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Crush (Crave #2)
Everything feels off—especially me. I’ve returned to Katmere Academy, but I’m haunted by fragments of days I have no recollection of living and struggling to understand who, or what, I really am.
Just when I start to feel safe again, Hudson is back with a vengeance. He insists there are secrets I don’t know about, threatening to drive a wedge between Jaxon and me forever. But far worse enemies are at our doorstep.
The Circle is caught in a power play and the Vampire Court is trying to drag me out of my world and into theirs. The only thing Hudson and Jaxon agree on is that leaving Katmere would mean my certain death.
And not only am I fighting for my life, but now everyone else’s is at stake—unless we can defeat an unspeakable evil. All I know is that saving the people I love is going to require sacrifice.
Maybe more than I’m able to give.
-Excerpt taken from Goodreads.
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(4 / 5) I like this series purely for entertainment purposes, however, I have a lot of problems with it too. Grace seems very immature. She’s ultimately a very stereotypical teen with extra drama thrown in. She’s very, very obsessed with Jaxon (I don’t say obsessed lightly) and it very much reminds me of Twilight. I know a lot don’t agree that it has a Twilight feel but for me it’s very blatant. The cheesy romance is very passionate. So passionate that it feels weird reading teens having these feelings. Don’t get me wrong, I read YA a lot but, their passion and “need” for each other can be cringey.
That being said, I was still entertained. Wolff knows how to throw in a lot of twists and turns! I feel she definitely fills scenes with fluff more than substance sometimes and the book could’ve been about 200 pages shorter without any info lost, but those scenes are also very entertaining and sometimes easy to devour.
Along with excessive teen passion, I feel Wolff tries to get in multiple tropes into one book which can be a bit exhausting. Also, a few things here and there just don’t add up like, her bestie from back home is perfectly fine not hearing from Grace for four months and hasn’t freaked out? That a simple text will hold her over? Not buying it.
Ultimately, I was entertained and will read book 3. The chapters were gloriously short, it was very easy to read and it didn’t feel like 700 pages. Wolff will have the next one out in only 5 months so it’s fun to keep up with it.
Detailed Content Review
Derogatory terms etc-
Alcohol, Drugs, Smoking
Intimacy, Sex, Immodesty
*Minor LGBTQ+ aspects included*
A young man and young woman passionately kiss, crashing bodies together, hands in hair, “making (her) need.” She whispers, “Mine.” He kisses her neck.
A young man jokes about a young woman “riding his dragon.”
There are lots of looks and thoughts of “wanting” or “needing” between a young woman and young man. “Sexy” looks and thoughts about what they can do later. She admires his body and abs multiple times. They kiss each other’s necks many times during conversations.
A young woman wants to shower but is worried about the presence of a young man in her head and if he can see her naked.
A young man vampire talks about biting his girlfriend to give her pleasure, not pain.
A young man dangles a pair of a young woman’s panties on his shoe.
A young woman and young man kiss. She wraps her arms around him and kisses him again. He makes a thirsty sound and kisses the corners of her mouth and runs his tongue along her lip, pulling her closer. He pushes her against the wall and kisses all down her neck.
A young man admires a young woman’s behind. She likes that he likes it because she’s been admiring him.
A young man checks out another young man’s abs.
A young woman and young man kiss.
“He gives me a look that I’m pretty sure would melt my panties off my body…”
A young man admits to being gay. It’s a sweet conversation between two friends and her acceptance of him.
A young woman has a girlfriend.
A young woman kisses a young man’s hand and lips. She wants to “make out” and grabs the young man, “slamming” their lips together. Without releasing her lips, he picks her up and carries her to his bed. She straddles him and kisses his neck, liking that his body is hard. She slides her hands under his shirt. They kiss more, his hands under her sweater. She “arch into him, tangling our legs together,” he feels good to her, he kisses her neck and scrapes his fangs along her.
“Calculus sucks balls.”
This is “(a man’s) wet dream.”
A young woman wipes her lipstick smears from kissing a young man.
A young woman kisses her boyfriend all over his face.
A young woman kisses a young man.
Violence, Weapons, Crime, Blood
A young man punches a young man.
A young woman wakes up with blood all over her. It’s not hers.
A painting depicts 19 Salem witches being hung while the village burns.
A young man has been beaten and blood taken from his body.
In a cave, an old vampire has cuffs and chains in the wall to hold people as their blood drips into buckets for her.
A young woman uses powers to cause a young man pain in his chest that makes him fall.
Previously, a vampire killed all gargoyles by slaughtering them or biting them.
A piece of something slices a young woman’s face and blood drips. A large item falls on a young man and knocks him out. Splinters are flying everywhere, cutting up a group of teens.
After playing a joke, a vampire father forbids his young son to eat for a month.
In a game, a young woman kicks a young man in the face.
A werewolf sinks his teeth into the neck of a young man. Blood pours out of the wound. People and people in animal form, fight. Many are injured.
In a monsters cave, bones litter the ground. Some are broken in half. The monster swipes a young man sending him into the wall. Then two more teens are thrown into the wall. One is thrown out the cave. It throws them at the wall multiple times. One young man is thrown so hard that cracking bones are heard as he thuds to the ground. He is dead and the teens are sobbing around him.
A young woman punches a young man in the nose, blood spurts. A young woman punches her body through a dragon wing. The dragon screams in agony and falls. A young woman kicks a young man in the knee. A young man wraps his hands around a young woman’s throat and squeezes. A young woman knees a young man hard in the groin. A werewolf bites her arm, she punches its face multiple times. She then kicks a young man in the face. A young man punches her in the face. More jump on her, beating her and wrenching it back. She is hit in the face again and chokes on blood. A large paranormal throws off werewolves and it shatters their bones.
A vampire sinks his fangs into a young woman’s neck. Agony sears her body.
A young man uses magic and causes a man to “melt” as he screams.
A young woman is buried alive.
A young man punches a young man and many beat him. He falls and blood pours from his chin. Someone steps on his hand, breaking his fingers.
Potentially Intense Themes
A young woman has multiple blackouts.
A presence has taken over a teen’s body.
A young man dies and many sob over him.
A young woman is dying and many sob over her.
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