Crave by Tracy Wolff

If you’re missing the paranormal romance and teen angst of hits like Twilight and The Vampire Diaries, then Crave by Tracy Wolff is here for you to sink your fangs — er, teeth — into.

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.

Released just this week, Crave isn’t shy about targeting fans of YA vampire romance. It deliberately seeks to satisfy the cravings (as it were) of readers wanting new books to read in the same vein as past favorites. (Yes, all of these puns are super intended.)

The first in a new trilogy, Crave is unapologetically campy and melodramatic, as it follows our protagonist to a mysterious boarding school in the wilds of Alaska, where she immediately encounters a supernaturally gorgeous guy. Obviously, he’s the hottest dude in school, and she can’t tell if hates her or wants her. (You can see where this is going …)

My biggest complaint about this book is that it takes a LONG time to get to the big “reveal” that the mysterious hot dude is a vampire, and that our heroine’s classmates are all supernatural creatures. It’s an especially slow start considering this information is literally included in the official synopsis.

But if you can stick with it, the pace definitely picks up big time in the latter portion of the book — building to a totally over-the-top, wildly entertaining climax and setting the stage for a nail-biting sequel. (Crave is the first in a planned trilogy.)

A ground-breaking work of YA fiction? Definitely not. Crave is exactly what that cover promises: a delightfully entertaining YA vampire romp, and a throw-back to the glory days of paranormal YA fiction of about ten years ago. It’s available now.


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