melissa darnell

I’m not perfect. And I don’t have to be. I can figure it out as I go, and as long as I do the best I can, it’s okay if I still screw up.
—  Melissa Darnell, Covet

anonymous asked:

can you recommend me a really really good book please?

Wow, I know a lot of those haha! I’ll separate them into sub-genres for you.

Historical-Fiction:

Marina by Carlos Ruiz Zafon

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

The Help by Kathryn Stockett

Fantasy:

Raised by Wolves by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

Every Other Day by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake

City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare

Crave - Melissa Darnell

Insomnia - J.R. Johansson

Starcrossed by Josephine Angelini

The Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead

Unleashed by Nancy Holder and Debbie Viguie

Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout

High Fantasy/Medieval:

A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin

Graceling by Kristin Cashore

Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo

Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor

Dystopian-Fantasy:

Partials by Dan Wells

Ashes by Ilsa J. Bick

The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black

Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi

The Hunt by Andrew Fukuda

The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken

Incarnate by Jodi Meadows

Darkness Before Dawn by J.A. London

The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa

Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion

Dystopian-Society:

Divergent by Veronica Roth

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

The Selection by Kiera Cass

Legend by Marie Lu

Contemporary:

It’s Kind of a Funny Story by Ned Vizzini

Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson

Looking for Alaska by John Green

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

The Lover’s Dictionary by David Levithan

Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher

She is Not Invisible by Marcus Sedgwick

Safe Haven by Nicholas Sparks

The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

Real Life/Biography:

I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai

The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank

This Star Won’t Go Out by Esther Earl

Children/Middle-Grade:

A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness

Wonder by R.J. Palacio

If none of these interest you or you’re looking for something different, I’d suggest checking out Epic Reads - it lists books A-Z that you may be interested in or new releases if you’re looking for those.

Also, here are a few Goodreads lists that contain different selections of books:

Here, Here

Also here’s a link the YAlit - also lists many new releases of books

Hope this helps! :)

Book Review: Crave by Melissa Darnell

Why do I keep reading books like this? Why, I ask you? [Note: This is ranty].

Thanks are due to Harlequin Teen and NetGalley for allowing me to pre-read this title.

External image

The cover - while prettyish - is nothing exceptional. It’s like a Twilight meets Shiver meets every other YA paranormal romance cover mash-up.

Title: Crave

Series: The Clann Series (Book #1)

Author: Melissa Darnell

Publication Date: 18 October 2011

Publishing House: Harlequin Teen

Opening remarks: some books I read and love. Other books I read and think “Why does this book even have to exist?” Crave unfortunately falls into the latter category. It seems, like so many books of this genre, like a gimmicky re-hash of the story we’re all sick to death of.

I’m going to try to keep this review short, because (as you will know if you’ve read other reviews of mine) I get a little out of hand talking about books I didn’t particularly like.

Savannah Colbert is a seemingly average, clumsy, pale, thin teenaged girl - her parents are separated, and she lives the existence of a high-school “loser” with her mother, grandmother, and best friends. Tristan Coleman is a “gorgeous” NFL hopeful whose parents want him to become the leader of a powerful coven of witches known as The Clann. Close to the start of the novel, Savannah discovers she is actually a half-witch half-vampire hybrid. (Seriously? Yes. Seriously). Oh - and also that she really really wants to join the school dance team. (Again - seriously).

There was nothing original about this book. From the ridiculous premise to the poor execution to the “clumsy,” pale main character to the golden-haired black hole of personality that serves as love interest, I read this entire book with the growing sense that I’d seen it all before. Again, and again, and again. It’s the kind of book that makes my wonder why it seems to be that everything is a series. The only original elements in the book are just so poorly explained and quickly cast aside that all we have is a ridiculous story about a vampire girl who thinks about nothing but cheerleading and making out.

The story is, in a word, shallow. That said, MANY readers of YA fiction (especially paranormal) LIKE THEIR BOOKS SHALLOW. They are satisfied with mere escapism. I am, sadly, not. I like a story to have some meat, some soul. I like to feel I’ve grown or learned something from reading a book. I’m not satisfied with three hundred pages of The Ups and Downs of the School Dance Team.

I like to be entertained, too. It’s just that this book didn’t entertain me that much, either. I felt the novel to be ludicrously simple-minded. 

