Crave (Crave #1) by Tracy Wolff *REVIEW*

Rating: 5⭐️

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.

Review:Oh, Tracy Wolff. What have you done to me? My journey with Crave has been a long one.
When this book was first announced I was very excited about the prospect of a new Twilight-type story for a new generation. I snagged a hardcover copy when I found it on sale not long after its release. I was still super excited until the reviews started pouring in. It seemed that hating on this book became quite the trendy thing to do. I was scared that this was just another really cheesy, poorly written, Twilight knockoff. When I finally picked this one up I was so excited to find none of that true.
Yes, this book is FULL of teenage angst, romance, and drama. And yes, the writing can be a bit over the top and cringey at times. However, that is where the Twilight similarities stop. First of all, we have out the main character of Grace, she is NOTHING like Bella. She is a girl who has experienced a horrible trauma and is strong and independent. Our love interest, Jaxon, is also nothing like Edward. Of course, he is deliciously dark, mysterious, and broody, but in a much more digestible way than Edward.
I was so pleasantly surprised to find that this world explores a bunch of different fantasy creatures and not just vampires. I think there is a lot of room to expand upon this world in book two and I cannot wait to see where Tracy Wolff takes it. Although this book is full of over the top teenage drama, it never felt too heavy-handed. The twists and turns kept me flipping the pages at a lightning pace. I really really love the relationship between Grace and Jaxon. I am so invested in them. Another aspect of this book that I think gets overlooked is the incredible relationship between Grace and her cousin Macy. I love seeing healthy female relationships, and the fact that they are family makes it that much more special.
Overall I really really loved this book and I have already picked up the sequel. If you are in the mood for a fun escapist paranormal read, then I think this is the best one. I encourage everyone to go into this without any predetermined expectations and just enjoy the story.

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