Hi All! It’s Becky. I was surprised by how much I enjoyed Crave by Tracy Wolff. I was excited to listen to the second audiobook in the series, but unfortunately, Crush was a little disappointing.
Author: Tracy Wolff
Note: I listened to the audiobook.
Summary: Grace is back at Katamere Academy, and she is happily reunited with her mate and love, Jaxon. Grace is desperate to find out what happened to her and to learn more about her new supernatural status. Complicating Grace’s life is the reappearance of Jaxon’s brother, Hudson, who is now connected supernaturally to her. Can Grace learn to control her new powers, rid herself of Hudson, and find happiness with her mate?
Many details of this book are revealed in this review!
Review: I was a teen in the late 90s/early 2000s, and I grew up watching TV shows with strong female main characters that defeated evil. When I started listening to Crush, I expected to encounter one of these strong female characters, but Grace ain’t Buffy or Agent Sydney Bristow. In Crush, we rejoin Grace shortly after she has been released from her stone prison from the end of the first book. Grace is the heroine of this book, except she is basically the victim of torture throughout the entire novel. She is cursed with her mate’s dead brother in her head. Yep, that’s right, Hudson is living in Grace’s head…against her wishes. He is literally inside her by force. Maybe I am over-reading into this, but that seems like a major violation which is kind of glossed over. As is the part where many male werewolves hold her down and forcibly break her bond with Jaxon. The scene reads like rape, but it is quickly shaken off. Plus, we don’t even need to get into the different trials she had to try to win just to keep her life. She is injured over and over again and the writer just kind of ignores the ramifications to those characters who are doing the torture. I may have been able to move past this because even Buffy died if the book was well-plotted. but it’s not. Crush is long, over 700 pages, and it really doesn’t need to be. The story is rambling and repetitive and just really felt like it needed an editor. However, the part of the story that I found most troubling was how Wolff depicted Jaxon. To me, the character didn’t change that much from the first novel however everyone in Crush keeps saying how he is too controlling. All of these issues, added to the “surprise ending” made Crush a book that I didn’t find particularly entertaining and made me remove the third book in the series from my TBR list.
Final Rating: 2 out of 5