Series: Crave Duet
on October 16th 2017
Genres: Young Adult, Dark Romance
I received this book for free from in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Weeks became months, and months became years. Each day, nudged Kason deeper into his addiction. Each memory of the girl destroyed fed the craving for what he could never have again.
Leaving a life-altering first love behind, Adaline tried moving forward to find love and trust and happiness. Pain eventually faded, wounds slowly healed, yet scars were forever left behind.
But some scars feel like kisses.
When the shattered pieces of their hearts are forced to meet again, the two of them must decide how much pain their love is worth enduring.
This is what happens when one person loves beyond the craving and the other craves beyond the loving.
Following that explosive cliffhanger we were left with in Crave Pt 1, I dove into Crave pt 2 with heightened anxiety. My heart was broken for Adaline. Shattered. And it was certain that the event that caused this would be one that Adaline would have to fight hard to work through. I suppose now is a good time to reinforce that you must read Crave, pt 1 before picking this one up. Early on, Adaline proclaims “I love him. So, I vow not to let whatever happened last night to take away what we have.” But Adaline was clearly in denial and it’s not long before everything changes.
Crave is one of those deep and dark YA reads that sucked me in. I couldn’t stop myself from wishing I could step into the story and give Adaline a much needed hug and guidance. Knowing what we know I think a lot of readers will feel the same. You can see the mistakes, the missteps that she’s taking and although it’s understandable, you can’t help but to want her to see that her decisions are going to kill the relationship she has with Kason. I think that was her goal. Staunch the wound by creating a line of before and after. But through this she denies Kason the opportunity to be who she needs him to be and that just broke my heart even more.
“I wish I could understand, but she wouldn’t give me that chance, either. Now, here I am, a foul excuse for a human, who’s hopelessly in love with the ghost of my past. “
The story is once again told from both of their perspectives with more emphasis on Adaline and her recovery. And once again, Micah plays a key role in her life. I was always a bit uneasy abut him, but I understand why they are friends, I just didn’t see him in Adaline’s life the way he see’s himself. It’s apparent he loves her and want her to have whatever she wants, but he’s got his own agenda. I get the reliance she has on him as it’s easy and uncomplicated.
And Kason’s recovery is challenged. His craving for sex amplifies and his life goes into a tailspin. He maintains some semblance of normality, but his disorder gets the best of him. He also faces the a loss that threatens to pushes him into a depression and the heartbreak turned into a little bit of anger. I hate the way he’s been treated and there are few things to give him hope.
I think it’s pretty apparent that I really felt the characters, proving the brilliance of EK BLair’s writing. Book 1 set up their backstories and gave them the start of their future, but book 2 took it all away. I felt so invested in Kason and Adaline and I refused to believe there was anything but a happy ending in sight. But the story toyed with my emotions. The choices Adaline made were sensible but didn’t always make me happy. She’s in such distress she can’t think straight and her life as it was had been shattered. This is an emotional and breathtaking read that is so worth the anxiety it creates ~ 5 Stars and recommendation.
~Review by Cyndi