Crave ~ Laura J. Burns, Melinda Metz

  • Title: Crave
  • Author: Laura J. Burns, Melinda Metz
  • Series: Crave #1
  • Genre: UF, YA, Paranormal
  • Format: eBook
  • Source: Own Copy
  • Reviewer: Soo
  • Rating: 3 out of 5

Description:  Shay could never do the things her friends could–never try out for sports, never go to parties, never fall in love. Because of the mysterious and incurable blood disorder she was born with, she can barely make it through three days of school a week.

But now, her doctor-turned-stepfather has a brand-new treatment that he thinks will change everything. And it does. As soon as the new blood starts pumping into Shay’s veins, she has visions of a different life…Gabriel’s life. She sees an orphanage, loss, fangs, blood, and lust that she can’t explain.

Is Gabriel real? And if he is, could he really be what she thinks he is?

*Potential Spoilers*

Review:  Crave is about a girl who has lived her whole life with rigid rules to keep her safe. Shay’s life has been bound by rules due to a mysterious blood disorder. The rules kept her alive but also imprisoned in a life with little hope and a tinge of despair. Things started to change when Shay’s put on a new treatment. She feels more alive and takes on risks that causes friction with all her loved ones. Then, Shay finds out why the treatments make her feel so strong, and her world falls apart.

I didn’t like the journal entries in the story because I felt it summarized whatever already happened, and added very little to the overall book. Of course Shay would fall in love with Gabriel. That was well done, but the way Gabriel fell in love with Shay? It seemed rushed.

To find out that Shay is half vampire and half human–eh. It would have been more interesting if she had a blood disorder that had nothing to do with being half vampire.

The first half of the book is mostly about Shay and that writing is more together than the later half. Once Gabriel becomes a pivotal part of the story, the writing becomes minimalistic, and there is less descriptions given on what’s going on. This book is driven by Shay, what she feels, thinks and does. The last bit of the book tries to make it about Shay & Gabriel, and it comes away less.

It wasn’t a surprise that Shay becomes a captive as soon as they reach the vampires’ home.

What’s going to happen next? I guess I’ll find out in Sacrifice.


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