Monday, September 12, 2016

Review: Consume

Author Melissa Darnell
Format e-ARC
Print Length 384 pages
Publisher August 27, 2013
Published Harlequin Teen
Tristan Coleman has survived the change from Clann magic user to vampire, much to Savannah Colbert's joy—and despair. By changing the Clann's golden boy and newly elected leader, even to save him from death, she has unleashed a fury of hatred and fear that they cannot escape. 

As the Clann and the vampire council go to war, Tristan and Sav face a new threat—a fracturing of the all-consuming bond they share. To fight for peace, they must forge a new trust and risk everything to take down their deadliest enemy, even as they must run for their lives. Soon they will learn that some bonds are stronger than love—and some battles cannot be won without sacrifice. 

My Opinion

Thank you to Harlequin and Netgalley for allowing me to review this novel. This in no way influenced my review.

**Spoilers from the previous two books.***

I love the Clann series- Tristan, Savannah, Anne- they all hold a special 

place in my reading corner. I went into book three expecting the same feisty writing that made my heart beat both with adrenaline and with swoony feels. It is hard to write a review over a book that falls short of meeting your expectations. 

Consume starts off right where Covet leaves off. Tristan is a newly turned vampire and is in hiding until he gets his memories back. While the other two books focused more on Savannah I felt that Consume had a lot to do with Tristan. He is facing a lot- being turned into a vamp, kicked out of a Coven that he was supposed to be a leader of, being on the run, revenge and protecting Savannah. While he does come into his own, it is difficult to witness how he deals with some things. He of course comes off as a hero in the end, his armor just a little less shiny. Having being the one to change Tristan, it is difficult for Savannah to shield her thoughts from him. He has little ability to shield his from her. You can image how this is going to lead to a lot of bickering between the two, to the point where their relationship is altered. I can only imagine how horrible this would be- your significant other knowing your every thought. I just figure with a war going on they could move past the high school stuff.

Savannah’s parents are on the run with her and Tristan. Her divorced parents- so it stands to reason that there would be some disagreements. Ummm… hello your daughter and her boyfriend are being framed for murder. Her daddy was a bit to indulgent for my taste when it came to dealing with her momma. Seriously, someone needed to have a “come to Jesus” talk to the woman. She most definitely acted more like a teenager than a parent. Someone like Savannah’s Nanna.

I enjoyed the scenes of them at school, just like the other two books. This one had very few school scenes though. The pacing of off- for some reason this one felt like it was going at a crawl, with spurts of energy here and there. I think the pacing and lack of action is what got to me the most. The opposite of the first two books. I liked the ending, well to be honest I like the part that concerned Emily. The ending that concerned Savannah’s mom I could have done without. Just not a fan. Tristian’s sister surprised me a couple of times- really didn’t expect so much maturity out of her.

Overall, the series is great. This book as a series ender- not so much. There was no wow moment. It lacked that charm and pizzazz the other two books had. 

My Rating 3 out of 5 stars

Favorite Quote Nothing makes any of us monsters except the decisions we make and the actions we take.

Other People

Emily- Tristan’s sister
Ron- Shapeshifting keeper
Anne- Savannah’s best friend

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