Shadow Embraced (Haven #1)
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 ...more
Although this is an 'academy' style book, it is definitely a bit different with a wild set of very creative monsters.
The characters are well defined and fill out their parts to their fullest extent. There is, of course, the cool girls, who are appropriately witchy and bitchy. The sexy to-die-for guy is as sexy as. There isn't a daggy, submissive bunch but the main character is certainly the full-on misfit.
As with many people who have survived a difficult time at school trying ...more
Teenager Scarlet (Scar) is always getting into trouble and getting into fights, but she’s more than a little distressed when she finds herself attacking her best friend and drinking her blood!
Drugged and kidnapped, Scar awakes to find herself in unfamiliar territory, and finally finds out why she has been taken – she’s a dhampire – half vampire.
Scar then f ...more
Scar knows she is different but she doesn't realize the full extent until she wakes up at Haven. It's a school for Vampires, Witches, and Werewolves. She finds out she is a dampire which is half vampire, half human. While in the special school she trains to control her powers and turns to an underground fight club.
This book was tough for me. I read the first 40% in one sitting but after that it was a painful chore to re...more
Scar is a Dahampir which is a half- vampire/half-human. Her family has hid this from her; her whole life. But then Scar starts going through the change earlier than anyone thought she would. When the change came upon her, Scar had no idea what was going on. She almost kills her best friend Alex and puts her in the hospital. Scar is taken away to a place where there are other people or should i say creatures? (well I don't e ...more
I rated this one warty because it's nothing but brutal fighting for no reason and I could not for the life of me discover any rhyme or reason to it. It felt a bit weird when I began this because I was reading another novel in tandem with this one, which featured a character called Cinder, while this one had a character called Scarlett! lol!
Scarlett is evidently a vampire but of course she doesn’t know it. She liked to hang with her friend A ...more
I liked that the author did not hide in the sand and did not touch too much that "idyllic" side of the supernatural. Yes, we have a spe ...more
When Scarlet wakes up in a nasty cabin, caged in like a wild animal, the only thing she wants is to escape and go home. This is not, however, an option and she ends up in a Rehabilitation/Reform ...more
This book fell very flat for me. It sounded interesting when I first picked it up, but I quick ...more
Suddenly, Scar is besieged on all sides by those who don’t trust her, those who fear her, those who want to us ...more
Suddenly Scar isn't the human she thoug ...more
Shadow Embraced really surprised me, I didn't think I would jump into the whole thing with that intensity. Naturally, I was attracted by the paranormal elements in the blurb and mostly the underground fight club filled with werewolves, vampires and don't know what else!
The blurb was interesting, yes, but the main story was even more appealing. Scar (Scarlet) isn't just the typical tormented vampire, she's a fighter and a really good one. But all this power and strength is coming with a price an ...more
The pace of the book is frenetic, which I felt worked well to a certain extent. So many YA ...more
This wasn't the first time I read "Shadow Embraced". I did a Beta read for it a very long time ago, but I clearly remember how I was hoping to see the manuscript becoming a book sooner or later. Then, I re-read it before creating both cover and trailer for the book, of course. And now? Well, I wanted to read it again just for the pleasure of it, because I think Cheree Smith has created something different and boy, how fast and furious!
Back to good old vampires, werewolves and witches - diss it all you like, in my opinion you can't beat a bit of dark monster action now and again. After a spate of 'let's avoid vampires, they've been done to death so we're going to come up with a random new paranormal thing', returning to the old style freaks is like meeting up with an old friend you haven't seen for ages.
Scarlet has attitude - a lot of it. She's a fighter, literally. Her dad's a cop but that doesn't stop her from gett ...more
Actual review: 1.5 stars
I really wanted to like this book. To be honest I did not go in with high expectations and I am glad I didn’t. The beginning started off with a bang, so that made me think that things were looking up, but ultimately I was disappointed.
The characters were one dimensional and there was not much development to be had with them. I don’t even think Scarlett, our main character, made any major developments, that in reality, she n ...more
Scar has terrible nightmares and a stupid friend that keeps getting her in trouble, until one night Scar is overcome and attacks her friend luckily she saved before she kills her and ...more
Series: Haven (#1)
Author: Cheree Smith
Release Date: 29th April 2013
Challenges: My TBR Meme (yes the December one, yes I'm late posting!), Winter COYER 2016-2017
Links: Goodreads - Amazon
Synopsis (from Goodreads): 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 soci ...more
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 lo ...more
One of my biggest pet peeves in books is poor editing. I am wondering if an editor even skimmed through this book. The biggest thing was the improper usage of words. The author must not know how to properly use the term it's and its. Although this isn't per se a "big" word by precedent was used in place of precedence!!! Ver ...more
One day Scar is with her friend Alex skipping school in modern day real world. And the next she is being held captive in a town called Haven that is created solely for the purpose of protecting and teachi ...more
Today, I'm reviewing the YA book I received from Netgalley called Shadow Embraced by Cheree Smith. Shadow Embraced is the story of a young dhampir (half human/half vampire) named Scarlett with no idea of who or what she is, only that she loves to fight. After one fight too many she winds up at a hidden away school that is specifically for supernatural types. But Scar is the only dhampir, and finds out quickly that it's because dhampirs are notoriously unst ...more
From a writer’s perspective the whole book is written first person present tense, which is really hard to maintain – so my hat is off to Cheree for doing this – keeping it present tense is a great way of cranking up the tension and keeping the reader in the moment. There were a few mistakes in there – but I’m ...more
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, h ...more
The story is very exciting, fast-paced and there's lot of action, which is something I definitely love in a paranormal novel. Cliffhangers are in order, and Cheree managed to keep the reader engaged until the end with an unexpected super-villain.
Scar is a great character, even though she's still coming to terms with what she is, she never b ...more
I love the cover! It seems so mysteriously cool. To me, it really keeps in with the story, especially in terms of: the tone, the character and the writing of the story.
The actual story was really interesting. It was never boring. The main character Scarlet, or Scar, really stood out because not only was she fghting those around her, but there was also a ...more
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