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Laney Lowell moved across the country to escape her past, not to fall in love. But when she becomes friends with Gabe, a handsome artist plagued by a mysterious disease, she'll have to decide between facing his dark truth or walking away from him forever. This thrilling romance is full of twists that will keep you guessing to the last page.
Hardcover, 240 pages
Published November 13th 2012 by Cedar Fort Inc
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Ava Oceana
Feb 28, 2013 Ava Oceana rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: people who want to laugh.
Recommended to Ava Oceana by: myself, because I'm apparently good at punishing myself, which sounds dirty.
ARC supplied by NetGalley and Cedar Ford Inc. in exchange for an honest review.

"Hello, and welcome to another episode of Shove Insta-Love! Today, we have a jaw-dropping new world record - by page 21, and less than three conversations, Laney and Gabe are sickeningly and laughably in love with each other. Stay tuned for more groan-inducing interviews and critique!"

REFUGE is, quite frankly, a strange book. A terrible and strange book.

Laney, of course, is an orphan, like most young-adult heroines
Ok, so I never thought this book would be for me. The only reason I decided to give it a shot was because I was intrigued by the "disease" mentioned in the blurb. My curiosity took over and I dived head first into the story.

Big mistake.

I quickly - after only 1 page - discovered that Refuge is the ultimate incarnation of boring, generic and just downright bad. It's the story of Laney, a typically boring heroine, who lives with her boring aunt and uncle in a boring little town with a tiny populat
Aug 13, 2012 Katy rated it did not like it
I feel really bad that I couldn't give this book a higher rating, but honestly, I would be lying if I said anything other than I did not like this book at all.

From the summary, I really had no clue what this book was going to be about, and I was curious to learn more about Gabe's "mysterious disease" and this "thrilling romance" that is "full of twists that will keep you guessing to the last page." However, after reading the first two chapters, I knew exactly what was going to happen. This sto
Sep 05, 2012 Kelly rated it really liked it
Thank you to NetGalley and Sweetwater Books for my copy of Refuge.

I have spent quite a long time trying to think of what to say about Refuge. I liked it. Carole Rummage did not do anything extrodinary, or truly original, but dispite that, Refuge is a good book. I am always nervous going into a book that talks about wolves. I have had irrational fear of the animals since I saw Neverending Story when I was a kid. I never identify when a character is intruiged by them... Like Laney was in this book
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Refuge can be used as a lesson on what not to do in Novel Writing 101. The plot is weak (if I can even say there is one), the characters are two-dimensional, and the writing is mediocre. Rummage does a lot to describe the area in the South where the story takes place, but there is nothing to grab the reader’s attention to make them want to continue reading. I didn’t care about the characters. I thought I’d quit at th
Mar 18, 2015 Aleesha rated it it was amazing
This book is perfect for the audience it was intended for. If you are an older adult looking for serious romance with an adult couple, then look elsewhere because that is NOT what this book was intended to be. Teenagers experience emotion in an entirely different way, it is a very passionate and intense kind of a feeling that brings with it highs and lows that are extreme. To me, Dark Light Dance portrayed that very well. I have to wonder if some of the reviewers even remember being teenagers ...more
Nov 09, 2012 Lisa rated it it was amazing
This book is totally adorable and full of southern charm!

It is so refreshing to read a romance written for young adults that is actually appropriate for young adults! I just turned it over to my 13 year old to read and I know she will love it. This fact alone caused me to change my rating from four stars to five.

In response to some negative reviews claiming they didn't like the book because of what is referred to as "insta-love"- I know from experience that this kind of attraction and "love at
Leigh Statham
Dec 04, 2012 Leigh Statham rated it it was amazing
A fantastic southern read! Charming characters discover mystery and love in a truly southern setting without the smut that sneaks up on you in other romance reads. Would make a great gift for paranormal romance lovers of any age.

And to those who don't believe in "insta-love" I feel sorry for you. It does exist and it's an amazing thing. Especially if you have the guts to see it through to old age. My husband and I fell in love the day we met and haven't looked back since.

