knowing that at the time, it was what was best in the long run for every single person involved. As much as she wanted to give in and be with Tristan, she knew too many people would be at risk, Tristan especially. Even though it broke her heart, she knew not being able to be with Tristan, but keeping him alive, was better than giving him and possibly draining him. Her strength when it came to this was amazing.

Savannah’s best friend Anne really steps it up, too, which I didn’t see coming. But I am so, so happy she did. It was one of those things I didn’t realize I wanted until I read it. She doesn’t sit back and play the quiet best friend. She makes herself powerful in her own right.

The Clann series is not about vampires and witches. Those are only the backdrop for a fantastic series filled with tension, growing up and making tough decisions, looking beyond yourself to see what needs to be done, and finding the strength inside yourself to be the person you need to be versus the person you want to be.

Covet was a fantastic follow up novel to Crave. I couldn’t put it down. It’s definitely a must read.

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.