Embrace by Jessica Shirvington
Release Date: March 26th, 2012
Sourcebooks Fire, 369 Pages
Source: ARC from publisher
Age Group: Young Adult
Series: The Violet Eden Chapters #1
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…
This book was something that I consider to be a new spin on the angel/fallen angel sub-genre these days. I will admit that it took me a while to finish this book, but it was an interesting plot and storyline with interesting characters. Here are some things I liked and disliked about this book to justify why I gave it 3.5 stars on Goodreads.
-Angels (gotta love them)–but also just focusing on angels and not religion-Refreshing to keep it not so controversial.
-The boys…oh yes. Phoenix is mysterious, dark and brooding…the strong silent type and Lincoln is the good guy that Violet wants a piece of so badly.
-The love triangle–and my what a triangle there is. Some books don’t have such an intense triangle with all of the characters, but this book sure did. You could cut through the tension and awkward moments with a knife! I can’t decide which team I’m on, but usually since I pick the bad boy, I’ll say I’m Team Phoenix. (Disclaimer: For now!)
-Language & Steamy scenes. Okay, so I know that this book may not be appropriate for kids under 16 or 17…I’m 24 and I was blushing during some of the scenes. I don’t mind “sailor” language…that’s how teenagers talk in REAL LIFE. I liked that aspect of it because even though there were some…expletives…Shrivington kept it real. I can appreciate that. The “steamy scenes” were explicit, but there was lots of making out and…other stuff, but the author kept it risque without crossing the line into raunchy, gross, and inappropriate for YA. (Some of you may consider this particular point a CON….that’s your opinion, but this is just mine.)
-Quotes: LOVED the quotes at the beginning of each chapter…I considered them a foreshadowing tool that Shrivington “embraced” very well. [Ha!]
-Absent parents: I know it makes it easier for kids to run around and be whatever they need to be, but I am so tired of the use of this technique to make the story flow. If the parents are really that annoying…make the characters college-age, ya know?
-Whiny, Selfish MC: Oh heavens…Violet is a teenager, I get that, but she was just entirely too whiny and selfish for my taste. She was strong for mere moments before she fell to pieces…her resolve was flimsy at best, and her confusion between what she wanted with Mr. Dreamy Wings vs. Mr. Steamy Wings was incredibly irritating. (Maybe because I already knew who I personally wanted).
-Annoying BFF: Again, I know teens talk like valley girls and say annoying things and want to know EVERY intimate detail of each others lives, but seriously. Steph was a good friend, but the dialogue between her and Violet was like nails on a chalkboard to me.
“In the middle”:
-Fight scenes: So some gore is good…well described and choreographed fight scenes are better, but when they are described as moving super fast you can barely see them…I think of how the vampires move in Twilight and I giggle uncontrollably. There was a lot of punching, but some awesome weapons would have been nice.
-Character descriptions: Phoenix and Steph’s description were good, I could see them clearly in my mind, but I struggled to picture the rest of the characters, even Violet.
-Character development: I’d like to see Violet grow up a little more and I would like to know more about Lincoln and his past. Phoenix’s is VERY interesting!
-Mythology/Biblical references: I enjoyed the story about Lilith, and love to have some background, but biblical references weird me out when I’m reading about the naughty things two characters want to do to each other and seeing expletives that would offend someone of any religion.
Anyway, to wrap it up…I would recommend this book to YA readers 17 and over. Some of the scenes are too much for younger readers as far as I am concerned. I would die just knowing my little sister (who is almost 21) read those scenes.Overall, I really did like this book!