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- Print Length: 224 pages
- Publisher: Omnific Publishing (April 14, 2015)
- Publication Date: April 14, 2015
- Sold by: Simon and Schuster Digital Sales Inc
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00VNXKALW
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- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,541,151 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Madison's denial about her feelings for Caden and her refusal to admit she needed help with Reed's faerie food still in her system made me frustrated. Just like the 2nd book as much as I wanted to believe she loved Isaac I couldn't because she was so easily swayed away from him and she was so easily tempted to lie to him. As a character I adored her, as a character with substance not so much.
I thought the last book failed to achieve a great ending to this story. It could have been so much better. Even the plot was short and to the point with no real action or ... substance. To be honest I'm hoping this is not the last book, the way it ended made me think the author has another one in the works. The many many Harry Potter references were also unnerving as it made me questions the authors originality. No need to point out what we all know. Overall I did enjoy this series and if there is another book I would read it.
Book #3: The Embrace Series
My Rating: 4/5 stars
The Fearsome Four (plus Caden and a ghoul!) are back in the third installment of The Embrace series and this time, the stakes are higher than ever. Madison is still locked into her Beck-and-Call-Witch deal with Caden, Isaac is still not happy about his girlfriend running off with another guy, Kaylee has discovered she can raise the dead and, Josh is desperately hoping his girlfriend isn’t pregnant. Yeah, there’s some stuff going on . . . .
As the book opens Madison finds herself yet again losing time with Isaac in order to help Caden. Caden is hell bent (HA!) on completing a very particular task but isn’t divulging much information about said task. Madison can sense Caden is worried and his level of worry is heightened when his brother (YES! There’s a hot demon brother!!) shows up to interrupt the party. Though the brother’s conversation is cryptic at best, Madison knows the task Caden is consumed by is big, there are some nasty Hell players involved and, somehow Madison is on everyone’s radar.
Back at home . . . .
After a trip (yes, another trip!) to the cemetery, Madison and Kaylee have come home with an undead friend. More than a year ago Shane died from leukemia and most of the town attended his funeral. Within days of his resurrection, Shane’s color improves, he hasn’t started eating brains and, he is more than ready to go home. . . . .to his family who buried him a year ago. Neither Kaylee nor Madison can figure out how Kaylee was able to raise the dead and they are terrified of telling Isacc and Josh and their “accomplishment.” All they have to do is figure out how to get Shane back to dead.
For weeks, Kaylee and Madison manage to keep a lot of secrets from the boys. Since Kaylee raised Shane he is staying at her house and eating her family out of house and home. Between maintaining the spells to hide Shane and all of the evasion and half-truths, Josh is convinced Kaylee is pregnant and scared to tell him. He’s so much happier when he finds out it’s really just an un-dead dude Madison is in even deeper trouble and she has figured out Caden is trying to reassemble a necklace that will allow him to control Death. Her late-night and long-distance adventures with Caden aren’t just cramping her love life but confusing it as Caden has made it clear he is interested in Madison and frequently finds reasons to kiss her. Nearly every day Madison has to avoid telling Isaac something or other and others are beginning to notice of her relationship with Caden. Though Madison is certain she wants Isaac, Caden is a centuries-old and very hot demon who knows how to kiss a girl.
The Bottom Line: Though Entwined is a bit of a slow starter, once things really get going about half-way through the read, it is a fast and furious pace right on through to the end. The Fearsome Four have their hands full with Shane, Kaylee’s newly discovered status as a necromancer and, Caden’s plot to control Death and Madison’s role in that plot. There is a clear division between the group as, on the one hand a coven that trusts one another and on the other hand as four teenagers with fears and insecurities about losing each other. The final showdown between good versus evil forces the coven to truly trust one another and work together. As in the previous installments of this series, the group proves they are stronger together than apart and a little help from a most surprising force, they are almost unstoppable. Make no mistake, Entwined is a fully-resolved read with no cliffhanger but it does leave me with some questions I hope Colyer will deal with in future installments of this series. Since I don’t want to spoil anything for you, dear reader, I will leave it at that :)
Madison has been working on her powers, but no one in her coven was strong enough to save her younger brother from dying, so she sold her powers to Caden, a crossroad demon. Now she's his "beck-and-call" witch much to her dismay. And her boyfriend Isaac isn't wild about this arrangement either. Caden calls Madison at all times of day, particularly relishing in disrupting her plans with Isaac...so there's a LOT of friction.
Caden's most recent tasks involve Madison helping him to collect the four pieces of a Binding chain which, when united, will allow the wearer to control the actions and powers of any being, even a supernatural one. It's too much power to trust int he hands of a demon, but Madison must comply with Caden's demands or risk him no holding up his end of the bargain---essentially causing her brother to die.
Madison does seeks some help coping with her new "job," mostly confiding in her BFF Kaylee who inadvertently raises the dead. Yep. Zombie. (Well, sorta....) Plus, it seems that Caden's big brother has some serious designs on the binding chain, or Madison, or both.
I must admit, this book took directions I wasn't expecting. Madison, Isaac and their coven are determined to thwart Caden's attempt to unite the binding chain pieces, yet, in the process of working against Caden, Madison learns that Caden's motives aren't what she expected. No, he proves time and again that his behavior isn't that of a typical demon. That doesn't mean he's all good. He does take advantage of Madison's physical vulnerabilities on more than one occasion. Clearly, Caden would love to explore a more physical partnership, but he stops short whenever Madison puts him in check. That said, the love triangle here is really more tense than most YA romance--with reasons, but it's difficult nonetheless.
For her part, Madison is keeping too many secrets, and all of them will drive a wedge between herself and Isaac--if he ever finds out. There's a lot of tension, mortal and emotional, with lots of bargaining and some re-drawing of Madison's agreement with Caden. The resolution is one fast ride to avoid eternal damnation. Without the trust developed between Madison and Caden there would be no happy. And, while this story ends clearly, the door is open to another book in this series. Yay!