Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “How to Love Your Elf (Embraced by Magic #1; The Embraced, #4)” as Want to Read:
How to Love Your Elf (Embraced by Magic #1; The Embraced, #4)
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

How to Love Your Elf

(Embraced by Magic #1)

3.87  ·  Rating details ·  1,574 ratings  ·  409 reviews
Raised in isolation on the magic-shrouded Isle of the Moon, five girls became five sisters. Now women, they are ready to claim their places in the world—and perhaps change it forever . . .


Sorcha knew the mission was dangerous. Leaving the safe grounds of her brother’s kingdom and parlaying with the elves across their border . . . well, treachery seem
Paperback, 312 pages
Published February 25th 2020 by Kensington
More Details... Edit Details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about How to Love Your Elf, please sign up.
Popular Answered Questions
Kerrelyn Sparks Yes, like the others commented, this was caused by a change in publishers. For copyright reasons, the new publisher could not use the exact same title…moreYes, like the others commented, this was caused by a change in publishers. For copyright reasons, the new publisher could not use the exact same title for the series that the previous publisher used. So instead of The Embraced, they called it Embraced by Magic, hoping it would be close enough that readers would realize it was a continuation. It was very disheartening when the first publisher decided to drop the series, so I was very lucky to find another publisher that was willing to pick it up mid-series. The change in publishers also accounts for the long wait between books 3 and 4. Thank you all for your patience and support! I'm so happy I was able to bring this series to a final and satisfying end with book 5.(less)
Kerrelyn Sparks I always try really hard to make all of my books (whether Embraced, Love at Stake, or historical) capable of standing alone. There's always a new hero…moreI always try really hard to make all of my books (whether Embraced, Love at Stake, or historical) capable of standing alone. There's always a new hero, a new heroine, and a new story (in addition to an overarching plot to the series). So sure, you can read it as a standalone.
But because I usually write about a group of people who are like family, they have a way of showing up in each others' books. If you already know who they are from the other books, I think you will enjoy seeing them again more than if they were strangers to you. For that reason, I think you always get a richer experience by reading the entire series from the beginning.
Feel free to read it as a standalone-- but I am hoping you will enjoy it so much, you'll want to read the others! (less)

Community Reviews

Showing 1-30
Average rating 3.87  · 
Rating details
 ·  1,574 ratings  ·  409 reviews

More filters
Sort order
Start your review of How to Love Your Elf (Embraced by Magic #1; The Embraced, #4)
If you like fairy tales, but wish there were explicit sex scenes in them..

What the hell's wrong with you?

Also, you might like this book. First thing to know is that this is the fourth in a series, and you won't have a clue unless you read the first three, so go and do that. Also, this book took a hella long time to come out because there was some sort of publishing problem that I don't really care about other than it was annoying to wait so long for this book. Hopefully it won't be years for the
Madison Warner Fairbanks
How to Love Your Elf by Kerrelyn Sparks
4th book in the Embraced by Magic series. (Labeled as 1st because of a change in publishers.) Fantasy romance. Best read as part of the series but can stand alone for the romance. Some plot lines not completed because of the overall arc.

For those that read the first three, it won’t really be a surprise where this one is going. It’s a delightful journey that isn’t spoiled because you know a couple of things the heroine doesn’t. Elves, dragons, magic and roma
Feb 04, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Blog | Instagram | Twitter | Amazon | B&N

Thank you NetGalley and Kensington Books for this ARC. All thoughts and opinions are mine.

Kerrelyn Sparks' books have come across my different book-related feeds for years. I've had a few of them in my TBR list for just as long. Seeing How to Love Your Elf's ARC available seemed like the perfect chance to get to know her writing and read—what seemed, and I hoped would be—a fun and exciting story.

I was sorely disappointed.

I'm going to first mention the two
Maja  - BibliophiliaDK ✨

Actual rating: 2.5⭐

I absolutely loved Kerrelyn Spark's 'Love at Stake'-series so I was really excited to get into this book. It had its good sides that I very much enjoyed, but there were also things I didn't like which made me sad, because I didn't see that coming. My expectations weren't completely met.

