A Boarding school in the middle of Alaska’s wilderness that holds a secret that is both deadly and supernatural. Nothing is as it seems as fate and the paranormal collide in Crave by Tracy Wolff. This debut paranormal romance is one that started off shaky but found its footing on holiest of grounds and captivated my heart.
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Publication Date: April 7th 2020
Source: Owned / ARC
Format: Audiobook / Physical Copy
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.
ARC provided by Entangled Teen in exchange for my honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review
“I can see something in his eyes. Something powerful and terrible and all-consuming.”
Crave was pitched to me as Vampire Academy meets A Court Of Thorns and Roses with a huge homage to Twilight. Basically my three favorite series wrapped poetically into one story. From that moment, I knew I had to read it. Let me tell y’all–this book was a journey.
Going into this book, there was already a lot of hype and feedback about it, and I knew I was going to be walking into a Twilight 2.0. I was prepared for it. I was ready for my heart to start swooning because I love Twilight. Bruh did this one both deliver and under-deliver at the same time. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoyed this book immensely…starting around the 42% mark.
It took forever for the pacing to finds its grove and the story to begin to dance across the pages. I found myself, on many occasions wanting to just set the book down for a bit and trying on a different read; but thankfully I didn’t and just plopped my audiobook on and hit that 3x speed, just to get to another scene/moment where the pacing picked up. But hot cannoli, when I got to that 42% mark, it was like a whole new book and I devoured it. I couldn’t get enough of the characters and what was going to happen.
“He turns me inside out with a look, destroys me with a kiss.”
Grace and Jaxon gave me classic YA paranormal couple vibes with Jaxon sporting a few Edward Cullen traits a time or two. They had this instant connection and a constant pull towards each other that neither of them could explain or comprehend. But Jaxon, being…well Jaxon (my mini Edward) kept pushing that connection and ultimately Grace away because he didn’t want to hurt her. The difference though between Twilight and this story is how the characters faced this push and pull and how it made them grow a deeper connection all together.
The plot was absolute chef kisses after the pacing found its happy place. I had multiple theories of how things were going to play out, but Wolff threw a curve ball and I was pleasantly shocked at the results. I literally gasped in the middle of my office when I realized I had reached the end of the story and had no more pages to flip!
Overall, this story was one I knew I was going to enjoy, but didn’t realize how much I was going to enjoy it. If you are looking for a YA paranormal romance that hits you in the feels and all the right spots this winter, I highly suggest picking this one up and sticking with it passed that 42% mark! I promise you won’t regret it.
Huge thank you to Entangled Teen for sending me an ARC for my honest review! Quotations taken from final copy.