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Devour (Devoured #1)

3.81  ·  Rating Details  ·  6,546 Ratings  ·  330 Reviews
Clara has it all. A wrestling star boyfriend, popular friends, all the right school activities...pretty much a perfect life...up until her parents died. Now she lives with the Pastor and his family and though they take good care of her, she feels alone. Then her boyfriend, Tate, starts to show signs of trouble when a new guy, Eli, comes to town. Clara is fascinated with hi ...more
Kindle Edition, 273 pages
Published October 31st 2011 (first published October 28th 2011)
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Shelly Crane
Oct 23, 2011 Shelly Crane added it  ·  (Review from the author)
I'm really loving this book because it was the first book I've written while the characters were still in high school. It was interesting and fun writing a story in the halls of a place I despised and even though it may not be like the rest of the books I've written, it still carries the same flow and romance as the others. I'm a sucker for true love and that will always be a main theme of my books. That being said, Eli and Clara face challenges that my other characters didn't have to face. Ther ...more
Tee loves Kyle Jacobson
Nov 01, 2011 Tee loves Kyle Jacobson rated it it was amazing
Warning: This book will devour you!

My Rating: 10 of 10!

My Cover Thoughts: I love the cover! Shelly has done it again with an amazing cover! It is of a girl and a guy just lying in the grass just staring up into the sky looking at something. They are looking at something that makes them happy because they are smiling.

My Thoughts/Review: Shelly Crane has done it again. This series will have you on the edge of your seat. She sets the background in a world where hurt and devastation is all around. P
I'm seeing a pattern here with Shelly Crane that is really making me not want to pick up her books: she moves things too fast. In terms of developing relationships, that is.
Instead of the relationships she's creating and weaving making me warm and fuzzy, they make me weary and do some eye-rolls.

In Significance, the two main characters are hyperventilating whenever they're separated, mere days after they meet. Sure, it's meant to be a paranormal book, but the believability of that relationship f
Dec 06, 2011 ThisIsMe rated it did not like it
Ummm...It was ok. Very predictable, extremely cheesy. A lot of the dialogue was unbelievable and had me rolling my eyes constantly. I will admit that some of the story was able to hold my attention, but all in all I was just happy to finally be done with it.
Jan 09, 2012 Fathima rated it it was amazing
Shelly Crane has managed to do this yet again ! Make me read with a smile ( Different kinds - smug , sly , shy , grin etc ) on my face irrespective of what i'm reading . I'm stunned by the abilities she possesses . Love the lady a lot ! Devour is a very unique story , with unique kind of beings . Nice change from the usualness of what we read all the time . Clara has it all , a popular boyfriend , lot of friends but she still feels likes there's a void in her life . Enters Eli . A guy who makes ...more
Sep 20, 2013 Lucia rated it really liked it
Shelves: paranormal
Devour is absolutely amazing and unique book! Author tried to avoid most of those YA-paranormal clichés which accompany this genre these days and created one original story and I absolutely and totally loved it. Story was fast-paced and author never wasted time with over-describing things so I really enjoyed it. Even though there were times when style of writing seemed to be a little bit simple, story was so good that I did not mind at all and I was completely smitten with this book.

At the begi
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Let me tell you how i devoured DEVOUR today...

I was on my way to my boyfriend's house so i took a bus and i started reading it. Got down from the bus and rode the train and still, i was reading. Finally at my boyfriend's house and oh boy i was still reading in between conversations and lunch. Boyfriend had to go to a motorbike repair shop and i decided to accompany him there only to find my self sitting down the customer's lounge reading Devour. I was so engrossed that i didn't even noticed it
Caitlin Audet
Dec 03, 2013 Caitlin Audet rated it it was amazing
Shelves: books-i-bought, ebook
Devour is the perfect title to this book because its just to amazing and unique to not devour it lol. I read the first half of this book in one night because I just couldn't put it down. The main character Clara has a pretty great life to everyone else except herself. Her parents are dead so she lives with the Pastor and his family. She has a boyfriend who is pretty obnoxious and friends who are downright mean to anyone they deem uncool. Clara puts up with all of this even though she doesn't lik ...more
Donna {Book Passion for Life}
Shelly Crane amazes me! Honestly, as an author she definitely knows how to hit the right spots and writes another fantastic novel. Her other series Significance I thought, was completely unique but Devour seriously smashes Significance out of the water for its uniqueness.

