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Pub Date 24 Sep 2024 | Archive Date Not set

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Description

Black Mirror meets Eyes Wide Shut in this dark and sexy erotic thriller.

CRAVE, a mysterious app that promises to make your desires come true, spreads among the students of an elite university who use it as a hookup app. David, a top student, engages in a game of seduction with the unattainable Alexandra. But as requests to the app escalate and wreak havoc on campus, David and his friends' only chance to stop this spiral is to find out what really lies behind Crave.

In this dark, sexy mystery, writer/artist MARIA LLOVET (Luna, Faithless, Sandman Universe Thessaly) explores how we connect to the world and to others in the dawn of AI.

Collects CRAVE #1-#6
Black Mirror meets Eyes Wide Shut in this dark and sexy erotic thriller.

CRAVE, a mysterious app that promises to make your desires come true, spreads among the students of an elite university who use...

Advance Praise

Select praise for CRAVE:

"An exquisitely illustrated, propulsive-plotted erotic thriller." —Library Journal

"It's as sexy as it is tense, a coming-of-age story shrouded in a story made for an older generation." —ComicBook.com

"An intriguing start to a series that toys with a new technology that takes dating and sex to a darker place." —AIPT

"It nails the issues with social media and technology head on." —Graphic Policy

"The keenly viewed impact of social media and its twisting of people’s perceptions of their world is going to make this book bigger than either of the Faithless series." —Comic Crusaders

Select praise for CRAVE:

"An exquisitely illustrated, propulsive-plotted erotic thriller." —Library Journal

"It's as sexy as it is tense, a coming-of-age story shrouded in a story made for an older...


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I devoured this book, the story is highly addictive and captivating. I genuinely felt like I was watching an episode where Black Mirror meets Nerve as I read. Great storytelling that then is used to highlight the issues of current technologies— not a far-fetched or otherworldly tale but something we live with every day.
Although I believe the illustration style aligns well with the plot, it wasn't of my taste. Plus, there were moments where I felt it leaned too heavily on the explicit content, despite it being a central theme of the story.
Overall, I enjoyed it immensely. It's a quick, fun read (with some horny college students), and I'll be keeping an eye out for the rest of the stories because I want to learn more about Crave.

Massive thanks to NetGalley and Image Comics for the opportunity to read an advanced copy in exchange for an honest review 💘.

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I received this book for free for an honest review from netgalley.

Wonderful plot and style. The artwork was particularly interesting to me. Thank you.

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Book 1: So this is a good example of you need to read the synopsis and not just get books/ comics/ graphic novels based on their cover art ahhaa. I didn’t realize this was an erotic comic, not that I’m offended but I didn’t know what I was getting into. I quite enjoyed the story of having a random dating app show up on your phone and it wants to know what you crave then it gives you instructions on how to do so. I actually liked this art style as well. I’m on to book two.
I’d recommend this to graphic novel lovers who want to think outside the box as far as a dating app/ social media.

Book 2: I’m still enjoying this story and the format of the graphic novel and I adore the artwork. Now Crave is really taking off and it’s wild what people will/ won’t do to get their cravings to happen. Peter pressure at its finest. On to book three.
I’d recommend this series.

Book #3: Crave has taken over and they need to find a way to shut it down!
Sofia is my favourite character. She is smart and beautiful. I want to continue with this series. I’m enjoying the story and the artwork.
I’d recommend this to graphic novel lovers.


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Enjoyable read. I enjoyed the art style, the drawings of Alexandra are beautiful. Definitely gives black mirror vibes with the warning about the app, Crave, and the following chaos that ensues.

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An erotic thriller of a mini series comics. It is a blend of the “Nose Dive” and “Hated in the Nation” episodes of Black Mirror where an app satisfies the sexual cravings of law students at all means necessary. It is a short run, with the potential of a second series but I think this had a natural, ambiguous ending.

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I wasn’t sure what to expect with this one but I enjoyed it. I liked how the art and the story. I also liked the way it resolved all of the storylines. The characters were well fleshed out and I was interested in the way things turned out. It was more blunt than I was expecting but I was down for it. Definitely a cool read.

Thanks to NetGalley and the Publisher for the arc.

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thank you net galley and publishers for letting me read this

The artwork was well drawn and the story was intriguing and very interesting. A new social app allows everyone to satisfy their cravings, but quickly turns to chaos and destruction. A group of friends has to uncover the truth behind this app and the reason it was started. Had me hooked until the end. I really enjoyed reading the whole series.

