Shadow Embraced by Cheree Smith
Publication date: April 29th 2013 (first published April 24th 2013)
Publisher: Dark Cherry Press
Number of pages: 234
Series: Haven (1#)
Source: From the publisher in exchange for review via Netgalley. This is my honest opinion.
Date finished: October 23rd
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.
Shadow Embraced is amazing. It’s pretty much Vampire Academy meet a darker awesomeness. After the first chapter, I considered this book finished.
I love the cover! It seems so mysteriously cool. To me, it really keeps in with the story, especially in terms of: the tone, the character and the writing of the story.
The actual story was really interesting. It was never boring. The main character Scarlet, or Scar, really stood out because not only was she fghting those around her, but there was also a battle raging within her.
I didn’t guess the ending at all. I never would have picked THAT person to be behind the goings on. So I read that bit and was kinda along the lines of “wait, what?” and had to make sure that I hadn’t read the wrong name. Surely enough, I hadn’t.
As I said in the first paragraph, I would recommend Shadow Embraced to fans of Vampire Academy. It does have a darker element carefully wound through the story.
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Goodreads author bio:
Cheree Smith lives in a country town in Australia as a high school English teacher where she writes paranormal, horror and dark stories for young adults. She enjoys listening to and learning about legends and myths, watching scary movies and dreaming up new worlds where monsters can come alive. When she is not in her writing cave she can be found listening to music, even dabbling in the occasional writing of music or reading.