by Melissa Darnell
Published: September 25, 2012
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Source: e-ARC Publisher/Netgalley
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Dangerous to be together. Painful to be apart.Savannah Colbert knows she broke up with Tristan Coleman for the right reasons. Most of all, to keep from killing him with her new vampire abilities. But try telling her heart. Now, lost in a sea of hostile Clann faces, Sav tries to come to terms with what she's becoming and what that means for her future. And that someone is doing their best to bully her into making a terrible mistake.
Tristan can't believe Sav won't even talk to him. If being apart is her decision, fine. Just don't expect him to honor it. But even as he prepares to fight for the girl he loves, forces beyond their control take them both in directions neither could have foreseen or prepared for.
A reckoning is coming and not everyone will survive.
My Thoughts: Picking up where the first book in the series leaves off, Melissa Darnell continues Savannah and Tristan's story in Covet. Savannah is a damphir, the offspring of a vampire and a human, the only catch being the human in this relationship, Savannah's mother, is a witch. This makes Savannah the first of her kind. The Clann, or the community of witches, wants nothing to do with her. Tristan, the boy she loves, is from the Clann, and his father is the head of the Clann. They have forbidden Tristan from seeing Savannah, and the Vampire Council has done the same. In order to keep Tristan safe, Savannah agrees to this, but the love between Tristan and Savannah is stronger than the Clann and stronger than the Council. With Savannah's vampire side taking control, her father steps in to help her with this transition. Another council member pops in from time-to-time also, and has taken up residence nearby. Determined to protect Tristan, knowing that even her kiss could kill him, Savannah desperately endures her heartache in order to save him. She also begins to delve into her witch heritage and magic, something which she has also been forbidden to do. Mysterious and tragic things begin to happen, accidents, deaths, and these things threaten the treaty between the Clann and the Vampire Council. Friendships are tested, new friendships are formed, people are not who they seem, and conspiracy and war threaten to erupt. Can it be stopped before it is to late, can love truly conquer all, and who will have to suffer or even die in the process?
I really enjoyed this novel. Savannah and Tristan's love story is tragic yet endearing. Savannah is willing to give Tristan up, because she loves him and wants to save him. She believes following the demands of the Clann and the Council is the only way to do it, while inside she is dying. Tristan is determined to find away, but keeps coming up against a brick wall. After a tragic accident, he finds friendship with someone else, but this someone else thinks it is more, and it crushes Savannah's heart. Savannah also begins to spend more time with a friend, but Tristan assumes it is more than friendship, and he is extremely jealous. It seems these two just can't get a break. I enjoyed seeing Savannah's character develop in this book and seeing her stand up for herself, even when it seemed the whole Clann (except for Tristan) wanted her dead. I liked Tristan, but he was kind of naive about his friendship with Beth, and he was kind of a jerk at times to Savannah, but he truly does love her, and eventually comes to his senses. We are also introduced to the Keepers in this series, which was interesting. I enjoyed getting to know Savannah's father more, as well as some of her friends. The conspiracy really begins to thicken and things get intense toward the ending, resulting in something no one sees coming. Savannah has been the cause, not because of anything she has done, simply because of what she is, of so much dissension and conflict, but can she also be the one who brings forth the truth to save them all? Forced to make a choice that will change things forever, Savannah must chose between life and death, and losing the love of her life forever. I have really enjoyed this series. If you love vampires and witches, this book is a fresh and entertaining read that is well worth checking out.
Crave (The Clann #1)
by Melissa Darnell
Published October 25, 2011
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
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 .
About Melissa Darnell...
Melissa Darnell is the author of a growing list of adult and YA fiction and nonfiction books, including the Clann Series Books #1: Crave (published Oct. 2011 by Harlequin Teen), #2: Covet (published Sept. 2012 by Harlequin Teen), #3: Consume (to be published in 2012 by Harlequin Teen), and The Source (published Sept. 2012 by Netherfield House Press). Born in California, she grew up in Texas and has also called the following states home since then: Utah, West Virginia, Louisiana, Alabama, Kentucky, Iowa and South Dakota. A former award-winning dancer with 12 years' formal training in jazz, tap, and ballet, she currently lives in Nebraska with her husband Tim and two children, Hunter and Alexander, where she enjoys watching Whale Wars, Glee and True Blood, designing digital graphic products for the virtual world of Second Life, and of course writing her latest book.