Crave (Clann Series#1)

Crave (Clann Series#1)

by Melissa Darnell


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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….

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780373210350
Publisher: Harlequin
Publication date: 10/25/2011
Series: Clann Series , #1
Edition description: Original
Pages: 432
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.20(d)
Age Range: 14 - 17 Years

About the Author

Melissa Darnell is the author of a growing list of adult, New Adult and Young Adult fiction. Born in California, she grew up in East Texas and has also lived in Utah, West Virginia, Louisiana, Alabama, Kentucky, Iowa and South Dakota. She now lives in Nebraska with her awesome husband and two boys, where she enjoys watching Defiance, Game of Thrones, Da Vinci's Demons and True Blood. Visit her online at

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The last day I was fully human started off like any other April Monday in East Texas. Oh, sure, there were all kinds of warning signs that my entire world was about to come crashing down around me. But I didn't recognize them until it was too late.

I should have known something major was wrong when I woke up that morning feeling like utter crap, even though I'd just snagged a full nine hours of sleep. I'd never been sick before, not even with the flu or a cold, so it couldn't be anything like that.

"Good morning, dear. Your breakfast is on the table," Nanna greeted me as I shuffled into the kitchen. As usual, she was the ultimate in contradictions, her voice and smile a Southern mixture of sweetness and steel. Like your favorite old baby blanket wrapped around a mace. "Eat up. I'm going to go find my shoes."

I nodded and plopped down into one of the creaky chairs at the table. When it came to cooking, Nanna rocked. And she made the absolute best oatmeal in the world, maple and brown sugar with a ton of butter just the way I liked it. But it tasted like flavorless mush today. I gave up after two bites and dumped it in the trash can under the sink seconds before she came back.

"Finished already?" she asked before slurping her tea. The sound grated over my nerves.

"Um, yeah." I set the bowl and spoon in the sink, keeping my back turned so she couldn't see the blush burning my cheeks. I was a horrible liar. One look at my face and she'd know I'd just thrown out the breakfast she'd made me.

"And your tea?"

Oops. I'd forgotten my daily tea, a blend that Nanna made just for me from the herbs she spent months growing in our backyard. "Sorry, Nanna, there's no time. I still have to fix my hair."

"You can do both." She held out my mug, her cheeks bunched into a bright smile that didn't do much to disguise the snap in her eyes.

Sighing, I took the cup with me to the bathroom, setting it on the counter so I could have both hands free to do battle with my wild, carrot-colored curls.

"Drink your tea yet?" she asked ten minutes later as I finished taming my hair into a long ponytail.

"Nag, nag, nag," I mumbled.

"I heard that, missy," she called out from the dining room, making me smile.

I chugged the cold tea, set down the empty mug with a loud thump she'd be sure to hear, then headed for my bedroom to grab my backpack. And nearly fell over while trying to pick it up. Jeez. I must have forgotten to drop off a few books in my locker last week. Using both hands, I hefted a strap onto my shoulder and trudged back down the hall.

Nanna was at the dining table digging through her mammoth purse for her keys. That would take a while. "Meet you at the car?" I said.

She gave an absentminded wave, which I took for a yes, so I headed through the living room for the front door.

As usual, Mom had been on the couch for hours already, talking on her cell phone while drowning in stacks of paperwork and pens she'd be sure to lose under the sofa cushions by the end of the day. Why she couldn't work at a desk like every other safety product sales rep was beyond me. But the chaos seemed to make her happy.

Even as she ended one call, her phone squalled for attention again. I knew better than to wait, so I just waved goodbye to her.

"Hang on, George." She hit the phone's mute button then held out her arms. "Hey, what's this? No 'good morning, Mom,' no hug goodbye?"

Grinning, I crossed the room and bent over to hug her, resisting the urge to cough as her favorite floral perfume flooded my nose and throat. When I straightened up again, my back popped and twinged.

"Was that your back?" she gasped. "Good grief, you sound worse than your nanna today."

"I heard that," Nanna yelled from the dining room.

Smothering a smile, I shrugged. "Guess I practiced too much this weekend." My beginner ballet and jazz classes would be performing in Miss Catherine's Dance Studio's annual spring recital soon. As the days ticked down to my latest impending public humiliation, I'd kind of started freaking out about it.

"I'll say. Why don't you take it a little easier? You've still got two weeks till the recital."

"Yeah, well, I need every second of practice I can get."

That is, if I wanted to improve enough to avoid disappointing my father yet again.

"You know, killing yourself in the backyard isn't going to impress your father, either."

I froze, hating that I was so transparent. "Nothing impresses him." At least, not enough to earn a visit from him more than twice a year. Probably because I was such a screwup at sports. The man moved like a ballroom dancer, always light and graceful on his feet, but I didn't seem to have gotten even a hint of those genes in my DNA. Mom had tried enrolling me in every activity she could think of over the years to help me develop some grace and hand-eye coordination…soccer, twirling, gymnastics, basketball. Last year was volleyball. This year it was dance, both at Miss Catherine's Dance Studio and at my high school.

Apparently my father was fed up with my lack of athletic skill, judging by Mom's argument with him over the phone last September when I began dancing. He really didn't want me to take dance lessons this year. He must have thought they were a waste on someone as uncoordinated as me.

I was out to prove him wrong. And so far, failing miserably.

Mom sighed. "Oh, hon. You really shouldn't worry so much about making him happy. Just dance for yourself, and I'm sure you'll do fine."