Long live Laney and Ga
Sep 29, 2012 AshleyiSee rated it really liked it
17-year-old Laney Lowell has lost everything. During the national gymnastic qualifications meet, her world flips after learning her family has died in a car accident. As she moves from Salt Lake City, Utah to Columbia, North Carolina, Laney tries to move forward with an aunt and uncle whom she barley knows. It's her memories of the outdoors with her family that pulls her to the Refuge, a wildlife preserve where she meets Gabe Randall, who’s rumored to be infected with a serious disease. Ignoring ...more
Dec 04, 2012 Aycock rated it it was amazing
I love to read for the pure joy of reading. This book did not dissappoint. Makes me want to visit Columbia NC and go see the Lost Colony. Fell in love with Laney and Gabe, but my favorite character is Miakoda. I love her little nuggets of wisdom. Great read!!!
Samuel Huff
Jul 23, 2013 Samuel Huff rated it really liked it
A sweet and fun story. a clean romance with plenty of mystery. Great for teenage girls.
This is going to be one of those reviews that proves difficult for me to articulate, but I'm going to give it my best shot in the hopes that it establishes how I consider the work I'm writing about.

I feel a tremendous sense of heaviness when reviewing Carole Rummage's "Refuge", and the reason might surprise some of you. No, it's not because I've had my fill of YA paranormal romances - I'm actually a little more forgiving considering it's a popular genre and I know there are going to be a lot of
Christina M Condy
I received this book from the Publisher for my honest review.

This book starts out with a young girl, Laney who lost her entire family in one fell swoop to an auto-accident. She moves in with her aunt and uncle and takes refuge from her life in the animal refuge center. There she meets a young man, Gabe. She is warned against him by her uncle because Gabe has a “disease” which he must go away for a few days each month for treatment. It is very clear to you, the reader, from a very early part what
Dec 04, 2013 Tien rated it it was ok
The gorgeous golden cover was just irresistible that I had to request it off NetGalley. Refuge is straight out YA romance with a touch of the paranormal. There is that instant love moment, the denial & realisation followed by a little trouble in paradise prior to the conclusion. It seems to follow the usual romantic formula with not much else.

I’m romantic enough to tolerate the ‘instant love’ bit but I don’t think the characters put that much effort in denying what they feel, no matter what
Nov 24, 2012 Rachael rated it it was ok
This review first appeared @ Moosubi Reviews!

Let me start off with a GIF explaining what I apparently looked like when I was reading this book...

Honestly, I would have gave up on this book if it weren't for the challenge I was participating in, and the fact that I received an ARC from the publisher. From the beginning, I could tell that this book would not be for me.

There were little things in the book that I just couldn’t understand. There’s parts in the book where the main character Laney is
Once upon a time, Laney moved to a new town in The South. In this stereotypical town, everyone talked with a bad accent, watched NASCAR, and went to church. The first thing Laney did was visit the local wildlife refuge, where she promptly got attacked by a bear.

Then bam! The most inhumanly gorgeous boy ever to exist ran in and saved her. Afterward, they shared a short conversation. The boy’s name was Gabe.

Upon arriving back home, Laney had this to say: “She felt like she was whole when she was w
Sep 22, 2012 Emily rated it liked it
I've received an ARC copy of this book via Netgalley.

Wow. That's all I had to say after finishing this book.

The beginning was heartbreaking. Laney's parents and her brother died in a car crash while trying to get to her gymnastics meet, so she lives with her uncle and aunt now. She later meets Gabe for the first time when he saves her from a wild bear out at the refuge. They talk and both soon find themselves falling in love. Laney then finds out that he has a disease, but she doesn't care, she

Author: Carole Rummage
Published by: Cedar Fort, Inc
Age Recommended: 12 - YA
Reviewed By: Arlena Dean
Book Blog For: GMTA
Rating: 4


"Refuge" by Carole Rummage was a sweet teen-YA fantasy (with red wolves and bears)romance novel. Even though I found "Refuge" somewhat predictable it was still a good novel to read. We find Laney Lowell has lost both of her parents due to a car accident...she moves from Salt Lake City, Utah to Columbia, North Carolina while grieving to live with her Aunt and Uncl
Oct 15, 2012 Sarah rated it it was ok
Shelves: two-star-reviews
See the full review at Short & Sweet Reviews.

In introducing this book, and all you really need to know about it, allow me to adapt a quote from a great cultural philosopher from the year 2012:

Hey, I just met you, and this is crazy, but I'm in love with you and am already talking seriously about marriage after only a few weeks, so call me, maybe (PS we're still in high school and you have a secret life-changing disease).