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literally screaming and hollering that i got this arc because hello??? this concept?? amazing. thank you! i love love LOVE it.

it’s giving black mirror and that alone is five stars, but the art style has a vintage with a touch of modern vibe (i can’t explain it ok it just looks like a classic comic but made for today. i love it), lgbtq rep, sex positive, chaotic, a lil bit of a nail biter, ugh! yes!

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There's a reason why image comics is my go to when I want to read something other then marvel or dc, they just get it!
Trigger warnings include:
This Graphic Novel collects #1-6 crave by Maria Llovet
crave is a technology gone bad! Erotic Thriller, Big brother is watching, listening, downloading your data.
Its a shame we don't really get much character backstory on any of the characters, it focuses more on the importance of disclosing person information on social media as anyone can take that info and use it to do bad.
Thank you #netgalley for my advance copy of #crave

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I was instantly sold when I saw Maria Llovet's name on this. I've loved her style of artwork since I first saw it in Faithless. The concept of this graphic novel is great. It isn't too farfetched to think that something like this, albeit maybe not so extreme, might happen in the near future. Relying on social media and apps instead of your real world experiences is something that seems to be dwindling. It is a well written, and definitely well drawn book!

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I'm obsessed, I asked for the arc quite randomly, I just saw the cover today and thought "why not?" and it turned out to be a very good decision, because I devoured this comic in one sitting. The art was unique and beautiful, the story had great meaning, and some of the illustrations made me blush. It definitely won’t be my last graphic novel by this author.


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First, the art in this is beautiful.
Second: this is a wild story. Modern day dystopian with social media taking over big brother style.

It starts out with just encouraging people to be more daring in asking for what they want, but it quickly gets out of hand. Suddenly everyone is having sex with everyone else wherever they are, but that quickly ramps up to violence.
A group of friends, some of which were unknowingly working in this project before it was released as an experiment, get together to bring this app down and try to save their friends. Trying to get past the mob like riots in the school the have to break into the server, crack the code, and erase the app and all of the data it collected on everyone.

It takes an active experimental look at how influenced the modern age is by an algorithm and an electronic box (phone). It was entertaining, the art was stunning, and it really makes you think about how much social media can influence us.

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This was such an interesting graphic novel! I liked the art and the colour pallet, and it was the right steamy level, with the right level of mysterious plot!

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A really interesting and unique view into the dangers of unrestricted technological access. The story uses shock value to show the dangers that AI and social media present to the modern world.

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The art was beautiful, the story was creative and intriguing, the characters felt very realistic to college students. The one area that I feel it loses points is there wasn't quite enough build for me - I think it would have benefited from maybe two more installments to flesh out some of the background.

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Thank you to Netgalley for giving me an ARC of this story.
SPOILERS TO FOLLOW

WOW. I did not expect it to be so explicit. It was such a good story though. I really enjoyed the characters and the overall plot (though the tech side of the app and it's creation was a bit lost on me). Even though it was fairly short I felt like I understood all the characters and their motivations and everything came together really well in the end. It was a little scary how the algorithm of the app was able to predict how people would react and what they would do. It all felt really dystopian. If the final panel is true, there should be a continuation of the story which is very exciting. I hope if it is continued that we get to see some of the same characters again.

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A university campus is thrown into chaos - sexy, sexy chaos - by a mysterious new app promising "Tell us what you Crave - we'll make It happen". It could easily have ended up as a Channel 5 Black Mirror, particularly given how tame a lot of the desires are (one poor sap early on only goes as far as "making out with" the girl way out of his league, and until revenge motives kick in, nobody seems to go past threesomes or a little light bondage), and the dialogue can tend towards the expository - even if the setting, with an excuse for literal lectures, provides some cover for that. In its favour, of course, is that it's by Maria Llovet, whose pages, as ever, look like lust feels - I particularly enjoyed the trick here where, when a character is looking at their obsession, the faces of anyone else in panel with the desired one aren't even filled in, because to the person looking, they're barely there.

(Netgalley ARC)

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When an app starts telling people how to get what they want, a college campus breaks into chaos, doing as they're told to satisfy their cravings

This graphic novel is hauntingly dark with the right amount of twists to keep the reader hooked while still holding an element of believability.

