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Emblaze (Jessica Shirvington's Embrace Series #3)
     

Emblaze (Jessica Shirvington's Embrace Series #3)

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by Jessica Shirvington
 

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When Violet Eden loses the key to the gates of Hell she is forced to make a choice that carries apocalyptic consequences

When you're hanging off the edge of a volcano, how do you make the most important decision of your life? For Violet Eden the decisions between right and wrong are getting harder and harder. Because apparently being a half-angel

Overview

When Violet Eden loses the key to the gates of Hell she is forced to make a choice that carries apocalyptic consequences

When you're hanging off the edge of a volcano, how do you make the most important decision of your life? For Violet Eden the decisions between right and wrong are getting harder and harder. Because apparently being a half-angel Grigori doesn't always make you right.

Where is the good in having to choose between the life of her best friend and saving humanity? How does she balance a soul-crushing need for her Grigori partner, Lincoln, and the desire to keep him safe at all costs? And what if the darkest exiled angel of all, Phoenix, isn't as bad as she thought?

Both sides-Angels vs. Exiles-are racing to decipher an ancient scripture that would allow anyone banished to the Underworld to return. And at the very center: Violet. She only has one chance to make the right choice...

The Embrace Series:
Embrace (Book 1)
Entice (Book 2)
Emblaze (Book 3)
Endless (Book 4)
Empower (Book 5)

Praise for the Embrace Series:
"A delicious romantic triangle." -USA Today
"One of the best YA novels we've seen in a while. Get ready for a confident, kick-butt, well-defined heroine." -RT Book Reviews
"Strong, compelling and wonderfully flawed, Violet is the kind of heroine that will keep readers enthralled and rooting for her until the final page is turned." -Kirkus Reviews

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"If you've managed to miss out on this must-read, now's the time to catch up." - Entertainment Weekly's Shelf Life

"Violet remains an engaging, contemporary protagonist . . . this is another absorbing read that blends mythology, action-suspense, and romance . . .Shirvington's Embrace series is hot, hot, hot." - Booklist

"Violet remains a compelling heroine, and another surprise ending will surely leave readers wanting more." - Kirkus

"An amazing addictive book! Loaded with suspense and passion, action and romance, Emblaze will have you up all night.
" - RT Book Reviews

"I freakin' LOVE this series and it just keeps getting better & better (if that's even possible)." - Book Passion for life

"Emblaze is fast-paced and positively addictive, and I easily devoured the novel in one sitting. There was no way I could set the book down until I knew what happened to Violet, Lincoln, and Phoenix!" - Midnight Bloom Reads

"Well-written with a huge wowza factor, I dare you to not get caught up in this tale!" - Young Adult Books Central (YABC)

"Author, Jessica Shirvington, has done it again. . . I could not tear my eyes away from this unforgettable follow up to Entice." - Chapter ByChapter

"This is a series that continues to get better with each and every installment, delving deeper into the thoughts and feelings of all the characters as the battle between Grigori and Exile reaches its turning point . . .We conclude our time with Violet in this book at a turning point in her fight, riveted to every word spoken and praying our eyes are deceiving us when they reach the last sentence, loving how addictive these books have become and already craving the next fix." - Supernatural Snark

"You won't be able to put [it] down . . .perfect for fans of The Vampire Diaries." - Seventeen

