Author: Tracy Wolff
Series: Crave #4
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Audience: Young Adult
Length: 689 pages
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Release Date: February 1, 2022
Source: Personal collection
Recommended for fans of: Twilight, The Vampire Diaries, Vampire Academy, Legacies
No one survived the last battle unscathed. Flint is angry at the world, Jaxon is turning into something I don’t recognize, and Hudson has put up a wall I’m not sure I’ll ever break through.
Now war is coming, and we’re not ready. We’re going to need an army to have any hope of winning. But first, there are questions about my ancestors that need answers. Answers that might just reveal who the real monster is among us.
And that’s saying something in a world filled with bloodthirsty vampires, immortal gargoyles, and an ancient battle between two gods.
There’s no guarantee that anyone will be left standing when the dust settles, but if we want to save this world, I have no choice. I’ll have to embrace every part of me…even the parts I fear the most.
This was not the best installment in the Crave series, but it was not the worst. It provided an exciting and satisfying resolution to the conflict with Cyrus that would have made a great series conclusion. However, like the previous book Covet, the plot was bloated with filler scenes that mostly serve to extend the length of the book and the series overall and overly complicated world building that rewrites the existing paranormal rules rather than logically developing them.
Tonally, this book was all over the place, and I don’t think it ever found the same balance of cheesy humor and high-stakes action that worked so well in the first two books. Grace’s inner monologue became repetitive and honestly annoying. A new character joined the core crew out of nowhere and was never properly developed. The gargoyles behaved inconsistently. And don’t even get me started on how much I disliked the Impossible Trials.
However, I really liked the ending of this book. The final battle epic. Grace finally reaches a point where she feels confident in herself, her abilities, and her relationship. I also really loved Izzy and wish she had played a bigger role in the story! But with the exception of a few minor things that were left open (Flint and Jaxon???), I don’t think there’s enough left to logically explore in this world to justify continuing the series.