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(The Embrace Series #1)

3.90  ·  Rating details ·  335 ratings  ·  116 reviews
How far would you go to save the people you love?

Madison is familiar enough with change, and she hates everything about it. Change took her long-term boyfriend away from her. It caused one of her friends to suddenly hate her. It’s responsible for the death of a local along with a host of other mysterious happenings. But when Madison meets a hot new guy, she thinks her luc
ebook, 190 pages
Published December 20th 2011 by Omnific Publishing (first published December 1st 2011)
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Nov 30, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ebook, arc
Was I ever surprised by this! The blurb is very obscure. You don't really get a feel of what exactly we're getting into. But once I found out what this was actually about I was thrilled because it's one of my favorite types of paranormal books. I'm not much help am I? Well, I don't want to spoil it for you so you'll just have to give it a try! However I can say that 1) it's a paranormal YA novel, and 2) it's wonderful!

To start with what I didn't like; the romance is very instant. I didn't have t
Tee loves Kyle Jacobson
Dec 28, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2012-must-reads
HOLY BATMAN is what comes to mind when I think about this book. I was reading my usual blogs when I saw on YA Bound they were hosting a blog tour for Embrace. I loved the cover the minute I saw it and the minute I read the blurb I was hooked! I have to say a huge THANK YOU to YA Bound for allowing me to be a part of this tour.

Cherie Colyer has crafted this world where good and evil live side by side fighting for their cause. The question is which side will you chose?

Madison is down in the dumps
An Electronic Advanced Reader Copy was provided by the publisher for review. Quotes have been pulled from an ARC and may be subject to change.

As soon as I started reading Embrace, I knew I was going to get sucked into the story. That doesn’t happen very often to me, so I was surprised by how much I wanted to keep reading. The hook for me was the chemistry between Madison and Issac because I’m a complete sucker for that.

What I disliked was the pacing where it would be all dialogue, and no action.
Feb 17, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone wanting a quick simple read of a predictably plotted young female romance book.
Thanks to Young Adult R2R and the author for giving me a copy of Embrace to critique.

Embrace is written in first person from the viewpoint of Madison, a female high school student.
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Brilliant. It somes up this book perfectly. It was short yet sweet and to the point.

Although we move fast through the book, we fell pulled to the end and through the pages. We also don't expect what happens in the novel. Mainly on how it becomes paranormal from what we start to think is a general YA novel. I love the way that was done! It suits both audiences, either YA readers or Paranormal re
Jennifer Lane
Magical Tale of Young Love

Cherie Colyer's debut Young Adult novel was quite a pleasure to read. It's a page-turner that's sweet and mysterious at the same time. The reader doesn't know who to trust, and the identity of the villain surprised me.

Madison is a high school student living in Gloucester, Massachusetts. I've been to Boston a few times but don't know much about the area and I thought the setting was interesting and eerie. Madison meets a handsome newcomer: Isaac. She is longing for her e
Ruth B
Feb 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Every lover or paranormal-YA
I felt really intrigued by the cover and the description of this book! And really it didn't dissappoint me. This is an amazing book!
A story full with mystery, romance, a rollercoaster of felings and a series of discoveries. It's a great recipe for an excellent book.

Lets start with some generalities:
*The characters are really well described, and every one of them is written wonderfully.
*The argument: OMG! is fantastic! I love when a book has a strong background and you can really feel that everyt
Lisa  (Bookworm Lisa)
I know that I am really enjoying a book when at midnight I am reading and not tired, not wanting to put it down and wanting to continue reading.

This is a great YA novel. It deals with teenagers who are having issues with relationships, friends, and jealousy. To compound everything, Madison's witchcraft is starting to bloom.

She wouldn't have known about her powers if some bad witches hadn't messed with her friends. I don't want to say to much, because you would enjoy reading it for yourself.
So first off technically i didn't finish this. Well i sort of did. I got officially about 75% ish through it, but i just couldn't go on. And maybe this a lot about me. Probably but I don't know. I did skim the last part of this book so i sort of know what happens. The very ending, no i don't know because i didn't even skim that part. I just wanted to be right about something and i was so YAY me!

Alright so song choice i would pick either. "Teenagers" by My Chemical Romance, or "I Don't Care" by F
Nereyda (Nick & Nereyda's Infinite Booklist)
***Copy provided for review as part of blog tour***
Even though the book description is fairly vague, I was intrigued enough by it and the pretty cover to ask to be a part of the blog tour. Once I started reading and I found out what this book was really about, I was blown away by it because this is one of my favorite genres!

