by Melissa Darnell
Published: August 27, 2013
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
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Tristan Coleman has survived the change from Clann magic user to vampire, much to Savannah Colbert's joy—and despair. By changing the Clann's golden boy and newly elected leader, even to save him from death, she has unleashed a fury of hatred and fear that they cannot escape.
As the Clann and the vampire council go to war, Tristan and Sav face a new threat—a fracturing of the all-consuming bond they share. To fight for peace, they must forge a new trust and risk everything to take down their deadliest enemy, even as they must run for their lives. Soon they will learn that some bonds are stronger than love—and some battles cannot be won without sacrifice.
My Thoughts: Consume is the third and final book in The Clann series by Melissa Darnell. The main characters are Savannah Colbert and Tristan Coleman and the story centers around their forbidden love and what they have endured because they each belong to different factions of an old and ongoing feud between The Clann and the Vampires. If you aren't familiar with the series, The Clann is a group of gifted individuals - better known as witches. Their headquarters just happens to be in the town of Jacksonville in East Texas, though their descendants are spread throughout the world. The Vampires in this series are called hybrid vamps, they derive their energy of course from blood, but also have incubus/succubus abililities and can drain their victims energy with a kiss. They are also day walkers. The Clann and the Vampires are mortal enemies and have nothing to do with each other, other than maintaing the treaty they currently have between The Clann leaders and The Vampire Council, to keep the peace. The hybrid vamps have never been capable of reproduction and thus add to their race by turning their victims........that is until Savannah was born.
Savannah's mother was a member of The Clann and her dad is a vampire. They fell in love, got married, and had Savannah, who is a dhampir - half human, half vampire. She has been carefully watched as she grew, by both The Clann, who have been anything but pleasant to her, and vampires, both wary, both fearful of what she would become. She and Tristan fell in love, and with Tristan being a member of The Clann and Savannah being a vampire, their relationship was forbidden and they have faced almost insurmountable problems trying to find a way to be together. Finally, after they have found a way to be together, a devastating, evil, and tragic event threatens to tear them apart for good, and though they are finally side by side, they find themselves further away from each other than they have ever been. One thing leads to another and Savannah and Tristan find themselves in the midst of a vampire/Clann full-fledged war. They are now on the run with Savannah's mom and dad, and Tristan's pregnant sister after a brutal attack that has set in motion a series of event that without intervention, will only result in total devastation for all involved, including innocent humans.
I have really enjoyed this series. In Consume, I felt really bad for Tristan because he had gone through so much, and had suffered such loss. His intentions were good, so the few times he ticked me off with the way he handled a couple of things with Savannah, that bordered on being a jerk and just plain hurtful, were easier to let slide when you considered the big picture. I loved Savannah. She truly loved Tristan and was willing to do whatever she could to help him, and to help end this war, as well as keep peace in her family. I thought she handled things in a very mature manner, especially one event in particular regarding Tristan's former sort of girl/friend, that I wouldn't have been as mature about. She isn't without her mistakes, but once she realizes she is wrong about something, is quick to acknowledge it I loved Savannah's dad - he is just Mr. cool, calm, and collected no matter what happens and the only thing that really gets him flustered is Savannah's mom. Even though they are divorced, it is evident that they are still very much in love. Both of her parents play a big role in this installment, as does Tristan's sister Emily. We get to see the characters we have come to know and love and/or love to hate in the first two installments in the series, as well as meet a few new ones.
While Consume focused a good bit on the relationship between Tristan and Savannah and the things they were each going through, as well as the strained relationship with their families, there is also fighting, battle scenes, and other action, culminating in a battle to end all battles. Lives are lost, friendship is tested, and choices must be made, which force both Tristan and Savannah to realize what is really important to them and what they are willing to sacrifice for it. I really liked the way Melissa Darnell ended the series and I thought she did a wonderful job tying things together and bringing closure, as well as leaving you with a feeling of hope and satisfaction as to where the characters would be headed in the future. If you enjoy paranormal romance, then The Clann Series definitely has that. I also liked Melissa Darnell's take on vampires, which is different. That combined with The Clann element and magic, as well as other supernatural beings, which are shapeshifters called The Keepers, adds another creative element to the story, and is something that I would recommend checking out.
You can read an excerpt from Consume here.
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.