Crave by Melinda Metz (ARC)
Publication Date: September 21, 2010
Versions: paperback, kindle
Received from: Book it Forward ARC Tours
Summary (from goodreads):
Shay has had a rare blood disorder since she was born. In fact, her mother married one of Shay's doctors, Martin, who left his world-renowned leukemia research to try and figure out exactly what the disorder is and how to cure it. When she turns seventeen, Martin begins to give her new blood transfusions that make her feel the strongest she has ever felt. But she also has odd visions where she sees through the eyes of a vampire. At first, she thinks she must be imagining the visions, but when she begins to see Martin's office in them, she knows she has to check it out. That's when she finds Gabriel, a sexy, teenaged vampire, imprisoned in Martin's office. The connection she has built with Gabriel compels her to set him free. But when he kidnaps her in an attempt at revenge on Martin, their lives become deeply intertwined. She doesn't know the half of it.
For some reason, I couldn't connect with Shay (the main character). She was just so...different but I looked up to her for standing her ground and going after what she wants. Shay has always had a special blood disorder, and every doctor she visits has no idea what's wrong with her. Then she goes to Martin, and eventually her mom even gets married to him. Every two weeks or so, Shay needs to receive blood transfusions to stay alive. And Martin has perfected a new type of blood and when Shay receives it-she can see visions of someones past-their life story. His name is Gabriel and Shay can connect to him in a deep level. The new blood makes her feel so much more alive and before she knows it...she finds him held captive in Martin's office. The only problem is that he's out for revenge.
Is it just me or is Gabriel a pretty sexy name? I mean there are a lot of books now a days with the name Gabriel-and for some reason I end up swooning after the character. And that's exactly what I did with Crave. The book was written really well-so I give Melinda Metz a lot of props for that. It was also very interesting and unique. I can say that I have never read a book about a blood disorder before-but I loved the story line and reading about Shay's struggles.
Will I reread it?
Maybe? I don't know, but I recommend this to any supernatural book lover. I really enjoyed it and I hope a lot more people will jump on the Melinda Metz bandwagon (because I did).