Review: Embrace by Jessica Shirvington
Embrace by Jessica Shirvington
March 6, 2012
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…
EMBRACE is a lightning fast paced read that will have your emotions spinning and your adrenaline pumping. I wasn’t sure what to expect when I first dived in. I was wary that it could be another average angel novel, but it was so much more than that. Shirvington’s angel lore is fascinating and unique, yet weaves in common aspects that most of us know today. Shirvington gives us just a hint of what is in store for readers in this exciting trilogy!
Violet took a bit to warm up to, but by the end of the book I came to love her. She gets so much thrown at her in EMBRACE and I don’t know what I would have done if I was in her shoes. However, I would have loved to be in the middle of that spicy love triangle between her, Phoenix, and Lincoln. Those boys are definitely swoon worthy! The best part? I have no idea who Violet will choose in the end!
The angels in this book are…complex to say the least. There are the exiles, the ones who are still not exiled, good and bad angels in each category, and in between them all are the Grigori, humans who were given the essence of an angel and must keep the exiles in check. While a lot of information is thrown at the readers, Shirvington gives it to us in just the right increments as to where we can absorb it all and not feel overwhelmed.
I am so glad that I got the opportunity to read EMBRACE. I can only hope that the next novel will be just as good as the first. I can’t wait for more from Violet, Lincoln, and Phoenix.