ARC Review: Shadow Embraced by Cheree Smith



Shadow Embraced

By Cheree Smith



Shadow Embraced

No escape.

Those words haunt Scar’s dreams. She thinks the creature that terrorizes 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.




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My Review
3.5 stars


     I would like to thank the publisher, Dark Cherry Press, and Netgalley for providing me with a review copy of Shadow Embraced in exchange for my honest review.

    This was a pretty good story. It kept me entertained and I enjoyed the overall feel to it. Shadow Embraced is one of those books that you can get wrapped up in the story from almost the beginning without completely knowing what is truly going on. Throughout the story you are continuously waiting for more information and secrets to be revealed. Some of the secrets are learned, some are not. Many can use more depth, but I am hoping the book that follows this will answer a lot of the questions I was left with at the end. I don’t want to give away to much of the story, but here goes!

    The story starts out kind of weird for me. I had a hard time with the general writing of it, but I don’t mean to say the writing was bad, something about it just felt off for me. It does introduce us to our main character, Scarlet, or Scar as she likes to be called. She seems to be a pretty normal teenager, with a little bit of an extra ability. Her parents don’t like her best friend, which is pretty common I suppose. She has some pretty crazy nightmares, which is common for me, but never a good sign for book characters. After she decides to skip school with her BFF, her life goes through a pretty dramatic change.

     She ends up at this school for people like her. Don’t ask me what she is, that would give away part of the story! She really goes through some crazy changes, but I felt like they weren’t well explained as to what was actually going on. I thought it was weird that throughout the book, no one ever tells Scar what the hell is happening to her. She just seems to accept that something is different and she just goes along with what she is supposed to do. Any other teenager (and most adults) would not have just accepted, “Oh you are going through some changes, you are going to live at this school with vampires and witches and shifters, but we aren’t going to tell you anything other than you need to be here.”
      Something I did like was that in this school they are teaching the students their species histories and creation stories, but they aren’t your usual paranormal backgrounds. They have added some twists and such and I liked the way the author changed it up a bit. I thought it was pretty creative.

     I would recommend this book to someone who is looking for something easy to read with a different feel to the usual paranormal story. I am looking forward to the next book in the series because I am interested to see everything finally explained.



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All About Cheree


Cheree Smith

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 dabbling in the occasional writing of music or reading.



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