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3.86 of 5 stars 3.86  ·  rating details  ·  2,898 ratings  ·  305 reviews
Shay could never do the things her friends could--never try out for sports, never go to parties, never fall in love. Because of the mysterious and incurable blood disorder she was born with, she can barely make it through three days of school a week.

But now, her doctor-turned-stepfather has a brand-new treatment that he thinks will change everything. And it does. As soon a
Paperback, 278 pages
Published September 21st 2010 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
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Maja (The Nocturnal Library)
1.5 stars!

This is another fine example of why you should never judge a book by its covers. The cover is beautiful and that’s what got me into trouble… again!

Of all the terrible and frustrating characters on this planet, Shay McGuire is by far the worst. Sick Girl, as she likes to call herself, is incredibly selfish, self-centered, out of control and plain stupid. I’m not sure if the authors intended for her to be that way, but somehow I doubt it.

Ok, here’s the story: Shay was born with a rare
FYI, there are spoilers in this review. Wait, scratch that. There are spoilers in this rant. I don't think this even constitutes as a review.

Holy crap! Where do I even begin? This book was the biggest load of crap I’ve read in a good long time and I don’t feel I’m being overly critical. I’ve read my fair share of YA; I went through a phase where that is all I read. But what shocks me the most about this one was the outrageously positive reviews it got.

Crave is about Shay, a 17 year old (she’s 17
Oct 25, 2010 Arlene rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommended to Arlene by: Goodreads Give-away Winner!!
I always find it difficult to give a less than favorable rating when I’ve received a book as a give-away, arc tour, or gift; and, I put a lot of thought into what I have to say about it before I post it for viewing because first and foremost I don’t want to sound ungrateful and secondly, I can only imagine how much work and heart authors put into their writing. So that being said, I’d like to first thank the author for taking the time to send me this book.

Now on to my review about Crave. I’m cha
Michelle. D.
OMG! I am so high on this book! Like seriously! It was so amazing! Probably because the whole theme of it was like, so this generation. And the cover is sooooooo awesome(not only because the guy on it reminds me of Jesse McCartney)! It's all blackblackblack and then RED! And the guy is kinda hot but the face hair is kinda a turn-off. And the tattoo makes him hot again! And the fact that he is on the cover of a book is awesome! And I am making no sense, which proves how high and stupid I am right ...more
I really don't even know where to begin with this review. I don't feel connected to the characters at all. Shay the main heroine in the beginning was your typical "sick" teenager trying to rebel against her sick body and her overprotective parents. While I could sympathize with her at first I felt myself getting more and more annoyed with her actions and words as the story progressed. She was rude and mean to the people who loved her the most, plus that whole kissing her bf boyfriend was just cr ...more
I will not writte anything about this book but this - I couldn't find decent vampire book for a while, but Crave is definitely one of the books in my "amazing" category. And ending... I'll go crazy till september and sequel!
I really wanted to love this book. I mean, just look at that gorgeous cover!?!? But sadly, I didn't like our main protag Shay. She's just such a negative and bitter person all around. When she was sick she thinks everyone is just nice to her cause of her illness and when she's well she almost uses it as an excuse to be a bitch. Not to mention I couldn't believe what she did to her friend. I know I know I'm suppose to sympathize with the fact that she's been held down her entire life cause her il ...more
Rachel (The Rest Is Still Unwritten)
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Ashley S.
Jul 08, 2011 Ashley S. rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: everyone
Recommended to Ashley by: my friend
Ok, I just finished reading it. And I think my heart and mind are just happy and confused and sad...I want more and more...What is GOING TO HAPPEN????????????I stayed up until 11 something last night wanting more, wanting to know what would happen. I hate that it ended at such a cliff--hanger. I hope there is more, GOSH this is heartbreaking. Shay is a completely wonderful person, but I can't help but wonder why she acted immature sometimes. And the choices she made when she got the transfusion ...more
Tanja (Tanychy) St. Delphi
Jul 17, 2011 Tanja (Tanychy) St. Delphi rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommended to Tanja (Tanychy) by: Glass
Oh this book is AMAZING!! I don't know where to start! Yes book is about vampire but this story is special is different! I cried so many times and i stay up till now to read it! Now i'm speechless, and i want second book NOW!!! Can't wait till September!!!! :)
And Glass thank you so much!! :) I owe you for this! :)
Stories & Sweeties {Becky}
This was a fresh and very original spin on the YA vampire genre that has saturated the market. It was very fast-paced, and in the beginning had a touch of that "what it means to be alive" storyline to it that I tend to enjoy in any book.

