Review: Crimson Groves by Ashley Robertson

Intense and suspenseful with a twist of romance. 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.

    

Rating

Cover Art: Great cover; love how the eyes and blood pop out at you.

Source: Received a finished copy from a Goodreads Giveaway hosted by Ashley Robertson. Thank you!

Review:

This vampire story started out strong and ended strong. The plot in between was slow moving, but got its point across. I quite enjoyed reading this book. Although it was not a fast, “cannot-put-down” type of read, the story and Robertson’s version of the vampire were intriguing [magic and enchantments and blood donors to name a few] and made me want to see what happens in the end.

I did have minor issue with the writing. I didn’t enjoy how the main character, narrating the story, has conversations with herself in her mind [e.g. when she keeps using the word “love”] and continually points out unnecessary descriptions of the setting. However, these were quickly and easily overlooked once the story got going and the characters developed a little more. The writing style made the character seem more real and human [irony intended]. She encounters love, fear, strength, and triumph all in one book.

I unfortunately did not enjoy the main character, Abby, in the beginning. But I’m glad she develops into a stronger, much more likeable character in the end. The vampires and humans she encounters throughout the novel are intriguing, like-able/hate-able [both are good], and all take part in the plot in a way I was not expecting. Loved the twists and did not see them coming once I reached the end of the book. The plot ends openly, so sequel or not, this book is worth reading.

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