"Uh-huh. That's what you said last year about volleyball." And yet, in spite of taking her advice to "just have fun," I'd still ended up hitting a ball through the gym's tile ceiling during a tournament. When the broken pieces had come crashing down, they'd almost wiped out half my team. That had sort of ended the fun of volleyball for me.

Mom bit her lip, probably to keep from laughing at the same memory.

"Found 'em!" Nanna sang out in triumph from the dining room. "Ready to rock and roll, kid?"

Sighing, I pulled up my backpack's slipping strap onto my shoulder again. It scraped at my skin through my shirt, forcing a hiss out of me. Youch. "Maybe I should grab an aspirin before we go."

"Absolutely not." Nanna strode into the room, keys jingling in her hand. "Aspirin's bad for you."

Huh? "But you and Mom take it all the t—"

"But you don't," Nanna snapped. "You've never taken that synthetic crap before, and you won't start polluting yourself with it now. I'll make you more of my special tea instead. Here, take my purse to the car and I'll be right there."

Without waiting for a reply, she shoved her forty-pound purse into my hands and headed for the kitchen. Great. I'd be late for sure. Again.

"Why can't I just take an aspirin like everyone else in the world?"

Mom smiled and picked up her phone.

Four very long minutes later, Nanna finally joined me in the car. She thrust a metal thermos into my hand. "There, that ought to fix you right up. Be careful, though. It's hot. I had to nuke it."

I bit back a groan. Nanna hated the microwave. The only button she'd learned how to use was the three-minute auto-heat. I'd be lucky if the tea cooled off at all before we reached my school, even if it was a ten-minute drive.

We lived in a small, somewhat isolated nest of houses five miles outside of town. As I blew on my tea to cool it, I watched the rolling hills pass by, dotted here and there with solitary houses, big round bales of hay, and cows in all shades of red, brown and black. Out here, the thick pine trees that had once covered all of East Texas had been cut back to make room for ranches that were now broken only by rows of fences, mostly of barbed wire, sometimes wide slats of wood turned gray by time and the weather. You could breathe out here.

But as we neared the city limits, the strips of trees became thicker and showed up more often, until we passed through a section of nothing but pines just before reaching the junior high and intermediate schools. The first traffic-light intersection marked the start of downtown Jacksonville, where all of a sudden it became nothing but streets and business after business, mostly single-story shops and a few three- and four-story buildings for the occasional bank, hotel or hospital. And more pines winding around and through every area of housing large and small, even butting up against the edges of the basket factory and near the Tomato Bowl, the brownstone open-air stadium where all the home football and soccer games were held.

I used to love my hometown with its cute boutiques and shops full of antiques where Nanna sold her crocheted designs. I even used to love the town's ribbons of pines and the way the wind in the trees added a subtle sighing to the air. When the fields of grass and hay turned brown and dead in the winter, you could always count on the pines to keep Jacksonville colorful all year long.

But the town's founding families, locally referred to as the Clann due to their Irish ancestry, had ruined it for me. Now when I heard the wind in the trees, it sounded like whispering, as if the trees themselves had joined the town's grapevine of gossips. Those gossips had probably produced the long line of famous actors, singers, comedians and models that Jacksonville's relatively small population of thirteen thousand residents was so proud of. Growing up here, where everybody talked about everybody else, either made you want to live here forever or run away and become something special just to prove the gossips and the Clann wrong.

I wasn't sure I wanted to be famous. But I definitely wanted to run away.

We made the daily turn through the neighborhoods that led to Jacksonville High School, the drive made shady by still more pines and a few hardwoods that lined the modest streets. And then the blue-and-yellow home of the JHS Indians exploded into view, its perimeter choked by woods thick and shadowed, and I felt my shoulders and neck tense up.

Welcome to my daytime prison for the next four years, complete with a guard shack and a guard who lowered a heavy metal bar across the driveways on the dot of 8:00 a.m. every weekday, forcing you to accept a tardy slip in order to gain entrance when you were late. Unlike a teacher who might be convinced to let you slide, the guard was notoriously without mercy, ruling our school's entrance as if it were the gates to some medieval castle.

If JHS were a castle, then its royalty would definitely be the twenty-two equally merciless Clann kids who ruled the rest of the campus.

The Clann kids had probably learned their bullying tactics from their parents, who ran this town and a good portion of Texas, inserting themselves into every possible leadership role from county and state even to federal government levels. Local rumor had it that the only way the Clann could do this was by using magic, of all things. Which was total bull. There was nothing magical about the Clann's power-hungry methods. I should know. I'd had more than enough of their kids' idea of "magical" fun at school. After graduation, I was so out of here.

While Nanna pulled up to the curb by the main hall doors, I sucked down a quick slurp of tea, adding a burnt tongue to my list of pains for the day.

"Better take that with you." Nanna nodded at the thermos. "You should feel it kick in pretty soon, but you might need more later."

"Okay. Hey, don't forget, today's an A day, and I have algebra last period, so—"

"So pick you up in the front parking lot by the cafeteria. Yeah, yeah. I'm old, not senile. I think I can keep up with your alternating A-B schedule." Her twinkling green eyes nearly disappeared as her plump cheeks bunched higher into a wry smile.

The front parking lot was closer to my last class on A days. The first class in five years that I'd shared with Tristan Coleman…

"Savannah?" She shifted the car into Drive then looked at me with raised eyebrows, a silent prod to get moving. I climbed out into the pine-scented warmth of the morning, shut the door and gave her a wave goodbye.


