Author: Melissa Darnell
Series: The Clann #1
Published by: Harlequin Teen
Publication Date: October 25, 2011
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…
Umm…. okay….. I’m a little torn on this. Crave has a really good premise – a half witch, half vampire teenage girl struggling with what she is becoming, while falling in love with the one boy she’s forbidden to be around. There are things I like about the book, but it also seems to be lacking something.
I’m on the fence about Savanna. She is constantly bullied by some kids who are part of The Clann, which is a number of powerful families who founded the town. She was best friends with some of them while younger, but one day they just out of the blue hate her. She doesn’t know why and gets no explanation. I felt bad for her, especially since she didn’t even know what she was and had no knowledge of the changes she would experience. At the same time, I didn’t like her, nor did I dislike her – I really had no strong feeling for her either way. Then there’s Tristan, son of the most powerful Clann family, and destine to become Clann leader. I liked him more than Savanna, mostly because he had more personality – he irritated me, made me laugh, and made me smile. My favorite character, though, was Anne, Savanna’s best friend. She didn’t take crap from anyone, and was quick to defend Savanna, even standing up to the boys. Now she had personality.
The vampires and the witches don’t get along. They have a treaty, but they think that Savanna could do something that will break the treaty and start another war. I like how no one knows exactly what abilities Savanna will inherit from either side. Since she’s the only one of her kind, a dhampir, neither the vampires nor the witches know how she’ll turn out. It bugged me though, how knowing this was a possibility, that her mother and grandmother kept her in that town with so many Clann members. The reasoning for them staying there just wasn’t good enough, especially since some of the most powerful witches lived there.
This is really hard for me, because I feel like I liked it, but at the same time, I feel let down. I think I mostly liked the idea of the story, and certain elements that were incorporated in it, but the entire book overall… it was alright. I will most likely read the second book, because I want to know if my prediction about why grandma was knitting a certain something is right.