The moment she steps foot inside, Grace knows there is nothing normal about Katmere Academy, or the students in it. Her uncle’s exclusive and secretive boarding school is the last place she wants to be, but after the tragic deaths of both her parents, she is left with no choice.
Soon she realises she’s entered a world like nothing she has ever known. Shapeshifters, witches and vampires roam the halls, existing in uneasy cooperation. As the lone mortal, the only thing Grace is sure of is that she doesn’t belong.
Then she meets Jaxon Vega, a vampire with deadly secrets who hasn’t felt anything for a hundred years. Something in him calls to Grace – something that could spell her death.
Because Jaxon walled himself off for a reason. And as Grace is drawn further under his spell, she begins to wonder: did she come to Katmere by accident, or was she brought here . . . as bait?
I haven’t read many books from the YA vampire genre and so I was quite excited to read this one. (I’ve always steered clear of them for fear they might be too teenage and angsty for me). As such I read this book with fresh eyes and, as I haven’t read Twilight either, I couldn’t make any of the comparisons which almost every reviewer seems determined to do – there is actually a reference to Twilight in the book which really made me chuckle. Crave surprised me in a way I was not expecting and I’m not ashamed to say I enjoyed it immensely.
Whilst Crave isn’t a literary masterpiece, and the use of popular acronyms scattered throughout the book did in fact reinforce this point, I still feel that the writing style is good, it flows nicely and is easy to follow. The plot is engaging and this coupled with the good story pacing held my interest from start to finish. There are many twists and turns and also the added intrigue and mystery of who is trying to kill Grace. It is set in a gothic castle in snow bound Alaska, the author describes the scenery and setting beautifully and I could sense the atmosphere and feel the sub zero temperatures.
The two main characters are well portrayed. Jaxon is the stereotypical bad boy, dark, secretive and very protective and with a hidden dangerous side. Grace is forthright and says exactly how she feels and there is no holding her back. She is also coming to terms with the death of her parents and dealing with re-locating to new surroundings, the polar opposite of where she originated from. The romance is very good, I loved the interactions between Jaxon and Grace, there is some seriously intense chemistry going on between them and although there is an instant connection when they first meet, there is a gradual build up to them realising their true feeling for one another. There are some fabulous well developed characters in the story, with great personalities. I really enjoyed the extra chapters at the end, it was so interesting seeing things from Jaxon’s point of view. I also loved the comical little chapter headings.
Crave is a long book, but it positively flew by and it’s incredibly addictive. Some of the plot is a little predictable, but with a whole host of creatures and characters, a great romance and lots of plot twists and turns, overall it is an immersive, entertaining read and lots of fun. The ending was not what I expected and left me excited to find out what will happen in the next instalment.
My Favourite Quotes from Crave:
- “There is are no such things as monsters, just people who do monstrous things”.
- “He turns me inside out with a look, destroys me with a kiss.”
- “There’s not much to be afraid of when you’ve already lost everything that matters.”
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
Publication Date: 29 September 2020
Series: Crave Series #1
Page Count: 569
Genre: Sci-Fi & Fantasy/Teens YA
Rating: 5 Stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Thank you to the publisher via Netgalley for my copy of this book (requested after publication).
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