Parents' Guide to

Crave, Book 1

By Carrie R. Wheadon, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Just like Twilight, but set in Alaska with more swearing.

Book Tracy Wolff Fantasy 2020
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age 15+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 16+

Feels like its written for 14 year olds but with smut

Crave is one of those trashy YA novels, you read it because its so trashy its entertaining. It does have a bit of educational value with how life is like living in Alaska but there's not much else good to say about it. Its poorly written with major plot holes, and seems to be targeted at 13 and 14 year old's even though the characters are 17. It feels like the author is talking down on YA books as a whole even though this is one and the plot is a mess you've got vampires, dragons, werewolves, witches, gargoyles, necromancy, etc as the series continues it just becomes more of a mess of how much chaos can I cause in this series and all of the main characters are ridiculously overpowered. I say its written for 13 and 14 year olds but I rated it at 16+ because there are some steamy scenes and they get even more steamy in future books... For those that read smut normally this is nothing but for YA the content is really pushing the boundaries. I think its entertaining if you're in it for a laugh and not the actual plot but considering how long the series is I wouldn't recommend it.
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age 13+

Really fun books. The series is a hit for me

I really like this book. I would say overall, it is okay for 13 and up. The book is written in the first person, from the main character, Grace’s point of view. There are some moments where she has some romantic/sexy thoughts and there are moments with her boyfriend, including her gettin bitten (that whole vampire thing) and it being pleasurable. It overall is pretty mild in this book. The second book has almost no scenes like that. If I recall correctly, the third book is pretty mild in that aspect as well but the fourth gets a bit more steamy. The fifth book I def has at least one fairly major scene if I recall. There is def violence throughout all the stories. There are deaths as well, including of characters that are loved. However, most of the violence and gore are important to the story. I’m not a huge fan of violence but in this case, I think it was needed for the story to continue building and growing. Kind of like Harry Potter: There is cursing including some F bombs. The story itself gets better and better throughout all the books. The first book felt kind of like twilight with some added surprises…but it does not stay that way. the series becomes it’s own entity for sure!

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Is It Any Good?

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Kids say (13 ):

If you have your Sexy Vampire Novel bingo card handy, you can check off these boxes for starters -- clueless and accident-prone female hero and angsty and possessive vampire hottie. Add to that extra vampire powers (telekinesis!), shapeshifters who hate the vampires, plenty of warnings to stay away from hot vampire, checked-out male figure in girl hero's life (her uncle here), and rival love interest who's actually nice and would make a much better boyfriend. So, what's different, you're wondering. Crave is set in a creepy castle boarding school in the middle of Alaska, teens all have phones and text each other, and everyone swears a lot more.

Readers who loved Twilight will dig this book, too. Even if they're pretty mad at Grace for not figuring out her boyfriend is a vampire for more than 300 pages. That must be some kind of record, especially since Jaxon actually gives her a copy of Twilight as a gift. Readers who like a balance of fantasy world-building and romantic interludes will find the former lacking and far too many pages of Grace's many, many thoughts. Tracy Wolff is an author who churns out a lot of books and doesn't bother editing down redundancies. But vampire novels are back and will always come back, and she really needn't bother with that kind of painstaking work. Books like Crave will always have an audience.

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