Thursday, March 1, 2012

Review & Giveaway: Embrace by Jessica Shirvington

Letter to Violet 
My girl,   
Happy 17th birthday. I wish I could be there with you, but I think if you are reading this...I am not. For that, I am sorry. The day your dad and I found out we were going to have a baby was the happiest day of my long life. I know the only day that will exceed that joy will be the day you are born - no matter how that day ends. 
A big decision lies ahead. The burden of the covenant is a heavy one to bear. Choose with your heart, for I already know that you, my girl, must let your heart guide the way.
I love you. Please forgive me.
Author: Jessica Shirvington
Title: Embrace
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Publication: March 6, 2012
Source: Hollow Readers 
Age: Young Adult
Length: 400 pp.
Rating: 4 out 5
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Synopsis: It starts with a whisper: “It’s time for you to know who you are…” 
Violet Eden dreads her seventeenth birthday. After all, it’s hard to get too excited about the day that marks the anniversary of your mother’s death. As if that wasn’t enough, disturbing dreams haunt her sleep and leave her with very real injuries. There’s a dark tattoo weaving its way up her arms that wasn’t there before. 
Violet is determined to get some answers, but nothing could have prepared her for the truth. The guy she thought she could fall in love with has been keeping his identity a secret: he’s only half-human—oh, and same goes for her. 
A centuries-old battle between fallen angels and the protectors of humanity has chosen its new warrior. It’s a fight Violet doesn’t want, but she lives her life by two rules: don’t run and don’t quit. When angels seek vengeance and humans are the warriors, you could do a lot worse than betting on Violet Eden… 

Review: This story had a darker tone than the usual fallen angel books I've read. It is beautifully written in the sense that you can feel what Violet was going through as if you were her yourself. All the characters are sculpted so realistically, and the story has such a great fluidity to it. At first, I couldn't understand Violet's feelings, I was angry with how she behaves in some of her situations but she is a young girl who finds out that the one guy she loves has been lying to after marinating on the story and putting in that perspective, she is relatable. The males characters the are vying for her heart....Phoenix, an older fallen angel, who just happens to show up to pick up the pieces when Violet's world falls apart, and there is something dangerously mysterious about him. Personally, I found him to be a bit possessive, creepy and intense. Lincoln, her friend is sweet, young, understanding, and super cute. He is just like her, bound by the rules of a society she refuses to "embrace". I love the idea of this book, the Grigori, and the different levels of Angels. Overall, plot, characters, and everything....good read!

What's Next in this series: Enticed and Emblazed coming soon!

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  1. I like your review!!! I agree about creepy and intense... as well as young attitude and getting frustrated. I think I enjoyed the story more, but I agree with your review!!

  2. I have been hopping around reading these reviews. I will be giving it a try. Thanks for the review.
    -FABR Steph@FiveAlarmBookReviews

  3. You're welcome and Thanks Laura, I did enjoy the story too.

  4. nice riview,,you make me cant wait to read,,puttung it in my TBR
    thanks ^^

  5. I have been wanting to read this book since a really long time now. I'm a little bit worried about its similarity to Twilight but you do say it holds on its own. Hmm, worth a read, I guess.

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