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…
The Clann: Crave (#1)
First off, the beginning hooked me right in.
...I edged closer to my unconscious boyfriend cuffed to a chair nearby. My judges gathered in a tight half circle a few fee away. Probably so they could see me better as I failed their test..
What test? Savannah is a half vampire/half witch. She is shunned by her fourth grade best friends after a mock wedding. She doesn't know the reason for this only that other kids consider her a freak and are told to avoid her at any cost. Savannah does know that her mother was kicked out of the ruling family, the Clann, after her own rebellion which resulted in Savannah's birth.
Later in high school Savannah tries to avoid the continuous taunts against her. That all changes when she starts to 'change' and catches the eye of Tristan, the boy she loved since fourth grade.
I loved the premise of this paranormal. Savannah's struggles to make sense of what is happening to her and why everyone shuns her are very real. Also real is the confusion she feels when her mother and father tell her not to be around any of the Clann especially when she knows they had their own 'Romeo and Juliet' story. Seriously, who wouldn't want to rebel against that?
Also I loved seeing some of the 'changes' which included the eye gaze in which she's able to make any guy her slave just by looking into his eyes. You don't know if in fact Tristan is under her power until later on in the story. And even then it's up in the air.
I did feel though that the story slowed in the middle. The day to day events of high school slowed down the pacing. I wanted to see more of Savannah and Tristan together. When they were around each other, sparks ignited.
Also I felt that the mother kind of just left the story during a crucial time. The relationship between Savannah and her mother added to the story. Having the mother just 'disappear' didn't feel right. Leaving a message on the answering machine didn't do it for me. I wanted to see both of them together, going over Savannah's choices, whether good or bad.
The final climax reveled much of the inner core of Savannah. Will she embrace the part of her that she fears or succumb to a fate worse than her own parents?
Well-written with an unique twist on the whole Romeo and Juliet premise. This kept me reading until late at night. I had to know what happened with Savannah and her choice.
I'm curious what happens in the second book and will check it out. For those who love a forbidden love story, give this story a try. I know I'm glad I did.
Crave by Melissa Darnell (The Clann #1)
January 4, 2013 by Teen Blurb
Crave by Melissa Darnell (The Clann #1)“No, no time for guilt right now. I had to focus on passing this test, and then we could go home. Just one test to pass. A test I was genetically destined to fail.“
-Melissa Darnell, Crave
Savannah Colbert has been a social outcast her entire life. Growing up in a small town where the “Aristocracy” are a group called “The Clann”, Savannsh has no idea why they call her a “freak” and why when she was in fourth grade her best friends turned on her.
Tristan Coleman is drawn to Savannah, like a moth to a flame. Being a the heir to The Clann throne is not what Tristan wants. He wants to be a normal kid and get a football scholarship, but his parents have other plans for him. Tristan keeps trying to stay away from Savannah, but the attraction is too strong.
Savannah discovers a dark secret about her linage-will Tristan still look at her the same way when he finds out? What Savannah doesn’t know is that Tristan has a secret too-one that could tear them apart.
This tale of two star-crossed lovers is “Romeo and Juliet” meets “The Secret Circle”. Melissa Darnell has created a story that has you conspiring with Savannah and Tristan so that they can be together.
You will laugh, cry, fight, and wonder with the characters. Move over Twilight, and welcome The Clann series!
A chapter or two into this book, and I fell in love with the author’s writing. It was really vivid and descriptive and, well, magical. I felt like I was there with the characters, watching everything unfold. It flowed really nicely from page to page, and the speed stayed consistent. This book switched POV’s from Savannah to Tristan, but the switches seemed natural, the flow never once breaking. Normally, forbidden romances aren’t really my thing, but the way the author wrote it made it seem almost fresh and new. She had a web of complicated back-stories, yet she writes it in a way that makes sense, and they feel really intriguing. I felt myself wanting to know more, more, more.
Unfortunately, though the speed stayed consistent, it stayed consistently slow. I felt like Crave could’ve been an introduction or a prequel to an actual novel, as nothing really happened until I was nearly three quarters through the book. So that was about 300 pages of, well, very slow plot development, if any. The publisher’s official summary sounded so promising and had a lot of potential and, reading Crave, I was rather disappointed, to say the least.