His name echoed through my head, fuzzing up my mind with old memories and emotions. An answering tingle rippled up the back of my neck and over my scalp. Ignoring it, I stuffed the forbidden thoughts back into their imaginary box and turned to face the main hall doors. The day was sure to be miserable enough without my stewing over backstabbing traitors like him.

Sure enough, I shoved through the main hall's heavier-than-normal glass front doors and slammed right into the Brat Twins, two of the Clann's worst members. Yep, the perfect start to a fabulous day.

"Watch where you're going, idiot!" Vanessa Faulkner said, brushing off imaginary dirt from her latest Juicy Couture purse.

"Yeah, try looking before you just barrel in," Hope, her mirror-image sister, added. She reached up and patted her perfect platinum curls, the tiny mole to the left of her smirk the only difference between the two sisters.

I glanced around. We already had an audience for my daily humiliation. Great. My hands itched to try and smooth my own wild curls as my stomach twisted into knots. Why did the Brat Twins have to treat me like this? Just because I couldn't get a tan? Because my hair was the wrong color, too frizzy, not shiny enough?

"Well? Aren't you at least going to say you're sorry?" Vanessa demanded.

For a moment, the anger drowned out everything else. What would happen if I slapped that smirk off her face? She couldn't go crying to her precious Clann for the usual revenge. Nanna was retired, Mom worked for a Louisiana-based company and my father owned a national historical-home restoration business. The Clann couldn't touch my family.

Or could they? Several members of the Clann were politicians at the federal level. And Louisiana was within easy reach of East Texas. So maybe they did have enough connections to at least get Mom fired. Crap.