Devour follows the life of Clara, a young girl who is living with a foster home after her parents are murdered. Clara attends the local high school where she sits with the popular crowd and has a popular boyfriend, who is a star
Jennifer Nunez
Nov 01, 2011 Jennifer Nunez rated it really liked it
If you have read Significance, Accordance, Collide and Uprising, you know what an amazing writer Shelly Crane is. In Devour, she has branched out into a whole new paranormal venue and it is grand and refreshing. The characters and plot have great depth, and the emotions and sensations are vivid and magical. Of course, in true Shelly Crane fashion, the bond between the two romantic characters is filled with angst, longing and.....heat. This is not your typical YA paranormal romance. Shelly has in ...more
Bree Brown
Nov 04, 2011 Bree Brown rated it really liked it
Shelly Crane, a brilliant author. Now that that is out of the way, lets talk about Devour, a book set around Clara, a high school senior who is living with/being raised by the town Pastor and his wife after her parents were tragically taken from her.
Clara seems to be an average student in a typical high school popular (see: mean) group. She is dating the star of the wrestling team and feeling pressure from him to do things she isn't ready for (sex!). Not to worry, in comes the dashing, yet odd,
Gloria Green
Oct 24, 2011 Gloria Green rated it it was amazing
I am thrilled to have another series by Shelly Crane. There's just something about the way she writes that has me hooked before I can finish the first chapter. I love how she includes things very current like favorite TV shows and bands that connect with me instantly.

So Devour starts with a young girl Clara who is in highshcool and has survived some devasting losses at her age. Life seems to be moving along fine until a new guy in town, Eli, brings her unexpected feelings of desire. You see, she
Mandy (I read Indie) Anderson
Clara is a pretty normal girl, aside from the fact she has lost her parents and her sister never makes time for her. Her friends are the typical popular kids and her boyfriend can be a smidge jealous. And it doesn't help that new guy Eli has eyes for her. When things in her life start getting out of control, Clara must follow her heart to find what and who matters most.

There is so much I want to say about this book but if I did it would give the whole plot away. I want you to read it and be surp
Naomi McCord
Apr 27, 2012 Naomi McCord rated it it was amazing
One question: Why Is Shelly Crane So Amazing?

She writes with such a flow of emotion and excruciating detail, but not so much it bores you. Her male characters are always astounding and the females are so sweet (When they're supposed to be *cough* Deidre.... }])

I have no idea where she gets these ideas! Drugs, trolls, B&B's, clouds and Eli! You think she's about to do something then she doesn't and something completely different happens.

While I was reading this, I went through a major adrenal
Nov 24, 2011 Katrina rated it it was ok
I just couldn't click with this book. The romance didn't pull me in. What I did like was that there was growth in the main character. She started of being an follower and gained confidence as the story progressed. I think everyone wishes they could go back to their high school years and stand up for ourselves more and not care so much what people think. I know I do.
Teresa Mary Rose
Originally Posted Here: Readers Live A Thousand Lives_Devouor

After falling in love with the Significance Series, I had to read more Shelly Crane, so I moved on to Devour. This book did not let me down. It was just as sweet as Significance, but it was also much darker. The characters are a bit edgier and are not so innocent. It also touches on high school life and how cruel teenagers can really be. Please excuse the pun, but I have to say it: I devoured this book.

I really love how strong Crane ma
Mar 10, 2015 Greta rated it liked it
2.5 rounded up
Readable but not particularly enjoyable or memorable.
Celina Ortiz
Oct 24, 2011 Celina Ortiz rated it it was amazing

I have been "Devoured"! This book was amazing from beginning to end. The characters grab your attention and keep it until the very last sentence is read. Up until a week ago I had never read anything written by Shelly Crane, but after quickly catching up in the Significance series and having the opportunity to read the arc of Devour, I won't think twice to read anything written by her in the future. DEVOUR will be released November 8th 2011..
Melissa Maxwell
Nov 05, 2011 Melissa Maxwell rated it it was amazing
Seriously I read this in one day. Shelly is an amazing author and i just "Devour" her books. I loved this series and adored Clara and Eli's relationship. Can not wait for the next one. It is a great read but the significance series is still my favorite but I would recomend this book along with her other books to anyone who loves to read.
Nov 10, 2011 Melissa rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Oh Shelly Crane, you really know how to hook me, don't you?!? I loved this story. The idea of the Devourers are awesome and....can I get me some Eli please?! I highly look forward to the next installment of this series!

