Friday, February 28, 2014

Cephalopod Coffeehouse Book Club: EMBRACE by Cherie Colyer

Greetings and welcome to the monthly meeting of the Cephalopod Coffeehouse, hosted by The Armchair Squid. It's a blog hop of book reviews, where each participant posts about the best book they've read over the last month.

This month's pick is going to be tough for me, as I spent less time than usual reading and most of my hours deep inside my editing cave. I finished the line edits for my up-and-coming romance (My Kind of Crazy, coming soon from The Wild Rose Press) I also obsessed over edits on a new romance submission and finally got that out the door last week, (and started work on another new manuscript...) and worked on (paid) edits for two authors I'm working with, one a painful memoir and one a work of women's fiction.

I've posted four reviews in February so far...but I've also started and punted a few awful books that needed serious editing and revisions. As in, I have no idea what made these author think their works were ready for publication.

Enough excuses already. Let me get on to the fun part. EMBRACE is the best book I read this month. Published by Omnific Publishing and released December 2011, it's currently available on Amazon for 99 cents (a steal!), and I'm excited to say the second book in this series was released last August... and will be downloaded from Amazon as soon as I'm done typing this!

About the Book (from Goodreads):

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.


First of all, the blurb doesn't do the story justice, and really doesn't give the reader any clue as to the paranormal subgenre the book falls into. I went into this blind, and had no idea what to expect. (In the end, it was less Twilight and more Beautiful Creatures, if you know your paranormal YA.)

This engaging paranormal tale of good versus evil in the contemporary world will enchant readers, and have you rooting for the main characters to figure out the truth behind all the bad things that are happening. Well written and fast paced, Madison's narration draws you into her world and drags you along for the ride as she navigates the twists and turns of a high school year that's full of changes both good and bad.

Her boyfriend moved halfway across the country, but there's a hot new guy in town who catches her eye and sends sparks shooting through her. Literally. The plot takes a twist when Madison's best friend starts acting crazy after a car accident. Madison and her friends must work to solve the mystery behind her odd behavior before it's too late.

The author does a great job unfolding the story slowly but surely, and I love her breezy writing style! If you enjoy paranormal YA romance with contemporary real-world settings, EMBRACE is the book for you!

For more information about the book and Cherie Colyer, check out her website HERE.
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1 comment:

  1. Probably not my kind of book. And I'm already kind of burned on teenage romance things, right now.
    But, hey, I'm glad you liked it. :)


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