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Crave 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 175 reviews.
JodyFL More than 1 year ago
Crave drew me in and made me hungry for more. Set in the small town of Jacksonville in East Texas, Crave is a paranormal romance for teens that takes a new twist. Most of the area is controlled by the Clann. The Clann are descendants of Witches and Warlocks. They have powers and are in control both politcally and socially. The kids of the descendants rule the school especially Golden Boy, Tristan Coleman who is the son of the Clann's leader. Tristan is a football star and Savannh's secret crush who is totally off limits. Savannah Colbert is a normal teenager with a close group of friends. She and the Clann kids have grown up together and used to be friends until 4th grade. At recess, Savannah and Tristan pretended to be getting married but the next day Savannah was shunned as a freak. Since then, Savannah has gotten used to the teasing and bullying that happens by the Clann but never really understood what happened. She becomes ill and finds she is part Vampire and part Witch or a Dhampir. She is the only known child of a vampire. Vampires and the Witches have an age old hostility and her parents violated rules to be together. Both societies are afraid of Savannah's powers or that she will tip the scale for the other side. Savannah begins to have strange symptoms that she cannot control. She afraid to ask her Dad about anything because he reports to the Vampire Council who practically want her dead. She is afraid someone will attack her Mom and Nanna if she exhibits too many powers and is strictly forbidden to do magic or consort with the Clann. Tristen is also drawn to Savannah but knows his parents strictly forbid him to be around Savannah. Tristen is sweet, romantic, and protective of Savannah. Savannah tries to stay away from him but Tristen is everywhere and decides he wants to see her. He even starts showing up in her dreams. There romance will make your heart swoon with the flutters of first love. At times, their relationship seems so starcrossed and hopeless but just meant to be. Crave will leave you wanting more and I can't wait to continue Savannah and Tristen's romance in Covet.
iheartyabooks More than 1 year ago
Crave set my heart on fire with this beautiful, forbidden love between Savannah and Tristan. Melissa Darnell has written a irresistible love story. Crave is a totally forbidden Paranormal Romance to the fullest. I definitely got my romance fix. Savannah and Tristan's love doesn't come without consequences, and they're of the deadly kind. Darnell's Crave is a deliciously intoxicating romance. Savannah is a hard-headed sixteen-year-old who has loved Tristan since fourth grade, but Tristan is a descendant of The Clann, and is forbidden to have any contact with her. Savannah's mother has been cast out by the Clann. So for six years, Tristan has not talked to Savannah even though he's loved her, too. Right before Savannah's sixteenth birthday, she gets horribly sick, and her mother finally has to tell her the truth of who and what Savannah really is. With that truth, Savannah finds out the only boy she's ever loved and will ever love is her forever forbidden. Tristan is sixteen, and for the last six years, he's lived by the Clann's number one rule: stay away from Savannah Colbert. Tristan can't deny his love for Savannah any longer. Even when he finds out the secret about savannah, Tristan's loves her, and is even more determined to protect her and fight for their love. Crave is romance, romance and more romance. I love Tristan's strong conviction and commitment to his love for savannah. Tristan never doubts or gives up. I highly recommend Crave has a must read
BookPortrait More than 1 year ago
I was drawn to this book because of its cover and its synopsis. Magic, secrets, forbidden love...Crave promised all of these great aspects of a paranormal story. I had high hopes for this book, but in the end I found myself a bit let down. Savannah Colbert has spent her entire life in Jacksonville, a small East Texas town ruled by the Clann. Although she used to be friends with Clann members, including Tristan Coleman, they were forbidden from speaking in the fourth grade. Since then, Savannah has stuck with a small group of non-Clann friends, though she still didn't feel like she truly belonged. And then a sudden illness sends Savannah's life spiraling in a new direction. Suddenly she's being given explanations that couldn't possibly be true...only they are. As Savannah tries to deal with their implications, she can't help but find herself drawn to Tristan more and more, despite what her family might want. And maybe, just maybe, he wants her as well. But would the consequences for giving in to him be disastrous? Like many books, Crave has its strong and weak points. It took me some time to get into this story. After Savannah's illness, I was hoping that things would pick up, and they did, but only for a while. Then things became more intense again toward the end. However, there was a long portion in the middle that seemed very bogged down with day-to-day events - namely, Savannah's work with the Charmers. I think that some of the more mundane activities could have been omitted, as well as some of Savannah's worry; at some points I found myself thinking that I had just read the same exact passage a few pages before. In addition, I was unsure sometimes as to whether I was reading a paranormal or contemporary book. I would have liked to have seen the paranormal/magical aspects of the story fleshed out a little more. However, there were some things I did enjoy about this book. Crave is narrated by both Tristan and Savannah, and I liked seeing their dual perspectives. Savannah is a strong character who does try to do the right thing, both for herself and for others. While she's not immune to worry and moments of self-pity, she's also not afraid to stand up for herself. There was also the romance aspect of this book. Tristan was incredibly endearing, and some of the moments between him and Savannah are very sweet. I also liked some of the minor characters, especially Savannah's friend Anne, whose no-nonsense attitude but loyalty made her a friend you would want to have, and Tristan's sister Emily, whose intelligence and caring gets Tristan out of more than one scrape. Also, even though Crave is the first book in a trilogy, it doesn't end with a complete cliffhanger; events are wrapped up, though the story is far from over. Even though I had some issues with this book, the premise behind it is still interesting and I think that the next book has the possibility of being more exciting. If you like a sweet romance sprinkled with a dash of magic, then Crave will appeal to you.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Overall, it was okay but there were many things that really annoyed me. For one thing, i kept finding grammatical errors. As a junior in high school, i found it amazing that she made so many dumb mistakes. And i don't know if this is true or not, but i now picture the author as an older woman because of her lack of technological knowledge and the word choice she gives her teenage characters. She makes them seem like they live in the 90s or something. Finally, Savannah got really annoying. Everything was really predictable, and most of the time I found her logic totally backwards. I had to roll my eyes a few times when she was being an oblivious idiot. I'll admit, it wasn't all bad but i don't think i'll be reading the second one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It does start off slow but it will get better and you will love it! Can not wait for the next book!!!
mrsClarke More than 1 year ago
