Monday, January 23, 2012

Embrace Tour Stop – Review

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Embrace
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
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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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23 Responses to “Embrace Tour Stop – Review”

  1. Celine

    Wow, this sounds like a great book! I absolutely love the cover as well! I think this book is for me! Thank you so much for the review, Giselle! ♥ Really glad you enjoyed it! 🙂

    Old follower! 😀

    Celine @ Forget-me-not

  2. Katie

    I’ve never heard of this one but it sounds really good!! I’m glad to know that even though the romance is insta in the beginning that at the end it was more believable! Yay! Thanks for the great review!

  3. Amy

    I have to say your review has me very intrigued. I love a good mystery and paranormal so I think this is definitely a book I would enjoy. Now I feel like I have to, your review makes it sound so excellent even though I still have no clue what it’s really about lol.

  4. Giselle

    Thanks ladies! And Cherie thanks for having me on the tour! 🙂

    @Amy: Haha I know right the mystery of it all makes it fun to read. You get to find out with the characters instead of knowing in advance! 🙂

  5. Jac

    I haven’t really heard of this one, but your review has me intrigued. I love a good mystery, especially one that isn’t predictable one sounds it isn’t.

    I’m definitely not a fan of insta-love, but it sounds like this book has so much more to it. I’m definitely adding it to my wishlist!

    -Jac @ For Love and Books

  6. Lauren M

    Ooh, now you’ve piqued my curiosity! I want to know what kind of paranormal it is! 😛 It’s a bummer about the romance being insta-lovey, but I’m glad it didn’t take too much away from the story. Great review, Giselle! 🙂
    Lauren

  7. Candace

    Well now I’m curious! I’m a bit burnt out on YA paranormal, but I still run into some that end up being really good! Glad you enjoyed it!

  8. Mimi Valentine

    I totally agree with you, Giselle! The synopsis is very obscure and kind of mysterious — there are so many books with summaries like that! x) But both of the things you said at first make me SO want to read this book! I love paranormal books and I’m getting into thrillers right now, and the way you describe Madison makes me know I’m going to like her!

    This was such an awesome review, Giselle! A wonderful book that’s full of mysteries? Count me in! 🙂 <3

  9. Missie, The Unread Reader

    I think because I’ve been reading too many slow building romances lately, I wouldn’t mind a face paced one right about now. LOL

    Thanks for adding to the mystery of this book. Looks like one I’ll just have to pick up so I can find out what it is about! 🙂

  10. Giselle

    Thanks guys I hope you like it if you get to read it!

    @Andrea: Haha I also love (blank) books I was really happy when I saw what it was about.

    @Karen: I agree we need more thrillers! I also recommend The Deepest Cut if you like ghost stories!

  11. A Canadian Girl

    Giselle, you’re as vague as the synopsis 😛 I didn’t think this one was a YA based on the premise so it’s nice to know that it is. Though the romance is instant, the characters seem to be well-developed and it just sounds like a mysterious read. I’ll be adding this one to my wishlist.

  12. Rebecca

    Ohhh, now you made me super curious! I’ve never heard of this before, but now I sure want to. Heck, I wanna run buy it right away! Lol. Great review! Glad you liked it. 😀