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Shadow Embraced

(Haven #1)

3.67  ·  Rating details ·  73 ratings  ·  43 reviews
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
Paperback, 234 pages
Published April 29th 2013 by Dark Cherry Press (first published April 24th 2013)
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This was fabulous!

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
Jun 07, 2013 rated it it was ok
(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Cheree Smith, Dark Cherry Press, and Netgalley.)
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
Sep 04, 2013 rated it it was ok
**I was provided a free copy via Net Galley in exchange for an honest review.

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

Nancy (The Avid Reader)
I received a free copy of the book from the author for my honest opinion.

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
Apr 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: recomend
WOW JUST WOW!!!!! Got this book to review from the publisher....WOW..... I am really impressed loved it cant wait for book 2. Going to be an epic series if you like YA series like mortal instruments, covenant, vampire academy and wicked lovely you will really enjoy this first instalment it really is up there with these brilliant books , Scar is a fantastic leading lady just the right amount of ego and doubt in her charter lots of fighting blood monsters and suspense right up to the last page and ...more
Aug 01, 2013 rated it really liked it
Assuming that Shadow Embraced is the first volume in a series that continues the plot throughout all (or more) volumes, I can say that: (1) I liked this first volume, (2) I have high expectations, even demands from the next (or more) and (3) Haven has chances to become one of the best and/or interesting (contradiction in terms? ... hmmm I don’t think so) series.

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
Jul 19, 2013 rated it really liked it
Scarlet (Scar) is a teenager that is bound to fight the battles her best friend, Alex, starts. It's okay though, because Scar doesn't mind fighting ~ until her last battle almost kills her best friend. Why on earth did Scar just go for Alex's jugular and who is this crazy woman trying to pull them apart?

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
Thomas Winship
Aug 15, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shadow Embraced is the first installment in Cheree Smith’s “Haven” series. It introduces readers to Scarlet Devena—Scar to those around her—a teenager with a penchant for fighting, whose world is suddenly turned upside down, inside out, and a whole host of other clichés (luckily, the clichés end there), when she’s abducted and sent to a reform/finishing school for supernatural creatures.

Suddenly, Scar is besieged on all sides by those who don’t trust her, those who fear her, those who want to us
Katherine Paschal
Teenager Scar(short for Scarlet) is having difficulties. After attacking her best friend and drinking her blood, she learns she is a dhamphir, an abomination from a human vampire pairing. She is whisked away to a school for teen supernaturals, where no one can know what she really is. While at school she joins an underground fight league. One by one the members go missing and all the signs point to her.
This book fell very flat for me. It sounded interesting when I first picked it up, but I quick
Maghon Thomas
So you start with meeting Scarlet, who is constantly bailing her best friend out of trouble. Except this time, Scarlet has definitely bitten off more than she can chew, because he actions bring her to the attention of some powerfully scary people. Plus, it seems like everyone really is out to get Scarlet. Plus, I don’t like Scarlet. I know that sounds bad as she is the main character, but literally, I kept expecting her to get better and she didn’t. Seriously, grow up a little. You have a crappy ...more
I received Shadow Embraced in return for an honest review as part of the tour hosted by Dark World Books. Scar had no idea she was different granted she has heightened senses but they don't come without a price. Scar heads out one night with her best friend Alex who happens to start stuff with another girl leaving Scar to clean up typically with her first. However when a day at the arcade turns bad leaving Alex injured and Scar kidnapped everything changes.

Suddenly Scar isn't the human she thoug
Aug 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing

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
May 30, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: ya, vampires
3.5 stars
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
Apr 16, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This review was originally posted on my blog, Darkest Sins.

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!

May 20, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc
A school for vampires, werewolves and witches? With a secret fight club, a heroine who's considered a freak even among the undead and a killer on the loose? You can't really go wrong with a plot and setting like this. There's a lot to like about this story, and even though I had a few issues with some of the elements, it kept me intrigued until the last page and the writing style is unobtrusively competent.

