Series: Embrace Series #1
Published by Omnific Publishing on December 20th 2011
Genres: Fantasy, Paranormal, Young Adult
Source: ARC for Blog Tour
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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
I was given an ecopy for a fair and honest review.
I didn’t really know what to expect when I started Embrace as the blurb is somewhat vague but I was very quickly sucked into the story! Madison is a normal teenager who finds out she is a descendant of Salem witches and has powers of her own after meeting Isaac the new guy in town and her best friend Kaylee seems to have lost her mind. Madison is desperate to find a way to help her friend when the Doctors are at a loss as to what is wrong with her. Madison’s research leads her to the possibility of magic being used on her friend and decides to test herself to see if it is a possibility that magic is real. After discovering her own powers she finds out Isaac who she has been dating and Kaylee’s boyfriend Josh also have powers and that Kaylee has a curse on her. The three friends join forces to try and save Kaylee and find out who has been using dark magic in town to hurt others.
The story moves quickly and I devoured it in a day. I didn’t like the instalove between Madison and Isaac. I prefer when relationships progress a little but slower instead of falling for each other right away but you still get sucked into their flirtation. The story progresses at a good pace and is a little predictable but still a great read!
Embrace is written from Madison’s point of view and is kind of your typical teenage girl trying to figure out who she is and how to handle change in her life. Her Mother passed away giving birth to her brother and she has had to take on more responsibilities than most kids her age have had to so she is somewhat scared of other things changing. Meeting Isaac and learning of her powers kind of brings her out of her shell and helps her realize that not all change is bad thing.
Isaac is tall, hot, mysterious and the perfect gentleman. Pretty much your perfect YA boy. He has always been in control of his powers and had never thought he could be tempted to turn to dark magic until he Madison. He realized right away he loved her and would do absolutely anything to keep her safe including “tainting his soul”. He is a really sweet guy and even though he may seem super confident he is very unsure of how Madison feels about him.
My favorite couple in this book was Josh and Kaylee. They had such a connection and I loved the way Josh was so protective of her and would not leave her side when she was losing her mind. Kaylee wasn’t such the ditzy best friend either that you sometimes get with YA girl MC’s. She is smart and caring
“Embraced in Isaac’s wings, I decided that change wasn’t such a bad thing. It actually gave flight to a whole new world I couldn’t wait to explore.”
“One kiss and I felt as if I couldn’t live without him.”
“Sometimes, you end up hurting the ones you love.”
I give Embrace 4 Stars and definitely think you will like it if you are a fan of young adult books with a dash of paranormal romance. It is a very easy and fun read!