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Crimson Groves
     

Crimson Groves

4.1 10
by Ashley Robertson
 

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- 2013 National Indie Excellence Awards Finalist
- 2012 Voted Best New Author by Popular Book Blog Nose Graze

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

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- 2013 National Indie Excellence Awards Finalist
- 2012 Voted Best New Author by Popular Book Blog Nose Graze

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 soon discovers that she is the one with the biggest secret of all.

Editorial Reviews

Amazon - Charlie C
5 STARS! I never read a book like this before...
I loved it so much I couldn't put it down.. With three boys running a round the only time I could read it was at night and I wasn't going to sleep until 2am some times 4 in the morning and then thinking all day what was going to happen next!!!

I can't wait to read next book to see what happens to Abby and how strong her powers get...
Amazon - Mary Black
3 STARS! Good read......Kept my interest all the way through.....A lot of twist and turns! Can't wait for the next one to come out, want to see where Abby is going now!
Amazon - Lily L
5 STARS! Captivating January 7, 2012
By Lily
Format:Kindle Edition
Great book, very descriptive with a huge imagination. I was quite captivated by the story and read the book in a matter of three days. Enjoyed it very much! :)
Amazon - C Toste
4 STARS! Another take on vampires! I have to say I enjoyed the book very much. Ashley Robertson was able to give a fresh twist to the vampire saga's. The characters were very realistic with plenty of humor and intense moments and I had a hard time putting the book down. I seriously hope there will be another book about Abby & her friends in the works, I would like to see her grow & become more confident in the future. For anybody who is a paranormal fan I think you would enjoy this book.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780615531762
Publisher:
Ashley Robertson Books
Publication date:
11/09/2011
Pages:
270
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.57(d)

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Meet the Author

- 2013 National Indie Excellence Awards Finalist
- 2012 Voted Best New Author by Popular Book Blog Nose Graze

Ashley Robertson resides in sunny Orlando, Florida, and loves writing about anything paranormal. She also composes poems and songs, though she learned long ago she doesn't have a singing voice. When she isn't writing you'll find her spending time with family and friends, sharing personal training and nutrition advice via ExtremeMakeovers.com, traveling and exploring new places, and drinking fine wines and gourmet coffees from her Nespresso machine.

Visit her website to learn about her upcoming releases, guest blog posts, and featured giveaways at: AshleyRobertsonBooks.com

