April 11, 2012

The Book Hookup is one of the first stops of the
Embrace by Cherie Colyer Blog Tour
We are so excited to be a part of it!Check out the links below to find out more and click here to see the tour schedule and other events.

Title: Embrace
Author: Cherie Colyer
Published: December 20, 2011
Publisher: Omnific Publishing
Pages: 220

From the publisher: 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.

**This novel was given to The Book Hookup to review for the blog tour but did not influence the review**

Celeste’s review: Ahhh, I love a book when the title is just so perfect. I can’t imagine any other title working so well! I felt as if this book was written for a young teen, so my review is based on that mindset. The heroine, Madison, has always hated change in her life, as it seems that it only brings bad things. From there the story quickly starts up as Madison is introduced to the “hot new guy”, Isaac, (who smells like vanilla and spearmint) by her best friend Kaylee. When Madison and Isaac meet and touch, there literally is a spark that starts off the romance.  But instead of being able to focus on her new love interest strange things start happening to Madison; from being miraculously healed, to almost being killed, to her best friend seeming to lose her mind. All of these things stray from the norm (change) and Madison absolutely hates the way things are going. She seems to be very realistically stressed out….I liked the fact that she seemed to react like a normal teen with normal feelings about a not so normal situation.

Some of Madison’s questions get answered, but then the bigger question is “who is out to get them?”  Embrace is a novel about witches and magic, but there are two kinds of witches: natural witches and people that become witches by obtaining power. However, a natural witch is much more powerful than someone born without any powers. This concept was fabulous!

Madison learns she is a natural witch and after embracing her powers must learn to control them. Luckily she has Isaac to help. However, the problem is time, and can he teach her enough to save her from whoever wants to see her dead before it’s too late?

The writing style was so easy to read, which made it so enjoyable. I also loved all the descriptions, from Isaac’s bedroom to the fact that the witches seemed to use the sense of smell to tell if a person or that person’s emotion/intent was good or evil. There were some twists and turns that I didn’t expect, as well parts of the book that went just as I expected. This had me always guessing and I loved when I was surprised.

The ending had a fabulous “sizzle” between Isaac and Madison, a great finale! I feel like the book wrapped up very nicely and I wasn’t left with a cliff hanger or pent up emotions. All in all it was a fun and quick read, and for all of you that love young adult novels I would totally rec Embrace


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