Seventeen-year-old Shay has pretty much accepted that fact that her life is near an end. Having lived her whole life with a rare, seemingly untreatable blood disorder, she has given in to being "the Sick Girl". She is used to being treated like fragile glass by

Evilest cliffhanger ever!

I'm so disappointed! If I had known this book would end in such an unfinished way I would have definitely held off on reading it. Nothing blows more than a book that can not stand on its own, even if the book is part of a series, and this book is a perfect example.

Yes, I did enjoy the story. In fact, it really intrigued me. Shay, the Sick Girl, struggles through her journey to evaluate what she thinks is important and what she want
More like 4.5 stars. I was going to round up and give it five stars, but I have to admit that in the beginning of this book, I was only mildly attracted to the story and Shay as a lead character. Actually, she annoyed me quite a bit at first.

There were a few snippets in part one that peeked my interest, enough for me to keep reading. I'm really glad I did stick with this book. By the second half, I fell in love with Shay and Gabriel (okay, I admit I loved Gabriel from the start. He's of course
Sep 27, 2011 Scarlet rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: all vampire lovers
Recommended to Scarlet by: Glass
Wow! This book was just amazing!
It has one of the evilest cliffhangers ever!
And Gabriel? Mmmmm-mmmm-mmmm... I want more of him!
Cant wait for Sacrifice!

Thank you @Glass very very much!
Nov 20, 2010 Marsha rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Young Adults
If you think that there are no more unique storylines left for vampires, just wait a minute because Crave by Melinda Metz and Laura J. Burns will change your mind. This cleverly written book introduces us to Shay McGuire who is a high school girl with a rare blood disorder. She struggles daily for survival all while trying to be normal. However, that is next to impossible for her because she believes her mother, friends, and schools in an effort to show compassion, overbearingly treat her like a ...more
this book is about a girl name shay and she is also known as "the sick girl"she cant go to school more than 3 days, she cant do what normal teenager would do. Her step-father who is a doctor gave her a blood transfusion and she sees visions of this boy gabriel but not only can she see the vision, she is him, she can feel his emotions, whatever he does she does it and what he thinks she thinks and she's been wondering if this boy gabriel was real or if he's just imaginary?

this book is unique and
Ellz Readz
My thoughts...One word for you: CLIFFHANGER. Not your average run of the mill cliffhanger either, I am talking DROPOFF. Good thing the next book comes out in September of 2011!

Crave is an original story with an unexpected twist. The story is told from two points-of-view. First we meet Shay, a young girl with a disableling blood disorder. She spends most of her days in bed, or receiving blood transfusions to stay alive. After getting a new blood treatment, she begins having visions of a boy named
Fiendishly Bookish
Shay isn’t an ordinary girl and her illness, a rare blood disorder, has largely identified who she is and what her capabilities have been. She is the “Sick Girl”, the one who gets a free pass in school. The one everyone feels sorry for. The one with a ticking clock, living on borrowed time.

That is until Shay’s stepfather tries something new. The blood her doctor stepfather has transfused her with is richer and more life sustaining than ever before and she is finally able to live a normal life-ev
Brandi Kosiner (Brandi Breathes Books)
Crave is very fast paced, and gives us a new twist on vampires, and it throws in another element that I like to read about- a girl with an illness. I felt like I could connect okay with Shay the main character, it didn't get too emotionally involved in the first part of the book, where it focused on her illness and her limitations. When she starts receiving the blood transfusions and feeling better she does some crazy stuff, and while I understand where she is coming from, she is being a bit se ...more
Jewels ♥ My Devastating Reads
Oct 26, 2012 Jewels ♥ My Devastating Reads rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: YA fans, vampire fans, fantasy fans
Shelves: ya, vampire-fun
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So I picked up Crave this summer and it's my Random Read for the month. Crave is about a girl who is dying of a rare blood disorder. Shay, our heroine, begins to receive transfusions that make her stronger than she's ever felt in her life. She loves the feeling. She also loves seeing visions of Gabriel.

So this book is set up in two parts: the first part is called Dreams, and though it all we get to know Shay and what her life has been like
Damaris (GoodChoiceReading)
Jul 26, 2010 Damaris (GoodChoiceReading) rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Damaris (GoodChoiceReading) by:
I have to admit that at first I found the book a little slow. I guess I was very impatient and expected Shay to find Gabriel sooner than she did in the book.

