Embrace is definitely a different take on angels and grigori lore. But there were more things I found irritating than things I liked.
For one, our main character, Violet, acted really irrational most of the book. She started out really likable but certain things happened that ended up making her, at times, completely annoying. DO NOT WORRY THOUGH! There’s a reason for all the craziness. It’s just that at times I wanted to give up on her because I felt it lasted waaaaay too long. Practically to the end of the book. The main problem is that what may seem obvious to us, isn’t so to her.
There are two guys vying for Violet’s affections. One is a no-brainer and the other is more of a you-cannot-be-buying-his-BS type. Lincoln is our no-brainer. Violet loves him. She’s loved him since he walked into her kicking-butt class and asked her to train with him solo. He’s older than her, which was different from other YA books, but he never crossed the line with her, which is another reason why he’s a no-brainer. He has his reasons, and maybe those reasons aren’t going to hold him back much longer. Especially when a certain dark character comes into play.
Enter Phoenix. Even his name is dark. I guess Phoenix is supposed to come off as the dark, brooding, sexy type…but to me, he was just a creeper. He is also older than Vi, and he has no qualms about taking things way past the line with her. He made it really hard for me to feel anything else for him, especially when he always acted so possessive and angry. So yeah, I didn’t really care for him much.
One thing I thought was done well was the intimacy aspect. Sometimes a girl’s first time isn’t perfect, whether it’d be the wrong person, time, or place. And sometimes afterward, they question why they did it, why they fell into the heat of the moment. It happens! I appreciate Jessica Shirvington for writing something realistic in this.
Embrace, despite some of my irritations with some characters, did, in fact, have me turning the pages non-stop. I was into it! And it was also sometimes funny. Violet and her best friend had some great one-liners that had me laughing out loud!
So if you’re a fan of angel books, I recommend adding this one to your TBR list. I’m looking forward to continuing the series with Entice, which was just released September 4th!
Embrace by Jessica Shirvington
Series: The Violet Eden Chapters #1
Published by Sourcebooks Fire
Pub Date: March 6th 2012
Format: eBook | Source: Purchased
Genres: Paranormal, Romance, Young Adult
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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…
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