Author: Tracy Wolff
Series: Crave #1
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Audience: Young Adult
Length: 571 pages
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Release Date: April 7, 2020
Source: Giveaway win
Recommended for Fans of: vampires, paranormal fantasy
My whole world changed when I stepped inside the academy. Nothing is right about this place or the other students in it. Here I am, a mere mortal among gods…or monsters. I still can’t decide which of these warring factions I belong to, if I belong at all. I only know the one thing that unites them is their hatred of me.
Then there’s Jaxon Vega. A vampire with deadly secrets who hasn’t felt anything for a hundred years. But there’s something about him that calls to me, something broken in him that somehow fits with what’s broken in me.
Which could spell death for us all.
Because Jaxon walled himself off for a reason. And now someone wants to wake a sleeping monster, and I’m wondering if I was brought here intentionally—as the bait.
VAMPIRES ARE BACK! For me they never left because I have consistently consumed vampire TV shows, but it has been awhile since I read a new vampire book. This gave me so much nostalgia and satisfied a craving for reading paranormal romance I didn’t know I had.
Crave was ridiculously compulsive and readable. Was it a literary masterpiece? No. Could I put it down? Also no. Grace’s narration was so easy to read and felt like being inside my best friend’s head. She had a such a strong voice full of snark and sass and humor, and I also enjoyed the tongue-in-cheek references to other vampire pop culture like Legacies and Twilight. I breezed through this book in less than 48 hours.
Jaxon was a classic tall, dark, and brooding vampire, a mysterious bad boy with both visible and invisible scars. The instant attraction between Grace and Jaxon drove much of the story. I was absolutely here for their slow burning, dangerous romance.
While this was a fresh take on paranormal romance, I still had a lot of questions at the end of the book, particularly about the supernatural lore and the specifics of the villain’s goal. I understand leaving things to be explained later in the series, but I expect more solid worldbuilding from a 571 page book.
A lot of people compare this to Twilight. They are both YA vampire romances, but other than genre and a similar cover design I don’t think they have too much in common. The combination of vampires, witches, werewolves, and DRAGON SHIFTERS is unique, and I can’t wait to learn more about how these species interact, not to mention the aftermath of that major cliffhanger, in book 2!