Book Review: Embrace by Cherie Colyer

Published January 3, 2012 by LS Murphy

Synopsis from Goodreads: Sometimes you end up hurting the ones you love.
You find you can’t save them or yourself.

Madison is familiar enough with change, and she hates everything about it. Change took her long-term boyfriend away from her. It caused one of her friends to suddenly hate her. It’s responsible for the death of a local along with a host of other mysterious happenings. But when Madison meets a hot new guy, she thinks her luck is about to improve.

Madison is instantly drawn to the handsome and intriguing Isaac Addington. She quickly realizes he’s a guy harboring a secret, but she’s willing to risk the unknown to be with him.

Her world really spins out of control, however, when her best friend becomes delusional, seeing things that aren’t there and desperately trying to escape their evil. When the doctors can’t find the answers, Madison seeks her own.

Nothing can prepare her for what she is about to discover.
Dangerous, intoxicating, and darkly romantic, Embrace is a thriller that will leave you spellbound.

The Cover: I actually didn’t even notice the cover when I decided to read this, so it wasn’t a factor in whether or not I would pick it out at the bookstore.

The First Line: “I should have cared what I wore, but I couldn’t quite get there.” This is a great first line. It tells the reader a lot about the main character, in this case Madison. You’re left wondering why didn’t she care about her clothes and why she should have. It creates enough intrigue to pull you into the story.

The Good:  This is a good example of how setting can enhance a reading experience. Since this was set in Essex County, Massachusetts, the history of witchcraft added to the plot. The witchcraft was well presented with clear knowledge of the occult and a nice mix of the fantastic. Madison’s relationships with her family and her friends is genuine. And I would love to have a best friend like Kaylee. It also read fast and was, at times, difficult to put down.

The Bad: The beginning was slow with the first meeting between Isaac and Madison going too easily. That relationship felt forced initially. While it was all rectified by the narrative and the great character voice that stood out, it took away from the believably of the romance.

Recommendation: Fans of the cult movie classic The Craft will love this book and devour it in one night. Overall, this is worth checking out for fans of YA paranormal romance.

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