Blog Tour: Embrace Review + Giveaway
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.
First, I would like to thank both Omnific Publishing and YA Bound for allowing Making the Grade to be part of the EMBRACE Blog Tour, which runs from April 9 – 21.
Honestly, I had no idea what I was getting into when I first started reading EMBRACE by Cherie Colyer. The description above reveals very little about what actually happens in the story, nor does it give you a true feel for what type of book Embrace would essentially turn out to be (either: (a) romance, b) paranormal, c) mystery, d) all of the above). I was pleasantly surprised with how much I enjoyed reading it soon after I dove in, and I actually finished the book (at just under 200 pages) in only a handful of hours.
I won’t say much more than what the description above says about the plot because I am sure that it is vague about what’s really going down within these pages for a reason. But I can say that Embrace could easily be identified as a paranormal romance thriller that involves some dark (and at times disturbing) themes. Not for the squeamish at heart, nor for those who don’t particularly enjoy elements of an occult nature. The first half of the story involves Madison’s interactions with her friends and the “new boy in town”. A little bit of “insta-love” occurs, but it’s still all very sweet. THEN, when dark and eeevil things begin to occur, the story stacks one revelation after another until the very end.
THANK GOODNESS! The young lady, Madison, is at once a teenage lead that many girls can easily relate to. She has a problem with people who do wrong by others, she is loyal to both her friends and family, and she is strong when it comes to facing tough decisions. I liked her immensely while reading. Isaac comes across as a mystery at the start, and you really do not know whether you can trust him or not. In the end, I thought that both characters were well developed – even if I did not care for their “insta-love” connection.
I also thought that another character was thrown in for some unnecessary conflict later in the story, but this character was also involved in the overall plot in a way, so the added conflict can be forgiven, I suppose. All in all, each of the characters was in some way involved in the overall mysterious web within the story. It was fun trying to figure them out.
There is not much to say about the setting, except that, as always, a school/home setting is usually appropriate for a young adult novel I do not want to reveal other places visited within the book, but I can comment that there is one location in particular that adds to the “creep-factor” in the novel. I found myself picturing what Isaac’s home, room and other locations would look like, and was able to place the characters solidly in these places. But there were other moments when I felt that where the characters were located and what they were doing didn’t quite connect.
Quite a lot happens in just under 200 pages. The story starts off as fairly standard material, as we are introduced to Madison and co. at a party where she meets Isaac within the first handful of pages. But as I said before, once the ball gets rolling it doesn’t really stop until you’ve reached the very end. While many of the paranormal elements of the story are revealed early on, the overall mystery is not solved until the surprising climax. Madison must withstand a lot of pain and confusion; things get bad, then they get worse, then they get better, then they get really, really bad before there’s any resolution. I like that in a novel. It’s fun to be thrown for a loop at the end.
While the story is at times disturbing, and it also deals with topics such as witchcraft and mental breakdown, Embrace is still a safe and fairly clean title for teenage readers. That is, unless you have an issue with the occult.
Embrace is a solid paranormal title. While many elements of the story are a bit cliche and not much different than a large number of other YA fiction, it still stood out enough to make for a highly enjoyable read on a Saturday night. Perhaps a bit shorter than I am accustomed to, the story within these pages shocked me, thanks to both the surprising “who-dunnit” outcome and the enjoyable cast of characters. And for only $6.99 on the Kindle, I would recommend Embrace to any fan of paranormal/occult fiction.
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Posted on April 12, 2012, in Blog Tour, Book Review, Four Star and tagged Blog Tour, Book, Book Review, Cherie Colyer, Embrace, Four Stars, Mystery, Occult, Omnific Publishing, Paranormal, Romance, Thriller, Witchcraft, YA, YA Bound, Young Adult. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.