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Crimson Groves 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
My_Mommys_World More than 1 year ago
The main character, Abby, is a simpering whiner in the beginning of this book. The story begins with her lamenting the loss of her boyfriend to her best friend, being disowned by her mother, her absentee father and her general lack of loved ones. When she is turned into a vampire against her will, it is just one more thing to fuel her self-pity. It is hard to feel sorry for someone who seems to have totally given up her power to the whims of the other people in her life. Fortunately, as the story moves forward, Abby comes into her power and wraps up the story as a strong character. During the story's progression, we see Abby embrace who she is and become a force to reckon with. Her bravery and courage to face the challenges she is met with in her journeys makes her a likeable character you will begin to root for. This story is a page turner and the ending will truly surprise you. Don't think for a second you know what will happen because there are twists and turns throughout the plot until the very last page.
DaleneH More than 1 year ago
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!!
kainshottie More than 1 year ago
There are a lot of stories out there about Vampires, be it Nosferatu style or sparkly. I have found when reading them that a lot don't go into a tremendous amount of detail about how hard it is to adjust to the vampiric lifestyle. Many stories give you one or two chapters about their transition, but this is a story completely about Abby's struggle. It takes place about over the course of about 3 months (but I could be wrong) with the very beginning of the story explaining to you how she wound up being turned into a vampire. Abby has been estranged from her mother, her father abandoned her at an early age, and she recently found her boyfriend in bed with her best friend. She is alone with the exception of her bar tending co-worker. In the same night, she receives a phone call from her dad with a warning about someone coming after her. She blows off the call and then finds herself buried in a stranger's eyes. She finds herself so completely attracted to him that she nearly ignores all her other customers to dote and flirt with him. Bronx, the handsome stranger, offers to walk her home after work which results in her going to his house for a make out session gone bad. She's turned into a vampire completely against her will all because he claims he is lonely. He wants her to become his eternal lover. Problem is that once she turns into a vampire, she is no longer attracted to him. The rest of the story is all about her escape from Bronx. She starts falling in love with a man named Tyler, who is the one who helped her escape, and she begins learning a lot about other vampires in her search for food. She learns a lot about herself and that she is truly special. You'll have to read the book to find out just how special she is. It was refreshing to read a story that told about how a new vampire has to struggle to control her urges and to survive. Her situation isn't one that leads to adapting to her new lifestyle easily. I was pleasantly surprised with how the story went and how it turned out. I am definitely interested in book two. Read more reviews at Identity Discovery blog.
ABrantley More than 1 year ago
If you're looking for a new paranormal/urban fantasy, Crimson Groves is an enjoyable read. Expertly written with well-developed characters, the book is an excellent beginning to the series.
Bex_n_Books More than 1 year ago
Crimson Groves captivated me from the beginning and constantly delved into the unexpected; I was constantly surprised by the plot and character development. Ashley Robertson, very successfully weaves an interesting tale of action, intrigue and romance, all with a paranormal twist. I really like Abby's character and cheered her from the sidelines (fairly vocally at times). Additionally, I completely was sucked in by Bronx and Tyler's characters; this impressed me somewhat considering the character development that focuses on these two male characters in particular. The story well crafted. I especially enjoyed the plot structure and development. I wasn't always convinced by Tyler's voice however. His persona, as portrayed by his dialogue, was somewhat childlike; he regularly sounded more like a 15 year old boy as opposed to a man. On the whole, I really enjoyed Crimson Groves and give it a highly recommended 4 stars! Plus I can't wait to read Unguarded.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was fortunate enough to be a first-read winner and I have to say I enjoyed the book very much. Ashley Robertson was able to give a fresh twist to the vampire saga's. The characters were very realistic with plenty of humor and intense moments and I had a hard time putting the book down. I seriously hope there will be another book about Abby and her friends in the works, I would like to see her grow and become more confident in the future. For anybody who is a paranormal fan I think you would enjoy this book.
CVHunt More than 1 year ago
Vampire lovers rejoice! There is a new kind of clan of vampires in town, and they are terrified of the sunlight, fire, and decapitation. With every new vampire story come a new set of rules to which these creatures live by. Ashley Robertson has given her vampires a unique twist. Although the vampires of Crimson Groves cannot withstand the sunlight, they do not sleep when the sun is up – or ever. The story starts with a disgruntled Abigail Tate on seemingly normal day. But after a confrontation with her ex-boyfriend, a mysterious phone call from her estranged father and a sudden undeniable attraction to a stranger that waltzes into the bar that she works in, her life is never going to be the same. Bronx Granger seems like a dream come true, until a passionate make out session turns into deadly nightmare. Abigail is turned into a vampire against her will, and trapped my an overbearing and jealous Bronx who is in a constant state of denial that Abby will become his lover. Abby quickly learns about an underground world of blood donors that line up to be bitten by a vampire, because a vampire’s venom causes a euphoric and addicting attraction to be bitten again. The whole while Abigail struggles with who she has become, what is happening to her body and mind, and overall, how to escape from Bronx. FROM THE BOOK: I was going to look twenty-one forever. I knew plenty of people that would pay big money for that. I had to pay for it with my soul.--- I enjoyed Ashley Robertson’s take on the vampire, and the book was well written. There seemed to be a bit too much crying from Abby, but it was a defining part of her personality, and an essential trait to show how she was struggling with her new life. I find jealousy in a man’s character a huge turn off, which all of the men involved oozed, so I couldn’t really feel for them. The plot was strong and well planned with a couple of huge twists. Good job Ashley, I look forward to reading more.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Review: This book has a great storyline that keeps the reader flipping the pages to find out what will happen next. The settings pull you, as a reader, into the story making it feel like you, as a reader, is apart of the story with the characters. With this book being first person point-of-view by the main character, Abby makes it personal for the reader. The unexpected twists and turns were every where. It was hard to keep up with what was happening. My only problem with this book, was the pacing. The action was lacking due to the bogging down with the details. Abby was questioning more than I wanted or thought was needed. There was, in my mind, no need to question something over and over when it did not change.  With all the twists and turns that happened through out the book, I was happy that the author did wrap up all the questions I had in a neat little package called the last chapter. 4 Stars
natashazaleski More than 1 year ago
A vampire story that started out strong, but weakened in the last two thirds of the novel. Despite that, Crimson Groves still managed to entertain. I really liked Abby and thought she was a very realistic character. She did do a bit too much crying for my liking, but she was always trying her best to get out of the situation she found herself in. Also, she listened to her mind instead her body a good deal of the time, especially with Tyler. It was refreshing that she saw Bronx for who he is and didn't fall in love with him (no Stockholm syndrome here). I found the whole situation with Bronx so unfair (but life isn't fair) and I was glad when she was able to escape with Tyler. The book lost steam after that point. It was a good deal of Abby trying to find information, find blood donors, and trying to resist falling for Tyler. If humans aren't supposed to know about vampires then how do they find blood donors? Aren't they afraid they will blab? I liked the idea of vampires with magic. It is a bit cliche how special Abby is, although she does happen to be a unique blend. The ending was satisfactory and opens up the possibility for a second book. I do want to know what will happen to Abby, Tyler, and Stone in the next book (if there is one). I would recommend this to fans of vampire/supernatural fiction who are sick of the same old vampire fiction.