Consume by Melissa Darnell

August 28, 2013 Review 7 ★★★

I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Consume by Melissa DarnellConsume by Melissa Darnell
Series: The Clann #3
Published by Harlequin TEEN on August 27, 2013
Genres: Paranormal Romance, Young Adult
Pages: 384
Format: ARC
Source: NetGalley
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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.

Have I mentioned before what a bad habit I have of  picking up a book with a beautiful cover only to realize after I’ve started reading that… this is a series. And this isn’t the first.

Why yes, this is yet another case of that happening. And while I spent a lot of time confused in this book, and Darnell doesn’t do the greatest job of explaining what happened before (read the series in order, guys, it’s so confusing otherwise!), it was still a fun book to read.

There are some things that annoyed me a lot about this book. First off, it’s told in first person point of view, which is fine. I like those a lot, and I find it really interesting to follow along with the main character’s thought process. My problem is when you have two main characters, so you’re switching between their points of view. Frequently more than once in a chapter! If you absolutely must switch points of view, do it chapter by chapter. But I would prefer no switching at all. It’s annoying, and if you need to tell the story from both sides then please tell it in third person where I don’t feel quite so much like I’m experiencing whiplash.

And like I mentioned before, it’s not the best at making sure people like me are brought up to speed. There are a lot of references to things that have happened in previous books without much of an explanation as to what is going on, or why these two groups are so close to war.

On the other hand, this was an engaging story, and once I got past the initial confusion it was easy to be drawn in and dragged along for the ride. I find it strange that the vampire council is able to have people dragged across to Paris, and the fact that the shifters are so reliant on being in the good graces of the Clann, but if we suspend disbelief then sure.

There was a lot of tension between Tristan and Savannah while they were on the road, and that made a lot of sense. A lot of other stories that have the two romantic leads trapped in a small space together never seem to mention that people fight, so this added a lot of realism into the story and made it easier to empathize with Savannah and Tristan.

This was a good story, but I suspect it would be a lot better if I’d read the previous books. Maybe eventually I will. I’d recommend this book for people who like their vampire stories with a bit of originality.

7 Responses to “Consume by Melissa Darnell”

  1. Megan

    You are so brave for reading a book in the middle of a series! I could never do that. I’m definitely a start-at-the-begining kind of girl.

    • Laureen

      I don’t think I’d call it brave, more like stubborn! I didn’t want to have to go find the first two books in order to read this one. I’d much prefer starting at the beginning!

  2. Jeann @ Happy Indulgence

    Thanks for your review, it looks like this one sort of jumped all over the place especially with the multiple perspectives! I’ve got a bad habit of reading books with pretty covers too…sometimes it doesn’t always translate into a good story.

    • Laureen

      A lot of the time a pretty cover doesn’t translate into a good story, but this one turned out okay. Confusing, of course, but okay, I found that the part that bugged me the most were the multiple perspectives, all in the same chapter. Thank you for commenting.

  3. Jonathan

    My favorite fboirdden romance story is Slammed by Colleen Hoover. Layken and Will are perfect for one another. They have both lost parents, have brothers the same age, who end up becoming best friends, love the same music, love to write poety, and connect in such a deep way. However, they are fboirdden to be with one another due to unforeseen circumstances, and it was upsetting me the whole way through the book! Thanks for the awesome giveaway!!!! I am thoroughly excited!!!!!

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