Monday, January 23, 2012

Embrace Tour Stop - Review

Cherie Colyer
Release date: December 20th, 2011
by Omnific Publishing

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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.
*A copy was provided by Omnific Publishing for review purposes*

Was I ever surprised by this! The blurb is very obscure. You don't really get a feel of what exactly we're getting into. But once I found out what this was actually about I was thrilled because it's one of my favorite types of paranormal books. I'm not much help am I? Well, I don't want to spoil it for you so you'll just have to give it a try! However I can say that 1) it's a paranormal YA novel, and 2) it's wonderful!

To start with what I didn't like; the romance is very instant. I didn't have time to get a feel for the characters and they were already falling in love. It seemed a little obsessive at first, but we do get an explanation for it later on that alleviates a bit of the annoyance towards it. By the end, however, I did find they had developed a connection that was sweet and romantic. I really enjoyed the cast of characters in the story. Our main character, Madison, has a great, down to earth personality. She's not concerned with popularity or looks, she's simply happy to live her life. She is intelligent, mature, a great friend, and gets along with her family which all make her easily likeable. Isaac is our male lead. He's mysterious. It's obvious from the start that he has something to hide, but that only makes him more intriguing. I couldn't help wanting to know more about him.

Like the synopsis, the book is full of mysteries. The storyline leads you one way, then another, so you're always wondering where it's going to go next. I loved dishing out theories on what was going on, but the fast pace makes it so the twists keep coming at you blind. It's not that it's impossible to come to the conclusion, but there's always so much happening that you get too absorbed in the story to speculate.

While I can't tell you the plot's bigger picture, I can say that if you enjoy mystery, thriller and paranormal novels, Cherie Colyer's Embrace is for you!

4 Hot Espressos

A little about myself: I write young adult and middle grade novels. I love finding new stories that keep me up late reading. While my favorite genre is fantasy, if the book is beautifully written with characters that come alive I’m all over it.  My debut novel EMBRACE is now available from Omnific Publishing.

This review was part of the Embrace blog tour

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