Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Embrace by Jessica Shirvington

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…

5 Stars, 2.5 Flames

This book was awesome! Chores waited while I finished reading Embrace. A unique take on angels and good and evil. Violet Eden is 16 going on 17 (pause for Sound of Music moment...) and while most of us are worried about what we want to be when we grow up, Violet's life is derailed when she discovers that her life has been planned for her. Violet is part of an ancient race of humans, called Grigori, that carry a part of an angel's essence in them, making them stronger and faster and able to hunt and return exiled angels (angels who chose to leave heaven and assume human form). On their 17th birthday they are contacted by their "parent" angel and given a choice: embrace your new found powers, or deny them and walk away. No matter which choice she makes, Violet will lose the love of her life, Lincoln.
     I gave this five stars because from the first chapter I was sucked into Violet's world. Its the kind of book that grabs you by the hand and pulls you through the pages. I enjoy books where there seems to be a clear choice between two men, but the bad boy makes it really hard to hate him. It reminds me of The Vampire Diaries love triangle between Elena, Stefan and Damon. You know you should love the good boy, but mmm, there's something about those bad boys. Lincoln is definitely a good boy who truly cares for Violet. He found her months before her 17th birthday to begin her training for the trial she would face if she chose to embrace her powers. How sweet is that?! However, he didn't tell her what he really was, and what she would eventually be, betraying Violet's trust. On the other side, we have Phoenix, a hot exile that Violet feels an instant connection with. Phoenix is willing to answer her questions, and has no problem showing Violet the desire he feels for her. The problem is Violet can't decide if he is good or bad, and if what she feels for him is genuine or Phoenix's empathic ability to control her emotions. 
     I liked the twist on angel/demon mythology and how good/evil is not clearly defined; a good person can do evil and an evil person can do good. Through the book you see Violet dealing with more and more bizarre events in her life, yet she remains strong, occasionally breaking down, but getting back up and continuing forward. She never ran away, in fact it was her mantra: never run, never quit. Embrace is an inspiring book that shows how to own up to your problems and take responsibility for your actions. Violet makes her choice, and follows through with her decision and the reasoning for it. Can't wait to read the next book and see where Violet's choices lead her. Five stars, and 2.5 Flames for mature sexual situations.

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