Disclaimer! I was unaware that this was actually the 4th in a series, so I haven't read the first 3 books. However, this review is not going to be affected by t
Angela (Angel's Guilty Pleasures)
How to Love Your Elf is book four in The Embraced series by Kerrelyn Sparks.

I’m not sure why the author or publisher decided to label this novel as Embraced by Magic series when it’s part of The Embraced series. It's not a title that can be read as a first in a series. How to Love Your Elf needs to be read after Eight Simple Rules for Dating a Dragon.

I’ve loved the previous titles in The Embraced series, but unfortunately this one feel off the mark.

If you’ve been following the series, Sorcha, i
Carole (Carole's Random Life)
This review can also be found at Carole's Random Life in Books.

I had a great time with this book! I am a big fan of the Embraced series by Kerrelyn Sparks. It has been a while since a new book was released due to a change in publisher. The series also has a new name, Embraced by Magic, but it is a continuation of the previous series and I am sure that the name change has everything to do with having a new publisher. I couldn't wait to dive back into this world and follow the path of one of the s
Laura ☾
*Thank you to the publisher and Netgalley for providing an ARC in exchange for an honest review *

2 stars

Sorcha, a human princess, born 'Embraced' with magic, is kidnapped by Elven rival land, ans subsequently aided by the mysterious Woodsman. How to Love your Elf feels a little like a vague Robin Hood retelling.

I found this a bit confusing to follow initially, with a lot of info dumping, jumping between characters and situations without giving much explanation, and introduction of too many
Dragons, castles, magical talents, shifters, talking trees, wicked evil villains, and a love story. What’s not to love ? It was a fun read, a hard to put down storyline and there was a very sexy mysterious Woodsman. It was the perfect book to save me from watching “the big football game” LOL
Sorcha, is a princess with an attitude. She’s part of an extended family of women raised in an orphanage. She is not one to be quiet and sip her tea while the men plan, no she will get into it. I like her :D
Mindy Lou's Book Review
How to Love Your Elf is a spin-off from the Embraced series. While you could start this book off as a standalone, I would actually recommend reading that series first. You will understand so much more about this world, as well as learn who most of these side characters are. I think I might not have enjoyed this one as much if I hand't read the previous series first. The more I know about the characters the faster I become invested.

Sorcha and The Woodsman (you don't learn his real name until the
Jan 22, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
ARC received for review

Another great book in the embraced series (why is it listed as book one in a different series too?) Sorcha is the next sister to fall, and it's with the yummy Woodsman. Lots of interaction with previous peeps, plus a side romance with a dragon and an elf.

Why only fours stars? It lacked the heat of the previous books and their ending was just okay.

I did love the preview chapter for Maeve's book.
Jammin Jenny
I thought this was a really well written book. I loved the world building the author did with the different languages (Elfish, Norvisch?) I also really liked the relationship between the Woodsman and the Princess. Definitely a series I would want to continue. There's an elfish war at hand and who will win? ...more

Title: How to Love Your Elf
Series: Embraced by Magic #1, The Embraced #4
Author: Kerrelyn Sparks
Release date: February 25, 2020
Cliffhanger: No
Genre: fantasy

When I requested this, I was really excited by the synopsis and the fact that I found a first book in a new series centering around elves. It's listed as Embraced by Magic #1, unfortunately that's deceptive. This book is actually the fourth in The Embraced series, which I haven't read. I quickly noticed after starting that this did not have a
Marta Cox
Book four in the Embraced series and yet strangely the series title has changed !
Reading order is
How to tame a beast in seven days
So I married a Sorcerer
Eight simple rules for dating a dragon

Obviously a change of publisher might account for this. I can only say I enjoyed this fun fantasy with more than a touch of romance. I look forward to the next book
This voluntary take is of a copy I requested from Netgalley and my thoughts and comments are honest and I believe fair
*The Angry Reader*
Who’s really to blame - me or the book? I took an ARC way outside my comfort zone when really I should have known better.

It took me days to start it. Days to read the first twelve percent.

The writing was plain and unimaginative. The story was ludicrous. The characters frequently did things that were dangerous, ridiculous and inexplicable.

