Author: Tracy Wolff
Publisher: Entangled: Teen
Publication Date: April 7, 2020
Plot Synopsis from Goodreads:
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.
Crave by Tracy Wolff is a young adult paranormal romance that combines elements of vampire lore, forbidden love, and supernatural mystery. With its fast-paced plot, angsty romance, and nods to popular vampire tropes, Crave offers an enjoyable but familiar reading experience for fans of the genre.
Tracy Wolff creates characters that fit well within the vampire romance genre. Grace is a relatable and headstrong protagonist, adapting to her new surroundings and grappling with her attraction to the enigmatic Jaxon. While their chemistry is palpable, some readers may find their interactions cliché and lacking in depth. The supporting characters provide a mix of friendship and rivalry, adding layers to the narrative. However, they often fall into stereotypical roles and could benefit from further development.
The romance in Crave is a central focus of the story, capturing the classic forbidden love dynamic between a human and a vampire. The intense attraction and tension between Grace and Jaxon drive the narrative, offering moments of passion and angst. The themes of love, trust, and self-discovery are explored through their relationship, though the exploration may feel surface-level. While the romance is a highlight for fans of the genre, readers seeking more nuanced character dynamics and depth may find it lacking.
Tracy Wolff’s writing style is accessible and straightforward, suited for a young adult audience. The narrative is easy to follow, with a conversational tone that pulls readers into the story. The pacing is swift, ensuring a quick and engaging read. While the prose may not be particularly lyrical or evocative, it serves the purpose of moving the plot forward and maintaining reader interest.
The book receives a three-star rating, as it successfully delivers an enjoyable reading experience but lacks the depth and originality to make it stand out in the genre. Crave is recommended for readers seeking a light and addictive vampire romance that doesn’t stray too far from the traditional conventions.