Book Review

Book Review: Crave (Crave #1) by Tracy Wolff

Rating: ☆☆ 1/2
Audience: YA Paranormal Romance
Length: 592 pages
Author: Tracy Wolff
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Release Date: April 7th, 2020
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BOOK SUMMARY:

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.

YIKES.

I’ll start off on a positive note. I’m not mad I read this. I had been curious for a long time what my thoughts would be on this popular series and after a few friends pushing it on me, I gave it a shot. It was entertaining. I’ll give it that much. And now my curiosity has been sated and I can put this series behind me.

Grace was a bit all over the place. Trying to claim she didn’t let a guy dictate her life then practically begging him to talk to her? Uhm, okay. Not to mention her inability to acknowledge the danger around her and still go running off towards it.

Jaxon waved so many red flags he should just carry a banner. I think it was supposed to play into some vampire book stereotypes? Alpha-ish and all that? It came off possessive. I think there’s a love triangle in the next book? My money is on whoever that soul is.

It was cool having more than just vampires running around. The addition of werewolves, witches and dragons was a nice touch. This never read as a Twilight knock-off. It is it’s own YA vampire book and that’s a positive too.

Overall audience notes:

  • YA Paranormal romance
  • Language: some strong
  • Romance: heated make-outs
  • Violence: physical altercations, attempted murder, poisoning, magic weaponry
  • Trigger/Content Warnings: loss of parents (car accident), Nonconsensual drugging, graphic blood & gore depiction, Blood-drinking, gun violence, murder

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Book Review

Book Review: Small Favors by Erin A. Craig

Rating: ☆☆☆☆
Audience: YA Paranormal
Length: 480 pages
Author: Erin A. Craig
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Release Date: July 27th, 2021
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BOOK SUMMARY:

Ellerie Downing lives in the quiet town of Amity Falls in the Blackspire Mountain range–five narrow peaks stretching into the sky like a grasping hand, bordered by a nearly impenetrable forest from which the early townsfolk fought off the devils in the woods. To this day, visitors are few and rare. But when a supply party goes missing, some worry that the monsters that once stalked the region have returned.

As fall turns to winter, more strange activities plague the town. They point to a tribe of devilish and mystical creatures who promise to fulfill the residents’ deepest desires, however grand and impossible, for just a small favor. But their true intentions are much more sinister, and Ellerie finds herself in a race against time before all of Amity Falls, her family, and the boy she loves go up in flames.

PERFECTLY SPOOKY.

I think I enjoyed this read more than the author’s first book! What a delightfully creepy read perfect for autumn.

This is a slower read with this great building to a climax. Each chapter kept pulling me in and a subtle cliffhanger at the end led me deeper into the woods. I cringed at the descriptions (in a good way) of the mutilated creatures and eyes following the members of town. There was a nice sense of paranormal that fit in to the small community hidden by the mountains.

I liked the little dash of romance and the way that played into the overall plot. It had some twists and turns on its own and I love how it worked out. I also really liked that this was focused on a family. Ellerie and her siblings had to take care of themselves while their parents were gone. Some bonds between the siblings broke and others strengthened as the watchers brought chaos to their doorstep.

The only thing I wish this book had was a longer ending. Things wrapped up SUPER quickly (while things were still burning down around them) and I don’t feel like I got everything I needed. I’d explain further but I might accidentally spoil, so that was my biggest issue in the end. Otherwise, great read and I can’t wait to continue reading whatever comes next from this author!

Overall audience notes:

  • YA Paranormal
  • Language: very little
  • Romance: kisses
  • Trigger/Content Warnings: intense blood depictions, emesis, execution, gun violence, animal death and injury

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