Book Review: Shadow Embraced

Shadow Embraced CoverBook: Shadow Embraced by Cheree Smith

Published April 2013 by Dark Cherry Press|Pages: 234

Series: Haven #1

Genre: YA Paranormal/Vampires

Goodreads|Cheree Smith

Shadow Embraced is an e-ARC from netgalley.com

Goodreads 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.

Shadow Embraced is definitely interesting.  It reminded me of an edgier Hex Hall, I was also reminded of Vampire Academy, and I think it’s because there are some similarities between Rose and Scar.  They’re both pretty tough and feisty.  I think people who like both books may want to give Shadow Embraced a try.

An underground fight club made up of vampires, werewolves and witches is unique, and I am curious about the Centurions and Ghost. There are a lot of fights (well, obviously) and there’s a lot of action, which makes the book move along at a fast pace.  Scar is considered a freak, even amongst the people at her school, and given she’s a Dhampir- which has to be kept a secret at all costs- Scar has a lot to deal with.

I’m not the biggest fan of Scar, and for me, there was no connection whatsoever.  She seemed a little bit self-absorbed, and I felt like I didn’t really get a chance to know her. I just wanted to see more of her struggles at being cut-off from her former life, and how she felt about being at Haven.

I was also hoping for more details about Haven and this magical/paranormal world, but for me, I felt like those details took the backseat to the fight club part of the novel.  I think there’s a lot of potential, because people sticking to their own..groups…and their offspring pretty much being illegal is interesting.  I’m hoping that we get more of these interesting elements and details about Haven in the next book, as well as a bit more development in terms of all of the characters.

Final Thoughts:

Overall, Shadow Embraced was just okay for me.  I think I’m intrigued enough to keep reading, but Shadow Embraced gets 2 stars.

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