And at some point I kinda caved. I think around 44% I thought “this isn’t that bad.” And as long as I ignored large hunks of boring descriptions or stupid be
Heather Dade
Jan 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
**I was provided an ARC by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for honest review.**

I have been eagerly awaiting the publication of this book ever since I finished The Embraced Book 3, Eight Simple Rules For Dating a Dragon. And I’m happy to report that it didn’t disappoint! It’s so freaking good! I love the ongoing plot of The Circle of Five and the Chamaeleon, and how Sorcha’s story tied into everything.

Now the wait begins for the fifth and final book in this series. Can’t wait to see what
Kayla TM
Jan 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: giveaways
Sorcha is one of the Embraced, children born during a yearly eclipse between the two moons. As an Embraced child, she was sent off as a baby to live in a convent where she was raised with other girls she grew to recognize as her sisters. Now an adult, she has discovered she is a princess in a country almost constantly at war with their elven neighbors. When a mission beyond the borders of her brother’s kingdom, results in her capture, Sorcha finds herself aided by the handsome, and mysterious, W ...more
Heather andrews
Jan 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Not gonna lie the man can be a bit daft at times, "holy Light. Was she trying to seduce him? He scoured his mind to come up with a pithy response. “Oh?” Damn, he wasn’t usually this slow-witted." Sorcha his no problem going in for the kill, “We could have a quick affair.” He sputtered wine all over himself..." I really liked this book, which actually kind of surprised me. The blurb doesn't really do the book justice. ...more
This is the 4th book in the series and I have only read one of the others - but I found there was enough explanation given to not be at all confused or spoil what I haven’t yet read.

Basically there were five baby girls who were raised together in a sort of secret school on an island because they had magic powers and needed to be hidden from those who would kill them. Now they are grown up and each girl is finding her happy ever after while saving the land that wanted to destroy them.

This book
Anne - Books of My Heart
This review was originally posted on Books of My Heart

Review copy was received from NetGalley. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
I love the people, the sisters of  the Embraced series . The series had a delay and a new series name, Embraced by Magic with a change in publisher.  I felt a little bit lost, at first, with the time lag.  While the male and the kingdom are new, each book focuses on one new couple, so it wasn't hard to read.  The sisters are
Feb 19, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Although this is labeled as being first in a series, it's not. It's a continuation of the Embraced series. This could be read on its own and wouldn't be horribly confusing. Having the background info on the world and the characters is helpful.

Sorcha gets kidnapped by elves. She is rescued by a mysterious man called the Woodsman. There is too much going on in the country of Woodwyn for Sorcha to be brought back to her family quickly. I really liked how the relationship between Sorcha and the Wood
Layna Snow
Jul 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was really good! I've loved all the Embraced books, and I'm so glad to see that this series isn't just going to end here!

Sorcha loves too much, and fears too greatly. She would do anything not to feel helpless while her loved-ones were in danger. But this time it is her that's in peril.
The Woodsman is as stoic as the trees he controls but when he sees a woman light fire with her fingers, something lights in him.
This book isn't heavy, stressful, or deep but it is a perfect summer read
I’ve loved each story so far of the girls who grew to be sisters, each of them embraced with special abilities. This was a great addition to the previous books! (But the beginning of a new series? I can get behind that!)

Sorcha is captured when a plan to meet Gwen’s mother fails. Even as she sets out to rescue herself, a stranger interferes. Soon she’s taken captive again, this time by the Woodsman. But the further they travel and the more she learns about him, she begins to question if she’s his
Sandra Berryman
Jan 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is the first book I've read in this series and I loved it. If you enjoy paranormal romances this book is one of the best I've read. I received an e-book from NetGalley in return for an unbiased review. ...more
Ann Lorz
Feb 24, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: paranomal, series, elves
Reviewed for Romancing the Readers Blog:

Let start off with this wonderful title. I just love it. It really draws the eye to this book. If you hadn't yet read any of the books yet you'd think about it after this title.

