Review: Cherie Colyer – Embrace (review and giveaway)


Cherie Colyer

Welcome to Incandescent Enchantment’s stop for ‘Embrace’.

Madison thinks she’s falling for Isaac. She doesn’t really understand why she’s attracted to him, or why she gets a spark of electric energy every time he touches her. There’s way too much else going on in her life caused by this new romance, but it’s about to get even more tricky.


The official blurb:

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.

My review:

After my previous bad experience with not writing a positive review and being unable to really take part in a tour, I was so relieved to be able to write a really positive review of this book!
Amazing! I really enjoyed this book for what it was – an easy teenage read with a hint of fantasy. I wasn’t expecting too much, but I was given heaps in return.

I loved the concept of magic having a taste and smell and also that they were able to mask it. Every time there was a spark of static electricity though, I found myself thinking ‘Magic – the immediate birth control.’ It seems such a coincidence that they all share magic, but it’s not really a coincidence. I would imagine that people with it would gravitate to the area and to each other. As I wrote that, there just happened to be an explanation in the text about it!

I wish Australian schools had amazing fun things like Harvest Festivals. For that matter, I wish we had an awesome history like some parts of the USA have. Every time I read a nice American novel like this one, I wonder if Australia is ever going to have that sort of history and sense of belonging… but I digress.

I can’t impress on you enough how much I enjoyed this novel. I even ignored some of the other good things I had to read in favour of reading this one to it’s conclusion, because I really wanted to know what Madison was going to do about the huge mess she found herself in.
I find it a little strange that these teenagers can get into killing rages over nothing, and are actually willing to kill each other. I can’t say too much without giving away the suspense that fills this novel, but man, some of those kids are real nut jobs. Killing an old lady just for her powers! I really couldn’t understand the motivation behind it, or reconcile it with a teenager. How many people are actually born that evil?
The dialogue is effortless, the descriptions mainly not overwhelming, and the characters endearing. I loved them all! Well, all the ‘good guys’ anyway. It’s been a while since I connected with characters in such a way. The initial romance between Isaac and Madison, and Josh sweeping Kailey off her feet was rather transparent though, and I felt it was a little melodramatic. Another thing that wasn’t convincing were the hospital scenes and their way of getting in to see their friend.
Damn Madison, why oh why did she not see that coming? This novel is filled with irony for the reader. I knew exactly what was going on most of the time, I caught all the subtle hints that Colyer threw in, and Madison was oblivious!
I dreaded the novel coming to an end. Arg! Anticipation! I almost wish there was another book after this one, but the finale is quite satisfying and I can’t see another book in the future.
Although this novel initially masquerades as a romance, it builds into so much more. I wouldn’t say much for this having wider implications for society like some of the other novels I have read recently, but it was still a good read. I would recommend it for teenagers who enjoy romance and fantasy.

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About the Author pan

Cherie’s imagination extends far beyond her Illinois roots through her love of books and reading. The discipline of her career as a Network Technician provides an opposing mindset for her fictional stories. Cherie combines her fascination of all things mythical with her passion for writing to weave together middle grade and young adult stories.

She enjoys spending time with family and friends, meeting new people, writing, reading, and loves a challenge. While she has had many great experiences, her most satisfying experience is seeing her children and stories grow into their own exciting and distinct entities.


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