Book Review | Immortal Embrace
Author: Charlotte Blackwell
Sophia Pierce has suffered since her brother left, and is unsure if she will ever get over it. That is until her family decided to move to Wenham, Massachusetts. Her and her siblings have been ordered to protect their little sister, and must return to High school. This is where Sophia finds her soul mate Nathanial and life as she knows it is about to change.
As a vampire, Sophia has always kept to herself, but as a high school student will she learn to step out of her comfort zone a little? Sophia has found a best friend in a powerful witch and a love to call her own. That is until something tragic happens and blood is spilled. Will Sophia be able to resist the sweet scent of her beloved’s blood?
This is Sophia’s story, a story of a girl who finds herself, love and everlasting friendship. The excitement of this story wraps mortals, vampires, witches, and shape shifters all into a romantic tale of young love, friendship, the meaning of family. The story of a girl who tries to finds herself when she thought it was all lost.
Immortal Embrace is the first book in the Embrace Series. I’m a big fan of vampire books so I was excited to read another take on vampires, but unfortunately this book left me feeling very disappointed.
The opening scene was interesting and gave me hope, but it was also confusing. There was so much happening and it was hard to follow in the first person perspective. The reader is tossed into a world without any explanation amongst a handful of characters that are difficult to keep straight. This problem continues, at least for me, throughout the entire book. Blackwell never takes the time to establish each character as individuals. After finishing the book I was still unable to picture Sophia and Nathaniel, the two main characters, along with the majority of the rest of the characters. Yes, I was in Sophia’s head most of the time, but I never got a sense of who she was physically.
I couldn’t help but picture characters from Twilight, as there were so many similarities to this vampire family and the Cullen family. Since I had nothing else to go on, they are what I had to picture. It made it difficult to feel like there was anything original about the plot. The reader doesn’t even get to know about the history of vampires as Blackwell has created them until over a hundred pages in, and then it’s just dumped on the reader. I honestly felt like I was reading a journal rather than a first person, present tense narrative.
Figuring out what the conflict was supposed to be was also extremely difficult. There was mention of ‘rogue’ vampires over two-thirds of the way through the book, but I had no idea what they were being rogue from. In order to be rebellious, there has to be something that you’re rebelling. That doesn’t get explained until the last few chapters of the book. When it finally does, the book just ends. I understand the concept of a cliffhanger, but this just left me frustrated. Rather than make me want to pick up the next book to see what happens, it made me indifferent to the ending. I couldn’t help but wonder if this is how book one ends, how are the rest of the books going to be?
I think this book could have used a few more rounds of editing before it was called done. There were too many inconsistencies, spelling and grammatical errors, and unrealistic relationships. It needs a good polish and some issues addressed. I don’t want to tear the book apart listing every one of my grievances because I think it takes a lot to put a piece of yourself out there in a book, but there are definitely things that would need to be fixed before I would want to enter the Embrace world again.
*I received a copy of this book to review but I was not financially compensated in any way. The opinions expressed are my own and are based on my observations while reading this book.*