Embrace by Stacey Rourke

17 Jul

Whether she likes it or not, eighteen year old Celeste Garrett has come to terms with being the Chosen One. She knew having a “normal life” would be tricky, between intense training sessions and epic demonic battles, but she didn’t know at what cost it would come. That is, until a dear friend is harmed by the malicious forces hunting her.

Now, she’d like nothing more than to retreat into a hermit lifestyle to prevent anyone else from getting hurt. But startling revelations, amazing new abilities, and mortifying moments in front of insanely hot guys won’t allow time for that. Soon, Celeste finds herself surrounded by darkness and wondering who she can trust—if anyone.

I’m giving this book 4.5* out of 5 rather than just 4. I really enjoyed Embrace, and maybe even a little more than the first book in the series, The Conduit.

This is tough review to write without including spoilers, but I will do my best! We know that Celeste and her siblings Gabe and Kendall are superheroes, and at the end of The Conduit they had an epic battle that put an end to one big baddie. Of course, the bad guys don’t just go away that easily, and that’s what keeps the trio busy in Embrace, the second book in the series.

Nothing is quite what it seems in this novel, and Celeste has to work out who to place her trust in. It’s not as straightforward as she would have hoped, and she has to go with her gut instinct whilst praying that her special powers don’t let her down. Because of this, there were so many twists and turns I certainly didn’t have a clue what might happen next! Talk about a page-turner…

One of the best things about this book was the Glee Club—if you’ve read the book, you’ll get what I mean. As with much of this review, I daren’t say too much about them, but if you read Embrace and don’t find them hilarious you’ve totally missed the point!

Being the Chosen One is tough, but in this book Celeste finally has a bit of luck. (One word: Caleb.) Rourke manages to shoehorn some sexual tension in amongst the butt-kicking and snappy one liners, and I think this helps to make the book even better than the first.

Add in another cliffhanger ending (and thankfully I already have the third book in the series!) and you have a second fantastic novel in the Gryphon series from Stacey Rourke. Once again, it comes highly recommended from me!

(Free ebook copy received in exchange for an honest review.)

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