i had picked this book because I'm a total witch and vampire addict but then I started reading it and it reminded me of a cheap beautiful creatures with the incubus the couple who just couldn't be together i was just so mad I felt like I was reading the same book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I liked the fact that it was BAM i love and want to be with u forever even though i dont know u at all kind of book. The love birds had history together so that was a plus but i guess i gave it two stars cause there was alot of in between stuff that really had no meaning and i could have saved alot of time cause dont get me wrong i love a long book just keep me intersted with something exciting! But over all ok besides the end kinda twilight new moon ending if u asked me just that shes a vampire saving him instead of the other way around!
sunshinejenn03 More than 1 year ago
This is a tough review to write. Crave was okay, but it didn¿t blow my mind. It is almost entertaining and put-together enough to deserve more than 2 stars, but it¿s definitely not a 3, in my opinion. Overall, it felt more than a little bland, even though it was enjoyable at the same time. Ever read a book like that? Crave is one of them. I HAD to finish it, because I needed to know what happened next, but it came so close to being a DNF several times. Savannah Colbert is a freshman at Jacksonville High School in eastern Texas and a social outcast (per the cool kids in school, aka The Clann Kids who were her besties until they all dumped her in the 4th grade). She¿s not good at anything physical, be it sports, dancing¿anything. She lives with her mother and grandmother; her father is distant and seemingly uninterested in her upbringing, and yet still, she flourishes with the friends she does have and the family who loves her. Until she gets very, very ¿sick¿ and things begin to change. She begins to change. All of a sudden, boys notice her, she can ¿gaze daze¿ them, she can dance (and beautifully!) and she¿s not so clumsy anymore. Even her father finally takes notice. I had high hopes for this book. The blurb was enticing and the cover is just awesome (I mean, look at it, it¿s so pretty!). But it disappointed me a little bit (okay, a lot). I think Crave would have been better off written in the 3rd person, because the author shifts 1st person point-of-view between Savannah and Tristan (the other main character and Sav¿s love interest since, like, forever), to let the reader dive deeper into the mind of Tristan and his thoughts. I enjoyed getting to know Tristan, but overall, I think it compromised the integrity of the story. There were also a few inconsistencies throughout the novel: for instance, there are numerous references that Tristan is a ¿player¿ and is always trading in girlfriends every couple of months, however there is no actual proof of that in the book, nor does his character show any signs of that anywhere during the sections where we are seeing things from his eyes. BTW, I really do not like shifting 1st-person POV. I seriously wish books came with warnings: ¿BEWARE! This book contains dual 1st-person!¿ I know I¿ve said it before, but please, authors, why? Why???? *cries* Savannah also strikes me as a weak character. She was very whiny throughout the story, couldn¿t really hold her own without supporting characters and was generally kind of uninteresting. I actually liked Tristan more, even though he was a little girly for me. I know this is a story about 14-year-olds, but it was really stretching it. At one point in the story, Savannah wants Tristan to prove she didn¿t ¿gaze daze¿ him by leaving her alone, then she whines that he isn¿t interested in her anymore because ¿ HE LEFT HER ALONE LIKE SHE ASKED HIM TO. Are you kidding me? Overall, the story isn¿t bad. Inter-paranormal species child comes into puberty and drama ensues. I just wish it had been more enjoyable. I¿ve seen others¿ reviews saying it seemed like a mash-up between other YA/PNF novels and I have to agree. It¿s part of a series and it was just good enough that I may pick up the second one. That is, IF I¿m really feeling it or I¿ve got nothing else to read. But hey, different strokes for different folks.
princess_sara More than 1 year ago
I was attracted to this book and after reading the description I decide I had to read it. Thankfully I was not disappointed. This book had a great twist on the supernatural and magic. The romance was great with a big obstacle in the way that the players don't even realize is a problem right away, at least the girl, and the boy isn't telling what he knows. This book left me craving for the next one!
theduchessmommyreads More than 1 year ago
When you're getting to the last twenty or so pages in a book and are getting bummed because you know it's about to end - THAT's when you know you've found a winner. Finding out that said book is part of a series - awesome! For me, CRAVE was that winning/awesome book. Just take a look at my statuses while reading: Pg.29: "?Cover-Love?" Pg.167: "Makes me wish my lunch break was a full hour." Pg.343: "Oh sleep, why do you need me like I need you??? I want to keep reading this!" Pg. 360: "Add Tristan to your top Book-Boyfriends. ?" Pg. 375: "Just found out this morning there will be a sequel - Awesome!" The 'American Beauty'-like cover baits you, but the story is what keeps you reading. Savannah and Tristan's story is reminiscent of Romeo & Juliet. With parents that forbid them to associate with one another, the author gives the reader both Savannah and Tristan's POV's, letting us discover the feelings they have towards each other are genuine and undeniable. Author Melissa Darnell has created characters that are not only like-able, but stay with you well past the pages. Never mind that they're witches and vampires, these are teens you would find in any high school setting and I'm sure you can think of someone in your class that fits the roles Darnell described. Writing this review, I've had a difficult time coming up with words that would be worthy the five out of five stars I give it. I didn't even bother with a description of the story line because I don't think I could have done a better job than the summary put out by Harlequin's marketing team. I am EAGERLY awaiting the release of COVET expected in 2012. I just hope its early 2012!
absconditas on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A bit young for me, but cute nonetheless. Our heroine is a smidge immature but if you want something light and fluffy this might be the book for you. There're witches, shades, vampires so there's plenty featured in this title to satisfy your supernatural cravings. As stated in previous reviews, there isn't much to make this book stand out, unfortunately. It had a lot of potential. the cover sure is pretty, though.
Bookswithbite on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is another great book I had the pleasure of reading and love. The author, Ms. Darnell did an amazing job in capturing the characters, their world, and the rules that lye within it. I was very satisfied that I had found a Savannah, that no only had backbone to her, but her fierce loyatly to her loved ones made me smile.What I liked most about this book is the greatly written characters. Both characters Savannah and Tristan showed great developmental traits in their characters as well as power. They used their brains and their heart to fight. As always said, two is better than one.The plot line of this book had me excited. Every turn of the page was a new rule, a new trial for them to go through, but it did not stop them of who they are. They made their way through lots of distractions. But I believe these distractions will give them the strenght the need to endure to the end. I loved all the action, the fighting, the tense moments of love and lust. So much working against them and for them, made my heart thump hard in my chest.Crave is a powerful written novel that captures the reader right away. Ms. Darnell wastges no time is grasping the reader and pulling them into the story. You will fall in love with the world Ms. Darnell created. Filled with love, action, forbidden love, and characters that break the rules, Crave will leave you wanting more!
