Review: Crave by Melissa Darnell

(The Clann #1)
By: Melissa Darnell
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Published: Oct. 25, 2011
Genre: YA Fantasy

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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….


In fourth grade Savannah went from having a mock wedding with Tristan to having him and all of her friends from the Clann ignoring her. Savannah had no idea why all of her friends turned against her but she has grown accustomed to it, so it comes as a surprise when Tristan starts being nice to her again.

This story is your typical Romeo and Juliet forbidden love with a paranormal twist. Savannah is told to have nothing to do with all of the Clann members and all of the Clann members are told to stay away from Savannah… but no one knows why. We all know though that when you tell someone they cannot do something, it just makes them want to do it that much more. So of course Tristan decides to break the rules and tries to reconnect with Savannah secretly so that the other Clann members do not find out. Now of course there is a little bit more to it than that, like for instance WHY their parents told them to stay away from each other. It isn’t because their parents don’t like each other or have a feud but because if Savannah and the Clann kids got close, Savannah could potentially kill them.

I liked the addition of Greg into the story. Savannah’s somewhat boyfriend. However, even though Greg is the perfect gentleman and any mother would be thrilled to have him dating her daughter, Savannah can’t help but pine over Tristan. The kid who stomped on her heart back in 4th grade and hasn’t given her the time of day since. I liked Greg and was sad to see him get the boot. Maybe I hold a little bit of a grudge because of it.

It wasn’t a bad story to read but it was definitely predictable and a little boring for me and the story itself is sort of superficial. You have your typical cliques, the popular kids being the meanies, Tristan being a heart throb and an athlete and Savannah being the outsider. You know the inevitable is going to happen between her and Tristan though. However, if you are a huge fan of paranormal YA, you might want to pick up this book and give it a shot.

After meeting Savannah and getting her name but not her number, Greg sets out and calls everyone with her last name. However, after having no success he convinced his friend into letting Greg ride along for his pizza delivery the night the infamous team’s party. I thought it was sweet that he went through all the trouble and effort just so that he could ask her out on a date.


2 Thoughts on “Review: Crave by Melissa Darnell

  1. ah you know I have SUCH mixed feelings about this book…there were so many things I disliked..but then I still enjoyed it? ha I am excited for book two (:

    ha! I loved Greg! I was so mad when she made him go all crazy like and then they had to break up, he was so sweet ):

    Haley @

  2. I was the same way about this one. It’s just one of those books that didn’t grab me, but I didn’t hate it either.

    Yeah, poor Greg.

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