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Contributor(s): Burns, Laura J., Metz, Melinda
ISBN: 1442408162     ISBN-13: 9781442408166
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
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Product Type: Paperback - Other Formats
Published: September 2010
Annotation: When given blood transfusions by her step-father, Shay starts having odd visions, and while investigating the strange phenomenon, she encounters teenaged Gabriel, a vampire imprisoned by Shay's step-father.
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Supernatural; Fiction.
Vampires; Fiction.
Stepfathers; Fiction.
Dewey: [Fic]
LCCN: bl2010024917
Lexile Measure: 620
Academic/Grade Level: Grade 10-12, Age 15-18
Book type: Juvenile Fiction
Physical Information: 8.25" H x 5.50" W x 1.00" (0.54 lbs) 278 pages
Accelerated Reader Info
Quiz #: 141073
Reading Level: 4.6   Interest Level: Upper Grades   Point Value: 11.0
Scholastic Reading Counts Info
Quiz #: Q50059
Reading Level: 4.5   Interest Level: Grades 9-12   Point Value: 19.0
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.

Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2010 September #1)
A chronic illness shapes not only the awareness of the sufferer, but the dynamics of an entire family, a tactic cleverly used by frequent collaborators Burns and Metz to structure the plot of this vampire romance. Shay McGuire has been sick from birth with an undiagnosed blood disorder. Now 17, she longs for even enough normalcy to make it through a week of school. When her physician stepfather offers her a new kind of blood transfusion therapy, Shay is unprepared for the startling visions and unusual vitality that follow. During her spurts of energy, Shay acts out recklessly, until her mother demands a halt to the new treatment. Breaking into her stepfather's office, Shay finds a man chained to a tablea man she recognizes instantly from her visions. He is the source of her transfusions, and a vampire. Though not marketed as such, this volume is clearly first in a projected series, ending on a cliffhanger. Smoothly written and offering a thoughtful look at the very human reactions of "the Sick Girl," it's a promising entry in an overcrowded field. Ages 14up. (Sept.) Copyright 2010 PWxyz LLC

Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2010 November)

Gr 8 Up—Born with a rare untreatable blood disorder, 16-year-old Shay knows she will never lead a normal life. She has accepted her fate but longs for the day when people can look beyond her illness and see her for herself. That day comes when her stepfather, Martin, an expert in the field of leukemia research, begins giving her a new type of transfusion. The treatments give her energy, strength, and awesome visions, which stir Shay's desire to live and cause her to want more. She breaks into Martin's office and finds Gabriel, the guy from her visions, chained to a table and sets him free. Kidnapped by him and on the run from Martin, Shay finds her world turned upside down. Crave is a fast-paced, action-packed vampire thriller with an original and refreshing story line. Gabriel's life is beautifully revealed through Shay's visions, and the well-written plot conveys depth and feeling while exploring important issues like friendship, loyalty, trust, love, and betrayal. A satisfying read with a shocking cliff-hanger ending.—Donna Rosenblum, Floral Park Memorial High School, NY

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