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This is an interesting concept that trades in well on the more lurid aspects: what happens when you give a university an app whose only purpose is to tell you how to fulfil what you desire? In this case, it's almost always a person rather than a thing, which leads to a lot of graphic sex. The art is quite lovely yet I found the whole thing rather disenfranchising - the characters were messy cyphers, the art rather objectivistic, and the premise rather ludicrous.

Story: David is at a strange point right now at his elite university: he's become tired of his clingy girlfriend, has a secret crush on a loner student, has a best friend also nursing an unrequited crush, and honestly is just sick of it all. When the student body starts buzzing about a new app that can help a person attain something they want, David is unimpressed. That is, until an erotic image of his crush in bondage gear appears on his phone. As the students begin using the app, chaos erupts, David's girlfriend becomes suicidal, and his best friend thinks he really has a chance with the smartest girl in the school if he uses the Crave app.

I like the general idea of the app - AI and social media coming together to 'learn' how to help students get the courage to go after what they want. If the app cannot predict or accomplish the wish, it simply says that there is little chance of success with that wish. Predictably, what happens is that students lose inhibitions and go after all their baser desires, mostly sexual ones. By the middle of the book, it is no surprise to see David walking destroyed school hallways littered with debris and students fornicating. Don't expect much in the way of answers about the app, though.

And yet, with all the heat, this is one of the most clinical and oddly disaffecting stories I've come across in a long time. It certainly isn't really sexy despite the content and instead feels like we are looking on at AI people just a bit too odd to be real. David is withdrawn and unemotive, his best friend shy and unable to muster the courage to go after what he wants, David's love interest Alexandra is portrayed as a weirdo loner, and his girlfriend spends most of the book slowly withdrawing into solitary depression.

The artwork is also rather disaffecting and sterile. The women are all beautiful, the men more stereotypes, and despite a wide color palette, the school is very cold. It serves the story but again greatly contributes to the indifference or even ambivalence of the entire piece. Nor is this in any way believable as a concept.

In all, a fairly interesting, if cliched and thoroughly unbelievable, read. Reviewed from an advance reader copy provided by the publisher.

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⇢ 3.75 ★

well this was an interesting read! marketed as a mix of "black mirror" and "eyes wide shut", this was a very kinky graphic novel. it did feel a bit like those, black mirror especially, but i was also getting some "gossip girl" vibes. i knew what i was getting myself into, but DAMN! i think there was more sex than plot at times. i would have loved to see a little more detail and scenes outside of the sex, because the "conclusion" felt rushed and underdeveloped. nevertheless, i had a fun time reading it. it's quite fast-paced and every single character is going through literal nightmare scenarios. i definitely would continue reading if the author plans to publish additional volumes but i do think there should be more content in the already existing volumes.

౨ৎ TRIGGER WARNINGS
ᡣ𐭩 suicide attempt
ᡣ𐭩 assault
ᡣ𐭩 teacher-student relationship
ᡣ𐭩 doxxing (intimate pictures are leaked)

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This was a super fun, high stakes read that I devoured in one sitting.
The art in this resembles a lot of older comics which was something I really enjoyed. The concept was super fun and relevant in the times of AI. If you're looking for something quick to read, pick this up!

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3.75 ⭐️
Skins meets black mirror

Incredible artwork in this collection and an engaging, gripping storyline exploring the digitisation and automation of modern tech and how this takes away responsibility for decisions we make.

I did feel the erotic aspect didn’t quite meld with the plot and it felt as though we had two stories going on at the same time. It left the flow feeling a bit disjointed but this was minor and didn’t necessarily take away from the plot!

Thank you to NetGalley and the Publisher for an E-ARC in exchange for an honest review!

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Boy was I surprised about this steamy graphic novel!

First of all, I'm a sucker for an original art style and I liked the tone it set. The rough sketch'iness of it all added to the feeling of the story, which felt part mystery, part thriller, part speculative. I think it's actually better going in without knowing too much about the plot and just immersing yourself in this ride.

Definitely would recommend to anyone looking for a new age graphic novel about relationships, the impending technology of apps/social media and AI rolled into one.

Thanks to Image Comics and NetGalley for giving me the chance to read a digital ARC!

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Read in one sitting!

Crave's story is really original, the art is really fun, the colour palettes are going madness. A full wrapped up story in this many pages I thought was really impressive, where you could read in one sitting. I liked the characters, the art, the sci-fi elements. The comment about 'Black Mirror' is spot on.

I did have to tilt my phone away from others at time (read the mature content warnings) but - super cool graphic novel all round!

Will be looking for more of Maria Llovet's work in the future!