VOYA - Rachel Wadham
Violet is learning to accept her extraordinary powers in her life as a Grigori warrior, until exiled angel Phoenix begins to threaten her family and friends. Bargaining with her best friend's life in order to win back their Scripture from the Grigori, Violet finds that she must confront her rival and his power over her. Filled with emotional turmoil over her relationship with her partner, Lincoln, her task becomes even more difficult when the exiles retrieve the secrets to raising an old evil. As the battle rages, the outcome is not entirely what either side expected, and the results once again threaten to destroy everything Violet has ever known. Filled with the typical traits of a paranormal romance, including a star-crossed love triangle, strong warrior women, and the ultimate battle of good and evil, Shrivington's addition to the fallen angel canon is particularly engaging. Strong characters with valid emotional reactions, plenty of descriptive action sequences, and a compellingly exotic setting add to the appeal of this novel. Despite these strengths, the pacing of this mid-series volume is awkward, with much of the action and emotional tension left until the last fourth of the novel. With little backstory included, this book will be mostly for those who are already fans of the series; the startling revelations at the end that go unresolved will have them clambering for the next installment. Reviewer: Rachel Wadham
Kirkus Reviews
The third installment of the Embrace series doesn't shine quite as brightly as its predecessors, but fans will still find plenty to enjoy as Violet and her Grigori brethren prepare for a battle of apocalyptic proportions. Violet may have accepted the fact that she is half-human and half-angel, but nobody, not even she, knows the full extent of her ever-expanding powers. Finding the time to focus and gain control over them is no easy feat with a father who has decided to finally show up and parent, the temptation of a partner who is also a forbidden soul mate, and an ex who plans to use her to help him open up the gates of hell. Literally. While there is plenty for readers by way of high-stakes action, the novel (ironically, given its title) falls short in the romance department. First, Violet is prone to such hyperbole when describing the feelings that Lincoln ignites in her that it quickly shifts from steamy to comical. Second, the dark and alluring Phoenix is tragically absent. While Phoenix is frequently referred to, he and Violet have relatively few face-to-face encounters, depriving the novel of some of the complicated emotional layers that made the first two books so delicious. Still, Violet remains a compelling heroine, and another surprise ending will surely leave readers wanting more. (Paranormal romance. 14-18)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781402271311
Publisher:
Sourcebooks
Publication date:
09/03/2013
Series:
Jessica Shirvington's Embrace Series , #3
Pages:
464
Sales rank:
134,217
Product dimensions:
5.30(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.30(d)
Age Range:
14 - 17 Years

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Prologue

"When I bring clouds over the earth and the bow is seen in the clouds, I will remember my covenant..."

Genesis 9:14—9:15

Evelyn

She didn't have to see him to know he was there. It had been a very long time since Evelyn had needed to rely solely on her eyes.

She released a final, ear-piercing scream, its song a double-edged sword that heralded both life and death. It was done-her ultimate joy now within her reach, just as her ultimate sacrifice extended its hand to her.

"It's a girl," the midwife said, placing the baby in her arms.

Evelyn stared down at the tiny child and wondered how she would find the strength to let her go.

"She's perfect, Eve. She looks just like you. My two beautiful angels," James said.

He was still crying. He'd been a blubbering mess since the first contraction, but his words brought the first silent tear from Evelyn's eye. He swept it aside lovingly.

"I knew you'd cry," he teased as his eyes drifted between his wife and their daughter. He tentatively brushed the top of the baby's forehead, barely using the back of his little finger.

Evelyn's heart clenched. Leaving him was not something she'd planned for. She'd always assumed it would be her that would outlive him. All the time she had spent deliberating over when to tell him everything-how to explain he would grow old while she would merely age a few years. Time wasted now.

She looked down at their daughter, her eyes opening slightly. It would be her choice now if he should ever know.

Evelyn pulled James's hand to her mouth and kissed it, letting her lips linger on his skin, inhaling his vanilla scent and committing it to memory. She wished they had more time, but she sensed the magnets of power around her. She couldn't ignore it much longer.

"James, could you give me a minute to tidy up?" It was her last lie and she still hated that she had to. Lying to her husband had never sat well with her.

He kissed her quickly. It was too quick.

"I'll be back soon, ‘Mom,'" he said with a wink before leaving. It was heart-wrenching to know that she would hear it just once.

Alone with her daughter, Evelyn kissed the top of her perfect head. She already had a full head of hair, dark brown like Evelyn's, and she smelled...intoxicating. It was a fragrance she could get lost in for all eternity. She wished she could hold her like this forever, inhaling her and playing with her tiny, tiny fingers.

But she knew...they weren't really alone.

"Do I have you to thank for the dreams?" she asked the empty room.

He materialized, a corporeal form confirming the presence she had already felt. It was as if he had always been there.

She sensed him with her whole body. She had always been able to feel them. She could smell them too. Always flowers, but he smelled of lilies only.

