Author: Melissa Darnell
Series: The Clann #3
Published by: Harlequin Teen
Publication Date: August 27, 2013
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.
The first two books, Crave and Covet, revolved around the forbidden love of Savannah and Tristan. Witches and vampires aren’t supposed to mix. Savannah is half vampire and half witch, while Tristan is a witch and set to be the future leader of the Clann, so it’s even more forbidden than normal. This was the main aspect that made me groan in annoyance, but is also what kept me reading. The drama of two people in love, but can’t be together is a guilty pleasure of mine. That was lost in this book. Instead, it felt like the author put in drama between them just so there would be some. Unfortunately, it came across as forced and was uninteresting.
While I somewhat enjoyed the very beginning and the last part of Consume, there was a very large chunk that I found extremely boring. It was mainly a bunch of sitting around and bickering that induced a lot of eye rolling. I think I would have liked the story more if most of the middle was removed.
Overall, I was disappointed with Consume. I can’t even say I had mixed feelings or a love/hate relationship with it, because it was just okay. Reading the trilogy was like going to an amusement park. I went from riding a giant emotional roller coaster with the first two books, to riding a kiddie ride with Consume. And now it’s time to go home.