Shadow Embraced

Shadow Embraced
Cheree Smith
Dark Cherry Press

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, werewolves and vampires are real and she is one of them, almost.

It turns out that Scar is breaking the law just by existing. She is placed in Haven, a high school for the children of the witches, werewolves and vampires who hide from the ‘nons’ that inhabit the world Scar is used to. She also discovers that she already has enemies.

Scar is deftly drawn. She is a likable character with all the emotional ups and downs of the teenager. The other teens who populate the school are also realistic. It is great to read a book in which the protagonist is not ‘the One’ but just a regular person trying to get by. Shadow Embraced is the first in a series place in Haven. I will look forward to reading the next installment. I recommend this book to anyone who like strong characters and a good read.

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