Crave - Laura J. Burns & Melinda Metz

Crave (Crave, #1)

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 odd visions where she sees through the eyes of a vampire.

This was a fun, fast read for me.  I'm still very much on the vampire train (and unlikely to get off it anytime soon) so this was a great read for me. 

This story revolves around Shay, a self-proclaimed Sick-Girl.  She's been ill her whole life with a unique blood disease that leaves her weak and sick.  Her time is running out, but her stepfather Martin, has come up with a new treatment, a new kind of blood transfusion.  All of a sudden, Shay's feeling great.  She's feeling normal.  Well...almost.  Normal people don't have weird visions when they're receiving blood transfusions.  They don't see out of the eyes of a guy that couldn't possibly exist, since he's a vampire.  Clearly, it's all in her head...right?

This was fast paced, and I really liked the characters and the relationship that began to blossom between them.  While so many YA titles have what I call "I love you because I do" syndrome (wherein the hero and heroine are madly in love...because I said so), this relationship was easy to follow.  She'd seen the person he was through his very eyes, she'd lived it.  Neither character was perfect, but their flaws were very real.  Great characterization.

Warning, though, this one ends on a cliffhanger, and the next one isn't out till September, so be prepared.  I'm already desperate for the sequel.

3 down, 97 to go!