Sunday, September 15, 2013

Series Sunday: The Clann Trilogy by Melissa Darnell

Titles: Crave, Covet, Consume
Author: Melissa Darnell
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Number of Books: Three
Review: Four Stars

I have been waiting for these books for over TWO years! My library wouldn't order them and I had so many other books to buy that I couldn't pay for them. I finally decided to just do it a couple weeks ago. I bought the first book and it rocked! I went back to the book story and they had book three but not book two, which put the series on hold for about a week. I finally finished the books on friday and have been dying to review them. Admittedly, these books weren't as
good as I was expecting, but they were still awesome! After getting halfway through The Book Thief and sobbing my eyes out, I needed something much lighter, and The Clann answered!

The story is dual POV between protagonists Savannah and Tristan. Savannah grows up a normal girl in Texas, but has been hated by the Clann her entire life. She's been betrayed by friends and pushed around nonstop. Does that stop Savannah? Of course not. Despite a lifetime of harassment, Savannah still stands. Throughout the series, Savannah is a voice of reason in their ragtag group. Even when things go from bad to worse, Savannah is there. She sees the bright side of things and doesn't stop until she's overcome any obstacle in her path. Tristan on the other hand, is a different story. I actually don't like his character a whole lot.  "how he was raised", but I don't care. The characters live in modern times and he need to realize that. Tristan continues to mock Savannah and gives up instantly when told they can't be together. Even if he doesn't realize it, Savannah is fighting to the end. Savannah sacrifices just about everything for him, and even still he's wrapped up in his desire for revenge, even if that pushes her away. Savannah's mother is a decent character but she is not a bit of a wimp, she's a wimp. Period. She runs away and treats her dog better than she does her daughter. Savannah's dad is a nice guy, but geez, I'm pretty sure he still lives in the 1800's. Tristan's sister Emily is an awesome character is book one and two, but gets on my nerves in book three. To be fair, she has an excuse and comes around in the end. I have to say, the characters weren't like what you find in your average book, and it probably makes them more realistic. Sure, he has his redeeming qualities, but overall, I view him as a bit of a jerk, self-obsorbed, and kinda sexist. On the last count, it's supposedly

The plot of the books is fun. It's fairly simple and predictable, but there are a few twists and turns that caught me by surprise. Each book takes off right where the other left off, which gives them a cool sense that they flow into each other. It'll often end in the middle of dramatic moment, which is continued in the next book. It adds to the overall plot arc and makes for a better story. Some events in the story were over-dramatized, especially in book three. Overall, I really liked the books and give it a four star rating.

Author Bio:
Melissa Darnell is the author of a growing list of adult and YA fiction and nonfiction books, including the Clann Series Books #1: Crave (published Oct. 2011 by Harlequin Teen), #2: Covet (published Sept. 2012 by Harlequin Teen), #3: Consume (to be published in 2012 by Harlequin Teen), and The Source (published Sept. 2012 by Netherfield House Press). Born in California, she grew up in Texas and has also called the following states home since then: Utah, West Virginia, Louisiana, Alabama, Kentucky, Iowa and South Dakota. A former award-winning dancer with 12 years' formal training in jazz, tap, and ballet, she currently lives in Nebraska with her husband Tim and two children, Hunter and Alexander, where she enjoys watching Whale Wars, Glee and True Blood, designing digital graphic products for the virtual world of Second Life, and of course writing her latest book.

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Savannah Colbert has never known why she's so hated by the kids of the Clann. Nor can she deny her instinct to get close to Clann golden boy Tristan Coleman. Especially when she recovers from a strange illness and the attraction becomes nearly irresistible. It's as if he's a magnet, pulling her gaze, her thoughts, even her dreams. Her family has warned her to have nothing to do with him, or any members of the Clann. But when Tristan is suddenly everywhere she goes, Savannah fears she's destined to fail.

For years, Tristan has been forbidden to even speak to Savannah Colbert. Then Savannah disappears from school for a week and comes back…different, and suddenly he can't stay away. Boys seem intoxicated just from looking at her. His own family becomes stricter than ever. And Tristan has to fight his own urge to protect her, to be near her no matter the consequences….

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