Published by Omnific Publishing on August 20th 2013
Genres: Fantasy, Paranormal, Romance, Young Adult
Source: ARC for Blog Tour
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What’s one little spell?
When you’re new to magic, one spell can be the difference between getting what you want...and ruining the lives of everyone you love.
Sixteen-year-old Madison has just embraced her magical powers. The trick now is learning how to control them. She and her boyfriend -and fellow witch- can’t even enjoy a simple kiss without getting shocked when their powers collide. Instead of mastering her new skills, though, Madison is stuck watching her kid brother and doing chores.
But being a witch does have its benefits. With a simple spell, Madison instantly conjures the help she needs around the house. Or so she thinks. Her idea of “help” invites trouble of its own as a pair of dangerous yet enticing beings enter her life. When a classmate disappears soon afterwards, Madison discovers she's the next victim of a threat she's powerless to resist...and there’s nothing it won’t kill to make her surrender.
Caught in the crossfire between two dashing but deadly creatures, Madison must figure out which one to trust and how to rid her world of the other—before one of them destroys her and everyone she cares about.
I am reviewing Hold Tight as a part of the Hold Tight Blog Tour hosted by AToMR Tours. I was given eARC in return for a fair and honest review.
Hold Tight is the sequel to Embrace by Cherie Colyer and picks up not too long after Embrace ends. Things have been quiet since Madison and her coven put Emma out of commission and stopped her from hurting anymore people. Madison has slowly been learning more magic from Isaac and Josh and the different aspects of the magical world. Isaac’s Mom tells Madison an interesting story about faeries and how her Aunt use to believe they cleaned her house for her in exchange for cream. Feeling overrun from school, learning about her powers, taking care of brother Chase and her chores Madison decides to steal one of Isaac’s books on faeries and attempts to summon a faerie to help her. Little does she know how manipulative and dangerous faeries are. Not too long after she casts her spell one of Madison’s friends disappears and it looks like she may be next.
Madison soon learns how quickly making supernatural deals can go wrong and you shouldn’t dabble in things you don’t fully understand. Madison’s mistakes may cost the life of someone she holds dear and she may not be able to fix her them in time. I loved Hold Tight even more than Embrace because on top of the witchcraft it has faeries and demons! Hold Tight keeps you on the edge of your seat and I definitely shed a few tears. This story has romance, action and is chocful of swoon worthy boys. I don’t want to say too much though so I don’t spoil anyone!
I felt like Madison was being a little naive in Hold Tight especially considering everything that happened in Embrace. I figured she would have learned her lesson from Emma about how badly things can go wrong when you dabble with forces you don’t understand and make deals with supernatural creatures. Her and Isaac have also gotten more serious since the last book and even though I felt like they moved a little too fast I still enjoyed reading about their romance. By the end of the Hold Tight Madison has learned a lot about her mistakes and hopefully if there is another book she will make some smarter choices. Despite her flaws Madison has a lot of heart and proves she will do anything to save the people she loves.
We learned a few more pieces of the puzzle that is Isaac in Hold Tight and we get a better idea of his past and what kind of person he is. Turns out he is even willing to risk himself for people who really don’t sound like they deserve it. The story of how Isaac came to have so much power will tug at your heart strings too. I really like Isaac but he is still a bit of a mystery. If there is another book I would really like to see more of Isaac’s story and perhaps even parts from his perspective.
Last but not least Josh and Kaylee were as adorable as ever! They are my favorite couple in this book and I wish there was more scenes with them. Kaylee is dying to learn to do more with her magic that Isaac and Josh gifted her so she can protect her friends like they protect her. Josh needed some convincing that she could handle her power and not go mad like Emma so Kaylee was getting frustrated with all the waiting. She still looked out for everyone anyway she could and Josh had Madison’s back when she needed him the most. I would really like to read to read more about Josh and Kaylee’s adventures if there is another book or even a novella on them!
“Turns out faerie-proofing a person required a length of chain that one could find in any hardware store…”
“Lip-locking with a supernatural hottie to save your little brother doesn’t count as kissing.”
“You sure you’re not just trying to get into my pants?” I joked, but I was already trying to figure out what one wears to a detox session in her boyfriend’s dungeon-like bedroom.”
“That smoke you smell is me frying your brains every time we kiss longer than twenty-three seconds.”
I give Hold Tight 4 Stars for a magical good time!
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