Early Review: Covet by Melissa Darnell

, by Kt Clapsadl

Covet by Melissa Darnell
The Clann #2

Dangerous to be together. Painful to be apart. 

Savannah Colbert knows she broke up with Tristan Coleman for the right reasons. Most of all, to keep from killing him with her new vampire abilities. But try telling her heart. Now, lost in a sea of hostile Clann faces, Sav tries to come to terms with what she's becoming and what that means for her future. And that someone is doing their best to bully her into making a terrible mistake.

Tristan can't believe Sav won't even talk to him. If being apart is her decision, fine. Just don't expect him to honor it. But even as he prepares to fight for the girl he loves, forces beyond their control take them both in directions neither could have foreseen or prepared for.

A reckoning is coming… and not everyone will survive.

To avoid a war between the Vampires and the Clann, Savannah broke things off with Tristan. Being separated from is the worst kind of torture, especially as she cannot seem to escape his constant presence and reminder of what she cannot have. Things are any easier outside of her romantic life either as she struggles with the complications of her vampiric side taking over, and the Clann's determination to ruin her life. Meanwhile, Tristan is bound and determined to change Savannah's mind even if it means giving up everything and everyone else. But even as he struggles to find a solution, outside forces push them further apart leading to an inevitable confrontation that will forever change their lives.

I have to admit I was worried that this book would center around a whole lot of teen angst due to the forced separation between Savannah and Tristan. Granted there is a whole lot of pining for one another, but it never tips over into that annoying state that can happen with teenagers. Well, at least on Savannah's part that is, since she was able to stand strong and steady throughout for the most part. Tristan on the other hand was another story as I wanted to smack him upside the head at times for his behavior as he lashed out in anger, but it didn't take very long to forgive him as his pain was so heart wrenching. This truly is a case of starcrossed lovers that are written incredibly well, especially as the emotions between them were so real that I couldn't help being sucked right into their pain.

At first I felt like this book was a little slow, but then I realized that there actually was a good bit happening as it built a steady pace. It's just that I was so focused on the emotional aspects of the story, (and yes I was rather impatient to see if there would be any hope for the two of them together), that I almost overlooked all of the other developments. Regardless of that, I have to say that any possible lack of intensity in the first part of the book was more than compensated for in the last third. It was almost as if a switch was pulled and the action events completely took over, spiraling closer to the ending which knocked my legs right out from under me. There was a short teaser for the next book included in my ARC copy that I read to try and alleviate some of my misery from the ending, but it only made it worse. I can assure you that the wait for the final book will be agonizing.

In all honesty, I was completely blown away by Covet. Yes, I enjoyed the first installment, but I don't remember it having quite the same effect on me. The sheer depth of the raw emotion in Covet was absolutely staggering as I felt like I was being torn apart right along with the characters. This was an absolutely brilliant follow up to Crave, and I highly recommend it.

(Received a copy from the publisher via Netgalley)



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