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Blog Tour: ARC Review: Embrace

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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. "

Rating: Guilty Pleasure | Sourcebooks Fire • Publicist • Paranormal Romance • 3/6/12 • $13.30

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…
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'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! ;)


Andrea @The Bookish Babes said...

I've heard so many varying opinions on this one, I'm not sure what to think! I do like some angel books, but a lot of them just don't cut it for me. I definitely think there are too many. 
But...your review has inched me a little closer to the must-read side of the aisle. I will definitely try to give Embrace a go when I get the chance.
Great review!

Sonia said...

"That night ends with an embrace..."
^ HAHAHAH, I get it! Oh man, I can't stop laughing and it's like 1:30 AM and what am I even doing?!  Oh well.

Anyways, yes! I'm reading this one right now and I really like it. Violet isn't an amazing protag. to me (yet, at least) but I am loving Lincoln and Phoenix. They're so different. And yet both so awesome. WHO DO I PICK?! O_O

I'm just at the part where Violet is going to the wilderness for... you know. Unless you don't know and I just sound crazy and cryptic in which case I apologize.

Great review! :)

Asher_Knight said...

 XD I'm laughing now because of you!! You sound a little hyper, Sonia *raises eyebrows*

Exactly *high fives* I don't much like her myself, but I really did like Lincoln and Pheonix. And why, Sonia, that's easy: Lincoln, of course! *stares expectantly*

Yeah, I know. Pretty neat. I like that it was a test... know what I mean?

Thanks <33

Asher_Knight said...

 Yes, it wasn't one of my favorite books but it's a solid read, and I enjoyed the guys.

Thanks! :DD

Michelle @ Book Briefs said...

I am so in love with that cover! This book has been on my wishlist from the second that I found out about it. I have been on such an angel kick lately and I also have this nasty habit of liking both guys in love triangles. Im horribly indecisive haha Thanks for the great review!

Asher_Knight said...

*fist-bumps* We have cover lust to the extreme, and it goes into a frenzy at the sight of Embrace. I think the purple was the cherry on top. If you have an angel kick, that would be the est time to read this one. And YAY another girl so easily swayed. I fall in and out of love so easily with some fictional guys that I can adapt to big twists. Unless we're talking Edward/Jacob severe, because then I'm quick and firm on my team choices. :D

Sarah (saz101) said...

Ah. "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. "

Do not like.
It's just... I understand grieving, scared people do silly things, but aren't they also more inclined to cling to familiarity, and? Aaah, I don't know.

I'm sorry this one was a little dissapointing... but still, for the most part? Hmmm... you know, this is actually the first vaguely negative review (a review with ANY critcism) for it I've read, but I LOVE it. I love seeing differing opinions, and I love love LOVE that you've explained why. That's something that'd annoy me tooooo :/

Asher_Knight said...

 Yeah, that totally bothered me for a while there. But Phoenix kind of makes you forget that you hate it when main characters pull that crap on their best friends/something-mores.

There were things that mostly wrapped around Violet that i just couldn't find appealing. I didn't love this book at all, but I still liked it and enjoyed it. But if you're already turned off, go with your instincts, I say. Or rent it from your library and see how you like it first. :D