Friday, August 3, 2012

Embrace by Jessica Shrivington

Title: Embrace
Author: Jessica Shirvington
Series: The Violet Eden Chapters #1
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire (March 6, 2012)
Length: 400 pages

Descripton from Goodreads:

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…

My Thoughts:

      I was somewhat hesitant when I first started this book. Angels have been done over and over again. Most of these books have become monotonous and I dread reading them. That said, Embrace is without a doubt the best angel book I have ever read! I was sucked in from page one, lived the story, and was sad to read the last page. Violet isn't the bravest heroine I've ever read, but she more than makes up for that in her tenacity and determination to live her own life. Like all of my favorite books this one has a love triangle. This delicious angel goodness is made up of two sides of a coin. Lincoln is the all around great guy whom Violet has crushed on, but never crossed the friend line for. Then there is Phoenix. Isn't that name intriguing? Add in the fact that he is dark and mysterious...needless to say I'm on his team (for the moment). The other characters in the book are intriguing, but the writing doesn't stray into their area too much. If there was something I would like to see in the next book it would be some more information or interaction with the supporting characters.

      Beyond the absolutely fantastic romance of the story is the world that Ms. Shirvington has created. The angel tale has been done a million times. When writing along this line many authors write the fine line of unoriginality or border on what I like to call the "I'm going to call these creatures angels but they aren't really I'm just trying to be creative" syndrome. Embrace is neither of those. When you read this book you will find a world that has the perfect mix of familiar angel lore with a new and exciting twist. Add into this the mysterious qualities of everything not being black and white and hypothesizing of just what exactly makes Violet so special and you have a really good book. If you love reading about angels or are on the verge of giving up the angel then give this one a try before you call it quits. I give this book a 4 1/2 STAR rating.

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