Title: Covet (Book 2 of The Clann Series)
Author: Melissa Darnell
Genre: Young adult paranormal fantasy
I love this series, and I truly can’t wait for the next instalment. But I will have to, because it’s not due out until next year. In a few words, the series is about forbidden love between a girl who is half witch and half vampire, and a boy who is a powerful member of the witch clan. Witches and vampires are enemies, kept from warring with each other only through a hard-won peace treaty, and flouting the rules in book one, Clann, only resulted in people getting hurt, so Tristan and Savannah’s relationship is doomed. Or is it?
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. 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 honor it. But even as he prepares to fight for the girl he loves, forces beyond their control take them both in directions neither could have foreseen or prepared for.
So what do I love about this book?
- The characters: Tristan and Sav are both likeable, intelligent and caring, and the secondary characters are all well drawn and realistic.
- The story: it’s unpredictable, well paced, enriched with sub-plots and has the perfect balance between action and character and relationship development.
- The writing: the prose is excellent—immediate, engaging and easy to read.
- The themes: choosing acting for the good of all above personal desires; how prejudice prevents one from seeing clearly; the necessity to forgive oneself and others in order to move on; and, of course, the romantic staple, the power of love. Tristan and Sav’s love is strong, but it isn’t enough to break down centuries of hate, nevertheless, their connection will always remain. As Sav’s father says, just because the other person doesn’t want you around any more doesn’t mean you stop loving them.
The story and characters have guts, the writing has power, unexpected things happen and the endings are great. There are plenty of YA paranormal stories around, but this one has a thematic depth and nobility of character that makes it stand above the crowd.
5 stars. A must read for all lovers of contemporary young adult fantasy.
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