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Crimson Groves

(The Crimson Series #1)

3.67  ·  Rating details ·  219 ratings  ·  58 reviews
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 th
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Published November 9th 2011 by Ashley Robertson Books (first published 2011)
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3½ stars out of 5 stars

I let my ideas and thoughts about Ashley Robertson’s Crimson Groves rattle around in my brain for a few days before writing my review. During the rattling process, I discovered that the most appropriate way for me to review this introductory YA novel is to compile a pros and cons list. So, dear reader, here goes nothing!

1. Abby. Abby is the lead female in this novel and is a way too trusting sucker (HA!)! On several occasions I found myself wanting to yell at her to
Jun 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: i-own, review
Abby is being held captive by Bronx, the Vampire who has turned her into a vampire against her will. Bronx tries to force Abby to fall in love with him, however, just the opposite happens.

The one night Bronx takes Abby out, she meets Tyler. He helps her to not only escape from Bronx, but to learn other powers she may have. Thing is Tyler already know who Abby is and what she can do, although Tyler is not a vampire he does have an ability of his own, he has premonitions. As Tyler and Abby learn m
Phaedra Seabolt
Aug 26, 2012 rated it really liked it
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 ...more
Bookish Indulgenges with b00k r3vi3ws
When it comes to my reading habits, I have been on a Scandinavian Mystery Marathon lately. So, when I picked up this book about Vampires, I came back to Vampires with a fresh mind. Let’s face it, when picking one book, the sheer number of books available in the market makes you wonder about how original a book can get when you have already read about a bunch of them.

Ashley Robertson’s Crimson Groves introduces us to Abby – an average teenager who is nursing a broken heart and works at a bar. En
When I started Crimson Groves I totally thought I was going to give this book 3 stars. I liked it but I was not in love with it. Once I got over the hump (which is only a few short chapters) I was sucked in. I was invested in Abby's story. I was cheering for her. I wanted that creep Bronx dead as a doornail and I wanted Abby to kill him. I was cheering, laughing, groaning with the story. I hid in my bedroom, I hid in the bathroom, I hid wherever I could just to be able to read more of this book. ...more
Apr 10, 2012 rated it liked it
Abby Tate is having a average work day, when vampire Bronx walks into the bar and changes her life. He seduces Abby, changing her against her will - keeping her captive. Eager to escape her hell, she finds hope in a human.

Good story! I love vampire stories and read a lot of them, so I'm always look for something different and Crimson Grove definitely fits the bill. It was captivating and suspenseful. The first two chapters alone had me on the edge of my seat. Abby is a great character. She is wr
Avid Reader Amy's Reviews
Jun 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ya, hot-vamps, romance
In Crimson Groves we start off with Abby going through her mundane life and arguing with, I guess, her ex best friend and ex boyfriend. Seems to be a little bit of soap opera-ness with the boyfriend falling for the girlfriend’s best friend? I would be mad too. But any whoo. Abby goes through her day to day bartending job when she gets a call from her long lost dad stating “ He’s coming to find you. He knows how special you are. You can’t let him find you.” Abby hangs up on him but regrets it whe ...more
Jul 08, 2012 rated it really liked it
We start off with our MC Abby. She is going through a pretty dark time in her life. Found her boyfriend screwing her best friend six months ago, hates her job, her daddy left her when she was little, her mother accused her of being the reason her daddy left her, she is very sad and lonely. While at work one night she meets handsome Bronx who does a little vampire hypnosis on her and brings her back to his house. He then forcefully changes her into a vampire against her will. Try as he will, he s ...more
Aug 31, 2012 rated it liked it
Honestly the beginning of this book was extremely difficult to get through. However, I am persistent so I do not give up easily.

Crimson Groves starts off with the main character Abigail Tate trudging through life in a state of depression and hating life. She has broken up with her boyfriend after catching him with her best friend. Which if you don't know is sooo against the girlfriend code. While at work one night she gets a call from her long gone father and in the next moment finds herself fac
Anne (Angel Anne Reviews) Nelson
I was lucky enough to have won “Crimson Groves” as a first reads on goodreads, and I have to say that it was a excellent and spectacular book!!! WOW what a book.

Thank you so much Author Ashley Robertson for the chance to enjoy “Crimson Groves”, the first in the series.

Crimson Groves revolves around the main character Abby, who works as a bartender at a upscale restaurant. Abby has been going through a huge rough patch in her life for the last 6 months.
She receives a phone call from her estranged
Ryan Snyder
Jul 09, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: hmaybe
I am actually torn between a 3.5 and a 4. *sigh* I hate the inbetween. For the sake of being difficult, I am going to say a 3.6. lol. because I can.

I can admit first and foremost that I loved Abigail as a character.
I was upset with this book at some point while reading it and almost put it down when I came to the part I was struggling with, but Abby's strength and commentary were my favorite part of the book and that kept me reading on through to the end. And I am glad I did. The ending healed
C.V. Hunt
Jan 24, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 wi
Mar 30, 2012 rated it liked it
[Original review posted on my blog]

I received a finished copy from a Goodreads Giveaway hosted by Ashley Robertson. Thank you!

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
Lis  Carcamo (The Reader L)
Jun 01, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: powerful
When I start reading Crimson groves, I was so excited to read about vampires again. It’s been a while since I read The immortal rules (the last vam-book I read). And I missed them!
The first thought I had while reading it was: “On man! I love those names”

And I really do! Abigail Tate is such a good name, a little too sweet, but great. And that’s the thing. I loved Abigail, she was so smart and strong. I enjoyed reading her POV’s coz she’s funny, she is “crude” strong and smart.

