Crave by Tracy Wolff
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Vampires, Dragons and Werewolves, oh my!
The following ratings are out of 5:
World building: 🌎🌍🌏🌎🌏
Character development: 🧐😕😍😗
The heroine(s): Grace – her parents die in a car accident and she is sent to live at an exclusive private school in the mountains of Alaska where he uncle is the headmaster and her cousin, Macy attends the school. She rooms with her cousin.
The Hero(s): Jaxon – He is the leader of his Clique called “The Order” and is the most popular guy in school. He is arrogant, sexy and people fear him.
The Story: Grace arrives at the school in Alaska and can’t seem to figure out what is going on. She has never been to private school, but the students are a bit odder than she expects. She expects the cliques like in any school but at this school they are rigid and don’t mix. She thinks it is very odd that she doesn’t see anyone from one clique so much as speaking to someone from another. They look like they hate each other, and most seem to hate her.
The longer she stays at the school, the more odd things she notices. Like when they are talking about different people or different cliques and Macy starts to say something then just stops or changes what she is saying to something else. Grace starts to feel like everyone has a secret and she is the only one that doesn’t know.
I liked the story, the mystery and suspense. We as readers know right away (from the blurb or hints at the very start) that the school is a supernatural academy, and that Grace’s uncle told all the students to keep it from her. However, not knowing which groups are what type of supernatural beings and how Grace fits in to it all.
The story was also super cheesy at times. Like when Grace first gets to school and talks Macy into watching the TV Show Legacies on Netflix because it is a cool show about supernaturals at a boarding school and at one point Jaxon gifts Grace with the Twilight novel. Though I kind of liked the fact that popular culture paranormal is mentioned and not totally ignored.
Though some of the nods to teen culture got on my nerves a bit, like the young adult text speak, I don’t know how many times I heard hot AF, annoying AF, sexy AF, scary AF, creepy AF, intimidating AF, dangerous AF and more.
Though I did really like the romance and I love the “normal girl in a paranormal world” trope. Especially when the Hero is a dark and sensual, possessive alpha male. Jaxon is alternately nice to Grace and aloof, basically ignoring her existence at the beginning. He got protective and growly at time as well.
As for the Narration, it was done by Heather Costa mainly and Tim Paige did a few chapters. I didn’t really like the narration by Heather Costa. Her voice sounded a too old for a teenager and she had an odd cadence. However I liked the story enough to compensate.
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