I'm so happy that we finally got another book in this series. Or I should say The Embraced series. That's the series that started it all. When the author changed publishers she also changed the name of the series. It is now Embraced by Magic
Nikki Brooks
The Circle of Five are still running amok but now that her sisters are settling down with their mates, Sorcha is feeling more and more like the odd one out. They only seem to think about mates, babies and marrying her off to some chinless wonder! That is not for Sorcha! She wants adventure and to be in amongst the danger, not having tea and crumpets. She is no Queen-in-waiting.

But someone has it out for Sorcha's brother and they figure out that to get to him they need his wife, one of Sorcha's a
I was provided an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

This novel just wasn't for me. The romance aspect felt forced and progressed at such a rapid speed it left very little intrigue. For someone who has not read any other work by this author, I felt the plot was confusing and again rushed.

Additionally, I did not care for Sorcha's character. She seemed lack luster and at times annoying. Finally, I loathed the inconsistent use of "ye". Ye should remove this!
Shuchi Sharma
Oct 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Can't wait for this ...more
Tracy Emro
Feb 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Fans of Kerrelyn Sparks’ original “Embraced” series will be delighted to learn that this new series takes us back to Aerthlan and picks up where that one left off!

Sorcha has sworn off love, she is determined to escape the fate the telling stones predicted and not fall in love, especially not with an elf! She is in Norvshka with her brother King Silas and his new bride Gwennore, when Gwen gets a letter from her mother Princess Jenetta of the Elven country of Woodwyn, requesting to meet her. Sorc
Debra Johnson
2.5 Stars

I love Kerrelyn Sparks and I did love this series.
But this one was a MASSIVE disappointment.

Every thing about it was Young Adult.
The dialogue, the writing, the LACK of any true sex scene. No real steam.
The main characters.

It took me forever to read it.
It was actually boring.
It came super close to being a 'Clean' book. And I despise Clean books.

I almost dnf'd numerous times.
Let me put it this way. I started reading this in September of 2020.
I didn't manage to finish it till February 2
Micky Cox
May 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
If you think elves are the cute little impish creatures that help Santa make toys, think again. These are all male, virile, strong and sexy elves that will have you heating up and ready to love your own elf! The Embraced series just keeps on rolling with excellent characters, intriguing plots and lots of steam! Thank you Kennsington for publishing and sending me such excellent entertainment while I have been stuck at home! I can't wait for the next book in the series to come out! ...more
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 next »
topics  posts  views  last activity   
Paranormal Romanc...: How to Love your Elf on Netgalley! 4 24 Jan 16, 2020 07:17PM  

Readers also enjoyed

  • The Rise of Magicks (Chronicles of The One, #3)
  • The Royal Secret
  • Twisted Emotions (The Camorra Chronicles, #2)
  • The Wives
  • The Texan's Surprise Return (Cowboys of Diamondback Ranch, #2)
  • Big Lies in a Small Town
  • The Blue Bistro
  • Bring Me Their Hearts (Bring Me Their Hearts, #1)
  • Three Deadly Trials (Battle for The Dark King, #1)
  • The Christmas Spirits on Tradd Street (Tradd Street, #6)
  • The Book Club
  • The Diplomat's Wife (The Kommandant's Girl, #2)
  • Boss Dragon (Dragon Curse of Lunca, #2)
  • Secret Baby for the Dragon (Dragon Curse of Lunca, #1)
  • Cursed Dragon (Dragon Curse of Lunca, #4)
  • Blood Dragon (Dragon Curse of Lunca, #3)
  • Sweet Revenge (Sinners MC #1)
  • A Crime of Passion Fruit (Bakeshop Mystery #6)
See similar books…
Kerrelyn Sparks apparently has issues with reality. After writing more than a dozen books about vampires, she has now completely gone off the deep end and wound up on another planet. But how thrilling that she can share this magical new world with her readers! Although she is best known (so far) for the Love at Stake series, which has hit as high as number 5 on the New York Times list and 22 on th ...more

Other books in the series

Embraced by Magic (2 books)
  • The Siren and the Deep Blue Sea (Embraced by Magic, #2)

Related Articles

Some people love books. Some people fall in love. And some people fall in love with books about falling in love. Every month our team sorts...
29 likes · 14 comments