The plot is cool, a
Valerie Mcqueen
Aug 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing
My review of Crimson Groves by Ashley Robertson

Rating 5*****

This book was provided free from the author in exchange for honest literary review.

Abby has had about the worst six months any woman could have. She just caught her best friend in bed with her boyfriend. To make matters worse the two of them are now in a relationship trying to be friends with her!!! Isolating herself has worked well for her until she met Bronx.
Bronx strolled into her bar like a yummy cookie all for her. Tall dark and
Kendall {Book Crazy}
This book was amazing! It was slightly slow paced to start off with but then it just exploded into this rapid pace which just kept getting better and better! The plot was about vampires which is one supernatural element that I have a hard time reading about as I feel that we have sort of seen it all now but Crimson Groves is in a completely different world to other vampire books that I have read! I honestly wasn't expecting to enjoy is as much as I did because of the plot and the love triangle a ...more
Tanja Brewer
Feb 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Abby is the main focus in Crimson Groves and starting out her father isn't around her mother disowned her and her best friend has slept her way into Abby's boyfriends bed. Abby does not have a good hand felt to her from the get go. On top of heartache and no one around she is alright friends with a guy she works with who is trying to ease Abby into the thought of moving on. That's when Bronx enters the headache called Abby's reality. I really really wanted to like Bronx in the beginning I'm all ...more
Lisa Markson
Jun 20, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Lisa's review of
Crimson Groves
by Ashley Robertson

I was given a copy of Crimson Groves by Ashley Robertson in exchange for an honest review. I have to say that after reading her book Unguarded I was extremely excited to read her debut book Crimson Groves. Ashley did not disappoint me in the least. Abby was first abandoned by her father then her mother. Life doesn't get any better when she is a adult the man she is dating leaves her for her best friend. Sucks huh. Would make most people become a h
Jul 22, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle, 2012
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 simila
Aug 30, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Abigail Is a girl abandoned by her dad and man, then her boyfriend leaves her for her best friend, she feels alone in life.
One night when she goes to work, -she is a bartender in a restaurant- She gets a sudden phone call from her dad that she needs to hide because "he is coming for her" she has no idea what he talks about and hangs up on him. When her dad calls back again she takes the call and hears worrisome sounds on the back ground and then nothing. Later that evening Bronx steps into her l
Let's start off by saying that I enjoyed this book, it was a fun read but nothing special. To start it's very similar to the other zillion vampire novels out there. We have an evil vampire who turned a beautiful woman for his own selfish reasons and a women who really doesn't want to be a vampire.

Also this vampires really don't have anything special about them, they burn in sunlight and some have special powers, but there isn't an cool back story (Blue Bloods by Melissa de la Cruz) or a interest
Jen Rattie
Aug 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing

Crimson Grove was not a “typical” vampire story. The beginning was a little slow, honestly I wasn’t quite sure where she was going with the plot but I soon realized there was a method to her “madness” and I was engrossed in the book. Abby is not your typical MC in a vampire book. She’s a bit of a whiner in the beginning, pretty down on life and smarting over catching her best friend with her boyfriend and her abandonment by her parents. On a night she was feeling particularly bad she is wooed
Nicki Markus
Feb 25, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-paranormal
I was sent a review copy of this title by the author - and how could I refuse when vampires are involved!?

This was a story that caught my attention right from the start. I enjoyed the way vampires were portrayed in this world - think Twilight rules sans sparkling - and I found Abby an interesting and engaging heroine. The main characters were all well portrayed; although, I would have liked to have seen more of Stone as I liked him best. But that might happen in a future book.

The pacing on the w
Sep 04, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: vampire
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
Sep 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I received this book in exchange for a honest review.
Crimson Groves by Ashley Robertson

This is the first book I read by this author. This book was an engaging read. I was highly captivated through the whole book and couldn't put it down. There were tons of twists and turns that I did not foresee happening. I'm patiently waiting for the next book in this astounding series. The writer had a wonderful story line and plot. I loved the characters especially Abby. You love to hate the bad guy and hope
Two Nerds With Words
Jun 21, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Zita Martin
Oct 06, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jul 21, 2013 rated it really liked it
This is not your normal vampire book. At least not the ones that I've read lately. Abby is turned vampire against her will and then held captive with no hope of escape. When she suddenly gets the unexpected chance to escape, she is on the run with a human named Tyler who has plenty of his own secrets. I thought it started a bit slow with Abby being whiney over a past relationship (dirtbag boyfriend + ex-BFF = not happy Abby) but quite honestly I'd be the same way.. lol! Once the book got going I ...more
Jocelyn Sanchez
Sep 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Wow! This book was amazing!! This story is about a girl named Abigail "Abby" Tate and her life after she was forced into being a vampire. She knows Bronx the vampire who turned her is awful and she hates him but there's no way to escape him, he's too powerful. Until a human boy named Tyler comes to her rescue, but there is something off about Tyler. And she finds herself starting to develop feelings for him. Feelings she promised to not feel again after her last heartbreak. In the book Abby find ...more
Ashley Robertson
Dec 15, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
Fresh Twist On The Sought-After Undead We Just Can't Seem To Get Enough Of!!!
Intense and suspenseful with just enough romance to tickle your fangs :-)
Bronx the vampire barges into Abigail Tate's life and forcefully turns her, then holds her captive. When a chance to escape arises, it's with the aid of an innocent human--except vampires are forbidden to interact with the unbitten. But Abby learns this human has secrets of his own...secrets that can help or get her killed. Only Abby discovers tha
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