Wednesday, 20 June 2012

A Review for Crimson Groves by Ashley Robertson + eBook Giveaway (Int)

Crimson Groves
Posted by Guest Reviewer Melanie
Release Date: November 9th, 2011
Finished Date: June 19th, 2012
Publishers: Self-Published 
Source: For Review
Format: Kindle 
Pages: 282
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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.

The Review: What an excellent book, I'm seriously impressed. 4.5 out of 5! 
Crimson Groves is the beginning of a new series that revolves around Abigail (Abby) Tate, a 25 year old woman who has had nothing but disappointment all her life. Her Daddy left her 15 years ago, her Mother rejected and disowned her, blaming her for her father’s disappearing act and then 6 months ago she walks in on her best friend & her boyfriend getting jiggy! The only friend she has is her work pal and he’s more of an acquaintance, you could count the patrons of the bar she works at too but on one craptacular night she gets to work and not only has to deal with an ‘ex’ confrontation but out of the blue she gets a phone call from her estranged father! Aww does he miss her? Does he want to make up for the time he’s been gone? NO! He phones and tells her that she is in danger and ‘HE’ is coming for her because ‘she’s special’!! Whatever! Guess her father really was an alcoholic loser after all. Then her evening suddenly takes a turn for the better when a super-hot man walks into the bar and he only has eyes for Abby and she is inexplicably drawn to him. . . .But she is totally unprepared for the massive impact he will soon have on her life. The thing is. . . . He’s not the only stranger she is going to meet and soon her life will be flung into chaos leaving her wondering just who she can trust because this time it’s not just her life on the line.

I mentioned earlier, this is an excellent book and I loved it. Abby is the focus of it and she is a great character, I liked everything about her. She is quite a lonely figure in the beginning and finds it really hard to trust but with her background, that’s understandable and she has been betrayed in the most awful of ways. She goes through a lot in this book and it makes it hard not to feel something for her. I loved who she is and what she became and I also love that even though we did get a lot from her - we are left with the feeling that there’s a whole lot more to come too. I’m not going to say much on the other characters in case I give something away but all of them are great, I even liked the ‘baddie’ to a certain extent as well.
The storyline is great, I don’t think I will ever get enough of vampires and in this they seem quite civilised with how they survive and they have a governing body too, so there will be rules to live by and possibly broken. . . What I really liked about these vampires was the gifts. I like it when we get a little something different and even though I have read of vampires with gifts before – I really liked the way it was done in this and it also gives each vampire that has a gift a little individuality and uniqueness. I loved that the plot had lots going on that I would love to tell you about - but that would spoil it so let’s just say we get Vampires, donor night clubs, a mysterious council complete with enforcers, special gifts, visions, power plays, kidnap, friends, enemies, secrets & lies, a smidgen of romance and one young woman who’s about to send the vampire world reeling!
There wasn’t anything to dislike in this, even the pacing was practically perfect for me (a couple of slow chapters) but I know that I will definitely be looking out for the sequel – Crimson Rain.

Ashley RobertsonAuthor Bio: 
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. Visit her website to learn about her upcoming releases, blog entries, and featured giveaways at:

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Sam @ Realm of Fiction said...

Great review! I guess I will never really get tired of vampire books, especially when there are great sounding ones like this! I'm eager to read this book one day. :)

Ornella Russo said...

Thanks for the giveaway and great review!
I started of with vampire books and now I am more picky about them, but I will still always love them. There is just something about vampires that sucks me in :P

Becky Johnson said...

Ooh, I still love them. Ever since I picked up Interview with a Vampire in the 90s. There are still so many possibilities and room for vamps, yes some a little cliche at time, but I'll always seek vamp books out. Thank you so much for the giveaway, plus great review x

Carly Chambers said...

Great review, Melanie! This sounds like my kinda book, glad you enjoyed it. This is the first I have heard of it, so thanks for bringing it to my attention. :)

irgl7 said...

I love Vampire books! I like the sound of crimson Groves , thanks for the review .
Irene Jackson


I adore vampire stories!!! They have that dark seductive mystery that is always alluring to me!!

Ana Maria Cristea said...

I like vampire stories very much! Thank you for the giveaway and the review!

Becky Johnson said...

Yay! Thank you so much :)

Crina Magher said...

i love your review...Vampire books are my favourite....

Ashley Robertson said...

Crina— I'm obsessed with vampires too :-):

Ashley Robertson said...

Ana and Becky, thanks for your interest. I love everything vampire—which is why their in both of my books :-): ---> vampire smiley

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