Wednesday, 11 January 2017

Shadow Embraced by Cheree Smith (#1 Haven)

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 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.

This review is going to be short by necessity, mainly because I'm an idiot and read it ten days ago, but then put off reviewing for various reasons (none to do with the book itself!)  

This was an interesting take on vampires/dhamphirs, and I liked that. There wasn't much mixing with humans, which created an interesting dynamic, as well as some tension between the paranormal species. I liked the way that the world building worked,

What I couldn't work out all the time is if I was supposed to like Scar or not. In some ways she was a little too innocent for the life she was forced to leave, in others she seemed to lack a little bit of emotion about it. 

All in all this was a good read though, had me keeping turning the pages!