(Crave # 1)
By: Laura J. Burns & Melinda Metz
Pub. Date: September 21, 2010
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing
Shay could never do the things her friends could--never try out for sports, never go to parties, never fall in love. Because of the mysterious and incurable blood disorder she was born with, she can barely make it through three days of school a week.
But now, her doctor-turned-stepfather has a brand-new treatment that he thinks will change everything. And it does. As soon as the new blood starts pumping into Shay's veins, she has visions of a different life...Gabriel's life. She sees an orphanage, loss, fangs, blood, and lust that she can't explain.
Is Gabriel real? And if he is, could he really be what she thinks he is?
First off, you have this amazing cover. Then you read the synopsis. I bought the book right away, I was so intrigued! This book did not disappoint. My only regret is that I didn't read it sooner.
Shay has a rare blood disorder. She is so weak that she can't do the things that other people can do. She needs blood transfusions all of the time, and she usually faints in school. Her doctor turned stepfather starts her on a new blood transfusion treatment and she starts to see the inner thoughts and memories of a man named Gabriel. She is also stronger then she has ever been before.
On the last transfusion she sees that Gabriel is chained up in her stepfather's office. She instantly goes to save him, and that's when all hell breaks loose. Gabriel is a vampire and is not beneath using the girl that saved him to escape from the doctor.
I liked Shay. I thought she was strong and respectable, but also a little stupid. No matter how many times Gabriel tried to kill her, she kept going back to save him. Gabriel was a very interesting character. He is a 400 year old vampire that has seen so much pain and suffering. I really liked him!
I really liked Shay and Gabriel together. When he wasn't trying to kill her and she wasn't being stupid, they were really cute together. When Gabriel finally realized where his loyalties were, it was a breath of fresh air!
Crave was such an original read. I never knew where the story was going to take me. The writing flowed nicely and it kept my attention the entire time!
The ending was crazy!! I can not wait to read the second book in the series, Sacrifice. I just know that it is going to be good!