27 September 2012

Title: Embrace (The Violet Eden Chapters, #1)
Author: Jessica Shirvington
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire, 369 Pages (March 6th, 2012)
From: purchased from Amazon
Format: eBook
Add to: Goodreads

Synopsis: It starts with a whisper: "It's time for you to know who you are..."

On her 17th birthday, everything will change for Violet Eden. The boy she loves will betray her. Her enemy will save her. She will have to decide just how much she's willing to sacrifice.
Dangerously exciting and darkly romantic, EMBRACE is a compelling novel of good and evil, seductive desires and impossible choices. A centuries old war between fallen angels and the protectors of humanity chooses a new fighter. It's a battle Violet doesn't want, but she lives her life by two rules: don't run and don't quit. If angels seek vengeance and humans are the warriors, you could do a lot worse than betting on Violet Eden.
LINCOLN: He's been Violet's one anchor, her running partner and kickboxing trainer. Only he never told her he's Grigori--part human, part angel--and that he was training her for an ancient battle between Angels and Exiles.
PHOENIX: No one knows where his loyalties lie, yet he's the only one there to pick up the pieces and protect her after Lincoln's lies. In a world of dark and light, he is all shades of gray.
Two sides: Angel or Exile.
Two guys: Lincoln or Phoenix.
The wrong choice could cost not only her life, but her eternity...

Review: 4 Stars - Embrace, the first book in the Violet Eden Chapters by author Jessica Shirvington takes readers on a thrilling tale of fallen angels and the protectors of the world who hunt them. In the world Shirvington has created it’s a battle of good vs. evil and who will survive the war that’s been raging on for years.

Violet is in for the shock of her life on the day she turns 17. She has no idea that she’s been part of a world she never knew existed and that she was living in. She’s more than just human, and she has a choice to make in Embracing her true self and becoming more. Much more. One thing about Violet is that she has plans for her life. She’s going to art school, spending time with her best friend and Lincoln who she’s become really close too. I liked that she is lighthearted, easy going and fun. Just as most teen girls should be. She lives a somewhat quiet life with just her friends and her dad, who happens to be more of the absent father type. Which pulls as my heart strings a bit because you know she wants more of a family relationship with her father, who doesn’t seem to get it at all.

Lincoln is there for Violet in many ways. He helps her train and is a friend that she needed most. He’s always there for her. Violet has a bit more than just friendship feelings for Lincoln and it’s obvious he feels the same way, yet there’s a huge issue stopping these two from becoming more than just friends. While I did like Lincoln I felt he was a bit TOO overprotective with her and kind of dug himself a nice deep hole by not being more honest with her when she needed it the most. I also hated that he gave her such little info… kind of trickled it to her in bits and pieces. While I understand that’s how stories go, I feel that the trouble that Violet found herself in, which will echo on throughout the rest of the series was a huge part his fault.

Phoenix is charismatic and sweet in his own way. He’s drawn to Violet and she to him. He promises her answers that she wants more than anything else and he’s willing to give them to her. She knows he’s not all he seems to be, yet the answers he holds are more tempting then her built in fight or flight feelings she gets whenever she’s around him. Is he bad or is he good? Does he have ulterior motives? You just can’t tell when it comes to him.

The story and writing had bits and pieces here and there that were a tad on the slow side, but the rest of the story was highly entertaining and seemed to fly by! It’s the latter that made the slow side of things worth it for me. I found myself pretty invested in the story and the characters. I was eager to find out what was happening or what was right about to happen. By the end of the book I was pretty much hooked and was so thankful that I had the second book to start, which I did just as I finished Embrace.

All in all Embrace, for me, is one of the better books with Angels featured in it. Angel books tend to be hit and miss for me and Embrace was without a doubt a hit. Shirvington’s angels and mythology were more than entertaining and often enough engrossing and captivating. The characters were memorable and I am happy that I took the time out to read Embrace. In the end, I recommend this title to those who are looking for a good book with Angels and intriguing characters. Be prepared to be ready for Entice once you finish Embrace… as it’ll leave you wanting more. Enjoy.

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