Reviews & Giveaways! The Embrace Series by Cherie Colyer

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Embrace
by Cherie Colyer
Series: The Embrace Series #1
Publication date: December 20th 2011
Category: YA
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Source: eARC for tour in
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My Rating:

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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 luck is about to improve.

Madison is instantly drawn to the handsome and intriguing Isaac Addington. She quickly realizes he’s a guy harboring a secret, but she’s willing to risk the unknown to be with him.

Her world really spins out of control, however, when her best friend becomes delusional, seeing things that aren’t there and desperately trying to escape their evil. When the doctors can’t find the answers, Madison seeks her own. Nothing can prepare her for what she is about to discover.

Dangerous, intoxicating, and darkly romantic, Embrace is a thriller that will leave you spellbound.

~My Thoughts~

Madison and her best friend, Kaylee, head off to a party at the beach. Kaylee has something up her sleeve and it’s driving Madison crazy that she won’t tell her what it is. It doesn’t take long to figure it out when they arrive at the party and see Kaylee’s boyfriend, Josh, and a super hot new guy standing together talking. Madison’s ex-boyfriend, Kevin, moved away months ago and although they broke it off when he left, they have remained friends and keep in touch. Madison has been clinging to the possibility that they might someday reconnect — until she meets Isaac. She begins to fall for Isaac, who she believes has a secret, but doesn’t want to push him away with her prying questions. She’s also afraid that Paige, a girl she used to be friends with, is after Isaac too. Before you know it, all hell is breaking loose. Kaylee is seeing things that aren’t there and winds up in the hospital. After days with no answers from doctors, Madison begins to do a little research of her own. Drugs? No way. Panic attacks? Maybe. Schizophrenia? Could be. When she finds out the truth her world is turned upside down. She has to find a way to help her best friend, locate the person responsible, and get a grip on everything she’s just learned.

I knew immediately after seeing the covers and reading the blurbs that I was going to like these books. Embrace is a fun read, one that can easily be read in one sitting. It caused the fuzzy feelings for my favorite shows & movies such as Charmed and The Craft to surface. I’ve always had a fascination with witchcraft and this book reminded me why. There is a touch of everything in this first installment; high school romance, good versus evil, intriguing backstory, a hint of mystery and a whole lot of magic. The characters quickly became familiar to me and I was rooting Madison and her friends on through the story. Of course you can’t have the good without the bad, and by bad I mean Paige. She turned me back into an irrational teenager; I wanted to go to school with Madison and claw the little witches eyes out! It turns out that she isn’t even the worst. Can you believe it?

While the plot was slightly predictable, and I felt that Madison was too quick to accept the truth, I still really enjoyed Embrace from start to finish. I am extremely happy that I had the opportunity to jump right into the second book…

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Hold Tight

Hold Tight
by Cherie Colyer
Series: The Embrace Series #2
Publication date: August 20th 2013
Category: YA
Genre: Paranormal Romance
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What’s one little spell?

When you’re new to magic, one spell can be the difference between getting what you want…and ruining the lives of everyone you love.

Sixteen-year-old Madison has just embraced her magical powers. The trick now is learning how to control them. She and her boyfriend -and fellow witch- can’t even enjoy a simple kiss without getting shocked when their powers collide. Instead of mastering her new skills, though, Madison is stuck watching her kid brother and doing chores.

But being a witch does have its benefits. With a simple spell, Madison instantly conjures the help she needs around the house. Or so she thinks. Her idea of “help” invites trouble of its own as a pair of dangerous yet enticing beings enter her life. When a classmate disappears soon afterwards, Madison discovers she’s the next victim of a threat she’s powerless to resist…and there’s nothing it won’t kill to make her surrender.

Caught in the crossfire between two dashing but deadly creatures, Madison must figure out which one to trust and how to rid her world of the other—before one of them destroys her and everyone she cares about.

