Thursday, March 3, 2016

Review: Enshrine by Chelle Bliss

Publication Date: 1/26/2016
Rating: 5 Stars


Official Blurb: 


I thought I knew what was important, but one phone call sent my life into a tailspin. Alone and afraid, I clung to the one man I shouldn’t. I was warned about him and told to stay away. “He’s dangerous,” they said. But the man who could hurt me the most, gave me the greatest comfort. "He's not who they think," I told myself. But just like an illusion, things are never what they seem. 

I read Enshrine a few weeks ago, and it wasn’t until today that I could sit down and properly form my thoughts about this book.  Enshrine really hit a bit close to home to me with his cancer plot line.  I related to Callie in a way that many may not be able to understand.  It’s not that I have faced cancer, but I have watched from the sidelines as someone I loved very much when through many of these same emotions.   I also share the same career as Callie fictionally does as a scientific researcher, and in my case, a cancer cell biologist. So just from those two facts alone you can see why this book was both hard for me to read and for my mind to let go off after so many weeks. 

Callie is given what she thinks is a death sentence and as a scientific researcher, she knows the odds and facts better than anyone else around her. Callie rescinds into a state of depression with the darkness creeping closer and closer to completely enshrining her.  She has no one to lean on for support, and she refuses to let even her friend in to help her. She will face this demon or die alone because loneliness is the only thing she has ever known.  That is until a very unlikely and surprising man comes barreling into her life just when she was about to give up completely. 

The way Bruno was first described you’d would have never imagined how his character would turn out to be in the end.  I was afraid for Callie when this dangerous man broke down her door and thrust her back into the land of living.  He was almost an enigma that floored me as his story unraveled.  Yet, but the end of the book, I understood completely why I had the doubts about him that I did.  Bruno is the kind of guy you hear about that swoops in as an angel of mercy during a freak car accident and disappears into the night without ever seeking credit for his actions.   Sure, he has a gun and serious bad boy reputation, but with Callie, and subsequently, his family, he is a very different kind of man.   Truth be told, I’d want a guy like him by my side during any battle.

To call Enshrine a different kind of Chelle Bliss story is like calling a downpour a drizzle.  Bliss steps out of her comfort zone and delivers a heart-wrenching yet real novel. Her level of detail with Callie’s specific treatments and side effects really left me in awe.  Unless you have experienced cancer or had someone close to you fight this nasty disease, it is hard to imagine a story with this level of detail.  Enshrine may be completely fictional in nature, but it is a call to all of those struggling with their battle with cancer to not give up.  It is a call to fight, and to let those special kind of people in that want to help you fight. As much as you think you can do this on your own, you can’t.  To those men and women out there currently fighting, keep your head up and your hearts strong.   Fight until your last breath just as I fight alongside you in a laboratory to find a cure. Together, we can do this!

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