Embrace by Cherie Colyer

written by Cherie Colyer          
published by Omnific Publishing

Why did I pick this book: I participated in this book’s blog tour through YA Bound. I did a spotlight of the book. (I was provided with a digital copy for review purposes.)

Did I enjoy this book: I really didn’t enjoy this book as much as I had hoped I would. I really wanted to because the synopsis I had read sounded so intriguing and exciting. I didn’t read every free chance I had. 

This book moved slowly and it did not hold my interest. For me, it was not developed enough. There needed to be more explanation and follow through. I wish we would have learned a bit more about Isaac’s and Josh’s back stories. They were good, strong male characters that cared about others’ well-being. That care is evident throughout the story. To learn more about them would have made me like them even more. Also, I would have liked to learn more about Madison’s sense of taste/smell when encountering emotions. That was a really interesting aspect of Madison’s powers that I wish would have been explored or explained further. 

Here is a SPOILER question that I had when I finished this book: Why did no one pick up on Madison’s mother’s necklace??? It is so obvious that the mother – who apparently knew it was the end – transferred her power to her daughter through the necklace, like Isaac’s grandfather. That would have been a great revelation for Madison. Unless I am wrong about that conclusion.

I just didn’t like this book. For me, the main character was hard to like and get behind. I was a bit bored reading the story. I know I am in the minority with this view of the book but it is how I felt after reading it. The concept behind the book was great but I think it could’ve been so much better.

Would I recommend it: No, I would not recommend this book. 

Will I read it again: No, I will not read this book again. With that being said, I will read other books from this author in the future. The concept was great for Embrace, it just wasn’t for me. 

About the book – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS: Madison lives in a small town and has a great best friend, Kaylee. Her long-term boyfriend, Kevin, moved out of state and now she is all alone. Kaylee tries to get her to meet someone new and sets her up with Isaac, the new boy in school.

Isaac and Madison have a connection, a spark if you will. But is there something he is hiding from her? Now some strange things are happening. Her best friend is acting crazy – seeing demons and bugs all around her. The doctors cannot determine what is wrong with Kaylee. So, Madison decides to do some research of her own on the internet. What she finds surprises her and leads her down a path that will change her  life.

Happy reading wherever you are and whenever you get a free chance!!!