The pace of the book is frenetic, which I felt worked well to a certain extent. So many YA
Dec 03, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013, netgalley
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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
Laura Greenwood
Jan 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
Title: Shadow Embraced
Series: Haven (#1)
Author: Cheree Smith
From: Netgalley
Genre: UF/Paranormal
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
Nicole (Reading Books With Coffee)
Jul 01, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of Vampire Academy and Hex Hall
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 lo
Aussie bookworm
Aug 19, 2013 rated it really liked it
This book is from another Australian Author and I know there are a lot of negative reviews for this book, but again it is just people’s opinion, I happen to love boarding school stories, I love the dynamic between different types of characters, all thrown into one place, and seeing how they interact with each other.

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
Robin (Saturndoo)
Aug 18, 2013 rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2013-read
I will start with the good things first as there's only one. This book started off with a bang. The pacing was good and there was a lot of action. From there it went downhill.

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
Jun 13, 2013 rated it really liked it
I felt so into the story, a different new world of danger at every turn. There's a lot of fight scenes in this book. A LOT. Personally, I didn't have a problem with that - I found it fast-paced and exciting, like watching an action movie. There's more action than substance, but as long as you're not expecting a deep, emotional story or a slushy romance, that's not a problem. Choose this book if you like vampires and you want entertainment. It's fast and frantic, with just a hint of a love inter ...more
Oct 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing
{my thoughts} – This book is a rather different take on the paranormal world of scary creatures. Scar is a teenage Dhampir. She is a mixed breed that is said to be an abomination of the creature world. There aren’t many Dhampirs alive that have not caused so much trouble they had to be put down.

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
Alex McGilvery
Aug 03, 2013 rated it really liked it
It is a pleasure to read an indie novel that is as well written and presented as Shadow Embraced. Scar, short for Scarlet, is a girl with a penchant for fights. She also has visions which she must draw out in her sketch book. Her parents ban her from seeing her best friend, but they skip school for one last chance to hang out together. It doesn’t go as planned and Scar attacks her friend. Only the intervention of a weird strange stops her, but she ends up in a terrifying place where witches, wer ...more
Jul 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: para-vamp
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, h
Nicky Peacock
Jun 16, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shadow Embraced is a kind of Harry Potter meets Twilight, and although there’s nothing really new here, in terms of story line, it’s still a great read – especially if you’re a Twilight fan.

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
Scarlet likes to fight, when her parents ban her from seeing her friend she sneaks out with her and ends up attacking her. Next thing she knows, she's in some school for supernaturals - witches, werewolves & vampires. Each race doesn't really get on with the other so there is some segregation - except when it comes to a fight club type scenario. They are randomly told where and when their fight will be and will be punished if they're late. Scar discovers something else while she's in fight c ...more
Apr 15, 2013 rated it really liked it
This book, beside being awesomely awesome, it's really special to me. I beta read it back in 2011 when I (virtually) met the author, and it's come a long way.
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
Olivia (Bookcomet)
Aug 19, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley, suprise
Shadow Embraced is amazing. It's pretty much Vampire Academy meet a darker awesomeness. After the first chapter, I considered this book finished.

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
Aug 02, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-to-review
(I received a copy from Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review)

I really enjoyed the beginning. The writing was detailed, and had loads of action.
Unfortunately, as it progressed, it got less interesting, and quickly became boring.

Scarlet was a good character in the beginning. She was strong, quite stubborn, and a bit of a rebel. Though, as the story progressed, i found she changed.
After being taken from her family and friends, i really thought she'd put up more of a fight. All her stubborn
Leanne Crabtree
***I received a copy off NetGalley in exchange for an honest review***

3.5 stars.

I enjoyed this but we seemed to just jump into the story without any real explanation. I found myself baffled at the beginning; we just start with a fight out of nowhere and I if I'm honest it started a little strange...

I continued to be baffled until we got to the school, that was when it started to pick up for me and I got quite into the story. I enjoyed the mystery of trying to figure out who was behind the disapp
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Cheree Smith lives in the coastal city of Newcastle in Australia where she is studying graphics design and photography. When she is not hard at study, she is busy writing 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 ca ...more

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