by Maggie Shayne

March 2003
ISBN: 1-55166-668-5
Reviewer Graphic Button Mira Books
Mass Market Paperback

Embrace The Twilight by Maggie Shayne is the latest installment of Shayne’s Twilight series. Following in the footsteps of the previous books in the series, Embrace The Twilight is filled with intrigue, danger and, of course, romance.

Embrace The Twilight does a great job of answering some of the questions left from previous Twilight titles. Fans of the previous books who were wondering what happened to the miracle child born of Jameson and the less than endearing Angelica will find out. She’s alive and kicking, folks. Amber Lily is actually a major player this book. She’s convinced her parents to let her and a friend go to New York without parental supervision. And well, we all know that a Twilight book just wouldn’t be the same without the Division of Paranormal Investigations, or at the very least what remains of them. So put the unsupervised teenage daughter of two vamps together with DPI and you have yourself a mess.

But even those unfolding events take a slight back seat initially to the unfolding drama between our leading couple - Willem Stone and Sarafina, whom we met in Twilight Hunger. Sarafina is a centuries old vampiress. Hardened by the losses she’s had in her life, she’s not the most likeable character ever created but one can certainly understand her motives and her logic. Willem is a mortal, but unlike any mortal Sarafina has ever met. Will has an unbreakable will that makes him a completely admirable character. Qualities like loyalty and intelligence, as well as strength of character make him my second favorite “Twilight” character to date, right after Rhiannon, who along with most of the cast and crew of this series makes an appearance.

My one complaint about Embrace The Twilight is that although the romance between Will and Sarafina was the initial focus of the story, it became increasingly about the action unfolding between the good guys and the bad. Once Sarafina and Will actually met face to face the focus was spread. I personally would have preferred it if the adventure had taken a back seat to the romance.

While some will sigh and wonder if DPI will ever die, me included, I have to admit that Maggie Shayne does an excellent job of creating loathsome bad guys. In fact, she’s one of the best I’ve read at it. Villains are supposed to be hated, and these are. I’ve never been so pleased to have someone’s head ripped from their body.

For fans of Shayne’s work, don’t hesitate to get this book. For newbies to her work, this is an excellent example of it. If you like it then you know you’ll probably love the rest of the series. And I guarantee reading this will make you want to read the previously released stories of all the secondary characters.

Reviewed in February 2003 by JaToya.

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