Craved (Gwen Sparks Series, #1)

Craved (Gwen Sparks Series, #1)

by Stephanie Nelson

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BN ID: 2940152191400
Publisher: Stephanie Nelson
Publication date: 07/25/2011
Series: Gwen Sparks Series , #1
Sold by: Draft2Digital
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 116,383
File size: 652 KB

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Craved 2.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Suzeequee More than 1 year ago
$180.99 for the book? How come B&N doesn't catch crap like this?!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book has it all, paranormal creatures, romance and humor. Absolutely loved it!
Mebuffy More than 1 year ago
The book is written from Gwen’s point of view, so we get to follow along with everything as if we were living it, which is how I like it. We’re set in a supernatural town, Flora, so there are all kinds of magic and powerful creatures for us to get in trouble with. Gwen herself is a witch, so when witches start turning up dead, this is of great concern to her. She also has the rare gift of being able to see the memories of the dead, with the help of her faithful cat. This comes in handy to help out with the investigation, however this also brings her much too close to her ex, being that he’s leading said investigation. In addition to that, the ghost of one of the victims won’t leave her alone, and keeps dragging her into the deathly realm, robbing her of much needed rest, and often leaving her with more questions than answers. Besides the mystery part of the story, we have the romance aspect. There’s all kinds of spicy tension with her ex, but there’s also the sexy, infuriating, and very cocky vampire, Aiden. He has vowed that it’s only a matter of time before Gwen is his. Naturally this creates disputes between those that would protect her, or seek her for themselves. The overall plot is very good, with a few twists that you don’t see coming, but there are also the predictable ones. The love triangle thing is handled pretty well with only the occasional urge to slap someone upside the head. I did feel that maybe Gwen gave into Aiden a little easily, but then he’s pretty hot, so I can’t say how long I would’ve held out either *grin*.  My only issue is that while there’s a whole world of creatures to choose from, we still primarily deal only with witches (and warlocks), shape shifters, and vampires. I’m hoping she gets more of the others involved in the next book!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Gwen Sparks is a witch living in the otherworldly town of Flora, an enclave of witches, vampires, faeries, and werewolves where no humans are allowed to visit except on one weekend a year. She reads in the paper that a witch was found dead in a ditch, drained of blood, but the local police are encouraging people not to assume that it¿s a serial killer. Gwen, unable to stand by while witches die, decides to offer her unique ability to learn the last thoughts of the dead to aid in the investigation, thrusting herself into a dangerous police case where she must work with her ex-boyfriend (a werewolf), appease her new boyfriend (a vampire), and avoid being next on the killer¿s hitlist. Reading the description, I had high hopes for this book and this author. Unfortunately, the reality did not meet up with my expectations. The premise of the story was unbelievable. Gwen is an untrained civilian with no offensive magical capabilities. Yes, she¿s helped the police in the past using her abilities, but I have to assume it was at their request and on a limited basis. It is completely unreasonable to expect cops to welcome a civilian as a full partner in an investigation, yet on this case Gwen manages to insert herself into the center of the action, not only reading the victim¿s last thoughts, but going out with the cops to interview suspects and research leads. Beyond the initial setup, the story also suffered from predictable characters, stiff and immature dialogue, repetitive and unnecessary descriptions of character motives or behaviors, and a lack of a magical system that leads me to believe this was a first effort by an otherwise unpublished author. I would certainly encourage Ms. Nelson to keep trying, but unfortunately, CRAVED could have used more work before hitting the virtual shelves. (Note: I read the digital version, which now appears unavailable: Nov. 7, 2011).
Anonymous More than 1 year ago