Monday, July 23, 2012

Indie Author Review: Crimson Groves

Title: Crimson Groves
Author: Ashley Robertson
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Publish Date: November 2011
Personal Rating: 4 stars
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Abigail Tate was a normal human girl. Until the day Bronx the vampire barges into her life and turns her against her will. Held captive while forced to deal with never ending cravings for blood, Abby prays for a way to escape. Only when an opportunity arises, it's with the aid of an innocent human named Tyler--except vampires are forbidden to interact with the unbitten. But Abby quickly learns this human has secrets of his own...secrets that can either help her or get her killed. Only Abby discovers that she was the one with the biggest secret of them all. ***June 2012 Extras added to the e-book version only (including the first chapter of the sequel Crimson Rain (book #2 of The Crimson Series)***

My Review:
**A copy was provided by the author for review purposes**

I struggled rating this book. So first I will say that when you start reading this book, give it at least 100 pages before you decide if you’re going to continue. It took me about that long to really get hooked. There is a lot of set up, and rightly so, and very well done, it’s just slow. Once the story gets off and going, it is a very quick read. Lots of action and interesting things going on and it doesn’t stop.

At first I thought it was very similar to Twilight and that it would be very similar to other stories I had previously read in this genre. Not so. Even though this has your night creatures everyone is familiar with, this story has new ideas and twists that will keep you wanting to know more. The love story is amazing as well as the relationships that are discovered and developed.

I really liked the relationships that Abby developed with both Tyler and Lily. How she was able to keep them safe, but still keeping them in her life was amazing. Abby is strong and very tough in dealing with everything going on in her life. An excellent main character.

What a great story! I would have to give 3 stars to the first 100 pages just because it was slow, but definitely 5 stars to the rest of the book. Of course, like I said earlier, the action doesn’t stop with book one. We have to wait for book 2!!

What to Read Next?
Try the House of Night series by P.C. Cast. The first book is Marked. Very similar in that it has a young adult feel.

About the Author:
Ashley Robertson resides in sunny Orlando, Florida and loves reading and writing about everything urban fantasy and paranormal romance. When she isn't writing you'll find her spending time with family and friends, training in her home gym, traveling and exploring new places, drinking fine red wines, and making gourmet coffees with her Nespresso machine.
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  1. Fantastic review! I haven't heard about this book before but it does sound interesting. I'm glad you ended up enjoying it despite the slow start. I'll have to check it out! :)

  2. Great review, often times the first book in a series contains an information dump and it sounds like this one had it..i am glad to hear it was well developed and worth the time. This sounds promising!

  3. Good for you on sticking with it past the 100 pages, at least it was worth it in the end. I like when that happens.
    Nice review!