June 29, 2022

REVIEW Court (Crave #4) by Tracy Wolff

Court (Crave #4) by Tracy Wolff
Rating: 5 Stars
Release Date: February 1, 2022
Format: eBook (Personal Library) + Audiobook (Borrowed from Library)
Publisher: Entangled Teen

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Holy hell - Tracy Wolff’s Court is by far the best book in the Crave series so far, and it was well worth the extra months of waiting. In an intense final ride, Grace and her friends are racing to save the other students of Katmere Academy and finally confront the evil vampire king Cyrus. So many thoughts and feelings to go over, I don’t think I’ll be able to cover them all in this review (but I’ll sure as heck try to cover as many spoiler-free ones as possible). 

One thing I’ve really enjoyed about the series is that each book picks up fairly quickly after the last one left off. Grace, Hudson and the rest of their friends get thrown into so many seemingly impossible situations over the course of the series, and in this book in particular. It’s almost reminiscent of a chosen one trope, except it’s a rag-tag crew of teenagers (or those who are seemingly teenagers in the vampire’s case) that are responsible for saving the world. I felt everyone’s frustration, as it seemed like it was one thing after another that they had to tackle. I also felt their heartbreak, because like many of the other books in the Crave series Ms. Wolff does not spare some of the characters we’ve come to know and love from injury and death (do with that information what you will). 

The found family aspect of the book is *chef’s kiss* beautiful. Grace has a habit of trying to take everything onto her shoulders, but her friends are always there to remind her that she’s not alone. One of my favorite quotes that touches on this is, “...And I’ve never been more in awe of the people I was lucky enough to have come into my life. My found family.” As Grace says, “Family isn’t always about blood.” Court definitely takes that idea and runs with it - this book will undoubtedly be one of my favorite found family reads of 2022 as a result! 

There are so many plot twists and revelations in this book that I couldn’t even count them all. My eBook copy of Court has an insane amount of highlights and notes as a result. I want to scream and shout about them, but I also don’t want to risk spoiling them for potential readers (they are undoubtedly something everyone should experience for themselves as they read). I had multiple “lightbulb” moments as things just started to click in my head. Some of these revelations had been building over the course of the series, so it was exciting to see everything fall into place. I do admit that Ms. Wolff wove quite a web of entangled plot lines (which could be off-putting to some readers), but somehow everything made sense and worked well together. 

Grace and Hudson’s romance has been so much fun to bear witness to over the course of the books, and I loved seeing things work out for them at the end of this book. Hudson is the most sarcastic vampire I’ve ever had the pleasure of reading about, but he also has a heart of gold and is willing to do anything for the people he cares about (even at extreme cost to himself). In some ways, you might look at Grace and Hudson’s relationship and think it's a case of “opposites attract”. I look at it and think about how they balance each other out. Grace is strong in areas Hudson is not (i.e. giving rousing pep talks pre-fight), and vice versa. Now, if only readers could see Jaxon get his happily ever after too...

Altogether, Court is a fantastic book and a fantastic close to the main storyline of the series. At 941 pages in the eBook and a 24-hour commitment for the audiobook, this is the biggest installment in the series but it’s well worth the time invested in reading.  Heather Costa and Tim Paige did a great job with their performances in the audiobook narration. I highly recommend the series to those who enjoy young adult fantasy and paranormal romance books. If you like books like Twilight, pick up the Crave series today (it's even better than Stephenie Meyer’s books in my opinion). After finishing Court, I’m extremely excited to find out what happened between Grace and Hudson during those four months they were frozen and read Remy’s book. Charm and Cherish, here we come!

About the Book
No one survived the last battle unscathed. Flint is angry at the world, Jaxon is turning into something I don’t recognize, and Hudson has put up a wall I’m not sure I’ll ever break through.

Now war is coming, and we’re not ready. We’re going to need an army to have any hope of winning. But first, there are questions about my ancestors that need answers. Answers that might just reveal who the 
real monster is among us.

And that’s saying something in a world filled with bloodthirsty vampires, immortal gargoyles, and an ancient battle between two gods.

There’s no guarantee that anyone will be left standing when the dust settles, but if we want to save this world, I have no choice. I’ll have to embrace every part of me...even the parts I fear the most.

About the Author

Tracy Wolff is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of over sixty novels that run the gamut from young adult action adventures to new adult romance and from women’s fiction to erotica. A long-time lover of vampires, dragons and all things that go bump in the night, Tracy loves nothing more than combining her affection for paranormal creatures with her love of writing tortured heroes and kick-butt heroines.

When she’s not writing (which is a rare occurrence), she can be found trying out new recipes, offering make-up tips online, wandering comic book/gaming stores with her sons, and watching movies or plotting stories with her besties. A one time English professor, she now writes full-time from her home in Austin, Texas, which she shares with her family. Her most recent work, the young adult vampire novel, CRAVE, “is about to become fandom’s new favorite vampire romance obsession” (Hypable).

Photos of Tracy were taken by Mayra K Calderón.

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