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738 Days: A Novel by [Kade, Stacey]
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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?

With charm and heart, Stacey Kade takes readers on a journey of redemption and love.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
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  • Print Length: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Forge Books (7 June 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B015MP6U5G
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5.0 out of 5 stars Simply Amazing 20 June 2016
By Sheila M - Published on
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"Oh yeah, she's definitely not ready. And neither am I. This is such a bad idea."

FINAL DECISION: A powerful, angst filled story that retains a great amount of charm and humor, 738 DAYS is the story of two people who are rebuilding their lives and find inspiration in each other to become their better selves.

THE STORY: Amanda Grace was abducted at the age of 15 and held for 738 days until she was rescued. In the small room where she was held there was a poster of teen heartthrob Chase Henry which Amanda credited for helping remind her of home. Now at the age of 20, Amanda is struggling to get her life together. She fears that life will never consist of anything but her fears and her difficult relationships with her family members. At 24, Chase is washed up. A recovering alcoholic after experiencing the excesses of Hollywood, Chase is trying to pick himself up again. When his publicist suggests surprising Amanda with a personal visit and the opportunity to go to the set of the movie Chase is working on, Chase believes it is a chance for him to get some good publicity. Instead, things go horribly wrong. Despite that beginning, Amanda and Chase strike a deal. Chase will get some good publicity and Amanda will get a chance to experience life away from her family. These two survivors don't expect the growing connection between them.

OPINION: 738 DAYS is the story of two people who have experienced so much pain, mistakes and heartbreak in the young lives. As the two struggle to rebuild their lives, I especially liked that they don't make one anther better rather each makes the other want to be a better version of themselves. The story shares the truth that we cannot change for someone else, but we can become better to be worthy of those we love.

I was enthralled and mesmerized with this book which I couldn't put down. The personal journeys of both Amanda and Chase were painful and yet redemptive. I especially loved that two people with so much pain in their lives had such a sweet and gentle love between them. They have a difficult road and this book doesn't shirk from that reality. But their relationship is also funny and innocent and something quite beautiful. That reality is which compels them to chance their lives.

Told in alternating POVs, this book really digs into the emotional and mental journeys of Amanda and Chase. Both begin the book allowing others to dictate their lives. As the story continues, each learns to seize control of their lives and accept responsibility for their actions. The dual POVs are important here where Chase could have otherwise come off as a serious jerk. Because I could understand how he allows things to get away from him, I had more sympathy for him than I would have otherwise.

These two lost souls are bound together before they even meet and their journey is one of getting to know the real person beyond the headlines. I think that focusing on the reality amidst the tabloid media gives the relationship between Amanda and Chase an intimacy, a focus and a reality that makes their story grounded rather than being a Hollywood fiction.

This book has a lot contained in it. Both Amanda and Chase have individual redemption stories and then there is their romance along with some drama and mystery to push the story forward. What is surprising is that everything gets resolved in a thoughtful manner. By the time the book ended, I wanted more because the story was so good and I could read about these characters for hundreds of pages more. Leaving readers satisfied but wanting more is a great accomplishment.

WORTH MENTIONING: This is not a book I normally would have picked up. Recommended in the Washington Post, I was intrigued by the blurb. Sometimes trying something new and unusual is greatly rewarded. For me, this was one of those occasions.

CONNECTED BOOKS: 738 DAYS is a standalone.

STAR RATING: I give this book 5 stars.
4.0 out of 5 stars This is a very good new adult romance that deserves your attention. 27 September 2016
By mostlyyalit - Published on
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738 Days is a very, very good new adult romance book that deals with trauma. I just want to be clear about that because there are some sexy and dark scenes in this book, and I want people to know what they’re getting into. This is not a young adult novel. It’s a novel about a girl who is struggling with post-traumatic stress disorder after being horrifically kidnapped, raped, and locked in a room for, yes, 738 days when she was 16.

Fast-forwards to a year after she escapes. It’s…not good. Amanda is terrified to leave the house, her family is either overly protective or ignoring the problem and nothing is getting better.

Enter Chase Henry, the washed-up TV star whose poster was on the wall of the room where Amanda was locked up. He represented hope for her then. Now, his publicist wants him to go meet Amanda to convince her to help him improve his image.

With this somewhat implausible premise, we’re launched into a story about trust, respect, honesty, and courage. What really sings in this novel are the characterizations of Amanda and Chase – both so different on the outside than they are in private. Kade peels back the layers of Amanda and Chase so carefully that even though it’s sorta insta-love, you believe in this relationship. Their sense of humour is the same. They’re both dry wits, with a lot to offer, but unable to get past themselves. Amanda and Chase are both battling demons, internal and external; it’s amazing to see how their support for one another changes and shapes them.

The only thing I didn’t love about this novel was the last quarter, which brought more intrigue suspense than I expected – and honestly, not in a good way. Even though I enjoyed the story all the way through, I couldn’t help wishing that this long book had four acts instead of five.

