Thursday, August 15, 2013

"Shadow Embraced" by Cheree Smith



SHADOW EMBRACED BY CHEREE SMITH

SERIES: Haven #1

PUBLISHER: Dark Cherry Press
GENRE: YA Paranormal
SOURCE: Author
LINKS: Goodreads | Book Depository

SUMMARY
No escape. Those words haunt Scar's dreams. She thinks the creature that terrorises her while asleep isn't real, but when she's abducted and taken to a reform school meant to contain creatures too dangerous to function in society, she starts to wonder whether she isn't some monster. She turns to an underground fight club full of vampires, werewolves and witches established by the students to control her urges, and who is she kidding, she loves to fight. When fighters begin to disappear, turning Scar into the prime suspect, she must race to prove her innocence before her true nature is exposed. The only problem is that she's not entirely sure she's innocent.

MY REVIEW

This wasn't the first time I read "Shadow Embraced". I did a Beta read for it a very long time ago, but I clearly remember how I was hoping to see the manuscript becoming a book sooner or later. Then, I re-read it before creating both cover and trailer for the book, of course. And now? Well, I wanted to read it again just for the pleasure of it, because I think Cheree Smith has created something different and boy, how fast and furious!

Scar is a strong character, a real fighter, no doubts on that, who takes and fights back everything that comes her way (and it's a lot) and, in the process, she tries to get over what scares her the most. I honestly would have liked her to show a bit more of thoughts for what and who she had left behind, but then I'm not sure it would have made her face the reality in which she's been forced to live in the same way she had. What I did really like was the relationship between her and Daemon. There's no I-love-you-from-the-moment-I-saw-you or I-am-going-to-die-if-I-do-not-see-him kind of romance in here, but just two people who like to spend time with each other. Ok, basically to improve Scar's techniques, but who are they kidding? The attraction has always been there and at some point it develops in a fascination that can't be denied but still, don't expect romanticism. I found it refreshing and I think it worked out well for those two.

"Shadow Embraced" is fast, full of action and fights video-games style (or so it reminds me of) and it definitely makes you wonder who the 'villain' is... You may be surprised there, indeed... I'm totally curious to see what is going to happen next and I hope to read more of Ghost and Paul, whom I think has a potential not to underestimate!

RATING: 4/5
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