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Review: Shadow Embraced (Haven #1) by Cheree Smith


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Jan 19, 2024
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Shadow EmbraceTitle: Shadow Embraced

Series: Haven, Book 1

Author: Cheree Smith

Age Group: Young Adult

Genre: Paranormal

Publication Date: April 29th, 2013 by Dark Cherry Press

Source: Publisher via NetGalley


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.


**A copy was provided for review purposes**


Vampires, Werewolves and Witches, oh my!

Scarlet is taken from everything she knows to a school hidden from society in order to teach her control. Scar is a magnet for trouble and joins a secret club where she can fight. Students begin to disappear and unless the culprits are captured Scar will be held responsible.

The synopsis pulled me in. It sounded really intriguing and i couldn’t wait to read it. I’m a little disappointed but these things happen. The story had real potential, it just fell flat in my opinion.

Unfortunately, I couldn’t really see the point in this story, it just seemed to be all about fighting. Scar is punished for fighting with a fellow student and is then welcomed into the ranks of a fighting club where she fights anonymously with other students.Throughout the whole novel is mainly fights with the odd lesson thrown in, It just wasn’t for me.

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