Release Date: November 9th, 2011
Finished Date: June 19th, 2012
Source: For Review
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.
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