DamarisGCR on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I promise you that when you pick up Crave you will not be able to put it down. The opening alone will have you glued to the pages. The world that Darnell has created is nothing like I've read before and it was so refreshing to read something totally different than what I had expected it to be. I knew that it had to somehow do with Vampires, but trust me when I say that it was so much more than that. It's a very unique story and super entertaining.Crave is full of secrets, magic, and lots of forbidden rules that Tristen and Savannah just love to break. It's fast paced and put together really well. Not once was I lost or confused about anything. Melissa Darnell has a great imagination and a way with words. It was not hard at all to picture the characters, events, and emotions that were described in the book.Tristen will climb so far under your skin and into your heart that you will be begging for more Tristen at the end of the book. Savannah is so lucky! I wanted to somehow climb in the book and get rid of her and take Tristen for myself. He was strong, kind, dependable, tender and oh so sexy. Here is a small sneak peek into Tristen's mind.SPOILER FREE*** This is actually part of the opening for Crave.TristanEven in the middle of a noisy mass of students, one girl's laugh grabbed my attention.I couldn't figure out how she did it. The hallway was loud, with at least a hundred students all talking and yelling in a space only a few yards wide and a hundred yards long. But every time Savannah Colbert laughed, the husky sound somehow managed to reach out and twist up everything inside me.I and all the rest of the descendants of the Clann had been forbidden to have anything to do with Savannah. Supposedly she was a dangerous influence or something. Whatever she was, she was definitely on the Clann's list of social outcasts. And Mom made sure I knew it, too, constantly pounding it into my head for the past five years to "stay away from that Colbert girl."And yet I couldn't stop myself from turning to look at her now.I loved everything about Crave. But the romance between Tristen and Savannah was what I loved most. The only issue I had was that there were times where I felt the story got a little to kiddie for me. I also would have liked Savannah and Tristen to be a bit older. There is a part in the story where they go through something serious and I felt it was just a little much for their age. But this did not, for one second, ruin the story for me.I give Crave 4 out of 5 Stars!
mt256 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Savannah Colbert is your not so average teen. She lives with her mom and her grandmother, who watch her like a hawk. Most of the kids at her school hate her for no apparent reason. In fact the 'Clann' kids go out of their way to make Savannah's life miserable. However after a mysterious virus takes hold of Savannah, things start to change for her. Not only physically but mentally as well. Unexplained things start to manifest into Savannah's life. She just wants to fit in. She wants to reconnect with her once best friend, Tristan. Tristan is sort of a celebrity in this town. He's being groomed for a prestigious position but he's drawn to Savannah. Their relationship is forbidden which makes their attraction so much harder for both of them.Crave by Melissa Darnell is a novel that delves into the paranormal and mystical intrigues of a small town run by a mysterious Clann. Savannah and her mom have been on the wrong side of the Clann for unknown reasons. Savannah's father has not been very supportive or present in her life for years. Anger and resentment toward these people have haunted her for years. Darnell reveals a glimpse of the mysteries a little at a time. This keeps the reader interested and invested in Savannah's life. Although this is a good story it is predictable at times. The author explores Savannah's insecurities, immaturity, and vulnerability at a good pace. I did appreciate the growth of Savannah's character throughout the novel. Overall this is a novel that is hugely entertaining. It has everything from family drama to star crossed lovers. It is endearing and funny and definitely worth it to read.
duchess_mommy on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
When you¿re getting to the last twenty or so pages in a book and are getting bummed because you know it¿s about to end ¿ THAT¿s when you know you¿ve found a winner. Finding out that said book is part of a series ¿ awesome! For me, CRAVE was that winning/awesome book. Just take a look at my statuses while reading:Pg.29: ¿¿Cover-Love¿¿Pg.167: ¿Makes me wish my lunch break was a full hour.¿Pg.343: ¿Oh sleep, why do you need me like I need you??? I want to keep reading this!¿Pg. 360: ¿Add Tristan to your top Book-Boyfriends. ¿¿Pg. 375: ¿Just found out this morning there will be a sequel ¿ Awesome!¿ The `American Beauty¿-like cover baits you, but the story is what keeps you reading. Savannah and Tristan¿s story is reminiscent of Romeo & Juliet. With parents that forbid them to associate with one another, the author gives the reader both Savannah and Tristan¿s POV¿s, letting us discover the feelings they have towards each other are genuine and undeniable. Author Melissa Darnell has created characters that are not only like-able, but stay with you well past the pages. Never mind that they¿re witches and vampires, these are teens you would find in any high school setting and I¿m sure you can think of someone in your class that fits the roles Darnell described. Writing this review, I¿ve had a difficult time coming up with words that would be worthy the five out of five stars I give it. I didn¿t even bother with a description of the story line because I don¿t think I could have done a better job than the summary put out by Harlequin¿s marketing team. I am EAGERLY awaiting the release of COVET expected in 2012. I just hope its early 2012!
bkwormblogger on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Thank you to Net Galley and Harlequin Teen for allowing me to review this book.So the two warring factions, Vampires and Witches (the Clann) have both agreed to a Treaty. The Vampires stay away from the Clann and vice- versa. Except a miracle happens and a vampire and witch have a child (about a billion to one probability).Savannah has grown up in the same town all her life. In 4th grade her best friends were the Clann¿s sons and daughter¿s, when suddenly, after a mock wedding between Savannah and Tristan, they¿re all told by their parents to stay away from the `Colbert¿ girl.From here on in, Savannah makes her own life away from the Clann and leads a relatively normal life at that. Except she feels a stabbing pain in her stomach whenever Tristan is nearby. Bloodlust? Witchy charms? Or just a love connection? This is the story of Crave.If you love a15 year olds High School Paranormal Romance then this book is for you. If you prefer something a little older, then you¿ll hate this book.The premise of the story is great and Savannah really draws you into her world. We also get to read what happens from Tristan¿s POV also which is a nice touch.The pros of the story are these. It¿s a nice, sweet story. Nothing major happens until near the end. The build up is steady and Savannah is not the kind of girl to break rules set by her family. She even gets the boy in the end but at a price.The cons. Well, there¿s a few story issues, or just issues, I can¿t decide which. Firstly, the eye-gaze thing. Can you really go out with a boy for 5 months and NEVER look him in the eye? When you catch someone¿s attention its eyes all the way for me. And it¿s not just the guy she dated. She doesn¿t look at anyone in the eye. Wouldn¿t someone be trying to get you to the nearest eye specialist if you never looked at anyone properly?This part of the story troubled me because we evolve through life learning to judge people¿s actions and reactions from eye contact so if you never looked anyone in the eye how do you learn.The second thing for me was while I enjoyed the story (and didn¿t go to school in the US) the normal everyday stuff seemed to take up too much space. Just walking up stairs to set up for the Charmers, the dancing thing, and the Manager stuff. It was all a bit too much of ¿ordinary. Some of this could have been cut out I¿m sure, but instead we¿re left with reading someone¿s everyday diary instead of a paranormal romance.That being said I DID enjoy this book and would be keen to read the next one. The writing is okay but not outstanding. I wanted to feel a little more emotion from Savannah but I guess because she¿s so young, maybe she doesn¿t understand her own emotions yet? Especially as she¿s part witch, part vampire and in love with the enemy¿..
