Book Review: Crave by Tracy Wolff

When Grace loses both of her parents in a car accident, she moves to Alaska to be with the only family she has left: her uncle Finn and cousin Macy. While she’s there she attends the Katmere Academy, a boarding school for high school students and meets the brooding, though handsome, Jaxon Vega.

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. 

My Thoughts

Keeping with my November theme, I did not expect to like this book as much as I did. The ride was wild 😳.

Jaxon and the Order were very creepy – in fact, the whole school was creepy as heck, and it was funny to me how Grace took it all with a grain of salt. Spooky gargoyles in the library? Fair enough. Students I don’t know trying to kill me on the first night I get here? Fair enough. I receive a life-threatening injury in a mysterious manner but now I’m okay without going to the hospital or receiving stitches? Fair enough.

The entire thing was a little absurd, honestly, but I couldn’t stop reading. I can’t tell you where, because I don’t know, but at some point during the story it stopped being silly and fun and turned into “I can’t do anything else until I find out what happens next.”

Jaxon and Grace: it took me a little while, over 300 pages, to be fully invested in them as a partnership. It was frustrating to read about how he wanted to be with her but he wouldn’t let himself because “it’s too dangerous.” Very broody, very angsty.

Maybe I’m wrong but I feel like this book doesn’t take itself too seriously. It is clearly a high school romance with vampires (some say like Twilight, I personally don’t, though there are places here and there that nod to the Twilight franchise as its predecessor), and it’s meant to be fun. And it is.

Let me just leave you with what I wrote immediately after finishing the book:

OHHHKAAAYYYYY I LOOOVEEE IIIIITTTT 😩😩😩

[Spoiler]?! [Spoiler]??!?!! I CRY.

SCREEKING to get the next one thank ceiling cat it’s out already. And the next one in the series is supposed to be out in March. *vibrates*

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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