Sunday, 14 October 2012

#162 Book Review: Covet

Covet (Clann #2)
Release Date: October 2012
Author: Melissa Darnell
Publisher: Harlequin Teen Australia
Source: Publisher for Review
Format: Paperback
Where to Buy: Fishpond | Booktopia
More Info: Goodreads
Summary from Goodreads:
Savannah Colbert knows she broke up with Tristan Coleman for the right reasons. Most of all, to keep from killing him with her new vampire abilities. But try telling her heart that…

Now, lost in a sea of hostile Clann faces, Sav tries to come to terms with what she's becoming and what that means for her future. And that someone is doing their best to bully her into making a terrible mistake.

Tristan can't believe Sav won't even talk to him. If being apart is her decision, fine. Just don't expect him to honour it. But even as he prepares to fight for the girl he loves, forces beyond their control take them in directions neither could have foreseen, prepared for...or possibly withstand.

A reckoning is coming...and not everyone will survive.
Cover:
I like how the cover still has the same theme as the first one, although the background is red compared to the cover of the first book. I definitely prefer the Aussie cover over the US cover because the US cover actually looks creepy.

Story:

Would you let your love go, even if it hurts so badly for their sake?

Savannah's answer to this question would be yes. Covet picks up directly from Crave's ending. Sav and Tristan are on their way home when Sav finds out that her nanna has been kidnapped by the Clann. When they arrived, Sav tells the Clann that she promises to not involve herself with Tristan and begs them to let her nanna go. Tristan does not want to let Sav go but Sav wants to. So begins a story of torn-apart lovers who must stay away from each other and finally obey the rules...

Forbidden love is a common genre in the YA world, but Melissa Darnell is able to capture the feeling excellently. Similar to Crave, this book is written from Sav and Tristan's POV, showing how they are both trying to move on but can never forget their love for each other. The tension between the Clann and the Vampires are still going and a new paranormal element is added to the story, creating an interesting blend. Melissa's exploration of vampire and witches folklore are really interesting. The combination of vampires and witches itself are already different among other YA books out there and when she introduced the new paranormal element, I was surprised, in a good way! The climax of the book is really exciting and when the book ends, I am desperate to read the next book. As this book is quite huge, I think the story could have been wrapped up in a shorter way because some scenes in the book dragged quite a bit.

Characters:
Sav has grown throughout the book. She seems a little more mature than Tristan, finally embracing her identity and following the rules. Although, she is still in love with Tristan and fighting that feeling is hard. Meanwhile, Tristan does not want to let his love go. He wants to fight for it and often, he puts himself in danger to actually find a way to be with Sav together. The love between them is gorgeous yet really sad at the same time. At times, I feel like giving up to because it seems that there are no other ways for them to be together. Even Sav's kiss can kill Tristan. I love how we can read from both Sav and Tristan's perspective. Emily, Tristan's sister is a really awesome sister because she truly understands Tristan and never stops helping him. Sav's best friend, Anne, is really interesting because she hides a secret that when finally discovered, adds to the paranormal aspect of the story. Sav's mom and dad also play important roles in this story and also Sav's life. Sav's dad tries to help Sav adapt with her vampire side. The characters are really enjoyable to read about!

Overall:
In this enticing sequel to Crave, a tale of forbidden love, stakes are higher. When letting your love go for their sake seems like the only option, would you take it? Melissa Darnell gorgeously captures the theme of forbidden love, added with an interesting blend of paranormal elements. If you love Crave, then you will love Covet! Absolutely can't wait for Consume, the third book in the series, coming out next year!
4 Forget-Me-Not flowers for Covet!
Thank you Harlequin Teen Australia for the review copy!

10 comments:

  1. I haven't heard of this series before but it sounds incredible, Celine! I'm definitely going to have to check it out, especially since it's a good follow-up and I love that in a trilogy/series. Wonderful review, dear! :)

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  2. I'm looking forward to the next book too, but I had a few issues with this one. I liked it, but not as much as the first book. :) Lovely review as always, my dear!

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  3. Your reviews seems more positive than the others I read recently, Celine! I also heard that the ending is a cliffhanger, and I can't imagine your feeling right now! Cliffhanger is really frustrating sometimes. ;) I'm glad that you think Savannah is growing up! I love it when heroine grows up throughout the story. ♥

    Beautiful review as usual, hun! :)

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  4. OOOOOOOOH, CELINE! This sounds GOOOOD!
    I didn't get to read Crave, but it sounded so... DJHFDLHA. WANT. And this? Forbidden love and romance and and and ♥

    ♥ your review xx

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  5. From the gorgeous cover to the noticeable character development, this sounds like something I shouldn't miss. I'm glad that Savannah grew so much in this book, it's always amazing when characters grow to become what we want them to be.
    And really, I'm curious about this fresh tale about forbidden love, as I didn't think one existed. :)
    Lovely review, Celine!

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  6. I like your cover better than the other I've seen around. This is a series that I'm waiting for the last book to come out before I even pick up. The forbidden romance part I think would kill me, especially if I have to wait one year between books. Lovely review Celine. :)

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  7. I do adore forbidden love stories Celine, even when they rip my heart out as the characters struggle to be together and fail again and again. Poor Tristan and Sav! I love that they are both continuing the fight though, and I'm hoping that book 3 (or whenever the series ends) brings them a little happiness:)

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  8. This is one of those series where people really love it or they don't, I personally like forbidden love, but am not a fan of cliffhangers so I am on the fence on this one...your review though is nudging me in this book's direction!

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  9. I agree, the Aussie cover is much more attractive than the US cover (as it usually is, haha!) Gorgeous review, Celine! I don't know much about this series but the manner in which you describe it is fascinating... I know a few reviewers who weren't as keen about the sequel as they were the first book, but you do have a way with convincing me, my dear. :)

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  10. I havent read Crave, or Covet yet, but I keep seeing it everywhere, and everyone is giving it at least 4 stars!!
    I like the idea of forbidden love, as long as they fight for it!
    but, I dont really like this cover. Feels too fake to me (or something... not really sure)

    Great review, as always.

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