Thank you to NetGalley for the advance copy in exchange for an honest review!

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Thank you to NetGalley for an ARC of this, and for Maria Llovet for an awesome premise in the graphic novel scene.

Spoilers ahead…(duh) [18+]


Okay so overall, I REALLY liked this book; the premise was super cool, it has a vintage art style I haven’t seen in a while and really enjoy, and the characters were so sexy and merged like fine wine and cheese. There were steamy sex scenes, awkward conversations with college students, and heartbreak!! All that said, my only complaint is that I wish it was longer; some parts felt rushed and felt very jarring, which I feel takes away from some of the other action packed plot twists.

The premise of an app “Crave” trying to help college students fulfill sexual fantasies and desires / cravings is SUCH a cool concept and I feel like there could be so much more depth to this whether as a whole or in the next edition (as it did say test 2 at the end — I would LOVE for there to be more). And I hope we see the same characters we did in this one because I was so invested in the main four and their respective love lives ( the reveal Charlotte was lying about Alex was WILD ), and I hope we see more development on it and see them make a reappearance.

I just CRAVE more!

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Great story with intriguing detail. Hackers, crazy social media app. deaths! This story has it all. With just enough adult spice in the middle to make sure everything is going well. Highly recommend this entire series.

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Thank you to Netgalley and the publishers for an arc in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts are my own.
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This was so good! Definitely reminiscent of Black Mirror and even reminded me of the movie Nerve, but for a more mature audience. I devoured this in one sitting and was anxious to see what the characters were going to do next. I loved the artwork as well, and definitely helped with progressing the story. The only complaint I really have is that I wish we got more of the aftermath after Crave, and that some relationships were fleshed out more than others.

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A steamy graphic novel with an interesting premise: an app on a university campus which is there to help you satisfy all of your desires (no matter how inappropriate or dirty), so long as it believes them to be realistically achievable. This was something I read in a single (rather quick) sitting and includes a lot of sexual content - not suitable for underage people!

Really interesting storyline (with characters struggling primarily with controlling their impulses), and it seems to end on enough of a cliffhanger I could see another storyline in this world. Really amazing artwork, spicy and definitely recommended.

<i>I was provided with a complimentary copy of this graphic novel by Image Comics via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review, which I leave voluntarily</i>.

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A spicy take on social media spyware taking over a college. After students start using an app called Crave to fulfill their greatest cravings, evil things start to happen and our main characters must work together to shut the app down.
Perfect for graphic novel horror readers who enjoy alittle spicy with their death

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I was pleasantly surprised by the explicitness of this graphic novel and that is a positive especially when coupled with the beautiful artwork.

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I loved this, the concept was so fun, but i do with it would have been at least an extra 100pages so there could have been more plot.

I loved the graphics and the characters, this was a quick, steamy, fun read. I hope there’s more in the future because omg. I want to read more about this! Finished it in one sitting.

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Overall rating: 3.75 stars

This was the perfect quick read I needed as a somewhat palette cleanser. Who doesn't love a comic involving some extremely horny college students who use a digital app to hook up with fellow students? This was a brilliant read, involving the highlighting of the dangers and issues surrounding modern-day social media and apps. Despite this being a novel that had a main topic of romance, I somewhat feel there could have been less focus on the level of explicit content included, and more focus on the issues surrounding use of social media etc.

Overall, I did enjoy this quick read, and I will be keeping my eye out for any future works by this author. I want to give a big thanks to NetGalley UK and Image Comics for the opportunity to read an advanced copy in exchange for an honest review

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This book was a real surprise to me because based on the cover I was NOT expecting an erotic tale. I was pleasantly surprised however because I found it to be very sex positive and the erotic scenes were in service of the bigger plot. I definitely enjoyed the story more when the Crave app lore got a little denser and the action got more fast paced. I didn’t mind the art but the excessive blushing of the characters was a little distracting at times.

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Everything I've read of Maria Llovet is more vibes than plot. This plot's serviceable, the characters are surprisingly easy to tell apart and see as separate people, and the wild ride that is Crave feels maybe a bit compressed, story-wise, but that's fine.

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I absolutely craved this comic! It was definitely sexy with a taste of horror woven into it. The entire thing exploring an app that allows you to say what you desire and gives you instructions about how to obtain it. I really enjoyed the tinge of sci-fi it had in using technology to create a sense of chaos for this college campus.

