Ok, I just want to preface this review by saying, “If you haven’t read Crave (or at least a review of it; mine is here), STOP! There are spoilers ahead.” With that in mind, please continue. 🙂
Grace has had a rough few months. Her parents are dead, her boyfriend is a vampire, her cousin and best friend is a witch, and she almost became a human sacrifice. That is enough craziness for anybody. Unfortunately, her life just got even weirder. Now, Grace is finding out shocking news about her own identity, and she’s got a psychotic evil vampire to deal with. Like life wasn’t already hard enough.
- Title: Crush
- Author: Tracy Wolff
- Narrators: Heather Costa, Tim Paige
- Publisher: Entangled: Teen
- Published: September 29, 2020
- Series: Crave, book 2
Whew, this book was so intense! For the few days it took me to read it, it basically consumed my life. I was supposed to be doing other things, but I somehow always ended up listening to Crush. So, obviously I really enjoyed it. If you read my review on Crave, you know that I thought it was just ok. It reminded me of a cheesier, more soapy version of Twilight, and I gave it three stars. I liked Crush more, but it was definitely still soap opera-y. Even the ending was one of those click-baitish cliffhangers. Completely unnecessary and obviously just trying to lure you in to the third book. There was a lot of yelling in my house the day I finished this….
If Crave reminded me of Twilight, Crush reminded me of Vampire Diaries (the TV show, not the books), complete with a brother-brother love triangle. Yes, you read me correctly. After the crossed-stars, dramatic love affair of Jaxon Vega and Grace, Crush introduced a LOVE TRIANGLE. Now, I don’t hate these as much as some people, but I was still a little surprised. However, I quickly came around because, oh my goodness, I love Hudson Vega. He is hilarious and sassy and way better than poor, tortured Jaxon. He is the Damon to Jaxon’s Stefan (if you don’t know what I’m talking about, don’t worry about it). And I was always more of a Damon fan.
That being said, I felt like Jaxon’s character changed a lot in this book. Firstly, he didn’t have nearly as large a role as I think he should have had. You know how Edward disappeared from New Moon to make room for Jacob’s character development? It was kind of like that, but Jaxon was still there. He was just…diminished. Which felt strange in the context of the first book. Again, I loved Hudson, so I wasn’t overly bothered by this, but it was still weird.
The plot was alright (definitely more original than Crave), and only some aspects were mildly predictable. There are some aspects of the world building that I am assuming are going to be more thoroughly explained later in the series, so I’m not mad about it (yet). I did feel like Crush was more original and creative than Crave in general,but I still want more in depth explanation.
I guess I should mention the heroine before wrapping up this review. Grace is just so-so for me. She’s not unlikable, but she’s definitely not a standout. As far as Crush‘s characters go, Hudson is my only love. And their interactions were adorable.
Note: I was disappointed by the audiobook version of Crush. I liked Heather Costa (the primary narrator) in Crave, but her British accent for Hudson didn’t sound British at all, which was just sad. You may want to read this one, rather than listening to it.
There was a lot of serious language in Crush, which I thought was a little inappropriate for a book set in a high school. I expect that in some adult novels, but I don’t appreciate it in YA literature. There was only mild sexual content and a supporting LGBT character. No religious content.
I am giving Crush four stars. I did have some issues with it, but I liked it a lot in spite of myself. I can’t believe I have to wait until March for book three….
I’ve seen a lot of conflicting reviews about this one. Have you guys read it? What did you think? Am I the only reader who was obsessed with the Vampire Diaries TV show??
Anyway, I hope you guys are having an awesome week and happy reading!