Shay is a teenager who is sick just trying to live a normal life. She has a rare blood disorder and no one can figure out how to help her or what is truly wrong with her. Her mother gets married to a doctor named Martin who spends a lot of his time researching and trying to save Shay. Since she has been sick all her life, she sort of accept
Kristi-The Book Faery
Crave intertwines the reality of a girl who has lived in the shadows of her illness with the fantasy that a `promising' new treatment provides for her.

Shay, 17, is sick; tired of being labeled as the `sick girl' and wanting to experience life but accepting that the normal high school experiences are beyond her physical limitations. Her best friend, Olivia and her Mother are always hovering, telling her what she can't do-- reminding her more like. Everyone treats her like a porcelain doll, she's
Gladys Gonzales Atwell
Original Review Date (posted on 10/27/2010

Shay was always the sick girl! Her mother did everything humanly possible to keep her alive. She held down 3 different jobs at one point to try to pay the minimums of her Doctor fees, until her mother, Emma, met Martin. He was one of her Doctors. He was the only one that believed that her blood disorder was uniquely special and rare; and that he would stop at NOTHING to cure her. Her stepfather left his lucrative career and focuse
Well, this book looked good but I mean, don't judge a book by its cover is right.. this book started good and then it turned into a twilight-status book , by that I mean that its bad.
I thought the story line was good, a sick girl with a unique blood disease getting blood transfusions, (its supposed to be a vampire book , I don't really like this kind of book I just grabbed what looked interesting off the shelf, it turned from a good book to bad because it started talking about love and whatever
Jessica M
Crave by Laura Burns is a novel about a girl named Shay, who has lived her life with an unidentified blood disorder, and has always been too weak to really “live” but just survive. Her stepfather, Martin, started giving her different blood transfusions; ones that made her feel strong, but it also gave her visions a guy named Gabriel, who’s a vampire. Shay goes to Martin’s office, so she can give herself more blood, but finds Gabriel chained in a dark room and runs away with him. They both go on ...more
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Realmente tengo mucho que decir de este libro... la parte 1 realmente me saco canas verdes, entiendo que la chicas esta enferma y quiere vivir pero honestamente lo que daba a entender es que queria morir no vivir y casi yo misma la golpeo.

Ahora la parte 2 mejoro bastante! Gabriel me encanto ademas la relacion que va teniendo con Shay me encanta como va evolucionando a pesar de que el romance fue un poco rapido me gusto.

Sufri con ese final... pienso que Gabriel le va a ser mas fiel a su Familia q
De este libro me encantó el hecho de conocer a Gabriel por medio de sus recuerdo a través de Shay, pero en determinado momento me cansó tanto recuerdo (aunque reconozco que cada uno de ellos fue necesario para conocer más la historia, la aversión de Gabriel hacia los humanos, etc.) y deseaba desesperadamente que la historia avanzara y se conocieran de una vez por todas
Cuando se conocieron la historia avanzó a pasos agigantados y la verdad, me dejó queriendo saber más!!!

Odio a muerte al padre de
Okay, I don't normally read vampire books, but the library was closed for Easter. I had picked this one up at a book sale a while back and needed something to read. What do you know - I liked it! It was pretty exciting, and I liked Shay a lot. She has a lot of spunk for a "sick girl." In a love-hate relationship with Gabriel right now, but that will probably change during the next book. The ending would have infuriated me if I had read it when it first came out and would have had to wait for Boo ...more
Mariah Hansen
This is such a good book. It does a good job of throwing you off and leading you back in. I am not the kind of person to get into a book, but I did. I loved this one. I am looking forward to reading the sequel. If you like the Secret Circle books, I am sure you will enjoy this book. Shay does not get out at all because her blood disorder does not allow her to do much. She spent most of her life getting blood transfusions and sleeping. She makes a facinating discovery about her life that is about ...more
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Laura J. Burns is a Californian author originally from Long Island, New York. After being a YA book editor for a while, she now spends her time on the writing side. She often collaborates with fellow author Melinda Metz, with whom she writes the Wright and Wong mystery series, featuring a young detective who has Asperger's.

She was closely involved with the creation of the Roswell High series, and
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“Gabriel Squeezed His Eyes Shut. In the distance He Heard shay Screaming His Nam. What Had he done.?
The answer Slammed Into His Mind. He Had Fallen in Love with Her. It had Clouded His Judgment.

He LOVED Her, HEART, SOUL, And BODY. And He Had Sentenced Her To Death.”
“Gabriel squeezed his eyes shut. In the distance he heard Shay screamin his name. What had he done?
The answer slammed into his mind. He had fallen in love with her. It had clouded his judgment.
He loved her, heart, soul, and body. And he had sentenced her to death.”
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