In a way, even though Crave itself started to cause a lot of chaos and pain for those it could not help and the way it lead people together was awful, A lot of people did get what they wanted and got the courage to say their true desires. Crave becomes a deceptively neutral entity because of this. However, in the end the destructive nature isn’t worth the good that it did do.

This comic is definitely full on nsfw content. I really enjoyed the variety of the content that it had. Some people wanted just to hook up and others wanted the start of a full relationship and it really did bring out peoples inner wants into the light of day.

I love how the comics show the light and dark sides to desire. Especially, when some get what they want and others don’t. The ones that didn’t get what they wanted becoming depressed and jealous of those who did. Some wanting to hurt themselves and some wanting to hurt others and crave helping them achieve those darker desires as well.

The art of course is stunning. I loved the way the artist used colors and made every page so vibrant and beautiful. This will definitely get you thinking to yourself about what you desire and if you went for what you wanted, would you get it?

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An intriguing story that is partly Sci-Fi and partly based on technology. The story centers around an app that is appearing on college student phones. This leads to an interesting story that holds your attention. It is a scary premise, since the leaps and bound that technology is taking, makes it a possibility in the future. The artwork was well-done, and the story was nicely told.

Thank you to #NetGalley for the ARC in exchange for my honest opinion.

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This is a college age story. Dave’s friend leaves him a note as he takes off, don’t use crave. Dave doesn’t listen and he heads off on a spicy journey. This was interesting taken what happens when you can get everything you crave. I would be interested into seeing more from this comic. I enjoy the art style and the plotting.

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This was a really interesting black mirror-esque erotic graphic novel. It studies the what if a social media app could give us what we crave? And what happens when that isn't exactly how we pictured? I truly enjoyed the story it was chaos and frenzy but I also loved the trajectory the story took. The ending pleasantly surprised me, and without giving too much away, it was really refreshing to see a different approach to popular plot point in a romance storyline. Overall it was a really quick read which I both enjoyed but I think with just a bit more time spent on connecting with the characters that impact and 'wtf' moment could have been even bigger.

If you like a bit dark and suspenseful what if stories of the could be horrors of this technological age, and some erotica as well, definitely should check this out.

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I keep forgetting it’s not *great* to read comics on my phone, but unfortunately I can’t access NetGalley on my Kindle. Still, I’m so excited I requested this! It was creepy and hot and I love the art. All of the covers inside are totally gorgeous. It had a satisfying ending and I’m hoping there’s more of this eventually!

Thanks to NetGalley and Image Comics for the digital copy in exchange for an honest review.

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Fun and interesting read, quite explicit, which I loved. Felt a lot like watching an episode of black mirror. Enjoyed the characters and interactions, and the plot was cool. Also loved the art style, has an old school feeling that contrasts beautiful with the “dystopian” story line.

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Crave is a tightly woven tale, about the dangers of blindly trusting in new forms of AI and how quickly it can all spiral out of control. This comic was fast-paced and managed to keep that quick pace from start to finish. It did feel like it was slightly too fast, the final resolution seemed to play out a little too smoothly. I did enjoy one of the first scenes, where it kept flipping from the main characters conversation and the other students engaged in a classroom discussion about the lesson topic. It was a great example of showing how sometimes you get so absorbed into your own petty bullshit you don't even notice the warning signs being plainly shown to your face. The one downside is that I didn't realize just HOW MUCH sex there is in this! Yes, I realize the plot blurb talks about Crave as a "hook-up" app, but I didn't realize just how much explicit sex would be featured in this. Weirdly, all of the sex is plot-relevant, so I don't mind it in this comic. But good lord, don't read this in public! Also, the "Black Mirror" feeling of this comic was very strong. If you told me this was a comic adaption of a Black Mirror episode, I would believe you. The art style was fairly unique, I liked it well enough, though some elements of it I didn't care for. Overall, it is a well-crafted comic.

Thank you to NetGalley and the publishers for an advanced copy in exchange for my honest review!

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Crave isn't just about the dangers of social media, it's about the dangers of what happens when everyone gets what they want.

A borderline erotic horror, the first volume of Crave serves up scenes of unrestrained sexuality and the horrors that answer the question: "What if your fantasies came true?"

The characters are well-developed in a short space of time, and the art style works well for the nature of the comic.

I'd love to see an anthology series of Crave in which the app affects different settings. We start here with a university, but what if Crave was activated in an office building? A shopping centre? Or across a whole town?