And she knew-lilies held all the power.

He introduced himself, unnecessarily. She knew exactly who he was and why he was there. He'd been haunting her dreams for weeks now.

He stood by the window that looked out over a small park. There had been a time when he was able to frequent the world regularly, but that time had long since passed. He wanted to at least see the grass and sky from this point of view during his short visit.

They both knew how this was done. New life and new death equaled a gateway.

"Do you realize what you're asking?" she said.

"I do."

"What will she become?"

"The Keshet." He spoke with a reverence that made Evelyn nervous.

"The Rainbow?" she repeated, recognizing the Hebrew word.

He nodded. "The bow that holds our arrow. The link between the realms."

"The bow," Evelyn whispered to herself. "Why her? Why me?" It didn't seem fair-she had already given so much.

He could feel her pain but stuck to information; that was what she needed from him.

"Through you, she is already more than human. She is one of a kind. There may never be another like her."

Evelyn shook her head in disbelief, even though she knew he spoke only the truth. "You already know I'll agree, or you wouldn't be here," she said, resigned, then inhaled a broken breath. She had to stay strong. "Is there anything you don't know?"

"I do not know what she will choose."

Evelyn circled the child's face with her finger-so soft, so innocent. "She will choose with her heart."

"Then let us hope that she finds love," he said.

Her head lifted, now more determined. "I have terms."

He already knew what they were, had discussed them with her in her dreams.

"They have been accepted as long as you are willing to pay the price. Do you have it?"

She nodded and reached under her blanket, revealing one of her silver wristbands. She slipped it on her arm carefully while cradling the baby, and raised her brow; she hadn't expected it to be that easy.

"You really need her."

He tilted his head once in mute confirmation that carried remorse. It was hard for him, to admit their failings, admit that they had to turn to humans to make these sacrifices because they could not contain their own forces.

"Swear you will make sure she wears the amulet." Evelyn pushed herself up a little with one hand to sit. As she did, she felt the strength draining from her. She ignored it as best she could and focused on her daughter again.

"You have already defeated her. It is not certain she will return," he said.

"Swear!" She wasn't going to let this drop; she had seen too much, fought too hard.

"I swear," he conceded, impressed by her intuition as much as with her sacrifice.

She shook her head, silent until finally she let a tear escape, and whispered, "Just another lamb to the slaughter."

He pulled himself away from the view and walked toward her. "Not just any lamb. You forget-you are part angel too."

"When?" she asked, though she could already feel it.

"Now."

"I'm one hundred eighty-seven years old. Has it all been worth it?"

They both looked at the baby.

"You'll have to tell me," he said, surprised by the effect the proximity of the child was having on him.

Evelyn knew she had only minutes left. She took hold of the nurses' call button.

"Give me a moment to be with my family. Stand away, where I cannot sense you. I want to finish this as a human."

"You still believe in humanity after all you have seen?"

The heart rate monitor started beeping frantically. Evelyn kissed the top of the baby's head, inhaling her scent again and again as she pressed the alarm.

"Only a human can have this, however briefly. I would not give you my life and hand you her fate if I did not believe."

"I will travel with you, to a point, if you like," he offered.

She couldn't deny her fear. "Company would be nice."

The doors flew open as the midwife raced in, followed by the doctor with James close behind.

The midwife couldn't hide her horror when she saw the state of the sheets, now red. She started pulling the bedding off as the doctor began trying to fix the problem Evelyn knew he never could.

James's face had turned ghost white. Evelyn held out the neatly wrapped bundle of life to him. His arms shook as he took the baby. He knew this was bad. He could see it in her eyes.

Evelyn watched him, savoring her last moments with him.

"Tell me what's happening!" James pleaded, trying desperately to avoid his wife's all-too-accepting, fire-blue eyes.

The doctor didn't answer, yelling for more people instead. It would be too late.

"James," she said, but he couldn't look. She tried again, softly. "James, I've thought of a name."

"What?" he asked, through quivering lips.

"She is the heart of the Keshet, James. She is Violet." It was all she could muster. The most she could offer as explanation for what lay ahead. She'd told him tales of the Rainbow before. She hoped he'd tell Violet one day.