~My Thoughts~

Hold Tight picks up a month after Embrace ends. Things are finally back to normal in Madison’s life. Well, as normal as can be expected after learning she’s a natural witch. With their coven four strong, Isaac, Josh, Kaylee and Madison spend their days practicing their craft. Madison’s biggest problem is that she can’t kiss Isaac without sparks flying — literally. She must learn to reign in her powers to keep them from colliding with Isaac’s or she’s never going to get more than a feather-soft peck on the lips. Oh, such is the life of a teenage witch. Ha! But her problems grow exponentially when she decides to cast a little spell on her own. She was stuck doing everything ever since her dad became overloaded with work; constantly babysitting her younger brother, Chase, and always getting behind on her chores, not to mention the need to still pass high school. She just wanted a little magical assistance. What could it possibly hurt? Oh, if she only knew the world of pain she was bringing down on not only herself, but her friends and family as well. With everything quickly spiraling out of control, can Madison possibly repair the all the damage she’s done?

Do you want to know how I know this is one helluva good book? Because I feel like a twelve-year-old girl dying to tell you every single thing that happened. Like you’re my best friend in whole wide world and it’s killing me to keep my mouth from running a million miles per minute until I’ve revealed every last juicy detail. *Sigh* But I can’t. So how do I go about reviewing this book without spilling the goods? That is the question.

While I really liked Embrace this second installment blows it away. From the connection I now feel with the characters to the incredible witty charm of our main character, Madison, that makes me smile and chuckle. The intense storyline that kept me constantly guessing in this one, as opposed to having it mostly figured out in the first book. I could actually feel the difference in the authors writing; how it has matured and developed. Not that it wasn’t great in book one, but it was exceptional this time around. And because I was fortunate enough to read these back to back, I was able to feel the magic come alive. I even got goosebumps. Silly? Maybe, but I’m not ashamed.

So much happens in Hold Tight I don’t even know where to start. I guess the beginning would be a good place. Madison casts what she feels is a simple spell, but the devastation that follows is staggering. How could one little spell do all of that? Don’t mess around with magic, my friends. When a magical door opens, you better know what you’re inviting in! There are loads of magical creatures and paranormal characters in this tale. It’s amazing that so much detail and action could be packed into one story, and so flawlessly.

I’ll be honest, I’m really finicky when it comes to stories with faeries. Maybe because it’s so easy to become confused by too much folklore? I’ve come across books that have an overabundance of information that makes it difficult to process. That was not the case with Hold Tight. It was smooth sailing the whole way!

Cherie Colyer is a master of her own craft, making it simple to become enchanted by her story. She had me giggling, biting my nails, feeling chills run down my spine, tears running down my cheeks, goosebumps exploding across my arms, and my heart bursting with joy. What more could anyone ask for?

I don’t think I can say any more without spilling my guts so let me just say, “START THIS SERIES NOW!”

~About the Author~

Cherie Colyer

Cherie believes there’s a little magic in everyone. She also believes in following her dreams and never giving up. Her books are proof of that. Besides writing, Cherie enjoys spending time with family and friends, reading, the great outdoors, and she loves a challenge. While she has had many great experiences, what she finds most satisfying is seeing her children and stories grow into their own exciting and distinct entities. Cherie lives in Illinois with her family.

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Wife, mother, blogger, author, gamer, and a lover of the culinary arts. Toni lives in Michigan with her husband and four children. If she's not writing or curled up with a book, you'll most likely find her playing with her kids, baking cupcakes, or killing zombies.
  • Bobbye Hope Booth

    Thanks so much for the giveaway 🙂

  • This series sounds awesome! My teenage daughters and I would love to read it! I really adore the covers!

  • Jacklynn Sizemore

    Thanks for the giveaway!!!!

  • Tammy Poole Romine

    I can’t wait to read this! Thanks for the giveaway! 🙂

  • ReviewsByShae

    Always the best giveaways!!!

  • Cherie Colyer

    Hi Toni 🙂 Thanks for being a part of the tour and reviewing both books. I love reading how readers recap the books, and I’m thrilled you enjoyed them!

  • Chene Sterckx

    Sounds like a good series 🙂 plus a great giveaway 🙂 Thanks for sharing!

    • Good luck, Chene! They really are awesome! I still can’t stop thinking about the story and these fabulous characters.

  • Diana Doan

    Sounds like a great book; can’t wait to read it. Thanks for the chance to win a copy

  • Kathy Geiser

    Thanks for the Chance to enter this giveaway.

  • Jennifer Lane

    Excellent review of Embrace! (I didn’t read the Hold Tight review because I haven’t read the book yet). Good summary of the puzzle around Kaylee’s bizarre behavior.