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Reviewed by Maria Victoria Beltran for Readers' Favorite
Embracing Shadow by Maria Teresa is a chilling novel about a young woman trapped in an abusive relationship and haunted by vivid nightmares. When Ember celebrated her tenth birthday with a slumber party, Danny asked her if she believed in ghosts and went on to tell the story of Bloody Mary. It was nearly midnight and as she listened to the story, Ember was drawn to a dark shadow between the trees outside. After this, she started having nightmares regularly which became more vivid each year. Then she fell in love with James, a manipulative individual, and as their relationship developed, her nightmares came more frequently. Embracing the dark shadow of her visions, she discovered an ominous version of herself cast in another world called the Shadow Realm. Could these nightmares be her reality or just her imagination?
Maria Teresa’s Embracing Shadow follows the story of Ember who has been haunted by nightmares since she was ten. This is a disturbing tale with a plot that consists of ghostly visitations and supernatural interventions. The atmosphere of suspense is intense as the border between reality and visions disappears. The author’s literary writing style is descriptive as she sets the mood and setting of a supernatural world, where desire and deception prevail. I find myself rooting for Ember in this story as she deals with supernatural forces that can operate outside the laws of nature. Ultimately, the novel conveys basic human concepts through intricately crafted supernatural characters, so that reading Embracing Shadow becomes a mystical experience.