BOTTOM LINE: It's Shelly Crane, people! Do yourself a favor and BUY IT!
Jan 25, 2012 Mariana rated it it was amazing
LOVING this book! cant wait where this series will go. What hit home was CBs realization that she was trying to fulfill everyone's idea of who she should be and not who she was. Totally could realate to that when I was a Senior in h.s. Where were book like this in 1999??
Jenny - Book Sojourner
The great thing about Shelly Crane is she knows how to write about love. And Eli and Clara are no exception. But even more than the love was the great way she weaved their story with supernatural and human issues. After this book I immediately started Consume.
Michela Branch
Dec 08, 2014 Michela Branch rated it it was ok
I really wanted to like this book, I really did. However, there were just so many things that I had a problem with. The characters at Clara's school were all stereotypical with no real personalities. The romance is too quick and is almost insta-lovey, and I never got into it. The end fight also didn't seem like much of a fight due to little action, and there wasn't exactly any resolution to the plot. There were also so many spelling and grammar mistakes ("sense" instead of "since," semi-colons e ...more
Ellen Ramey
Nov 03, 2011 Ellen Ramey rated it it was amazing
Wow:) Ready for the sequel!
Feb 12, 2012 Marsha rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: Young Adults
Wow, this is a difficult review for me to write because while there are so good things in this book the bad cancelled them out. Thus, my reasoning for the 2 star review.

Clara came home from the movies to find her parents murdered 3 months ago. Her older sister re-enlists in the armed forces and she goes to live with her pastor's family while she finishes her senior year. Although Clara has suffered a tragic loss, she manages to find goodness in the world. She has a boyfriend, Nate who is the cap
May 31, 2012 Rachel rated it it was amazing
So, given that I gave this book 5 stars, it's safe to say that I loved this book.
There are lots of great things about this book, but, I think the one thing that I appreciate the most is that she gives her characters a real, tangible obstacle to overcome as a couple, instead of hanging the fear of abandonment over their heads. She doesn't leave her readers afraid that one of the characters is going to leave the other "for their own good." That is a storyline that has been reheated so many times
Autumn Review
Dec 22, 2011 Autumn Review rated it it was amazing
Clara Hopkins has recently lost her parents tragically. Despite the fact that she has a wonderful family that's taken her in, popularity, and the school hunk as a boyfriend, she feels utterly alone. Then she meets Eli Thames. There is something about Eli that pulls Clara to him. Clara starts having problems with her boyfriend which make it much easier to turn to Eli. She soon learns that Eli not only wants her, but he needs her. Clara is introduced to an amazing supernatural world that s
Jan 05, 2012 Morgan rated it really liked it
Shelves: 4-stars, 3-stars

Let me start this review by saying that Shelly Crane is a gift to the world of young adult fiction.

I really liked Devour, the first novel in Shelly Crane’s latest young adult paranormal romance series. It’s a great novel, and I recommend it to young adults. However, I must admit that I enjoyed the first novel in Shelly Crane’s other paranormal romance series, Significance, a tab bit more.

Devour is about …wait fo
Christina Rodriguez
Jul 19, 2012 Christina Rodriguez rated it really liked it
“You saved me from my life.”

Clara Hopkins has it all. A popular wrestling star boyfriend, popular friends, and a normal life.The only rip? Her parents are dead and she's now living with her Pastor's family. But her life is still pretty good. Or so she thought. Eli Thames is about to turn her life upside down.

Eli is sweet, protective, charming and gorgeous. With those starling violet eyes and beautiful smile Clara as well as every other girl can't keep their eyes away from him. He devours their
Oct 29, 2011 Jody rated it it was amazing
Devour is another unique paranormal romance from Shelly Crane. Ms. Crane continues to create unique stories that will keep you guessing. You will not be able to put it down. Becoming known for her sweet soul-mate romances, Ms. Crane has the beginning to another addicting series.

Clara is a sensitve young girl who is sad but still optimistic. Her parents were killed in a burglery which left her sister to re-enlist in the army and Clara living with the town pastor's family. Clara is popular and has
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Shelly is a NEW YORK TIMES & USA TODAY bestselling author from a small town in Georgia and loves everything about the south. She is wife to a fantastical husband and stay-at-home mom to two boisterous and mischievous boys who keep her on her toes. She hoards paperbacks, devours sweet tea, searches year-round for candy corn, and loves to spend time with her family and friends, go out to eat at ...more
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