WTF am I reading? Tracy Wolff, why have you forsaken me?? One minute I'm happily plugging along on Crave, a good, solid YA vampire novel, being wowed every other minute and worshiping at the alter of Jaxon Vega. And the next, I'm wading through a barrage of immature Hudson Vega quips and wondering where the strong and sassy Grace went. Because she she started disappearing in Crush and I can't find her at ALL in Covet. If the intention is to throw so much sickeningly sweet Hudson and Grace flirting at us that we have to stop in the middle of the chapter we JUST STARTED to get online and bitch about this book because we literally CAN'T STAND READING IT, then hear hear to a job well done. (Almost as good as my run-on sentence skills.)
Normally I would never, ever yell at an author in a blog post. But yeah, I'm talking to you, Tracy-without-an-e. Because I'm mad. I'm so mad I could spit nails. First series in a LONG ASSED TIME that I was SMITTEN over and had me reading under the covers at 3 am. I told so many people to read this series because Crave was a good, solid paranormal novel with interesting characters whose lives you wanted to dig into...and a plot that made you sit up and pay attention to what was going to happen next. I could not WAIT to get my hands on Crush and Covet once I read Crave. And when I did, I could not believe you could take this PERFECT VAMPIRE who YOU CREATED...and turn him into chopped liver before our eyes. And why? WHY???? (I wonder if Nancy Kerrigan has read this?) You gave him to us and then ripped him away before we knew what was happening! Why would you do that? You tainted your own series!! It's like when Kurt Sutter canceled The Bastard Executioner after one season!!
Let me back up a little here. I like Tracy Wolff's writing. I RESPECT her and her years of hard work and dedication. She obviously has tremendous literary abilities. I recently listened to an interview she gave on a podcast and have been looking forward to reading another of her book series, as soon as I'm finished Covet.
But Tracy, all of that doesn't change the fact that you have left countless people - from teens to grandparents - HEARTBROKEN, with your confusing neglect of Jaxon Vega, a guy who wanted to protect Grace because SHE WAS A HUMAN WHEN THEY MET.
And it is crystal clear that the goal of this series - only made evident AFTER we all fell in love with Crave - is to prove a feminist point that women are strong and don't need to a man to solve their problems; they can do it on their own. Only one problem. Hudson "steps in front of Grace" TIME AND TIME AGAIN in Covet, to protect her. How is that any different from Jaxon??? I'll tell you how; Jaxon would have listened to Grace when she told him something bothered her, and he would've felt really bad from the word go. Not Hudson though. He's constantly making rude little comments and fighting with Grace when she dares to call him out...because he thinks he's so much better than not only her, but everyone else, too. Yeah, yeah, he's "insecure" deep down. Not buyin' it. Sorry not sorry.
The BICKERING is insufferable (when they're not gazing into each others' eyes.) And when he REALLY hurts Grace's feelings, what does he do? He sulks...and then apologizes. Time and time again. Hurt...sulk...apologize. Hurt...sulk...apologize. Tell me THAT isn't a slippery slope and a pattern we've all heard before. What kind of lesson is that teaching young people about a healthy relationship?
Lastly, Grace's treatment of Jaxon is absolutely unforgivable. This girl started the series commanding such high regard of the characters and the readers. Now, she's become selfish as hell and only cares about herself. HER mating bond. HER feelings. HER needs. HER power. Jaxon took her to see the Northern Lights, and took her to make a snowman, and found her tacos and was THERE FOR HER when she needed - YES, NEEDED - his help. And she's made excuse after excuse. He's not perfect, but my god, woman...you cut his heart right out of his chest and ate it for lunch! You wanna talk power? Just stand up, SAY HOW YOU FEEL, and be with Hudson since that's what you've wanted since Crush started (or you wouldn't have left Jaxon alone so many times.) Don't sit around being passive aggressive and telling yourself Jaxon's done something wrong. Because he hasn't. YOU have.
I'm getting tired and starting to not make sense...so I'm going to leave this right here until mañana...and probably laugh when I come back to it tomorrow and delete the whole damn thing. We'll see. LOL