[658]: 738 Days by Stacey Kade

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Forge Books | July 7th, 2016 | 4 out of 5 Stars


738 Days, for the most part, is a stereotypical new adult novel: girl and boy with broken pasts save each other from their own demons. It also has one of those impossible romances: celebrity actor falls in love with a commoner. And yet, even with these clichรจd tropes, I ended up enjoying this book. At 432 pages, it’s also a bit heftier than your average romance novels. But you’ll never notice the pages flipping by because you’re so ensconced in Amanda Grace’s and Chase Henry’s plights.

The beginning of the novel was a little tough to get through. We see Amanda Grace in captivity, beaten and bloody, and talking to an imaginary Chase Henry in her head. He was the voice she clung to in her months of torture. He was the one that told her to hold on and had kept her fighting through darkness and hopelessness. They’d never met. He was an actor in a show that her sister loved. But he was the face that kept her going in that dark basement where her captor had kept her. Years after she was freed, she’s in a different prison that she’s created for herself: anxiety and fear. At twenty years old, she has no life to speak of. Her family life is in shambles and some days, she can’t even bear the thought of leaving her house. So when Chase Henry shows up at her place of employment, her reaction was severe and instantaneous. She ran away.

Chase Henry’s career has taken a nose dive over the years after a few bad decisions. Given the chance to save what’s left of it, he’ll grab at any opportunity that comes his way. Even if it would mean playing a small part in an indie film and taking advantage of his hero status to a girl whom he indirectly saved all those years ago. But upon meeting Amanda Grace, he saw himself for what he was: an opportunistic leech ready to put another person through what was the most traumatic memories of her life if only to garner a spotlight in the media once again.

ย 738 Days is a story about redemption and courage. And while Chase’s reasons for helping Amanda Grace was selfish in the beginning, he immediately saw that he was well on his way to repeating the same mistakes he did in the past. Courage comes in many forms. For Amanda Grace, it was being with Chase even if it brings about many memories of her time chained to the wall in the basement of her captor. It was putting herself back in the spotlight again and unearthing all the things she wished she could forget. In a way, it was also admitting her role in the demise of her crumbling family relationships. It hasn’t been easy for her, and no one could blame her. She was only 15 when she was abducted – hard to recover from that.

  • Sara Walker

    Hmmm- I am curious about this book. The captivity aspect and how Amanda recovers is very interesting to me. I think I may just have to pick this one up. Thanks Joy, and I absolutely love your photo- it looks so nice!

  • Hmm I am kind of a sucker for romances like this even though it is full of tropes LOL.

  • Melliane

    Really not an easy story there but I confess that I’m intrigued. thanks for the discovery I didn’ t know about this one

  • I did not know that this was NA! Is it weird that knowing this makes me want to read it where before I had no interest??? It sounds good and I’ve read some good reviews on this!

  • RO

    Even though raw and gritty, these are the type of novels that keep my attention. It’s always good to see the growth and change that comes about. Great review and one I need to add to my list. Happy Friday! Hugs…RO

  • Eee, lovely review sweetie. <3 Gah. I want to read this one. I love watching movies about kidnappings like this.. though it always breaks my heart. Sniffs. But yeah. I think this book would be awesome for me ๐Ÿ™‚ Yet I'm worried I will be disappointed. Sigh. But anyway. So glad you liked it ๐Ÿ˜€ Thank you for sharing. <3

  • Oh I so need to read this author. This one sounds good and I love that Chase has character growth. That really makes me want to read it. Brilly review.

  • Karen

    I love Stacey Kade and I’m so excited she wrote a NA and it sounds so good. I have it coming up to read very soon.

    Karen @For What It’s Worth

  • Book Addict

    Ooh this is intriguing, the story is fascinating really ! I might want to check this out !
    Lovely review :))

    “Book Addict”

  • This might be a weird thing to say, but this sounds like my kind of book! I’ll put it on my TBR now. Great review, Joy!

  • Sometimes my favorite reads are about a celebrity and a regular person although it doesn’t seem like she’s very regular at all! So is 738 the number of days she is captive? It’s a wonder she can function at all! Hmm not sure this would be one for me although I recently read another one about a captive that was pretty horrendous but very well written.

  • shootingstarsmag

    It’s nice when authors can take classic cliches and make it work! Glad to hear you enjoyed this one.

    -Lauren
    http://www.shootingstarsmag.blogspot.com

  • I really like the sound of this! I haven’t read much new adult lately, so I may have to try it out. Great review!

  • I actually like the ”celebrity falls in love with a commoner” trope!! Mostly because I just love the behind the scenes of a Holywood life ๐Ÿ˜€

  • Oh those demons from the past

  • This sounds really good but I think I’ll give it a miss as books involving kidnapping freak me out! Great review! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • I’ve seen this one around a lot. I had kind of grown tired of the NA genre, but there are some out there that are great. Adding this to my list!

  • Maja (The Nocturnal Library)

    I don’t really read new adult precisely because it’s repetitive, but every now and then I pick one up and some of them just click for me like this one did for you. I’m glad you had fun with it!

  • Glad you enjoyed even with the cliches and troupes

  • Ooo I really like the sound of this one. I sort of read something similar, Billy and Me by Giovanni Fletcher. Not so much New Adult but the whole celebrity and commoner aspaect. I really used to enjoy those sort of books but haven’t read one in a while. I will certainly be adding this to my list. Lovely review.

  • kindlemom1

    Interesting concept, especially with the familiar tropes written in. Great review for this Joy.

  • Keertana @ Ivy Book Bindings

    I was originally hesitant about about this because of the cliches but I’ve seen so many positive reviews of this around the blogosphere and now I’m really looking forward to picking this up, tropes and all. Wonderful review, Joy–I’ll need to find a copy of this ASAP!

  • Jenny @ Supernatural Snark

    Even with the tropes we’ve all seen and read before, this one still interests me Joy! It sounds like Stacey Kade takes the familiar and does it well, which is of course a very good thing. I’ve enjoyed all the books I’ve read by Stacey, so I’m excited to give this a try! I’ll be sure to have chocolate on hand for those first few chapters though.

  • I’m worried this will be tough for me to read, especially with those first few chapters you described of her being beaten. I do like that the author took what’s a pretty stereotypical book and made it stand out. Wonderful review, Joy. I’ll have to pick it up soon!

  • It seems like this book might have some cliches in it, but it is also a brilliant read. And maybe a bit harsh – especially when she is undergoing torture and clinging to the love that she has… even reading about it in your review broke my heart ๐Ÿ™

  • Kara Lauren

    This sounds like a very intense read! I am glad you liked it, and I am definitely putting it on my TBR!

  • Stereotypical is fine when an author does it well. Looks like she did in this case.