Synopsis:

My whole world changed when I stepped inside the academy. Nothing is right about this place or the other students in it. Here I am, a mere mortal among gods…or monsters. I still can’t decide which of these warring factions I belong to, if I belong at all. I only know the one thing that unites them is their hatred of me.

Then there’s Jaxon Vega. A vampire with deadly secrets who hasn’t felt anything for a hundred years. But there’s something about him that calls to me, something broken in him that somehow fits with what’s broken in me.

Which could spell death for us all.

Because Jaxon walled himself off for a reason. And now someone wants to wake a sleeping monster, and I’m wondering if I was brought here intentionally—as the bait. 

Review:

“If you’re not living on the edge, you’re taking up too much space”

Thank you so much Hodder & Stoughton for an e-copy of this book.

I can’t believe I am going to give 5 stars to this book. No offence, but I was so sceptical about picking up a Twilight 2.0 (as everybody is labelling this book) and I was so wrong. And, I feel I need to clarify, I was not a fan of the Twilight series. But I really enjoyed Crave, it was such a fun read.

Crave tells the story of Grace, who just lost her parents in a terrible accident. She has no family left, except an uncle who is also the headmaster of an apparently super-elite boarding school, situated in a remote area of Alaska. Grace moves to Katmere Academy and discovers a world where magical creatures exist, including (sexy) vampires.

I have to say, Grace didn’t strike me with a very strong personality. However, the writer does a great job in adding witty and snarky remarks and jokes, and you like Grace for what she is, a teenager who has seen too much already but is trying her best to move on with her life. As the story is told from Grace’s perspective, it’s also the world that she encounters that ultimately becomes quite fascinating for the reader.

While Grace is obviously unaware of what is going on, the reader can not help but laugh out loud at certain situations – the Twilight book comment or watching Legacies on Netflix – that was hilarious. However, when Grace finally discovers the truth about the academy, the story becomes darker and more fast-paced. We get more action and you just forget you have real life responsibilities to attend to, a cat to feed and a job to do, and you can’t put the book down.

And then, of course, there is the more obvious fast-track romance with the broody, sexy, dangerous vampire, Jaxon Vega. And again, after the truth is out, Jaxon’s story becomes even more dramatic and intriguing.

It’s a fun story, with an unpredictable cliff-hanger, I would say it’s between YA and New Adult because of the constant sexual tension between Grace and Jaxon. It has lots of paranormal elements, you get witches, warlocks, dragons, werewolf, and vampires, but it will also make you giggle. For me, rather than Twilight, because I never cared about Edward (I was more an Eric Northman-kind-of-girl) this book reminded me a lot of the Shatter Me series, in terms of romance. It fills the emptiness Warnette left in my heart.

Rating: 5 out of 5.