summerskris on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
In a way, Crave reminds me of Tris and Izzie. While the two books are their own separate entities, both involve female heroines who are just coming into their abilities, abilities that have been hidden from them for most (in the case of Izzie), if not all (in the case of Savannah), their lives. Both have tantalizing covers, and both were a little disappointing to me. The story is told from the alternating perspectives of Savannah and Tristan. I enjoyed looking through both of their viewpoints, as it allowed me to view them without the biased filter of the other. However, the transition from viewpoint to viewpoint wasn¿t always smooth and often occurred multiple times in one chapter. Overall, it seemed more as though Savannah and Tristian were narrating the events and their reactions to their surroundings. I had a hard time relating to the characters. Savannah bought into her heritage a little too easily, doubting her family for maybe a minute. She believes that everyone is against her, something I can sort of understand, but came out as rebellious. I think it¿s either because not enough time is spent exploring her thoughts and emotions, or because her thoughts and emotions come off as childish. As for Tristan, he comes off as too chivalrous at times and too immature at others. He wants to protect Savannah, yet he ignores her for a full seven years before suddenly deciding to ignore the Clann rules to be with her without considering her feelings. She pushes him away repeatedly, yet he continues to push forward and convinces her to give in and rebel against her parents, who just might be trying to protect her from getting hurt. I really did enjoy Crave; however, it¿s just that: a book that I enjoyed, but which didn¿t have many memorable moments for me. The most unique parts were the supernatural creatures. I do like Darnell¿s interpretation of witches and vampires. However, the plot didn¿t seem to have much depth to me, and the story wasn¿t always running picture clear to me.
Bookworm_Lisa on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Savannah is growing up in a society that is ran by the Clann. Everyone adheres to what the Clann wants, and the clan has hurt her.The Clann is an elusive group that you become a member of by birth. They control things in Government, Society, School, etc. They Clann has decided that she is not good enough to have their children befriend. She has become a target for ridicule and scorn.But there is Tristan, he is the son of the leader of the Clann. He is kind to her and protective of her. He tries to defer some ridicule and he always remembers that she was his best friend when they were in fourth grade.This book is about the clash between vampire and witch worlds. Savannah is the bridge between the two. She is half vampire and half witch. She doesn't fit in to either group and is watched with interest and loathing.Somehow Tristan and Savannah need to find a way to have their two worlds meet so that they can be together. Until then, they keep their love a secret.I enjoyed the story. It is told from both Tristan and Savannah's point of view. The story moved at a nice pace and was fun to read. There isn't content that I find objectionable. There are kissing scenes and mild swearing.
karen813 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Crave by Melissa Darnell is a YA paranormal romance and while it has a few unique elements it is a fairly standard example of the genre. Savannah and Tristan grew up together and were best friends until 4th grade when their families inexplicably forbid them to be friends. Along with Tristan, Savannah lost all of her childhood friends and from then on finds herself an outcast. Tristan's family leads the Clann, an all-powerful group in their town made up of people with special powers. Although forbidden from interacting with each other, Savannah and Tristan find themselves drawn to each other and must figure out why they cannot have a relationship. There were several things I liked about this book and a few things that I didn't like. First, I liked the forbidden romance aspect, Savannah and Tristan and perfect starcrossed lovers and you can't help but root for them to find happiness. I also liked that Tristan had powers as well. It was nice to see each main character have their own power, I liked that everyone believed that the magic existed and we didn't have to go through the usual shock about the paranormal existing. I also liked the shifting points of view, I love having a peek into all of the characters heads! There was a lot to like about Crave but there were a couple of things that I didn't like. I didn't like how Savannah was kept in the dark for most of the book. All of the adults were very secretive in the book and while I understand their motivations it was annoying that no one would give any information out. My other complaint is rather vague, I just didn't feel connected to the characters. I liked the story and the romance but I didn't feel as invested in Savannah and Tristan as I would have liked. I'm not sure why the connection wasn't there but it did somewhat affect my overall impression of the book.All in all a good read and I'm curious to see what happens next.Review based on a copy of the book provided by the publisher via NetGalley.
Coranne on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Taken from my blog:I chose this book to review from Net Galley. I wasn't entirely sure what to expect, other than I knew vampires were involved and that Clann sounded a little Irish. This is absolutely a book that I would put into the "read to relax and just enjoy a good book variety". It didn't challenge my mind about questions about human ethics or make me wonder what life would be like if a huge bomb exploded and killed everything but one town (or something else as drastic). This book was what I love in fiction- being transported into someone else's life and feeling the passion and heartbreak of a girl with her first love. When you are younger- everything feels so much... MORE. (I think I sounded like my mom there.. whoops). The emotional rollercoaster that the author took me on was crazy- and crazy good. I loved that the main character, Savannah, was not about to be pushed around by other people. There are moments in the book that mirror an almost abusive relationship. I know that some may complain that "Oh it took this big strong man to save her". I don't take that at all. Abusive relationships are real and in most cases, it takes the action of an outside person to help. Savannah is a strong character who finds herself with powers that make life hard for her. It was interesting to read about a vampire with powers that are not completely welcome, and that hurt Savannah as much as they help her.If you are used to my blog, you know that I won't give away spoilers or plot details, but this book is set to be the first book in the series (The Clann). You can assume then that you will not get a neat, all loose ends tied up ending.
