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ARC Review: Consume (The Clann, #3) by Melissa Darnell

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ARC Review: Consume (The Clann, #3)  by Melissa DarnellConsume by Melissa Darnell
Series: The Clann #3
Published by: Harlequin Teen on August 27, 2013
Genres: Paranormal, YA
Pages: 384
Format: eBook
Source: ARC From Publisher, Blog Tour

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About the Book:

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.






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Consume, the third and final installment of Melissa Darnell’s series, The Clann, was a really entertaining read, and this is coming from someone who is very picky when it comes to vampire novels.  In this novel, Savannah and her father must deal with the fact that Savannah turned Tristan in order to save his life, and must train him to contain his bloodlust and other vamp abilities.  On top of this, everyone must deal with a war between the Clann and the vampires.


One of the things I loved about the novel is the fact that Savannah and Tristan’s relationship is that it’s realistic (aside from the whole vampire/witch hybrid of course).  The two are madly in love and would do anything for each other, which is romantic and beautiful, but there is also a huge issue that comes up in this novel that the two disagree on and this causes tension between the two of them for a good chunk of the timeline.  It takes a lot for the two of them to work through their differences to come together again.


Savannah’s dad was probably one of my favorite characters, he is the cool, logical, voice of reason in the novel, always making the decision that makes the most sense, whether it is the easiest decision or not.  I also really enjoyed Savannah, partially because at one point of the novel, Savannah would rather keep the peace than let her frustrations be known, and this is something I really relate to.


The writing was a little cheesy and cliché at times, but this isn’t necessarily a bad thing.  Every now and then it is nice to have a novel that’s just an entertaining love story, and that is what Consume offers.  However, it is a lot more than a love story.  With war brewing between the Clann and the vampires, things get extremely intense in the novel.  Tristan and Savannah as both vampires and Clann, have a difficult time as the Clann attempts to hunt them down.  In addition to the war brewing, there is something fishy going on within the Clann itself, and it is up to Tristan, Emily, and Savannah and her family to put an end to it.


There was a nice mix between serious moments, comedic moments, and romantic moments, which was pleasant because I felt like there were some really serious issues discussed in the novel and each issue got the attention it deserved.


Overall, I give Consume 4 out of 5 game controllers.  It was a good read, and it was entertaining, but I wouldn’t say it was absolutely amazing.  It gave the trilogy a nice ending that I think everyone will be pretty satisfied with, but I still felt like there could have been more to the series.




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About Melissa Darnell

Melissa Darnell is the author of a growing list of adult and YA fiction and nonfiction books. Born in California, she grew up in Texas and has also called the following states home since then: Utah, West Virginia, Louisiana, Alabama, Kentucky, Iowa and South Dakota. She currently lives in Nebraska with her husband Tim and two children, Hunter and Alexander, where she enjoys watching Whale Wars, Glee and True Blood, designing digital graphic products for the virtual world of Second Life, and of course writing her latest book.

For information about her other books, please visit Melissa’s website at