Welcome To Katmere Academy

It should come as absolutely no surprise to anyone that I am vampire obsessed. And if you’re new here, let’s start off on the right foot: I AM OBSESSED WITH VAMPIRES. I love them when they’re brooding and murderous, devious and charming, hell, I’ll even take them when they sparkle. So when I found out I was on the blog tour I sharpened my fangs and growled with joy.

Unfortunately, my copy of Covet came yesterday, so I’m not quite prepared for a review. But I am ready to walk you through the first two books and give my predictions for what comes next. And after that Crush ending… I am not prepared for any of these predictions to come true 😳

Like Grace, I was thrown into Katmere Academy unprepared. I had no idea how addictive this series would be, or how much I needed all the merch. Like all of it.

But that’s part of what makes this series so good. First, the voice is killer. Grace is a human who ends up in Alaska at her Uncle’s boarding school after her parent’s die. And while everything feels wrong after their death, things at Katmere feel wrong on a whole different level. Turns out, there’s a reason for that.

So yeah. Grace learns monsters are real. Monsters as in, vampires, werewolves, and dragons OH MY! Oh and the witches. Don’t forget the witches. I didn’t, but the snarky rhymes are another thing to love in these books. The chapter headers are amazing and honestly, Grace and her inner commentary made me laugh so much.

And then there’s Jaxon Vega.

Turns out, I’m not just trash for vampires. But complete and total trash for bad boy vampires of the dark and brutally wounded variety. I mean, if we’re being totally honest here, who isn’t? And if you love the monstrously broody type too, don’t worry. There’s plenty of them to go around!

I devoured this book in an afternoon. The writing is sharp and the characters are to die for. But one of my favorite things outside of the broodiness is how in your face Wolff is about the tropes. They’re there, but it’s very tongue-in-cheek. She knows they’re there, we know they’re there, so it doesn’t come across as cheesy or induce excessive eye-rolling. Again, the characters help as does the incredible fast-pace the plot moves. You don’t have time to stop and think about anything except what the fuck is going to happen next.

In all, Crave is an incredibly good time. If you go in knowing there’s going to some very typical YA paranormal tropes but enjoy some on-the-nose humor about it, you’ll totally dig Wolff’s style. It also helps that she doesn’t hold back on sarcasm, swearing, and my personal favorite, lots and lots of murder.

And while I enjoyed the shit out of Crave, NOTHING prepared me for Crush. Not even that ending…

I suppose now would be a good time to mention that if you haven’t read this series… well, first you should. And second, you might want to stop here because, well, spoilers. Not for Crush. But probably for Crave, because that’s the nature of reviewing sequels. So, fair warning and all.

So, take everything I enjoyed in Crave and just I don’t know, explode that my a million. OMG I loved the SHIT out of Crush. Way snarkier, way more murdery, and holy bad boys I am in LOVE with Hudson. But I’m getting ahead of myself.

As we found out at the end of Crave, Grace isn’t a delicate human after all. Turns out, she’s an incredibly rare gargoyle. And that’s pretty badass. Except, no one is really sure what that means. Since no one has seen a gargoyle in well over a thousand years, so information and facts are a little hard to come by. Not to mention, what happened to Hudson?

If Crave was addictive, Crush is like full soul consuming. You don’t just devour this book it legit devours you.

Alright, so Hudson is back. And that makes things… complicated. Because he’s determined to make sure Grace understands that she actually doesn’t understand anything when it comes to Hudson. No matter what Jaxon tells her. And then there’s the whole Circle coming to Katmere specifically to welcome Grace to the supernatural world. Okay so not so much introduce but drag to the Vampire Court.

At least Jaxon AND Hudson agree that that’s a bad idea. What to do about though, well, that’s another matter entirely.

So, yeah. Bad decisions were made. Bad decisions keep being made. And through it all, Grace keeps fighting to survive. Except, that doesn’t really capture it either. Grace fights to thrive, and I absolutely love the character growth she and her friends show throughout the book.

She pushes back against Jaxon, demanding that if he can’t respect her, then love isn’t enough. And fuck if I don’t love that for teens. And they all learn that their actions have consequences. Serious life or death consequences. I love how much they push themselves and each other, but that they push back when mistakes are made. And omg are mistakes made. Heartbreaking and irrevocable mistakes. God this book tore me to shreds in so many ways!

The tropes are once again present and accounted for, and once again, they are unapologetically embraced and mocked at the same time. There is just something so endearing when a character is rolling their eyes at the same thing you are. It makes it less cheesy and way more fun, so yeah, once again, I am here for it.

Wolff is Queen of end of book plot twists, and Crush is no exception. And woo boy, WHAT A TWIST!!!

Which all leads to Covet.

As I mentioned, I didn’t have Covet in time to review. But I have some predictions…

1.Jaxon Versus Hudson showcase showdown

So with that ending… There is no way Jaxon and Hudson are NOT going to have some serious words with each other. LIKE ZERO CHANCE. The only question is how much Grace will be able to hold them back before they both go bananas.