We meet Madison who has been through enough changes in her life. One of the biggest changes being the death of her mother. When her best friend, Kaylee, drags her to the beac
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Embrace is a fast-paced, well-researched novel that chronicles Madison’s initiation into the world of magic. Teenagers are nicely portrayed and given believable voices and the mystery is carried out incredibly through the most part of the book. I can assure you, this is one of those books that keep you guessing and wondering almost to the end.

Madison is a likable, imperfect and believable protagonist that deals with real problem
Jan 12, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2012
Reviewed on Alexa Loves Books.

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I was completely taken by surprise when I read this novel, because I hadn't known what to expect from reading the blurb. I refuse to spoil the novel for you, but I will say this - major discoveries are made, friendships are formed and some really cool things that I wish I could make happen do happen in this book. It's the unexpected twists and turns that made this novel so fun to read - and trust me, there are quite a few of them.

The budding romance between
Nov 12, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2011-read
My Summary:

Madison doesn't like change. It hasn't been good for her in the past. Change took her boyfriend of two years away and change took away a good friend. Change is haunting her again with a weird death and lots of strange events. Maybe the new hotty in town can bring some good change for Madison. But even as she is inexplicably drawn to Isaac, her life is falling apart. Her best friend becomes delusional on the way from one period to the next. Can that happen? Madison becomes frustrated a
Christy LoveOfBooks
Mar 29, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: e-book, read-in-2012
Embrace is another book that I went into without fully knowing what it was about, and I liked it that way. After reading the description, I was expecting something else. I actually love when that happens, as long as the story is good. Thankfully, Embrace was good enough to make me like the unexpected turn of it. It was a very quick and enjoyable read.

When Madison's best friend, Kaylee, gets her to go to a beach party, big changes are set in motion. Madison meets, Isaac, the new guy in tow, and
Jan 17, 2012 rated it really liked it
Embrace is a book about magic. Anyone could become a witch in this novel, but no witch is as powerful as a natural witch.
For a natural witch to gain power he/she must Embrace them first, and become bound by them until forever. After embracing the power the witches struggle to stay good. They must not use their magic while angry or distressed for the energy used will turn them evil. How difficult is that to maintain? since any danger the characters go through will result in those emotions; thus n
Autumn Review
Jan 23, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: blog-tours, review, arc
Madison's boyfriend of two years has recently moved away, her friendships are changing, and another school year is under way. She's having trouble adjusting to all these changes until she meets a hot new boy that's moved to town.

Isaac Addington is mysterious and absolutely gorgeous. Madison is attracted to him immediately. There is something "different" about Isaac, but Madison will do anything to get closer to him.

Beginning with the sudden death of local, things in town become quickly
Dec 19, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Embrace definitely embraced me with the most captivating, magical storyline, terrific characters, and a dreamy romance. Cherie Colyer has her own gift of magic when it comes to writing a fantastic novel. Colyer pulled me right into this world of magic and bewitching romance, and I could not put this book down.

Madison's life is about to change, and there's nothing she can do about it. The last time Madison's life changed was six months ago, when her boyfriend of two years broke up with her. So wh
Mandy (I Read Indie) Anderson

Ooooh how I love me some Isaac. Handsome and mysterious...dude is definitely hiding something. But does that stop Madison from falling for him? Nope, and who can blame her? All that mystery is just an invite to get to know him more. I just adored this book. There was such an appeal to the story that when I wasn't reading it, my nook kept beckoning me from my bedside table, mocking me. Oh how I wanted to know what secrets Isaac was keeping. Oh how I wanted to know what sneaky things the other cha
Feb 25, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Embrace starts with another change for our teenage heroine, Madison. She and her friends Kaylee and Josh are juniors in the local high school. Josh's new neighbor, Isaac, has just started as a senior at their school, and is giving Madison tummy butterflies. And a static electric shock every time they touch.

Madison is a normal teenager, with boy problems and a pesky baby brother. Embrace takes the common trope of "teenage girl turns out to be special snowflake" and makes it into an enjoyable read
Sue Alba
Apr 06, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This story is interesting. I love the characters. It would be wonderful if you will write some more. Also, there is a competition happening this April on the NovelStar app, I hope you can consider joining.
If you have more stories like this, you can also publish them there 🙂
Apr 07, 2021 rated it really liked it
This really helped me to lessen my stress! what a great story, thank you for writing this” If you have some great stories like this one, you can publish it on Novel Star, just submit your story to or
Sarah Elizabeth
(I was given this book for free on a read-to-review basis)
Madison is a junior in high school. Her boyfriend left her 4 months ago because he was moving to Minnesota, but they have kept in touch, and Madison has no intentions of starting a new relationship with anyone. That is until she meets Isaac.

