Today I am having the Omnific Publishing YA Summer Reading Tour (hosted by A Tale of Many Reviews) stopping by. Read on for my review of Embrace by Cherie Colyer and the chance to win an ePack of Omnific’s YA Catalogue!
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.
The blurb of Embrace being as mysterious as it is, I had no clues as to what this book is about aside from it being a paranormal novel. Thus I was taken almost completely by surprise when the paranormal aspect was revealed – totally wasn’t expecting that! I won’t give it away, I think all readers should go into it without knowing what will happen.
Embrace follows a teenager named Madison, who treats any kind of change with deep mistrust. When her best friend introduces her to Isaac, a new boy at school, she is immediately guarded. But she has nothing to fear, not only is Isaac hot and interesting, but Madison feels a connection to him almost instantly. Since this occurs in the very first chapter, I was really worried because I hate insta-love. But somehow, in this story, the development of feelings between the two seemed to work. I was also scared that there would be a love triangle. With a long-term boyfriend who has moved away and Isaac coming into her life, there were a few moments where I saw it all going down hill and Madison not being able to be mature and be honest with both of them. However, I am happy to report that I enjoyed the romance in this book, and that while Madison is understandably confused, there isn’t a love triangle in sight.
I liked Madison because she is sweet and surprisingly normal – by this I mean that she’s not stunningly beautiful or incredibly plain, she’s not clumsy or unhappy with her hair colour and pallor of her skin. Madison isn’t a mis-understood social outcast with great grades and a ‘follow the rules’ attitude, and she’s not the girl sitting in the back of the class with an eyebrow ring. None of these over-used stereotypes are present in the novel: Madison is happy and has healthy relationships with her family and friends and genuinely cares about those around her.
When strange things start happening to Madison’s best friend Kaylee, she wants to help her but is clueless to what could be wrong. So, like all kids these days, she Googles. I feel like there is a growing trend in YA novels of using the Internet to provide important world-building details, and I wouldn’t have a problem with it if it wasn’t for the fact that the Internet will rarely spit any reasonable answers at you when you ask it for information. But somehow Madison manages to find the answers she is looking for in one afternoon. After this rather shaky start to the paranormal aspect of the novel, things speed up and readers are introduced to a world of magic and intrigue that I liked. The magical world opens up and readers witness all sorts of awesome as Madison explores it. That’s all I can really say without spoiling it for you!
Embrace is a great read that I enjoyed a lot. Featuring both paranormal aspects, romance and mystery, this book will appeal to a wide range of audiences.
About the book:
- Date published: 20th December 2011
- Publisher: Omnific Publishing
- Format: Ebook, 190 pages
- Categories: Fantasy
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About Cherie: I write young adult and middle grade novels. I love finding new stories that keep me up late reading. While my favourite genre is realistic paranormal/fantasy, if the book is beautifully written with characters that come alive I’m all over it.
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