2. Cyrus decides to bake cookies instead of declare war

Okay, so that was a joke 😂 Obviously Cyrus is going full out evil mode in Covet. I mean, sure. He has to recover first. That last Ludares match messed the King up a bit. But let’s face it, as long as that psychopathic brain functions and his mouth can give commands––shit is going to be very doomsday, very fast.

3. The team leaves Katmere

I k now graduating is important to Grace, but let’s face it. At some point shit is going to go off the rails and the group won’t be safe. We know Wolff like to flaunt tropes and obvious plot devices in our face while then slipping in the unexpected and devastating while we’re eating popcorn and rolling our eyes, so this will likely be the same. Leave and then––WAM––sucker punch to the face. Plus, there’s a promise Grace made a certain you-know-who in a magical cave that needs to be addressed…

4. Deaths

Who? I have no idea 😂 And no way am I putting *that* out there in the universe. Cop out? Maybe. But these are my predictions and I get to decide the rules. We know Wolff isn’t afraid to kill some characters. 🪦 RIP sweet werewolf 🪦 And yeah, as we moved from Crave to Covet the intensity, violence, and mayhem went off the charts. So death. Lots of death.

5. Way more Hudson

Obviously we know there will be more Hudson. BUT I WANT MORE THAN THAT!!! Maybe people didn’t enjoy the little twist at the end of Crush. And normally I am not a fan of love triangles and twists, but whoa boy there is something about a dangerous, well-dressed vampire that I CANNOT RESIST. Jaxon is fine. And I like him. But I am OBSESSED with Hudson. So we know where I stand on that.

So, there we are. My reviews, my predictions, and now, I can finally slip into the book. Be sure to check out the rest of this very delicious tour for reviews, playlists, features, interviews, and much more.

Huge thank you to MBC Books, Turn The Page Tours, and Entangled Teen for the amazing package that I already Covet like a dragon. I know for sure the end of this book will destroy me and I’m here for it, but also, where is the final book 😅

OH! All that drooling, I almost forgot the Giveaway!

Enter to win one (1) finished copy of Covet by Tracy Wolff! Open USA only. There will be 1 winner.

Giveaway starts: Tuesday, March 2, 2021

Giveaway ends: Monday, March 8, 2021 at 12:00 a.m. CST

My whole world changed when I stepped inside the academy. Nothing is right about this place or the other students in it. Here I am, a mere mortal among gods…or monsters. I still can’t decide which of these warring factions I belong to, if I belong at all. I only know the one thing that unites them is their hatred of me.

Then there’s Jaxon Vega. A vampire with deadly secrets who hasn’t felt anything for a hundred years. But there’s something about him that calls to me, something broken in him that somehow fits with what’s broken in me.

Which could spell death for us all.

Because Jaxon walled himself off for a reason. And now someone wants to wake a sleeping monster, and I’m wondering if I was brought here intentionally—as the bait. 

Everything feels off—especially me. I’ve returned to Katmere Academy, but I’m haunted by fragments of days I have no recollection of living and struggling to understand who, or what, I really am.

Just when I start to feel safe again, Hudson is back with a vengeance. He insists there are secrets I don’t know about, threatening to drive a wedge between Jaxon and me forever. But far worse enemies are at our doorstep.

The Circle is caught in a power play and the Vampire Court is trying to drag me out of my world and into theirs. The only thing Hudson and Jaxon agree on is that leaving Katmere would mean my certain death.

And not only am I fighting for my life, but now everyone else’s is at stake—unless we can defeat an unspeakable evil. All I know is that saving the people I love is going to require sacrifice.

Maybe more than I’m able to give.

I may have reached my breaking point. As if trying to graduate from a school for supernaturals isn’t stressful enough, my relationship status has gone from complicated to a straight-up dumpster fire.

Oh, and the Bloodletter has decided to drop a bomb of epic proportions on us all…

Then again, when has anything at Katmere Academy not been intense?

And the hits just keep coming. Jaxon’s turned colder than an Alaskan winter. The Circle is splintered over my upcoming coronation. As if things couldn’t get worse, now there’s an arrest warrant for Hudson’s and my supposed crimes—which apparently means a lifetime prison sentence with a deadly unbreakable curse.

Choices will have to be made…and I fear not everyone will survive.

The Crave series is best enjoyed in order.

Reading Order:

Book #1 Crave

Book #2 Crush

Book #3 Covet

Book #4 Court

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New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Tracy Wolff is a lover of vampires, dragons, and all things that go bump in the night. A onetime English professor, she now devotes all her time to writing dark and romantic stories with tortured heroes and kick-butt heroines. She has written all her sixty-plus novels from her home in Austin, Texas, which she shares with her family. tracywolffbooks.com. 

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