Isaac is a senior and has just moved into the house opposite Madison’s best-friend’s boyfriend’s house (did you follow that?). Madison and Isaac begin spending time together, and Madison starts to deve
Embrace by Cherie Colyer
(Book #1: The Embrace Series)
Source: Author/Omnific Publishing
Rating: 4/5 stars

Up to this point, Madison has had a pretty normal life. Sure, she lost her mom years ago but her dad and little brother are pretty awesome, her best-friend Kaylee is delightful and loves coffee as much as Madison does and, the new, totally hot guy at school has his eye on her. All in all, not a bad life as far as high school goes. But this book would totally suck if something intense and slight
May 13, 2012 rated it really liked it
Sometimes a book surprises me, and I can’t wait to tell people about it. Embrace is one such book, and I’m happy to say that I enjoyed it immensely. There seems to be a bit of mystery around the plot, and I’m imagining based on the sketchy story description on the back cover, as well as the completely misleading cover design, the author may not want the beans spilled. So as much as I’d love to tell you what this book is about, I’m going to try to keep my review spoiler-free and gloss over the de ...more
Feb 26, 2012 rated it really liked it
Madison has had a tough time in the past several months. Her long time boyfriend has moved away, and though her best friend tried to help her move on… she just can’t. Then, she meets Isaac. Isaac seems to have it all: charm, charisma, good looks and the alluring, mysterious air about him. Sorry for him that Madison is nobody’s fool; she can tell he’s hiding something, and now she’s determined to find out what it is. Soon after meeting Isaac, Madison’s best friend Ashley starts seeing things that ...more
Dec 16, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This review has been crossposted from my blog at The Cosy Dragon . Please head there for more in-depth reviews by me, which appear on a timely schedule.

After my previous bad experience with not writing a positive review and being unable to really take part in a tour, I was so relieved to be able to write a really positive review of this book!

Amazing! I really enjoyed this book for what it was - an easy teenage read with a hint of fantasy. I wasn't expecting too much, but I was given heaps in ret
I found the characters very refreshing in this book. Madison is the typical teen with family and life problems. I found her to be easy to connect with and I enjoyed her loyalty to her best friend. She doesn’t seem to be only completely wrapped up in herself we see how she is desperate to help Kaylee. The other part that I loved about the characters is that Madison has an ex-boyfriend. Not just an ex but one she had for two years. As much as I love the innocence in the YA genre it’s nice to have ...more
Aug 01, 2012 rated it liked it
The blurb of Embrace being as mysterious as it is, I had no clues as to what this book is about aside from it being a paranormal novel. Thus I was taken almost completely by surprise when the paranormal aspect was revealed - totally wasn't expecting that! I won't give it away, I think all readers should go into it without knowing what will happen.

Embrace follows a teenager named Madison, who treats any kind of change with deep mistrust. When her best friend introduces her to Isaac, a new boy at
Feb 29, 2012 rated it liked it
This is my second read 2 review book. So thanks to the author Cherie Colyer for sending it to me.

Madison and Kaylee are best friends. Kaylee is dating Josh. Madison use to date Kevin. Isaac moved across the street from Josh. Madison thinks Isaac is hot. They have a connection. 


 Kaylee claims to so weird things like people in parking lots or people in capes that resemble reapers. Madison swears weird things happen around Issac, slashed tires get fixed and her broken arm heals.

One d
Cierra (The Book Lover's Report)
This review is from The Book Lover's Report

This book starts off with Madison going to a party with her best friend Kaylee. We find out that Madison and her ex Kevin had broken up a few months beforehand (he moved), and everybody assumes that she all sad because of it. When they get to the party, Madison feels an immediate attraction to Kaylee's boyfriend, Josh's, new neighbor. When she even touches him, she receives a shock.

They almost immediately start dating, and soon after she gets asked out
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A little about myself: I write young adult and middle-grade novels. I love finding new stories that keep me up late reading. While my favorite genre is fantasy, if the book is beautifully written with characters that come alive I’m all over it.

My young adult paranormal thriller/romances include CHALLENGING DESTINY and the Embrace Series: EMBRACE (bk1), HOLD TIGHT (bk2), and

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