Friday, August 10, 2012

Covet (The Clann #2) by Melissa Darnell

Covet (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

Wow, just wow.
Covet was phenomenal, even better than the first!

Covet was full of heartache. For about 99% of the story, both characters were heartbroken and the feeling permeated throughout the book. And I could really feel all that emotion. I'm not usually a crier, but Covet had me on the verge of tears a few times. At the beginning, Savannah breaks up with Tristan and she forces herself to stay away. Tristan, however, was more stubborn. He kept trying to find ways for them to be together. But, obviously, things weren't that simple. For one thing, they were both watched like hawks with both the council and the Clann. I thought I wouldn't like that the couple was separated, but I did. Just because they were apart, didn't mean the elements of romance weren't there. They thought about each other most of the time. And their separation allowed each of them to grow individually. 

Savannah was incredible in Covet. I think she is the one who had the most character growth. She develops completely into a vampire, with blood lust, beauty, and all. But she also starts cultivating her witch side. She's extremely powerful, which was exactly what everyone was afraid of. She was also remarkably strong throughout the book. She had to deal with avoiding the love of her life and current circumstances didn't help. Tensions were brewing between the witches and vampires and she often dealt with the backlash with the descendants. After reading Covet, Savannah has elevated herself to one of my favorite heroines.

Tristan went through a lot of growth as well. He stubbornly refused to admit defeat and call it quits with Savannah, looking for ways for them to be together until he exhausted all possibilities. With the tension boiling between species, he had to contain the most violent reactions from the witches. He was as sweet and adorable as ever, but he also showed a lot of strength. He showed himself to be a worthy hero.

The other characters went through some growth, as well. Anne has to come to terms with Savannah's new life. We find out why Dylan acts the way he does, and,  I have to say, he got my sympathy-even though it was reluctantly given. Savannah's dad came up much more (she lives with him in this book) and we get to see the more human side of the vampire.
And we get introduced to a new species! Though this species doesn't come up too much in Covet, I think they will be much more important in the next book, Consume, after what happened at the end.

Ah, the ending. During the last chapter, I was on the edge of my seat the entire time. And when the book ended the way it did, I wanted to scream. Oh my goodness, I honestly don't know what to say after that ending. So much happens and so much changes within that ending, I still don't know exactly what to feel about it. And the cliffhanger. Ugh, I need to find out what happens next. But consume won't come out until 2013...oh, well.  I guess I might be able to muster up some patience (though probably not).

The pacing of Covet was much the same as the first book. It takes place over several months. The pace is steady and deliberate before we go into the breakneck speed of that epic ending.

Covet was wonderful, marvelous, fantastic, and any other synonym of the words. I loved it!


Thanks to Netgalley and Harlequin Teen for a copy! 

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