psteinke1122 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Savannah isn¿t sure why all of her best friends suddenly turned against her back in 4th grade. One day they were all best friends and were staging a pretend wedding between her and Tristan and the next day she no longer existed. Now Savannah is in high school, still pining for Tristan, and still wondering what happened.Now as Savannah is going through puberty, she is going through some major changes, and her family tells her the truth¿so many truths and now it¿s painfully clear what happened back in 4th grade. But it doesn¿t change the fact that she is still pining for Tristan and Tristan seems to be going out of his way to be in her presence¿but that truth remains and Savannah knows she should stay away from Tristan. But what can you do when your head says one thing, and your heart says something completely different.I started this book to find out what happened in 4th grade¿but stayed to see how it was all going to play out. While we never did really find out what happened in 4th grade, it was implied. I¿m also still waiting to see how it¿s all going to play out¿can you say ¿series¿¿I knew you could!One of my all-time favorite stories is ¿Romeo and Juliet¿ and this story definitely has that feel. The families descended from The Clann¿and this one little family where Savannah¿s parents did the whole star-crossed lovers thing before she was born. Yes, history is repeating itself in a big way. You can¿t help but feel for Savannah¿her family has been keeping some major, life-altering secrets from her, and as a result she is basically a pariah. Tristan is in the same boat¿he doesn¿t know what the deal is either. He just knows he is just as drawn to Savannah as he was back in the 4th grade¿only know he is old enough to start asserting his wishes over those of his parents.Savannah is very endearing. You sympathize with her as the ¿outsider¿. Then again when she has to battle between head and her heart. Tristan is completely and utterly charming¿you can¿t help but fall in love with him¿and any guy who will beat up his best friend for being an @$$hole is OK in my book.The story has it¿s predictable moments, but overall a very enjoyable and engaging read. I look forward to the future to see where we go after that cliffhanger.
Zoey_Talbon on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I just want to say that I really like the cover. No idea why, I just really do.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.
nlsobon on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
¿Crave¿ is a story about a young girl named Savannah Colbert and Tristan Coleman, a Clann member. When Savannah was in fourth grade, Tristan told her that he, along with the twins, was no longer allowed to talk to her. She didn¿t understand why, all she knew was that she was losing her best friends. But Tristan and the rest of the descendants were forbidden to speak to Savannah because she imposed a threat upon them ¿ her father is a vampire and her mother, a witch (a member of the Clann, until she was forced out).When Savannah finds herself at home sick for a week, her mother, nanna, and father try to explain to her that she¿s experiencing a change. They aren¿t sure whether she¿ll change into her vampire half or her witch half, so it¿s important that they keep an eye on her. Savannah thinks it¿s all a joke at first, until she sees the changes for herself ¿ her eyes which seem to daze people, her ability to sense emotions, and her new physical found abilities (which improve her dancing almost overnight). When her gaze gets her into trouble, Tristan finds himself desperate to help her, not caring about the consequences.¿Crave¿ is ultimately about a forbidden romance and a young girl trying to fit in. Watching as Savannah and Tristan manage to find their ways back to one another makes for an interesting read. The desperation of both characters, how much they want to be together even though they know it¿s impossible ¿ it¿s really well done. Sure, ¿Crave¿ isn¿t perfect, but you¿ll still find yourself lost within Savannah and Tristan¿s story. And that ending is sure to leave you wanting more.
jackiediorio on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
"Crave" is about a teenaged girl who wakes up one morning and finds out that she a half witch, half vampire hybrid, and the one boy that she's head over heels for is the one boy she can't have. Not to mention that, but if she looks any guys in the eye they develop a crazy, weird obsession with her, which can lead to assault and dangerous, abusive behavior. And if that isn't enough, she's an oddiity that both vampires and witches are afraid of, and she might be tested or killed by either group if she does something accidentally.Another addition to the popular "teen paranormal romance" lexicon, "Crave" is mildly entertaining, but not a stand out from its peers. Teenagers that delight in the teen paranormal romance genre may enjoy it, but it is definitely not good enough to warrant the attraction of any readers outside of that field. "Crave" could have a place in a school or public library if the selection of paranormal romance is low; there's no need for it in any kind of academic library.
rhonda1111 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Reveiw: Crave by Melissa Darnell 4 STARSI had to wait to read this book for awhile till I was in the mood for it. Then I did not put it down till I finshed reading it. Still want more of the story so I think their will be another story or at least hope so.Savannah and Tristan got married in 4th grade recess and her best friend where twins. The next day no one could associate with Savannah and they could not tell her why.The Clan founding members settled this part of Texas and their were a lot of rumors about them. The Clan families where in leadership everywhere. The Clan adults told their children to stay away from Savannah. Some of them took instead to teasing her, insulting and pushing her around.Savannah always knew when Tristan was nearby she would get sick to her stomache. Tristan could always pick her laugh out of all the noise in school.They had math together every other day and had to sit next to each other. Than one day Savannah got really sick and stayed out of school for a week. Tristan tried to find out she was but no one would tell him.After a few days Savannah woke up and her dad,mom and grandmother were around her bed. They had to tell Savannah the truth about herself and her dad. Her dad was a vampire and mom a witch. A member of the clan till they were kicked out. The vampire and witches have had many wars and their was a peace treaty but no one wanted the two to get together. Everyone thought vampires could not have children but Savannah was born. They had to promise she would never learn magic and had to stay away from the clans.Each side was afraid she would be a weapon against other side. So her parents tried to keep Savannah from puberty but now she had to have spells taken off her. When she went back to school she had changed. Had to wear new bras and shirts to fit her new body. Hair color got more healthy, Boys were flirting with her. She could read emotions.It was harder to stay away from Tristian. Tristian could not keep attention from Savannah and when boys would become stalking her Tristian learned to make charms for her and sneak them in her backpack. Everyone was watching Tristian and Savannah making sure they kept apart.Its a little like Romeo and Juliet but more dangerous all around. I hope to read more books by Melissa. I was given this ebook to read in exchange for honest review from Netgalley.