(That, my friends, is what we call scathing criticism).

As far as characters go, if I blew on them they’d probably fall over. You know those cardboard standees of Justin Bieber? You know - the ones advertising his new perfume? Yeah. Those cardboard Justin Bieber standees have more “dimension” than Savannah and Tristan. I don’t even want to talk about how weak-minded and shallow the “heroine” of this novel is. Savannah is concerned only with making out with a boy who, despite being attractive, has nothing intelligent to say, and completely obsessed with some dance team at her high school - when we are supposed to believe her life is under constant threat! She takes everything in stride. The focus is on the dance team! What the heck! She’s turning into a vampire! Does nobody care?! 

The answer is no. No, they don’t. They’re thinking about the dance team. And I found the extensive portion of the novel spent on the dance team eye-numbingly boring. 

Abby - Savannah’s best friend - was a promising character at the start. She had a little sass, and more development than a lot of those this-is-the-main-character’s-only-friend characters. But she was quickly discarded, much to my dismay.

The writing was capable, but not brilliant. It was serviceable. It was not grating and it was not riddled with flaws and I did not take issue with it. But it was certainly not exceptional.

However. That said, the blend of high-school nonsense and “romance” (I put that in quotations) will appeal to the current YA readership. It just will. While I find this slightly worrying, the publisher has no grounds to be nervous. I’m sure the series will be very lucrative. If you’re a fan of stuff like this, with the vampires and the drippy teen angst and the “love” (again - in quotations) I’m sure you’ll really enjoy it. There’s a lot of positive buzz out there.

As far as enjoyability goes, let me just say this: all in all, I can’t even bring myself to hate this book. 

Final Breakdown:

Premise/Originality: 0 Stars

Plot: 0 Stars

Characters: 0 Stars

Writing: 0.5 Stars

Enjoyability: 0.5 Stars

Total: 1 / 5 Stars

Crave
by Melissa Darnell

Rating: C-

Savannah has always thought that she was just a regular girl. Then she found out that her dad is an incubus and her mom is a witch, making her a dhamphir. Equipped with this new piece of information, she now understands why the members of the Clann (group of witches that founded the town) hate her so much. And even though she knows she should stay away, she can’t fight the urge to get close to Tristan even if he puts him in danger. 

-

I really wasn't a fan of this book. I thought it was boring and I just couldn’t connect to any of it. Savannah was an okay main character, but she was whinny and selfish. I mean, I can understand her being upset about the fact that her parents have been lying to her for her whole life, but there is only so much woe-is-me I can take. Tristan, on the other hand, was a little bit more bearable, because, yes, this book does switch perspectives. However, I could easily mistake him for a lesbian that plays football because sometimes his parts had a slight feminine undertone. 

I think that the biggest problem was that there wasn’t enough supernatural stuff in it for me. I mean, yeah you’re not human, and yeah the guy you like is a witch, but they really don’t use much of their powers for a huge chuck of the book. Savannah spends most of her time trying to avoid making direct contact with anyone so that they don’t become a stalker. Meanwhile, Tristan doesn’t want to embrace his powers and the only reason he starts training is so he can use spells to prevent Savannah from dating other people. 

I thought the book was well written and even funny at times, but it just wasn’t for me. I skimmed the first couple of pages of Covet, the second book in the series, and it seemed okay, but I don’t think I’ll be reading it. 

-Review by A.M.

Crave - Melissa Darnell

Savannah Colbert has always fell out of place. After she is banned from being friends with the decedents of The Clann, a powerful group of witches, she is constantly being picked on by them but does not know why. One thing she does know for sure is that every time Tristen Colemen is near she can’t help but feel a tingling sensation that lets her know he is there . Tristen, who is not only a member of The Clann but the son of it’s leader, is completely off limits to Savannah even though they were once best friends. But both Tristen and Savannah can’t help what they feel for each other. 

This book was an okay start to a series. I think the series its self has potential just a slow start. It lacked some detail and dragged on at some points. It starts to get really good towards the end. Tristen and Savannah have a lot of cute moments and I love the whole Romeo and Juliet feel(minus the tragic deaths lol). They want to be together but their families forbid it. All in all I would recommend this book just because I think the series in general is going to be bad ass . The story line and the characters are really good so it definitely  has potential.

3 out of 5 stars