Friday, April 20, 2012

Review + Giveaway: Embrace by Cherie Colyer (Blog Tour Stop)

Embrace by Cherie Colyer
Publisher: Omnific Publishing
First published: December 20th, 2011
Source: Received for review
Format: eBook
Pages: 210
Goodreads Summary:
How far would you go to save the people you love?

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.

My Rating: 4.0 / 5

First thoughts:
Turning out to be an overall surprising read for me, Embrace exceeded my expectations and made me happy that I decided to read it and be a part of its blog tour. While there might be a few typical YA clichés incorporated, I fell for these characters and how they dealt with the situations they were in.

More detailed:
Change is probably the only constant in human life and that's exactly what Madison has to experience in very difficult ways. In Embrace we get to witness how she fights for herself, for her friends and everything that is important to her - and finally "embraces" the change that has turned her life upside down.

Madison is a very strong character right from the start. But at the same time it's obvious to see how she develops and adjusts to the happenings around her, without ever losing herself in the process. She makes some huge discoveries that I never expected after reading the summary, which just made this novel an even more lovely surprise than it already was.

The love story is heart-melting and wonderfully realistic at the same time. Despite an instant connection, these characters don't profess their love within a few chapters, but remain somewhat skeptical and down-to-earth when it comes to their life-changing feelings for each other - when you're reading Embrace yourself (which I'm definitely recommending) you'll understand what I mean exactly.

Once knowing what Embrace is about, not everything is a surprise anymore though and some things might even be a little bit predictable. But even though it doesn't reinvent the YA genre, its diverse and realistic characters turn Embrace into a very enjoyable read. If you're looking for a fast paranormal read, which fans of Spellbound (Cara Lynn Shultz), My Soul to Take (Rachel Vincent) and / or A Witch in Winter (Ruth Warburton) will enjoy, you will definitely make no mistake by picking up Embrace.

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  1. Great review Carina! I really enjoyed this one especially once I found out what it was about since it's one of my fav. paranormal "people". And you're right the romance was very realistic in this one.

  2. Hi Carina :) Thanks for being a part of the tour and for reading and reviewing Embrace!!

  3. Great review Carina :) I really have to give this one a try because it sounds amazing and looks gorgeous !!! Thanks ;)


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