Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Review: Embrace by Jessica Shirvington

Embrace by Jessica Shirvington
The Violet Eden Chapters #1
Release Date: March 6th, 2012
Number of Pages: 369
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Source: Bought
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...

Embrace had been on my To-Be-Read list for a while now, but I never got around to read it. When I got my hands on an ARC of Entice, I knew I had to get it and read it as soon as I can. That was probably one of my good ideas. I may not have that many theses days, but I can clearly say I didn’t regret picking this book.

I have to say, it wasn’t love at first sight with this book. There’s a love triangle, and this one slightly annoys me because one of the love interest really get on my nerves. Phoenix, the one character in this book I really, really wanted to kick ass. And because I didn’t like him, the love triangle got on my nerves. Because of Phoenix, Violet got on my nerves. I don’t know how many times I got mad at Violet, at all the stupid choices she made. I just wanted her to be stronger, to be willing to give Lincoln a chance at forgiveness, but instead she decided she should trust the strange angel she just met. Yep, she prefers the mysterious stranger instead of the guy she had known (and had a crush on) for a while. I just wanted her to give him a better chance at explaining himself, before being pushed completely aside…

The thing that made me really happy to have read the book is that despite all I’ve said above, the more I read, the more I wanted to know what would happen to Violet, and of course who she really was. The more I read, the more I understood why Violet acted the way she did, and because of that, I could in a way forgive her. Embrace simply build the roots of a story I think will only be getting better. This was the kind of book that really made me want to go and pick up the sequel right away, because I had so many things I wanted to know. I had so many questions that I do think will be answered in the next books, which only make me want to pick it up even more!

Overall, I was charmed by the overall story. I wasn’t blown away, since I wanted to whack some sense into some characters for most of the book. Yet, the world Jessica Shirvington created really makes me want to know more.

About the Author
Jessica Shirvington lives in Sydney with her husband of ten years, FOXTEL presenter and former Olympic sprinter Matt Shirvington, and their two daughters. She has previously founded and run a coffee distribution company, Stella Imports, in London, and been involved in managing the restaurants Fuel Bistro, Tow Bar and MG Garage in Sydney.
She is currently a full-time mum, author and co-director in the company MPS Investments Pty Ltd.
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  1. Oooh, was so happy to see this post! I read this book a while ago and have been impatiently waiting for the next one to come out.

    I loved Phoenix. LOL I knew he was bad, and I knew Violet was stupid in her choices, but they were hot together. I felt bad for him at the end. I hope he's in the sequel. (And I suppose he will be since he's a rather 'important' person.)

    I thought Violet's reaction to Lincoln not telling her was extreme. Yeah, it set up what was to come, but it didn't like it. And that little angel rule of why they can't be together was kinda weak too. Yeah, it opens up story possibilities of having to watch the other be with someone else, or adds the dramatic roadblock they have to get around, but . . . really?

    But yeah, I'm sooo looking forward to the sequel!


  2. I read Embrace earlier in the year and really enjoyed it. I didn't manage to snag an ARC of Entice so I'm going to have to wait a little longer to read it! Violet bothered me a bit at the beginning but I found that she grew on me as I read.

  3. Love, love, love this cover and the story description! I even saw a review of it today and it seemed it was as awesome as it sounds!

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