Devour: Volume 1 Paperback – 6 Apr 2012
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About the Author
Shelly is a NEW YORK TIMES & USA TODAY bestselling YA author from a small town in Georgia and loves everything about the south. She is wife to a fantastical husband and stay at home mom to two boisterous and mischievous boys who keep her on her toes. She loves paperbacks, coffee, and candy corn, and to spend time with her family and friends, go out to eat at new restaurants and site see in the new areas they travel to, listen to music and also LOVES to read. Her own books happen by accident and she revels in the writing and imagination process. She doesn't go anywhere without her notepad for fear of an idea creeping up and not being able to write it down immediately, even in the middle of the night, where her best ideas are born.
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Devour follows the life of Clara, a young girl who is living with a foster home after her parents are murdered. Clara attends the local high school where she sits with the popular crowd and has a popular boyfriend, who is a star wrestler and even though Clara is surrounded by people, she's not really happy and mostly she feels alone. When new boy Eli starts her school, she feels an undeniable attraction to him and suddenly she's thrown into Eli's world.....one that is very dangerous and Clara seems to be right in the middle of it.
If you didn't already guess, I loved this book. There is actually nothing to dislike about it because it's pure awesomeness and the story line is thrilling, loving and fresh and once again UNIQUE! I've never read anything like it. I don't want to tell you too much about the story because I don't want to ruin the surprise but the mystery surrounding Eli and what he really is, really leaves you guessing. I even got to one point of the book and thought "What the hell is he?" but I was completely blown away when I found out and it truly makes me think "why hasn't this book been picked up by a publisher?" It is seriously awesome.
One of the key points of this book were the characters and I adored all of them. Even the bad guys, there's just something about them that you like. Clara and Eli, were a fantastic couple and even with all their obstacles they overcome so much. They are bound to one other that is really touching and loving and it that makes it slightly magical. It was a real joy to read about and I want more. Now Enoch; Eli's brother, really reminded me of Damon from The Vampire Diaries with his snarky comments and bad boy attitude. I really enjoyed him as a character and I can not wait to see more from him.
Overall, Shelly Crane has blown me away yet again and I can not wait to dive in another one of her books. Devour is a must read!
At the beginning, Eli, the new guy, was very mysterious. I could see that he was different and strange sometimes but I had no idea why or if he was a good or a bad guy. And when the supernatural stuff was revealed? OMG, I definitely did not expect something like that. It was such a fascinating thing to read about. Kudos to author for this unique idea.
And now to Clare. As a main heroine and narrator, I had hard time to like her at the beginning. She wasn't annoying or something like that. She just played the role and was a person that other poeple excpected her to be. She was not happy about such a life but had no intentions to change it at the beginning. She associated with terrible people (bullies and aggressors) and I just could not like her for that. BUT, as the story progressed, she changed and really grew on me. So overall, I have to admit that she was a likeable character and I respected her by the end of the book.
Devour is awesome book and I would recommend it to all lovers of paranormal stories!
Clara has what seems to be theI perfect life, apart from her own inner thoughts about what she wants or doesn't want she lives a constant Groundhog Day, until meeting Eli at the park one night. Meeting him makes her feel different, but she doesn't act on it because of her boyfriend Tate, but things start to change and both Clara and Eli finally get what they want, unfortunately it's not going to be the easy path. Will they be able to maintain their love?
This was a great story, plot, and the characters were great. A very original idea that keeps you guessing and makes you feel for the characters. This is a sweet romance so no sex, but it's not required. Lots of angst, lots of sweet moments, the writing was ok, some errors but nothing major. Overall a great read and I'm moving straight on to the next book in this series. If you're a Twilight fan, or have read any of Shelly Cranes other series this ones for you.
This should be a 1.5 at most but you can't give 0.5s so its a 2 because I was feeling generous.
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