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I really enjoyed many aspects of this graphic novel from the art style to the story. I liked how the story was told and found the way it was conveyed was done well. The characters were really interesting and i thought they all stood out from each other. The art style was done well and it helped convey the story and tone in an interesting way. I definitely pick up the next one in the series when it comes out.

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Maria Llovet's "Crave" is a gorgeously-drawn thriller about a university campus thrown into chaos when an addictive new social media app (Crave) mysteriously appears on students' phones. With promises to remove obstacles between desire and satisfaction, how can this app not spread like wildfire through this community of raging hormones? Like the best episodes of "Black Mirror," the world depicted here feels completely within the realm of possibility (maybe even inevitable given current trends). This left me thinking so much about how we connect as human beings, why certain inhibitions are actually crucial to our survival, and the dark side of getting what we want too easily. In the end, this was one of the most engaging and unsettling depictions of social media gone-too-far that I can remember reading in a long time. And to top it all off, the art is beautifully unique. High recommendation from me if you enjoy graphic novels on the mature side!

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Crave by Maria Llovet

In a university, an app called Crave appears on student’s phones. It promises to give you what you want, but what it gives is relationship discord, anarchy, sex in public and potentially the downfall of civilisation. Can a crack unit of outcasts and geeks save the world?

Well, I’m not here to give you the happy ending you wish. And yes, I know that is a double entendre. Crave is collection of the recently competed (or is it?) comic series by Image. Their story is slightly unsettling - as it should be - with likeable characters and whipsmart dialogue. Llovet also contributes artwork that is Beardsleyesque in its covers and end papers, but sketchy and full of life in the storytelling. Lovely sex scenes too, with a scene featuring one of our heroes finding a unique way to improve his grades.

As someone who loves graphic novels, but in recent years has found them repetitive and unoriginal (other than Sex Criminals, ironically from the same publisher) I would also offer a trigger warning: some content may not be suitable for younger readers. But if what you desire is an erotic, sinister and snarky six issues, you’ll love it. It’s published by Image on 17th September and I thank them for a preview copy.

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First of all, I LOVE the art style!
I am so happy that I got the ARC for this because I had such a good time reading it!
This was so much fun, the concept was really interesting, I want more!!

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A really gripping read, I thought the characters were intriguing and I'm going to look out for more by this author.

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This was definitely a wild ride! But I enjoyed it. It definitely makes you examine the dangers of social media and blindly following others. I had no idea what this was about when I saw it, but I am glad I requested it!

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Crave follows the launch of a new app that allows students to ask for what they desire and the app “Crave” will provide instructions to achieve this. The main character David uses it to go after the girl he wants after breaking up with his girlfriend. Things quickly take a turn when they realise the app may be doing more harm than good and it’s up to David and his friends to fix it. I enjoyed the way this book portrayed the pros and cons of social media and the foreshadowing in the beginning gives a hint to the outcome of using the app. Overall, a very enjoyable read.

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Llovet writes the perfect dark/sexy graphic novels. Crave is a Black-mirror-like episode of an app giving people what(more like who) they desire most. I loved that, like a magic 8 ball, when someone asked for something unobtainable, Crave basically said, “no. Ask something more realistic.” The only thing that kinda bothered me was how quick the solution to ending Crave was.
Thank you to #NetGalley in exchange for an honest review of #Crave. 5/5 The book was approximately 173 pages, which collects 6 issues.

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This genre was definitely a first for me, I’ve not read erotica/manga before but it didn’t put me off. There was definitely a lot of erotica in this but most importantly it wasn’t the base of the plot line. Crave is an app that people can tell the app what they are most craving and Crave will tell them if they can satisfy this craving and how. I loved that mysterious part to this story on how and who made this app and weather it is still existing. I would definitely recommend this. The artwork in this book was really clever I loved the rustic/drawn look it really suited the story.

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Crave is a graphic novel following college students when a mysterious app appears on campus promising to fulfil everyone's desires if they follow the directions on the app. Overall, I think the story was very interesting however the books following the initial introduction felt lacking in content/substance.

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Image just continues to knock it out of the park with these interesting indie stories. Maria Llovet is not a writer I'm familiar with but will be checking out for sure, and I'll be keeping an eye out for more from her.

The story of Crave is very Gen X - a mysterious app that invites students to divulge and indulge, consequences be damned, privacy who is she? Naturally, humans being animals, everyone and everything devolves into pure id chaos. I was kind of unsure of this book at first, as it comes across very stereotypical in a Cruel Intentions way - college students at some Ivy League school with their rich and pretty problems, until Crave appears on everyone's phones.

