Monday, October 3, 2011

Sacrifice Sequel to Crave by Laura J Burns and Melinda Metz

Gabriel and Shay are convinced that they can make their relationship work. Knowing that Shay is half-vampire, Gabriel thinks that his coven will embrace her as one of their own, but instead they view her as an abomination, a thing that doesn’t belong in either world. And they want her dead. Now Gabriel must make the ultimate decision - watch his love be killed by his coven or defy the people closest to him, the people he has spent centuries with to save her.

*****There may be spoilers if you have not read Crave the first book in this series****

I have been waiting for the sequel to Crave for what feels like forever and I wasn't disappointed with it! Sacrifice picks up right where Crave left off. Shay and Gabriel fled to his vampire family thinking they would welcome Shay with open arms. Instead they call her an "It" and an abomination and say "it" should never have been born. They take her downstairs to a broom closet and lock her up where she'll surely die if she doesn't drink Gabriel's blood. Shay is half vampire, half human. But she needs vampire blood to stay alive.

The head of the family and the man Gabriel considers his father, Ernst, is absolutely opposed to Shay and hates humans. He is furious with Gaberiel and wants "it" only to use as bait to lay a trap for Martin and Shay's mother whom he thinks must also must be killed because she knows too much about them. Shay's father, Sam was also part of this family and the mystery as to what happened to him is unclear. But Shay in her deluded, dehydrated and dying state plunders through the boxes of clutter in the room she's held in and finds some things that belong to the family from their past, but nothing of Sam's. But she dreams that Sam talks to her. And she believes what her mother has always told her that Sam deserted them before she was born.

But then Martin shows up and something catastrophic happens. Things change in a moment and life will never be the same for Shay and Gabriel and the family. Although the story only takes place over a few days, it feels longer because so much is discovered and so much happens leading up to a final showdown with all the players in the story. It's fast paced and heartbreaking and hopeful all at the same time. I wouldn't mind more stories about these vampires. I'd love to especially know more about Sam and Gabriel's pasts. But the story doesn't leave any loose ends.
The characters stay true to their nature up until the end. Then they have to make a choice.
This story is ultimately about sacrifice. What you're willing to give up for someone else. I loved it and I'm sorry it's over!

I have to say that while most collaborative efforts I've read other reviewers write about seem to fail, Laura J. Burns and Melinda Metz do an excellent job writing together.  I have no idea which one wrote which part of the book, it is seamless.
You can feel the desperation of Gabriel as he tries to find a way to save Shay without his family discovering.  And you can feel Shay's determination to survive and find a way back to her mom.  The emotions, the action, the interaction are so realistic and I honestly forget that there are two writers to this novel.  If you want to see it done right, read this collaborative work.  (I'm not sure if that is the correct term, it just seemed to fit.)
I highly recommend Crave and Sacrifice!



  1. I skimmed because I haven't read Crave, but any books you highly recommend are books that need to be on my list. Thanks Heather:)

  2. Jenny-

    These are great vampire novels. Not even really about being a vampire, more about the distrust between humans and vampires. And what happens when one from each world falls in love. They are really fast reads and action packed. But the characters aren't neglected. I think you'd enjoy them!


  3. I haven't read this series, or really paid any attention to it, but I skimmed through your review. I like when authors collaborate (at least most of the time) because they bring different perspectives and ideas. As long as it flows together well it can be brilliant!


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