Yup. Laney, new in town after a family tragedy, meets Gabe, a sensitive,
Feb 03, 2013 Rhonda rated it really liked it

I looked at some of the early reviews before I started reading Refuge. I agree with some of them about somethings. Yes I guessed
at somethings that were going to happen. Yes the big mystery part was not really a mystery. But others I totally disagree!
I never saw it billed as a mystery. I would say it is more a romance character YA driven story. I connected with the characters a little too much. I cried in too many places. I like Laney.
she has gone through so much all at once. I like her A
Book Pusher
Sep 13, 2012 Book Pusher rated it liked it
3.5 Stars

I just finished reading an ARC of this book. This book will be published in November 2012.

Refuge is a sweet story with a lot of potential. I honestly liked the story and enjoyed reading it. The only issue I really had was Gabe's disease and the fact that I figured out at the beginning of the book what was going on, but Laney doesn't figure it out until almost the end. It made me want to shake her a little and be like, did you not know!?! Okay so enough about the disease.

I lik
Oct 29, 2012 Darkfallen rated it did not like it
I've been trying desperately over the last few days to get into this and I just can't. You know the saying "It sounded good on paper."? Well this is one of those times. I mean the premise sounds awesome and heartbreak invoking, but unfortunately it just falls flat. The way the story is written it is just two-dimensional and lack luster. It almost reads like a first draft.

Don't get me wrong the story the author is trying to tell is a good one. She just doesn't do a good job at making it pop off
Oct 01, 2012 Laura rated it it was ok
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Aug 13, 2012 Andrea rated it it was ok
I found the Refuge ARC on Netgalley, and the blurb caught my attention.

Laney Lowell moved across the country to escape her past, not to fall in love. But when she becomes friends with Gabe, a handsome artist plagued by a mysterious disease, she'll have to decide between facing his dark truth or walking away from him forever. This thrilling romance is full of twists that will keep you guessing to the last page.

While I enjoyed aspects of this story, it definitely didn't keep me "guessing until the
Aimee (Getting Your Read On)
3.5 stars

I picked this book up at NetGalley (throwing out a bit of NetGalley love). Honestly it was the cover that really drew me in first. I love those golds and browns. So pretty.

Well, I have to say that there weren't a lot of twists that kept me guessing to the last page in this book. It was a pretty obvious plot line but there were good things to be had in this book.

If you are not an insta love fan, then you might be a bit annoyed by this book. It really is an insta love kind of relationship
Beth Pearson
Jun 09, 2016 Beth Pearson rated it it was amazing
I'm giving this 5 stars for 2 reason:
1-I wasn't expecting a lot. My dad gave me this book, but he often gives me unusual things to read or books from unconventional sources so I never know if they've actually seen an editor, are self published, etc.
2- I was sucked in and basically read it in 1 setting and as soon as I was done, I wanted to read the 2nd book in the series.

This is a young adult romance novel with plenty of teenage angst. "I can't live with out her! I've only seen him once, but
May 12, 2013 Sarah rated it it was amazing
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Nov 12, 2012 Colleen rated it really liked it
Laney feels lost and alone when she moves in with her Aunt and Uncle, this is until she decides to run one morning in the forest nearby. Named the Refuge for the red wolves the town is trying to save from being extinct. Laney meets Gabe while he is out getting inspiration for his next art project. He and Laney find out they have much in common, save for the disease Gabe and his older brother have. What disease, no one knows.
This is a Young Adult novel. I think that if you enjoyed Twilight, or
Debbie Hill
Aug 26, 2012 Debbie Hill rated it it was ok
Laney is a gymnast awaiting her scores so she could make it to nationals, thats when her world came crumbling around her as she found out she lost her parents and autistic brother and now had to live with her aunt and uncle. While living there, she met Gabe: the handsome and friendly guy with this mystery disease that no one would inform her about. Being with him, she felt whole, she felt complete. After a death occurs in the town, Gabe and his family take off. Suspicious maybe? Well, thats when ...more
Nov 15, 2012 Cindy rated it really liked it
Laney is a sweet and sad girl she just lost her family and has gone to live with her aunt and uncle who she knows but not well. They don't have any of there own children and are glad to have her. Laney struggles with depression of having lost so much so young. She does manage to find peace and reprieve from the loss as she walks in the woods near her new home. While out walking one day she meets Gabe who is an artist and extremely handsome. They enjoy their new found friendship and help each ...more
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