Nonetheless, this is a very good new adult romance that deserves your attention. If you’re okay with some explicit scenes and language, and you’re ready to deal with some really emotional characters, this one is for you.
5.0 out of 5 stars Broken girl, recovering boy, together find love. 27 August 2016
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My blogging partner and I listened to 738 Days together and basically consumed this 14 hour audiobook in less than two days. We decided that I would interview her on her thoughts. So these are my questions, her thoughts, but both of our sentiments.

Describe 738 Days in 7 words.

Broken girl, recovering boy, together find love.

Ok, give it to us straight. Why is this book getting rave reviews on Goodreads?

Not only is 738 days a dark contemporary that supports a fantastic cast of characters that deal with some very tough issues. It also showcases an endearing couple that you respect and admire and that you want to see them succeed in all their endeavors.

Tell us about the characters, Amanda and Chase. Who would their book besties be?

Amanda is a young woman recovering from an abduction that she endured years ago. Every day is a struggle, a fight to survive, but she is a fierce warrior. Amanda has decided that she no longer wants to be a victim and she takes her life back. Chase is an actor, once famous and untouchable. Then his guilt and addiction got the better of him and he fell from grace. On the road to redemption his path intersects with Amanda's and in an odd twist of fate, they become each other's life line's, friends and lovers. Their book besties would be Nastya and Josh from The Sea of Tranquility.

*Side note: The Sea of Tranquility made Nancy's top 10 best books she read, top 10 best book boyfriends, and top 10 books that made her ugly cry in 2014. So, there you go.

738 Days features pretty heavy subjects - child abduction and sexual assault. How did the author portray the abduction and Amanda's journey after?

I think Stacey Kade did a fantastic job of portraying Amanda and her abduction and her recovery. It was a fine line that she danced on providing enough pertinent information without making the story too dark and oppressing. I liked how we got to see how her abduction and recovery affected her entire family and in very different ways. I was able to find understanding in all their perspectives but what I liked most is that Amanda was a work in progress and trust she continued with therapy and was willing to move forward and make that change in her life. She had an increased support system.

What do you think the author was trying to convey through the story? Was she successful?

I think Stacey Kade was trying to write a story about redemption and self forgiveness and that with love all things are possible.

Finish this sentence:

If you liked The Sea of Tranquility, you'll love 738 Days.
5.0 out of 5 stars SO. FREAKING. GOOD! 29 August 2016
By Sonnie - Published on
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I am really, really, particular about my New Adult books. There's so many of them out there and after a while they tend to all run together. I also have a certain balance that I like: a good bit of angst (but not so much that it becomes ridiculous), an oh-so-sexy leading guy that makes real mistakes, and a main character that I can relate to. Oh, and really hot, steamy scenes (no shame here). And Stacey Kade delivered all of that and more in 738 Days.

Let me back up for just a minute though and say that I absolutely adore this author. I follow her (in a non-stalker way) on Facebook and her post are always on point. In fact, I kind of wanted to be her best-friend at one point when she started a re-reading of Flowers in the Attic a couple of years ago when Lifetime was doing the remake. Not to mention, she once fangirled over Andrew McCarthy and I just knew right then that she was going to be an author I wanted to keep track of. Also, she responds back to her fans which is always a huge star in my book.

Anyway, 738 Days was a book I could not put down. I had just spent a week straight reading amazing novels and I was having the book hang-over of a lifetime when I picked it up. I had previously read her Ghost and the Goth YA series and loved it, so I figured this would be something that wouldn't disappoint me. Well, it definitely did NOT disappoint, but now I'm still suffering from THE WORST BOOK HANG OVER ever! In case you don't know what that is, it basically means I just read this amazing novel and the next book I read could not possibly live up to it. This novel had me flipping pages until 4:00 am, and let me tell you, I have a toddler who is up and at 'em at 6:00 every morning so I'm greedy with my sleep. Do I have regrets? Psh, please. I am running on pure love for Chase Henry and Amanda Grace.

Bottom Line: I am going to be recommending this book left and right. I'm also going to download more Stacey Kade books ASAP while also praying that she writes more NA books... and maybe a sequel? Please?
5.0 out of 5 stars I got mad when I had to put this down! 14 June 2016
By LoveHateBookBlog- Sharee - Published on
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This book wasn't what I expected it to be, but that made it even better. It was like it took a little bit of each of my favorite elements to read (Celebrities, Dark Kidnap Reads, Damaged Characters) and took it to a different level. .

As I said before, a lot of things that happened in this book I didn't expect. Amanda was broken, but at the same time she was so brave. She allowed herself to be broken, but at the same time she fought to heal. It was so good to read. Chase was flawed as well, but in a different way. I am so used to reading the super confident actor who is on top and gets all the girls. Chase wasn't that it was so good because it was like they found each other despite the horrible and contrived circumstances. So many twist and turns in this story and I found myself getting mad when life got in the way and I had to put this down to sleep or eat. Only thing I wish the book had would be the point of view of Chase in the epilogue. Other than that, there is nothing I would change.
5 stars.

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