I found myself putting this down quite a few times not only because of the pace, but because of the character’s choices, and how everything was set up. Savannah… everything she was told seemed to go in one ear, and come out the other. Frankly, she hardly listened to anyone, and barged headfirst into decisions that seemed obviously wrong.
And, while the back-stories were intriguing and enticing, the actual story at hand wasn’t as intriguing or enticing. The author had created a complicated, magical word of witches, vampires, and mortals. She could honestly expand her story in any direction she’d like. It held so much promise, and I was really looking forward to seeing what she’d do with her story. But here, I found another disappointment. Because the author didn’t really do anything about the vampires or the witches. Most of the plot was centered around Savannah, Tristan, and their forbidden love. Now, I said at the beginning that the author made it seem fresh and new. And, at the beginning, she did. It seemed so out-of-the-ordinary. But as the book progressed, she just seemed to drop back into a typical Romeo and Juliet story, and…
I’ve seen some really high ratings and gushing reviews of this, so I guess I might just be a sour apple and a picky reader? The author’s writing was amazing, and one of the highlights to this story. It has a deep, complicated love story, and a somewhat original idea behind it all. If you’re a fan of paranormal romances, you might want to check this out.
I desperately wanted to fall in love with Crave. My arms were wide open, ready to embrace any twists and turns that came along with the fellow characters within the 400-some page magic and bloodlust novel. The narration switches first-person between Savannah and Tristan, and the first fifty pages were a little info dumpy, but it didn’t deter me from reading because I wanted to see where the book progressed. When the narration switched to Tristan, I was drawn in a bit because the Clann was somewhat intriguing. Sadly, the intrigue got squashed by the characters. I feel like if you take out who is narrating (i.e. Tristan or Savannah) you wouldn’t be able to pick which, their voices way too similar. The dialogue for the most part between all the characters fell in the same category. Except for Anne, Savannah’s loud and confident best friend. Some of my favorite moments were with Anne speaking her mind and bantering with Tristan.
The book was well written (I could picture everything) and there was a strong voice, but that strong voice belonged to each and every character to where I just couldn’t connect to anyone. If the plot was a little faster, I may have lasted longer with the book. But I stopped at a little over two hundred pages. It kills me inside to put a book down, knowing I’ll never come back to it. And it also kills me to give a poor rating when I know the author is talented and poured her heart in this story. I sadly give it two stars, but I do think other readers may enjoy Crave, particularly those who like high school romances similar to Twilight, Gossip Girl, or The A-List series. For me, however, Crave just didn’t make me hungry for more.
Crave had an interesting concept. Sure, there was the typical forbidden love thing going on, and it was full of secret societies, so it's not like it was a new idea, but the way the Clann worked was interesting. They're the typical dictators, in a way, but they were still different. more interesting. They've told every member of the Clann that they're not supposed to have anything to do with Savannah and because of that, Savannah is subjected to bullying every day.
And then she changes. I thought Savannah bought it a little too easily when her parents explained to her that she was becoming half vampire, half witch. She only thought it was a joke for about ten seconds.
Tristan and Savannah were great characters. Tristan doesn't want to follow in his father's footsteps, and in a way, Savannah is the same way. She doesn't want to be what her father is. And I felt bad for both of them - other people kept trying to control their lives.
Crave switched off between Tristan and Savannah's narration, and I just want to say that Darnell did a great job at making their narrations different. Savannah's was smoother, more beautiful, while Tristan's was much simpler. At the same time, though, I felt like something was missing from Savannah's narration. I think it was just because for the first half of the book, I couldn't relate to her. Once she started having more interactions with Tristan, I started to feel a lot better about her. And Tristan? I loved him. Even when he wasn't talking to Savannah, he was still trying to protect her.
The secondary characters are where I really had problems, mainly on Savannah's side. Her best friend, Anne, annoyed the heck out of me. I feel like she always made Savannah sound weak when she was talking about her. And Savannah's mom? Her mom was the kind of parent most teenagers hate and constantly want to rebel against. She was controlling Savannah's life and she was always telling Savannah it was going to be okay. There were times I seriously questioned if her mom was just that naive, or if she was just trying to make Savannah feel better, which I think was pointless considering what was happening.
Overall: I may have had some issues with it, but I really loved the plot, especially the last fourth of the book, which was full of twists. The romance between Tristan and Savannah never felt like it was going too fast or too slow, and Darnell managed to turn a cliche concept into something I found really interesting. 4 stars.