So mysterious. I enjoyed the 2024 update of the evil computer trope, and even of the evil app trope (literally there is a whole genre of films for this haha). It's also very much in the sexy thriller genre, which isn't one I'm really familiar with and associate mostly with the 90s, but which I don't hate lol

The art, also by Llovet, is also phenomenal. Beautiful setting design, dynamic paneling, and a very careful use of coloring - just wows all around.

Crave is perfect for fans of Emerald Fennell's Saltburn or Promising Young Woman, or Halina Reijn's Bodies Bodies Bodies.

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I went into this graphic novel, not actually knowing what it was about. I solely wanted to read it based on the beautiful cover art, and I am beyond happy it caught my eye because I loved it!!

This new age graphic novel follows the lives of college students who become obsessed with this new app called Crave! 'Black Mirror' meets 'Nerve' but with some wonderfully spicey panels!

The artwork was great and really made this read much more enjoyable! The cover art for the individual graphic novel covers were unbelievably beautiful, I'm literally obsessed with them!

I genuinely loved this novel, and going in blind really left me hooked on the storyline and plot twists. It you want a fun, quick, and sexy read, 'Crave' is what you need to dive into. The character development was well written and has you emotionally attached, rooting for some while actively hating others! I can't wait to check out other works by this author!

Thank you so much to image comics and Netgalley for this wonderful ARC in exchange for an honest review.

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Sometimes when I'm feeling overwhelmed, I like to relax with a comic. They're short, straightforward, and a nice treat for my peepers. When I first spotted this in the catalog, I was immediately drawn in by the cover. The color palette, composition, and art style all had me hooked. Crave was a really interesting comic that took place on a college campus. I was definitely getting Black Mirror for the collegiate crowd vibes. Crave featured a new social media app that was sweeping the school and encouraged students to lose their inhibitions. They were given probability statistics on whether or not their greatest desires would come true. I thought this choice was so topical and chic considering the state of our culture's obsession with internet popularity. Crave was such a modern comic and it felt really immersive. The author had a vision and she executed it masterfully. Next time I'm in the mood for an engaging, sensual comic, I know exactly who can deliver what I Crave.

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thrilling and sexy graphic novel about what happens when a dating app with AI goes rogue in a university.

I re-logged in to my netgalley account after a few years and this was one of the first books I requested -- and I was not disappointed. llovet's use of colour and and setting really sets this apart from other graphic novels. the characters feel developed enough for the 176 pages of this collection of volumes 1 through 6. maria llovet is one to watch out for!

I really enjoyed the conversations about AI and its uses and consequences. Especially since AI is such a topical conversation at the moment, Llovet doesn't leave anything in the shadows. Everything is - quite literally - on full display in Crave.

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thiiiiiis was so fun.

i'm constantly on the lookout for black mirror-esqe cautionary technology tales and i've had the long-held believe that apps, even beyond the scope of their intended purpose and reported data-caching, can be used in insidious ways when in the hands of the right (or wrong) people.

crave is a story like that - on campus, an app called crave is gaining in popularity amongst the students. touted as a hook-up app, you assume at first that it's little more than a glorified version of tinder. that's until you realize that something is going off in the walls of this school. maybe getting off is more operative a description - people are hooking up in hallways, clothes are getting unbuttoned, everyone seems like they're fiending for something or someone.

post-breakup, david downloads the app and begins a flirtatious photo exchange with alexandra, a girl from his past. but his ex isn't happy that they broke-up. and maybe crave can help her find her happy ending too, even if it means wanting someone dead.

super compelling, hard to put down. finished it with MUCH haste and can't wait to read more from the series.

the only downfall for me was that there were inevitable consent issues (you could probably expect this with an app like that) but it kinda bugs me that the one instance it was discussed/explored was within a situation with two women. i get it, queer sexual violence exists, but there wasn't enough nuance/thought added to that arc of the story for me and it bothered me that no queer people showed up throughout the rest of the read.

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From the first page, I knew I was not going to be able to put this down until I finished it! I felt like I was holding my breath the entire time, just waiting to see what was going to happen next. The artwork alone took my breath away, you can tell that the artist made sure to reflect the dark and sultry feels of the store with the color palette and line work that was used throughout. This was my first graphic novel in about 5 years and hopefully there will be more readings from Crave in the future! There was a few parts that I wish had been expanded on but otherwise this was a truly amazing work of art.

