Friday, October 8, 2010

Crave by Laura J. Burns & Melinda Metz

Title: Crave
Authors: Laura J. Burns & Melinda Metz
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Paperback, 278
Date Published: September 21, 2010

Description (Taken from Goodreads):
Shay has had a rare blood disorder since she was born. In fact, her mother married one of Shay’s doctors, Martin, who left his world-renowned leukemia research to try and figure out exactly what the disorder is and how to cure it. When she turns seventeen, Martin begins to give her new blood transfusions that make her feel the strongest she has ever felt. But she also has odd visions where she sees through the eyes of a vampire. At first, she thinks she must be imagining the visions, but when she begins to see Martin’s office in them, she knows she has to check it out. That’s when she finds Gabriel, a sexy, teenaged vampire, imprisoned in Martin’s office. The connection she has built with Gabriel compels her to set him free. But when he kidnaps her in an attempt at revenge on Martin, their lives become deeply intertwined. She doesn’t know the half of it.
Melinda Metz and Laura J. Burns are acclaimed writers of the teen show Roswell. I hadn’t known that when I first heard of Crave, but it only made me want to read the book more.  Their new take on a vampire story is interesting and engaging.

Shay has a unique, one of a kind, blood disorder that makes her weak without regular blood transfusions. She often refers to herself as the Sick Girl and her life is run by the rule of staying healthy, staying boring, and staying alive. Shay is 17, but has never truly lived. This side of her invokes so much empathy and I could understand exactly why she would act the way she does, but sometimes, I couldn’t stand her.

Once Shay begins her new transfusions, she starts ‘living’ and doing things she never could before, but in the process, she alienates the people who matter to her the most. Her desire to finally live her life comes off as selfish at times. Her best friend Olivia and her mom truly care about Shay and her health, but Shay’s need to be wild and free, clouds her vision so she only sees them as overbearing. This is the part of Shay that I really didn’t like.

While Shay got on my nerves at time, Crave is irresistable. Gabriel’s memories are vivid and I was excited for every little snippet into his past. He is undeniably attractive, but his emotions are what really make him so enigmatic. Everything about him is raw and intense. Finding out just who Gabriel is and what is wrong with Shay is like a rollercoaster. Things seem fine one minute, but the next minute the most unexpected things happen.

This has to be part of a series because if it isn’t, then the writers are officially evil for leaving it the way they did. I NEED to know what happens next!?

Opening line: SPECIAL [SPEH-SHUL]: distinguished by some unusual quality; being in some way superior. ~ pg. 3

Favorite line: He said that even if your conscious mind doesn’t hold memories of your parents, your soul holds on to them. Your body knows who they were; the knowledge is written in your very cells. Who they were is who you are, so there’s no need to trouble yourself. ~ pg. 92
*This review is my honest opinion and I received no monetary compensation from it.

1 comments:

brandileigh2003 said...

I really enjoyed this one-- thanks for the review.

Brandi from Blkosiner’s Book Blog

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