"Violet." He nodded and wiped his tear-streaked face.

"It's okay," she reassured.

James looked at the doctor and watched, disconnected, as he responded with the slightest shake of his head. His heart fell to a depth it had never known.

"I love you both."

"We love you, Evelyn," James whispered.

• • •

He was there for her the moment it was over, and he stayed with her through the journey. Later, he returned to the child Evelyn had named Violet and he left with her, the part of himself he could only ever give once.

Now all he could do...was wait.

Meet the Author

Jessica Shirvington combines her writing career with juggling the demands of motherhood and her responsibilities as a co-director in the company MPS Investments Pty Ltd.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Just finished reading this book, and loved it. Have no idea when, or if, the 4th book will be out in the U.S., but i can't wait to see what is in store for Violet, Lincoln, Phoenix. And i know i'm probably one of the few people, but i really hope that Violet and Phoenix end up together. I don't know what it is about Phoenix, especially since he has been the "bad guy" in the last two books, but i am routing for him. Don't get me wrong, i think Lincoln is great, but i fell for Phoenix in Embrace (book 1 in this series), love him!!
StephWard More than 1 year ago
'Emblaze' is the third book in the Violet Eden Chapters, a young adult paranormal/fantasy series that continues to follow Violet Eden as she grapples with fate - only this time Phoenix is trying to kill her and resurrect his mother, Lilith, from Hell. With the fate of the world in her hands (along with her friends and backup from the Academy), Violet must push aside her volatile emotions toward her partner and soul mate, Lincoln, and prepare to face the biggest and baddest exile yet. Will Violet have what it takes to stop Phoenix before it's too late? Will she be able to contain Lilith and save thousands of innocent lives? And what will all this cost to Violet and her friends? I just have to note first off that I am a HUGE fan of this series and I've been impatiently waiting for this book to release since I finished the last one (which feels like forever ago). This is one of the most thrilling, action packed, amazing series I have ever read - and it only seems to get better. Most series seem to fizzle out over the course of their books, with the characters getting boring and the plot lines getting old. NOT the case with this series! 'Emblaze' lived up to my high hopes and then flew right past them all. I love Violet as a main character. She's strong - both physically and emotionally - but she has serious issues. She knows it and everyone else knows it. She struggles a lot with her feelings and desires for Lincoln - there are parts in the book that my heart really went out to her about their situation. Then there's the whole weight of the world on her shoulders thing - she's trying so hard to manage this special destiny that nobody really knows about but won't let her forget either. Shove a gorgeous yet deadly exile named Phoenix into the mix - one that has the ability to mix up Violet's emotions and use them against her - and the fact he wants her dead and they have a strange yet undeniable attraction... things get complicated fast. The characters in the book continue to develop and mature, along with their messy relationships with one another. We see them grow and become stronger yet more damaged - just like in real life. The plot to the story simply blew my mind. I love the mythology that continues to run deep throughout the series and I wasn't disappointed with the amount put into this book. I love learning the history of the exiles and the Grigori - it's really intriguing to me. We learn a lot in this book and there's more ancient prophecies and trips to stop the gates of Hell from being opened - you know, the usual. I loved reading all the special abilities that Violet is only starting to discover about herself and although we don't know her true abilities or her destiny - it's going to be huge and I can't wait to find out what will happen. Sadly, this book had to end (like they all do) and now I'm left to impatiently await the next book to release sometime next year. UGH. The worst part about finishing an amazing book is the fact that it has to end. At least I can take comfort that there are two more books in the series - that's something. Overall - the writing is fantastic, the plot is wonderful - this book is flat out awesomely amazing! READ IT NOW. If you haven't read this series yet, READ IT NOW. You'll thank me. Disclosure: I received a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.
The_Busy_Bibliophile More than 1 year ago
