April 7, 2020
Blurb: 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.
It’s been a long time since I’ve read a book with vampires in it. Like many of you, I reached a point of saturation and really wished we’d get back to when vampires were terrifying instead of being fixated by the intricacies of sex with the undead. Anywho.
Crave by Tracy Wolff is a fun entry in the teenage vampire canon. It’s very readable, despite its length and repetition.
I enjoyed the simmering romance between newly orphaned Grace and the tormented vampire Jaxon. For a YA novel, it’s smoldering. They have a definite at first sight connection and then the novel becomes one of push and pull with their attraction and then how many times Jaxon can save Grace who spends most of the novel being injured in one way or another. Lightness was added by Grace’s joke telling, which even makes the very controlled Jaxon smile.
When it’s first hinted that Grace is more than she seems, I waited for her to show some power, to save herself or Jaxon. Unfortunately I kept waiting and grew a bit disappointed. While I liked Grace, I wanted her to be less a victim and more of a hero(ine).
The last thing I expected as I reached the last few pages was that this novel would end in a cliffhanger leading to two more novels. Firstly, I always find cliffhangers disappointing. Secondly, after dedicating the time to read nearly 600 pages with a lot of repetition, I wanted was a novel that was wrapped up, nice and tidy. Considering how many cliffhanging endings there are lately, I suppose it’s possible that most readers don’t share my frustration. While I liked Jaxon and Grace, I’m not sure that I want to spend another novel with them. Maybe I’ll change my mind.
I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
3 butterflies and a ladybug out of 5 butterflies