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Consume (Harlequin Teen) Paperback – 27 Aug 2013
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About the Author
Melissa Darnell is the author of a growing list of adult and YA fiction and nonfiction books. Born in California, she grew up in East Texas and has also lived in Utah, West Virginia, Louisiana, Alabama, Kentucky, and Iowa. She currently lives in South Dakota with her husband and two children where she enjoys watching Whale Wars, UFC matches and True Blood, trying out new hair colors, and designing things for the virtual world of Second Life. Visit her on the Web at www.melissadarnell.com.
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As it was, the book started with a fairly big info dump that caught me up on the bones of the drama from the previous instalments. It's the kind of thing that would probably have really annoyed me had I read the previous two books, but it was useful coming into it fresh like I was.
I liked the ideas of the vampires vs. witches, tenuous peace treaties and betrayals from within your ranks. There was a lot of potential tension to get out of all this; however, the vast majority of the book was focused on details outside of all this - tension arising from the situations between Savannah, Tristan and their family members on the run together. A whole plot thread was based on trying to rehouse Savannah's mother's dog. Which did lead to the Clann capturing their friends, which did move things along, but a lot of the plot for the first three quarters involved running away from the Clann and arguing about who made a mess of the place.
There was also a lot of pondering on right and wrong, morality and whether or not people with completely opposing views can ever find a middle ground. Interesting fodder if the two options explored are both grey areas, but in this case, one character was obviously right, and the other was being a tool.
I guess what I'm saying is that there was a lot of contrived conflict in a setting that could have been so rich with problems for the characters to face. Which isn't to say that it's terrible - far from it. It was an entertaining read, even despite the fact that it was book 3 and I hadn't read 1 or 2. I just felt a bit let down after discovering what I thought could be an interesting set up. It was the promise of the whole thing that made me want more out of it.
So, if you're looking for a YA fantasy more concerned with its central couple than everything else, then you'll probably love this. If you're looking for a light distraction, you could do far worse. Good, but nothing to make it stand out among the zillions of others of its ilk.
This is book 3 in the `The Clann' series, and picks up a couple of hours after the end of book 2 `Covet'.
**Warning - some unavoidable spoilers for books 1 & 2 `Crave' and `Covet'.**
Tristan is now a vampire, his father has just been killed, his sister is pregnant, and it looks like a war is about to break out between the vampires and The Clann.
Can Savanna help Tristan with his bloodlust? How long will it be before he regains his memories? Who will take over the Clann with Tristan turned? And can Savanna and Tristan stop the fighting before it's too late?
This was an okay story, but again, I found it dragged, and I got a bit bored.
Savanna and Tristan had obstacles to overcome in this one, which considering their biggest hurdle had just been smashed by Tristan becoming a vampire, was a bit annoying. This time Tristan and Savanna were arguing because Tristan wanted to kill the new Clann leader, whilst Savanna said that he shouldn't because he would have to live with that guilt for eternity. Thus, relations between these two were frosty at best, for almost the entire book, so if you were hoping for romance? Look somewhere else.
The rest of the storyline in this book was okay, but so much of the book was just dull. The obvious storylines were Tristan dealing with becoming a vampire, and Savanna and co. dealing with the new head of the Clann, and unfortunately the rest of the storyline was taken up with people arguing, and travelling around in an RV. Not exactly riveting stuff unfortunately.
There were a couple of surprises in this one, including one that I must have somehow missed at the end of book 2. None of these surprises were all that interesting though, and as the story dragged on and on, with people arguing over dirty cups, and dogs, and other inconsequential stuff, I did get bored. I wanted action! I wanted romance! I wanted something to keep me on the edge of my seat or get my heart beating, and instead I got drudgery.
The ending of this one was okay, if a little too perfect. It was an ending though, no cliff-hanger here, and having finished all I can really say is that I'm glad to be finished. This series has gone seriously downhill in my opinion, and I have no intentions of ever revisiting this one again unfortunately.
Overall; a disappointing and dull end to the series.
5 out of 10.
At the end of the last book, we see Tristan being turned into a vampire by Savannah, to save his life. So at the start of Consume, we see his transition, getting his memories back (which the change caused him to lose), and learning to deal with the blood lust.
They then have to deal with the Clann, who have a new, heinous leader, Mr. Williams, who killed Tristan's mother, and blamed it on Tristan. Savannah and Tristan are now on the run with Savannah's mam and dad, and Tristan's sister Emily, while Mr. Williams has started a war with the vampires.
This was a really good final instalment in the trilogy. I enjoyed Tristan as a vampire, and him and Savannah being free to be together now. They can now read each others minds which made things interesting.
I loved how this series ended, it was great seeing everyone get their HEA.
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