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I received a copy from NetGalley for review.

I really enjoyed the story and the artwork. It went so fast. I feel like I need to give it another read to enjoy it more.

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Crave has a certain type of vibe that cannot be replicated easily. This graphic novel has a great storyline with complex characters. It brings up the deadly themes of technology going rampant with sex crazies college students. it really shows to what length people would go to, to satisfy their cravings. It left off on a cliffhanger that one would assume will be the main catalyst in the next book. I would love to see more of the main character and his love interest. The erotic theme was both sexy and scary in the best way possible. Would love to see more from this and Maria Llovet.

4.8/5 for kind of wanting to try out crave for myself

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Collects Crave #1-6 in a single book, a completed story written and illustrated by Maria Llovet.

A new app appears on everyone’s phones on campus, and it seems to give people what they crave - this being university, it’s a whole lot of sex and making out. Then the app gains control of elevators, and engages its users in collaborating to make more craves come true, and things spiral out of control.

The art and layout are engaging, each character (and background characters!) are unique and diverse. The story itself is fairly predictable but not tension and suspense.

As a social commentary it falls a little flat, but it does reinforce ‘honesty is the best policy.’

Recommended for mature readers (there is graphic sexual content & consensual bdsm-style posing, probably some dubcon) - and recommended for Twilight Zone/Outer Limits fans looking for dark “what if” style story about the control anonymous connections and social media have on our lives.

Thanks to NetGalley and Image Comics for the ARC!

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Interesting concept and art work. Gives off Black Mirror/Nerve vibes Definitely a work for 17+/mature readers .

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This story felt like an episode of Gossip Girl but like with the cast also cosplaying Clue (in a way that was fun and readable in one sitting). Honestly, as depraved as the app was, I got a kick out of how cheerful it’s texting tone was (a great balance for the creepiness).

I love any stories that examine the pitfalls of technology — but especially loved that the characters fought back so the overall tone wasn’t despondent (like many episodes of Black Mirror).

The art style was retro and beautiful — loved the tarot and fashion additions to the ambiance.

The ending was a bit rushed and I really wanted to know more about the characters, but overall this was a quick (spicy) tale of mystery in the modern tech era.

Big thanks to #netgalley and Image for this arc copy of #crave!

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Rating lvl: 4 / 5 ⭐️
Spice lvl: 2 / 5 🌶️

*I requested the arc of this via NetGalley*

This is the first graphic novel that I’ve picked up in a LONG time. And I had an absolute blast with it. It was a pleasant little read that had me hooked from just the book description.

I love the whole concept of Black Mirror and how Crave put its unique spin on it by using a college campus as the central piece to a “dating” app catastrophe.

In retrospect, the plot of story is a simple one but it’s made beautifully complex with its unique cast of characters and the arguably predictable relationships that are made along the way.

This story combines very real life personal mental struggles/fears of doubt, shame, sorrow, the unknown, etc. And it meshes together with another very real threat and fear of technological advancements on our persons. To combine all that into a college full of young, horny, and questionable “adults” grips your attention and doesn’t let it go.

The whole idea of the app called Crave is insane.

I highly recommend this when it comes out! Or if you want to request the arc and read it now. It won’t disappoint.

An additional note:
I kept a spice rating on this due to it containing somewhat erotic scenes. Although not explicit, the scenes do imply more than meets the eye. But it is very much an adult read nonetheless.

I thoroughly enjoyed this and I’m excited to find more reads like this in the future!

#NetGalley #Crave

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This was fun and intriguing, and I really really liked the art in it! I was hoping there might be more about the app and what seemed to make everyone act weird after using it, but this was still a fun, if short, read!

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This was such a fun read and something I don’t normally go for but I really enjoyed - just wish it was longer. Thank you for sharing it with me and allowing me to try something different.

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I wasn't expecting to love this one as much as I did. It was so good! I loved the characters and I felt genuinely sad for Charlotte. Honestly, even though she was the "villain" or whatever, she was still someone we could relate to and empathize with. Although, realistically, Crave is the real villain here. It was erotic, sure, but the story itself was an interesting and important topic to discuss and the art made it so much easier to digest. I absolutely loved this book. Thank you NetGalley and Maria Llovet for allowing me the opportunity to read it. I can't wait for everyone else to pick it up too. It's definitely worth the wait.

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this was so fun and very black mirror and a bit of the boys vibes! i loved the art style and the