Violet is trying to live her every day as normal as possible, all while wearing a glamoured (so nobody can see it) weapon, holding after school fight training and hunting down exiles at night. And now, thanks to his new girlfriend’s influence, Violet’s father is showing a sudden interest in her life. When Violet and her family of Grigori are dishonest in their plan to swap the Grigori Scriptures with the Exile Scriptures with Phoenix, he kidnaps her best friend Stephanie. Now they have to swap the Scriptures for Steph’s life. I loved this book! There was so much action, but it didn’t take the place of character development; there was plenty of that as well. Violet started to finally get a grasp on her strength and powers. She matured quite a bit and didn’t go running off half-cocked. Her father actually started to act like a father, and you could almost see the moment where he realized how much he’d screwed everything up by not being around. We got to see things Phoenix’s point of view, and they really helped shape his persona. We know why he acted the way he did in the earlier books. It certainly made me like him a bit better. And Lincoln… wonderful Lincoln. Finally, we know how he truly felt about Violet. It was a long time coming, but worth the wait. The action was almost non-stop. Between the night time exile hunting, fighting Phoenix and the island battles, it seemed like there was lot more fighting than usual. There was also a lot more emotion in this book than in the previous ones. The characters were finally being more upfront about their feelings, though sometimes Violet’s need for Lincoln became almost comical in its strength. Luckily, there was an actual reason for that, it wasn’t just to make things more dramatic. There was a bit of “I’m secretly planning something stupid instead of talking to someone about our options.” which really drives me nuts. Communicate, people! The scenery was wonderful, I could picture the Greek Islands as Violet did, especially the volcano and lighthouse. There is a cliffhanger, but it’s not unsatisfactory. It’s more of a surprise than a true cliffhanger. The sum up: Another home run in the Violet Eden series. I can’t wait for the next one!
terferj More than 1 year ago
I'm loving the series so far! I can't wait until the next book comes out to continue on the journey. We see more of Violet's and Lincoln almost torturous love. At times I wanted to smack Lincoln for being so thick headed. Lol. We see a glimpse of a different side of Phoenix. The supporting characters are still great.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed reading this book, it held my attention all the way through. Jessica Shirvington is a wonderful writer, and i can't wait to find out what happens in the next book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
this book awesome
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This series is truly amazing, I'd definitely recommend it! The main character is the perfect female lead. This story is my perfect vision of true soul mates. It was one of those books that you just couldn't put down. I read through the whole series feeling every emotion that Violet felt and in my opinion, those are the best types of books. It transported me to this world and always kept my attention, the author never has a dull moment. Loved it so much!!!!
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Loved this book. Was worried how the later books would be But they are just as good as the first. Its a diff spin on part angels
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Excellent book! Jessica writes it like noone else! Hands down a story you don't want to miss. Can't wait for book four!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
....anxiously waiting for the last book!
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BooksWithBite More than 1 year ago
I can’t express how much I adore this series. I loved reading every, single chapter that lead on to an awesome ending! Plot: The plot goes deeper into Violet’s past and future. She is faced with some hard decisions and major sacrifices. Facing a vast amount of danger, Violet will make some major life changes that will affect every thing around her. I can’t express how riveting each chapter was. It was harsh and soft, loving and mean, just so many emotions flowing through the reader…its amazing. Love: AGHHH! This love has got to be the most emotional yet. They want each other sooooo bad but have yet to cross that line. There are a few stolen moments where they exchange words and OMG! Total heart-stopper. It made me swoon and just want to yell,” KISS HER YOU FOOL!” (There were a few kisses but none in those precious moments.) Sigh* I’m hoping in the next book there will be some movement between these two. Cause frankly it’s about time they face the music. Changes: Once all the drama comes to a conclusion, Violet makes some decisions. These decisions affect everyone around her and the future. Some people from her past come back and I can’t decide whether this outcome is good or bad. I guess I’ll have to read the next book to see exactly where this is all going to fit. Not to mention the evil that was released during this whole battle scene. Overall, Emblaze is another great addition to this series. It’s highly addicting with lots of action. An enticing story with a very catchy ending, Emblaze is great.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not trying to be straightforward or anything but is there anymore sex between violet and linc or phoenix? Thnx. Reply to Sarah. Kk. Bye!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this series and can not wait for the next book. So many twists I didn't see coming and excited to see whats next! Great writing that totally gets you sucked into till you are done reading. I love her storylines and love how creative her storries are!