Monday, June 13, 2016

Title: 738 Days
Author: Stacey Kade
Series: stand-alone
Publisher: Forge Books
Publication Date: June 7, 2016
Source: received from publisher
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At fifteen, Amanda Grace was abducted on her way home from school. 738 days later, she escaped. Her 20/20 interview is what everyone remembers—Amanda describing the room where she was kept, the torn poster of TV heartthrob Chase Henry on the wall. It reminded her of home and gave her the strength to keep fighting.

Now, years later, Amanda is struggling to live normally. Her friends have gone on to college, while she battles PTSD. She’s not getting any better, and she fears that if something doesn’t change soon she never will.

Six years ago, Chase Henry defied astronomical odds, won a coveted role on a new TV show, and was elevated to super-stardom. With it, came drugs, alcohol, arrests, and crazy spending sprees. Now he's sober and a Hollywood pariah, washed up at twenty-four.

To revamp his image, Chase’s publicist comes up with a plan: surprise Amanda Grace with the chance to meet her hero, followed by a visit to the set of Chase’s new movie. The meeting is a disaster, but out of mutual desperation, Amanda and Chase strike a deal. What starts as a simple arrangement, though, rapidly becomes more complicated when they realize they need each other in more ways than one. But when the past resurfaces in a new threat, will they stand together or fall apart?

I've never read any of Stacey Kade's books before, but I've definitely had some interest in reading them, to be sure. None more than 738 Days, though, which says a lot about the content. I usually shy away from new adult novels because they tend to get really cliche and trope-y. Damaged girl with tragic backstory. Hero with his own share of baggage. Coping issues. Miscommunication. Lies. Betrayal. The usual.

This story has all of that...and then some. Yet I found myself so invested in the lives of these characters who, for better or worse, have each been through harrowing ordeals that have left them completely changed people. But I suspect that stems from the fact that I didn't feel emotionally manipulated as I read. The characters felt genuine in their grief, in their heartbreak, and in their attempts to be the people they want to be.

The relationship that develops between Amanda and Chase evolves rather quickly and is nothing short of tumultuous, but it is beautiful nonetheless. And it's nearly impossible not to get caught up in their whirlwind romance. I don't want to say that they needed each other to complete the healing process, but they were definitely beneficial to each other and I like how that aspect played out without them becoming dependent upon one another.

738 Days was thoughtful and thought-provoking but also honest and completely brutal at times. More so with Amanda's story than Chase's because there are triggers that set her off and the flashbacks are not pretty. It was hard to read at times while also being nearly unputdownable.

And lovely and heart-breaking and just wow. I think I may have found my new favorite new adult novel. I am very interested in reading more NA from Stacey well as checking out her YA backlist because now that I've gotten a taste of her writing, I'm pretty sure I'll want to devour the rest.


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About the author:

As an award-winning corporate copywriter, Stacey Kade has written about everything from backhoe loaders to breast pumps. But she prefers to make things up instead.

She lives in the Chicago suburbs with her husband, Greg, and two retired racing greyhounds, SheWearsThePants (Pansy) and Shutter. When she’s not reading or writing, you’ll likely find her parked in front of the television catching up on her favorite shows (Scandal, The Vampire Diaries, Almost Human, The Walking Dead, and Sherlock, among others.)

Stacey is the author of the The Ghost and the Goth trilogy (THE GHOST AND THE GOTH, QUEEN OF THE DEAD, and BODY & SOUL) and The Project Paper Doll Series (THE RULES and THE HUNT).

Find Stacey:

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  1. I am so burnt out on YA right now but this sounds really good!

  2. I'm glad you loved this, Jen. I've been seeing it everywhere!

  3. I'm a huge fan of Kade's - especially her Ghost and the Goth series and I'm dying to read her first NA.

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