Thursday, July 4, 2013

Review: Shadow Embraced

Shadow Embraced

By: Cheree Smith

Rating: 5/5 Stars

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.
This book really took me for a loop.  When I saw that it is a YA vampire story, I have to admit, I assumed that it was going to be a fluffy paranormal romance where the vampires are broody and glittery.  This is definitely not the case in Shadow Embraced.  Vampires are once again the monsters that you hide from in the night.
The best way that I could describe this book is a cross between Blade and Fight Club.  I really enjoyed the added bad reputation that Scar had to endure due to being a Dhampir, half vampire - half human.  The fact that Scar had no clue what she was until she was taken away from everything she knew and put into the special school for things that go bump in the night, really made her transition in the school interesting.  The way she was keeping her heritage a secret and trying to pretend to be something she wasn't, and didn't know much about, was very interesting.  Unfortunately, the small amount she knew about vampires, made it very difficult for her to actually pretend very well, creating some problems with the faculty. 
This book has a very fresh and fun look on the paranormal and I had a great time reading it.  If you're tired of fluffy, pretty vamps, check out this book!

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