Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Consume (The Clann #3) by Melissa Darnell + Featured Freebie

Consume (The Clann, #3)
These violent delights have violent ends
And in their triumph die, like fire and powder,
Which, as they kiss, consume.
—William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet

Tristan Coleman has survived the change from Clann magic user to vampire, much to Savannah Colbert's joy—and despair. By changing the Clann's golden boy and newly elected leader, even to save him from death, she has unleashed a fury of hatred and fear that they cannot escape.

As the Clann and the vampire council go to war, Tristan and Sav face a new threat—a fracturing of the all-consuming bond they share. To fight for peace, they must forge a new trust and risk everything to take down their deadliest enemy, even as they must run for their lives. Soon they will learn that some bonds are stronger than love—and some battles cannot be won without sacrifice.

My Rating: 5 Roses

Oh. My. Goodness. I don't even know what to say about this book. Amazing. Wonderful. A totally epic conclusion to this brilliant series! Consume was just perfect, magnificent. There aren't enough words to say how much I adored this book.

After such a brilliant series, I was expecting a lot from the conclusion. All the built up in the previous two books, the long buried resentment between witches and vampires. It had to amount to something huge. And this book definitely delivered. It was an entirely satisfying conclusion that gave me thrills, surprises, and a perfect ending to this series.

Savannah really came into her full potential in this book. Over the course of the previous two books, she had grown progressively stronger and, in this last book, she truly became a kick-ass heroine. She matured and became a truly admirable person. She was brilliant and I really liked her in this book. Though I'm sad that I won't be seeing more of her, I'm glad that she finally got a happy ending.

Tristan was just brilliant! Like Sav, he grows a lot throughout this book. He deals with a lot of emotions that threaten to overwhelm him: his resentment for being thrown out the the Clann, his desire for revenge, his determination to stop a full scale war, and his constant love for Sav. So we see him going through a lot of mental growth. He really proves himself as a hero. He was sweet, strong, and determined to do what was right, even when it wasn't clear what that was. If I loved him in the previous book, I went completely head-over-heels in this one. He was amazing and I adored him.

The romance was perfectly done. I loved how, despite all the obstacles that Sav and Tristan had been through and were still going through, they never doubted their feelings for each other. It was so sweet. They weren't the kind of couple that let insignificant things get between them and I loved that about them. They were a lovely couple and I was glad to see how things ended for them.

All the other characters from this series had their moments in this book. From Joan to Anne to Dylan, all the characters really came to life.

The plot was fast paced. Like the other books in this series, Consume spans several months and that can be tricky when trying to get the pacing right. But, again, Ms. Darnell managed to keep me hooked and entirely riveted in the story. There were tons of thrills that had me on the edge of my seat. The final battle, the climax of the book, was amazingly done. I was absolutely consumed (no pun intended) by that action that was going on. There were surprises galore that I never saw coming. This book definitely didn't fall into predictability. And the emotions that were present as the characters faced death and danger were palpable. The ending to this book, and the series as a whole, was PERFECT! I couldn't imagine a better ending to this series.

Consume was amazing, wonderful, brilliant, and every other synonym to those words. It was a perfect ending to a fantastic series. If you loved Crave and Covet, you will love this book. I guarantee that you won't be disappointed with this conclusion. Loved it, loved it, absolutely adored it!

*Thanks to Netgalley and Harlequin Teen for a copy!
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