Sunday, 1 September 2013

Shadow Embraced (Haven #1) by Cheree Smith

Sponsored post: 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.
Shadow Embraced (Haven, #1)
Blurb (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 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.



Shadow Embraced by Cheree Smith

My rating: 2.5 of 5 stars


Shadow Embraced (Haven, #1)(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 finds herself enrolled in a school for supernatural beings, and also thrust into some kind of underground fight club.
Will Scar ever see her parents again? Will she survive the fight club? And is being a dhampire all it’s cracked up to be?


This book started off really strong with loads of action and excitement, but as it went on it became mediocre, and even boring.

Scarlet was an okay character. I really liked her in the beginning; she was strong, and had loads of fight in her. She made her own path, went against the rules, and basically was a bit bad-ass.

The storyline was okay, but as it went on I found myself getting bored. The beginning of the story was really, really good. I loved the action, it was exciting, fast-paced, and there was adrenalin, but once Scarlet ended up at the school, the story became very teenage-vampire-angst, and I started to get bored.

The fight club was a bit different, but unfortunately it just didn’t excite me, and I couldn’t bring myself to care about the attacks that started happening either. I don’t know why this was, but the book just didn’t hold my interest.

The ending was okay, but again, I found it really difficult to concentrate and take it in. Needless to say that I don’t think I’ll be reading the next book in this series, which is a real shame because the beginning of this book was so good!
Overall; started out good, but failed to keep it up.
5 out of 10.


1 comment:

  1. Oh no, I was excited for this one. I am still going to try it out though.

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