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3.88  ·  Rating details ·  3,525 ratings  ·  329 reviews
Shay has had a rare blood disorder since she was born. In fact, her mother married one of Shay’s doctors, Martin, who left his world-renowned leukemia research to try and figure out exactly what the disorder is and how to cure it. When she turns seventeen, Martin begins to give her new blood transfusions that make her feel the strongest she has ever felt. But she also has ...more
Kindle Edition, 288 pages
Published September 21st 2010 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (first published March 1st 2003)
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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
Jul 18, 2011 rated it did not like it
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
Jun 06, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Sep 01, 2010 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2010
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
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
Jul 13, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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! ...more
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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Tanja (Tanychy)
Jul 14, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Wendy Darling
Well-written with a compelling set-up and interesting characters. Would have been 4 stars if it weren't for the incredibly obvious cliffhanger at the end. It's possible to leave your reader wanting more without making them feel frustrated. ...more
Jul 14, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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!
Can´t wait for Sacrifice!

Thank you @Glass very very much!
Sep 27, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed reading this, but I felt like it took forever to get to the main point. It seemed like the major conflict didn't come in as soon as it could have and pull the readers in. I was bored throughout the first part of the book and simply reading because I felt the book had the potential to be great, although it started slowly. I plan on reading the second book in hopes it isn't as slow and gets to the point a bit quicker than this book. ...more
Oct 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Sep 11, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: ya, vampires

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
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
Jessica M
Nov 03, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Sep 21, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Damaris (GoodChoiceReading)
Jun 17, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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
Oct 16, 2010 rated it really liked it
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
Sep 27, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Ellz Readz
Jan 12, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Apr 07, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Mariah Hansen
Sep 12, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 30, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 14, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I think Crave was well written and worth the buy. I read some reviews before reading which did not rate the book very well but took the risk and I am glad that I did. Everyone is entitled to their own opinions however I believe that if you want to read a book, read it..... Don't let other reviews stir you away... Happy Reading!!! ...more
Aug 16, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya
I don't know why, I just couldn't get into this one. ...more
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Laura J. Burns has written more than thirty books for kids and teens, touching on topics from imaginary lake monsters to out-of-control Hollywood starlets. (Those two things have more in common than you'd think.)

With Melinda Metz, she has also written for the TV shows ROSWELL, 1-800-MISSING, and THE DEAD ZONE. Their next book is THE LOST MAP OF CHAOS, coming in 2018!

Laura lives in New York with he

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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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