Back in High School, I was more than a little obsessed with a TV show called Roswell which starred the ridiculously good looking Jason Behr (you can watch all three seasons on Netflix Watch Instantly). The show was based on a book series called Roswell High by Melinda Metz who, along with Laura J. Burns, wrote the TV show. The books were good, the TV show was excellent, and a re-teaming of these two ladies in a fresh take on vampire romance is even better.
CRAVE is the first in a new Paranormal YA series about a terminally ill girl and the vampire guy who holds the cure. Romance ensues but in CRAVE, the couple actually have a relationship arc that goes beyond 'I love you instantly because of some mystical fate' formula (for the life of me I don't know why so many YA authors skip the falling for stages and jump right to the in love part. It's the best part!) Shay and Gabriel do have an instant attraction, but it's just that: attraction. They go through the flirting stages, the getting to know to stages, the I'm learning to trust you stages, all of it. Sweet moments layered with sexy scenes, and all the awkwardness that comes in between.
The romance worked as well as it did because of the full back-story given to both Shay and Gabriel. Shay with her lifetime of being the Sick Girl whose disease defined her existence (for anyone who has battled illness, Shay's trials with endless hospital stays and the escalating decline of her body are extremely realistic). For Gabriel, the mini flashback scenes from his life that Shay experiences explain why he is completely detached from the world and his distrust of humans.
The only bad thing about CRAVE is the total cliffhanger ending. I get that they are trying to establish a new series here, and I love meta narratives that span multiple books, but this was just cruel. Life and death are hanging in the balance...and it just ends. I couldn't find any details about the sequel except that there definitely will be one. No release date has be set, but I'm guessing when can expect it in Spring 2011.
Sexual Content: References to sex. An implied sex scene. Kissing.
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I am a 20-something book lover with an obsession for all things urban fantasy. I cut my teeth on the paranormal genre withBuffyandTwilightbefore discoveringPatricia Briggs and Ilona Andrews. Suffice … more
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Seventeen-year-old Shay, having suffered from a rare blood disorder her entire life, starts receiving blood transfusion from her step-father who is a physician, and, when she begins to see visions through the eyes of a vampire she decides to investigate, discovering a teenage vampire locked up in the doctor's office who she becomes attached to and set free, only to be kidnapped my the creature who wants revenge.