Crave Paperback – September 21, 2010
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- Lexile Measure : HL620L
- Item Weight : 8.5 ounces
- Grade Level : 9 - 12
- Paperback : 288 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1442408162
- ISBN-13 : 978-1442408166
- Product Dimensions : 5.5 x 0.7 x 8.25 inches
- Publisher : Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers; 0th Edition (September 21, 2010)
- Language: : English
- Reading level : 14 and up
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,247,848 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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But then her stepfather and renowned doctor, Martin, starts a new treatment of blood transfusions, and during the transfusion, she experiences vivid dreams of a young man named Gabriel who lived centuries ago. This treatment makes her feel stronger and more alive than she's ever felt in her entire life. Suddenly, she can do things that she always wanted, and she has the strength to be a regular teenager. But the treatment comes at a price: one night, Shay finds the young man she dreamed about, Gabriel, locked in a room at Martin's office, and when she helps him escape, the terrible truth about her treatment and his past comes out.
Crave steps out of the tired YA vampire novel mold and is a clever and immensely entertaining story with a unique heroine. Shay's illness brings up a lot interesting and introspective issues for both her and the reader to wrestle with. For example, are living and surviving the same thing? Is it Shay's disease that makes everyone see her as "Sick Girl", or is it her attitude? But despite her physical weaknesses, Shay is strong mentally and her humor and candidness when dealing with Gabriel is refreshing. Their eventual romance is thankfully not due to some intangible and indescribable "connection". Shay sharing memories with Gabriel provides her initial attraction to him and allows them to bond as they make their escape, but it's not a love-at-first-sight and happily-ever-after situation for the pair. Gabriel has his own hang-ups concerning humans that aren't easily overcome and cause friction between him and Shay. Coupled with the mystery of the falling out with his best friend and Shay's own past, there are plenty of questions that demand to be answering as the pair work together to escape their true threat and race to find a cure for Shay. Burns and Metz account for every single detail in this romantic thriller, making for an absorbing read with a killer cliffhanger. Readers will be left with one burning question: where is Crave's sequel?
She was sick girl, special girl, the girl that everyone had labeled FRAGILE. Until one day Martin, her stepfather, changed her treatment. It was like MAGIC. She began to hallucinate during her treatments, feel alive for days after, but her treatments didn't last long. She needed them a lot, but each time compels her to do something dangerous and different from her sick girl ways. Her careful ways. In her "hallucinations" she sees visions of a young teen-aged vampire named GABRIEL. Of course he was beautiful and of course she wanted to know more and more about him. It wasn't until later, she finds that GABRIEL is real and that they both have to fight for his and her existence.
True to form, the writers Laura J. Burns and Melinda Metz, teamed up to write a haunting first installment to the Crave (I don't know if that is what they will call it) series. It wasn't hard to believe that they were the writers for Roswell and Buffy as well. My heart and soul were into this book since I first opened it. Its twist and turns maneuvered the characters, Shay and Gabriel, in a exhilarating ride of love and hate and back to love all over again.
Yes it's a love story, yes it's about vampires and yes there is a reason why their love is tainted. BUT it's worth the ride, and worth every tired half open eyed moment I spent reading this book. The best thing about the book is the unique way the authors developed their character. It wasn't simply laid out like most authors do, through the eyes of the main character's own words. Shay's illness was explained in detail by her treatments and by how she interacted with people around her; and how her friends reacted to how she acted after her "new" treatments. Gabriel's life was interpreted by her hallucinations. By the time Gabriel even entered the picture, I knew him.
By the time I finished the book, I felt complete. I knew that they cared and loved each other; I knew that they both sacrificed something for each other and I knew they had a long journey ahead of them. I also knew that there will be a sequel. I just hope I don't have to wait too long.
This book is AWESOME!
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My condition isn't fatal, and Shay's is, but it doesn't matter. Her experience of life as a sick kid is pitch perfect to the point where reading this became painful for me because it hit way too close to home. Shay's experiences of how being the sick kid automatically ruled out from gym, getting 'special' treatment from teachers, how differently every kid treats her because of it, even how her mom treats her as a sick girl, never a normal one, and all the insecurities that go with it are depicted perfectly! It's unbearable to go through. I hated every moment I was stuck in high school, all I wanted was to be normal, as Shay does. Shay would do anything to be normal, and when her new blood transfusions start making her feel like she can do anything, take on the world, she starts pushing harder than ever and doing some pretty crazy stuff. Some people may find her attitude through that irritating, I found it completely perfect. When you don't know anything but sick, you don't take the strength, the good days, for granted, you do as much as you can, more than you should, and you don't apologise until way later for screwing up because dammit you need that normalcy!! And I love Shay for that. Her character is so real to me, I can identify with her very easily and I love her.
Aside from Shay and the realness surrounding her character, I loved the rest of this story! I really enjoyed getting to know Gabriel through Shay's 'visions' of him, and the way the vampire story has been flipped; the human girl needing blood for survival. There is some really good character development through the course of the book and I also loved the romantic sub plot. It was nicely developed, with a slightly reckless edge to it that I think fit Shay very well. A couple of the side characters feel a little flat at times, and sometimes I really wanted more explanation than was given, which did let it down a little over all, though not enough to stop me loving it.
Crave is quickly paced, running full force from almost the very start right up to the end, where you suddenly run face first in to a gigantic cliff hanger. I was literately saying 'no, no, no!!!' out loud and shaking my head, clicking through on my Kindle convinced there had to be more, that they couldn't possibly have left it there. Sadly, they had, though it took me several hours to come to terms with this!! And now September 2011 feels very far away as I wait for book 2, Arise. Crave isn't a very long read, but it's one I seriously loved! I read partially as an escape from my reality of being mostly home-bound, but this didn't really allow that and I liked the challenge of reading something that meshed my reality with the paranormal. Also, it's nice to see a sick girl getting to speak. I think I'd urge everyone to read it for that alone, as a glimpse in to what it's like for those of us who suffer daily.