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my thoughts in a few sentences: So I'm a bit of a book racist. I generally refrain from reading angel books—there's just something about them that annoys me. Could it be the twist on religious figures? The typical cliche love triangle (Tucker and Christian aside) that is just about mandatory? I don't know, but that's my rule, and very rarely do I ever break it. With all the buzz making the rounds for Embrace, I was secretly ecstatic, because the premise just sounded amazing, though I refused to admit it. Despite not being WOWED by Embrace—Violet Eden may have had something to do with that—I enjoyed the hell out of the angel lore and the sizzling two-for-one-girl package of smokin' hot boys that liven up the pages. Authentic dialogue, fun characters, and some pretty decent action, Embrace is an intriguing addition to the bunches of angel books already out in YA fiction.
hooking first lines: " Birthdays aren't my thing. It's hard to get too excited about the day that marks the anniversary of your mother's death. "
It starts with a whisper: “It’s time for you to know who you are…”I broke my NO ANGEL books rule! Why? It began with the gorgeous cover above, then the ensuing buzz spiked my interest and suddenly I was practically begging for a copy. Ironically, the very best part about Embrace by Jessica Shirvington is the angel mythology. It contains concepts and elements that we're pretty much familiar with, however Shirvington spins some excellent twists on what we've previously learned. She creates and justifies the balance between good and evil, blurring the lines between right and wrong, each side seducing us with their own causes and the alluring members of either side. While Violet Eden, the heroine of this series, and I didn't really get along the way I'd hoped, the two sexy men very much interested in her totally sparked my focus and kept me almost entirely engrossed in this exciting story!
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…
Violet's birthday has finally arrived, and, much to her chagrin, her loved ones seem keen on making a minor celebration out of the occasion, one which is also marred by the anniversary of her mother's death. Adding to her stress, she wishes she could crack her cryptic best friend, Lincoln, and figure out his feelings for her, though she is almost undoubtedly sure that the feelings she's searching for are nonexistent. That night ends with an embrace (ha ha) from the man she's always yearned for, yet she can't help but be bewildered by his urgency. Initially, Violet's heartbreaking hope for romance, her insecurities, secrets, and fears, put together gives us an endearing picture of a lost young woman. However, as the story progresses, and a betrayal against her is unveiled, one that hits her with the force of a speeding truck, we can't help but feel less sympathy for her as she pushes away a steady presence in her life of two years for an enigmatic, electric alternative she meets and forms a relationship with a short time after.
Even so, it is nearly physically impossible to resist the love triangle that launches fairly quickly. Partly because both guys are so attractive and likable in their own, separate ways, and partly because they bring some seriously steamy scenes to Violet's romantic palette, making us swoon, a fantasy forming in which two impossibly gorgeous men desire us entirely for their own, but in a manner that is somehow unique in comparison to some of the other love triangles we tend to encounter. Even as we begin rooting for one, his sincerity and heartfelt attempts to make things right with our protagonist easily swaying us to his side, and are repulsed by the other, this newcomer about to worsen the situation for the first, our feelings eventually shift and we find ourselves sympathetic toward both. Our only qualm lay with the need for more from Violet's character in order to encourage and enjoy both men's absorption.
Anticipating the action that's bound to flare in Enticed, the sequel, Embrace by Jessica Shirvington stages a fascinating set-up for what's sure to be a dynamic, engrossing series. My only hope is that Violet evolves and develops into a character I can love, otherwise the subsequent books will feel less exciting, flat. Overall, Embrace is a fun novel that steers toward the typical, yes, but rounds itself out with an amusing set of characters and appealing mythology.
And don't forget to stop by tomorrow for a sweet little surprise made possible by Jessica herself and Sourcebooks Fire! ;)