greetings earthlings! today I’m reviewing crush by tracy wolff, the sequel to crave.
I just reviewed Crave, and by just I mean it was one of the most recent posts. Here’s a short recap of that: basically I didn’t love the book. it was weird and a bit all over the place but the characters were interesting and I thought that they were being creative in ways that I hadn’t seen before. I was actually excited for Crush because as I said the ending was really great and I was excited to see what came next…. and I was let down hard. It started out pretty promising. Grace wakes up a couple months of being stone and doesn’t know what happened and thinks its another day. She walks around and then people are like what the fuck you’re back. It’s pretty funny and gave me hope for what would come. She finds out that she is gargoyle and is pretty freaked out. Once again people don’t give straight answers and it is annoying as hell but it is actually not the thing I hated most about this book. Also Hudson, who is Jaxon’s brother, who tried to kill him at the end of the last book has disappeared and no one has been able to find him. Grace tries to start things up like they were before but she is trying to learn her powers and starts watching up covered in blood.
Jaxon then decides to reveal that Hudson can control people and we found out that he is secretly controlling Grace. What I thought was going to happen was there was going to be a mystery about what was happening with Grace but that ends at like 100 pages. We then finally meet Hudson and I need to rant for a second. It’s pretty clear that Tracy Wolff was trying to make him the Damien of the story but he is the fucking Jacob. He sucks. He is a piece of shit and I wanted to like him. He is sarcastic and a little evil that’s my thing but the book has him be evil and then suddenly be a good guy in two seconds. There was no development. Also like every other character in this book he is never straightforward. Hudson basically lives in Grace’s mind and only she can talk to him. I think my biggest problem with this book is that so much from the first book is thrown out the fucking window. Now if you want to have some unexpected in your sequel that’s fine. But don’t do it out of nowhere. A Court of Thorns and Roses set up the relationship between Feyre and Tamlin but we meet the character Rhysand and it’s clear that there is kind of something happening between him and Feyre, setting up the arch for the two. It was planned.
In Crave we set up Hudson as the bad guy, Jaxon was her mate *can fantasy books stop using this word?, and there was something happening between Macy and Flint. In this book Hudson is barely the bad guy. He is the bad guy for 10% of the book and then nothing happens until the last 100 pages. Jaxon is side lined which I didn’t think I would be sad about until I spent more time with Hudson. Macy finds a new love interest named Xavier. And Flint is gay and has been in love with Jaxon so the whole time. I think that if we wanted all of this to happen then more set up needed to happen. I didn’t care that Flint was gay. I’m all of for gay characters. The thing that stumped me was him being in love with Jaxon. In almost every scene where they two have been together, they are always fighting. I never got the image that Flint was in love with him. Jaxon being side lined disappointed. I wasn’t in love with him in the first book but I liked him. But the book was desperate to put him as the Stefan of the story which went against who he was in the first book. He still loves Grace and there were moments that were cute between them which made me even sadder because the book only focuses on Hudson.
I’m going to take a break from my Hudson rant and take about the pacing of this book. The pacing of the first book was weird and slow as it was long. The pacing in this book is the worst. In this book we start off fast and then literally nothing happens until the very end and everything happens at the same time. Once again there was no build up. I would say that 300 pages of this almost 700 page book is spent with Grace learning to fly and the gang competing in some thing. Like I enjoy these characters but we spent so much time talking about the Dragon’s Graveyard and we didn’t go there into we were like 400 pages into the book. There was just so much that didn’t happen that towards the end I was barely paying attention to what happened. I think that having Hudson be the bad guy for this book and then setting up a redemption arc in the third book would have been the best. Maybe showing issues between Jaxon and Grace because they barely have any issues but Hudson always acts like there is.
Back to my rant about Hudson. This character is such an asshole. I liked him for two seconds but he got annoying real fast. He also doesn’t seem to understand that he is living inside of girl and controlling her and how creepy that is until Grace calls him out on it. The best scene in the book by the way. We find out that he never loved Lia so she did all of the stuff from the last book because he accidentally used his powers on her. He was also treated terribly as a kid. He constantly tells Grace that Jaxon is a shitty boyfriend with very little evidence. I’m gonna go a head and talk about this ending because it is the worst. So this werewolf named Cole who is not important was the bad guy and there is this vampire court I don’t know. But Grace kind of dies and Hudson almost dies and everyone almost dies. And Hudson buries Grace for some reason and it saves but we also finds out that now Hudson is also Grace’s mate. I’m not sure if this means. Flint says in the book at one point that you can have more than one mate and maybe that’s happening here. But I’m not sure if Jaxon and Grace’s bond has been broken. This series has a reddit page by the way which was weird to read and many people think that their bond as been broken and she will get with Hudson. Someone thought that Jaxon was going to get with Flint which I don’t want.
I hate this book but the ending makes me wonder what will happen next. I don’t want to have Grace end up with Hudson and I don’t know if I can sit through a book that is super long and nothing happens. But at the same time I really want to keep reading. Luckily the book comes out next year so I can wait and think about it. I’ll probably read it anyway and make a review. I hope you enjoy this post. hopefully i do more post. as always i posted rants like this every once and a while. look out for more reviews and other random posts. like, comment, and follow for more rants like these! also make sure to follow my social media links.
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