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Embrace (Jessica Shirvington's Embrace Series #1)

Embrace (Jessica Shirvington's Embrace Series #1)

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by Jessica Shirvington

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It starts with a whisper: "It's time for you to know who you are..."

On her 17th birthday, everything will change for Violet Eden. The boy she loves will betray her. Her enemy will save her. She will have to decide just how much she's willing to sacrifice.

A centuries old war between fallen angels and the protectors of humanity


It starts with a whisper: "It's time for you to know who you are..."

On her 17th birthday, everything will change for Violet Eden. The boy she loves will betray her. Her enemy will save her. She will have to decide just how much she's willing to sacrifice.

A centuries old war between fallen angels and the protectors of humanity chooses a new fighter. It's a battle Violet doesn't want, but she lives her life by two rules: don't run and don't quit. If angels seek vengeance and humans are the warriors, you could do a lot worse than betting on Violet Eden.

LINCOLN: He's been Violet's one anchor, her running partner and kickboxing trainer. Only he never told her he's Grigori-part human, part angel-and that he was training her for an ancient battle between Angels and Exiles.

PHOENIX: No one knows where his loyalties lie, yet he's the only one there to pick up the pieces and protect her after Lincoln's lies. In a world of dark and light, he is all shades of gray.

Two sides: Angel or Exile.
Two guys: Lincoln or Phoenix.
The wrong choice could cost not only her life, but her eternity...

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

Praise for Embrace:
In her YA paranormal romance debut, Jessica Shirvington combines "the badass-action of Vampire Academy, the complex love triangles of Twilight, and the angel mythology of Fallen, taken one step further." -Book Couture
"Shirvington's debut is smart, edgy and addictive-and sure to leave readers clamoring for the rest of the series."- Kirkus Reviews, STARRED
"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

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Book four of this series is about to be published in Australia, so Shirvington is hardly a newcomer despite this being her first U.S. publication. It's a solid entry in a well-established paranormal niche: the angels who live among us aren't nice, and it takes a small cadre of gutsy humans to maintain order. In this case, those protectors are the Grigori, mortals infused with angelic essence, who come into their powers on their 17th birthdays. Violet Eden is turning 17 and wrestling with an infatuation with her personal trainer, Lincoln, who's in his 20s and perfect. Violet discovers that Lincoln is a Grigori and that she is one, too. Yet, feeling betrayed by Lincoln's concealment of their true identities, Violet turns to a second love interest—Phoenix, who represents the darker side of the angelic continuum—and further complicates her understanding of herself and her destiny. While Shirvington's world-building reflects the conventions of the genre, the book's strength is in its persuasive evocation of Violet's emotional turmoil as she copes with human adolescence in the midst of her discovery that she has a fate beyond even Lincoln's power to explain. Ages 12–up. Agent: Scott Miller, Trident Media Group. (Mar.)
From the Publisher
"Addictive...add to your must-read list." - Entertainment Weekly's Shelf Life

"Shirvington's debut is smart, edgy and addictive-and sure to leave readers clamoring for the rest of the series... The story is rife with action and romance. A must-read for paranormal fans young and old." - Kirkus

"One of the best YA novels we've seen in a while. Get ready for a confident, kick-butt, well-defined heroine... This title will have a place on my keeper bookshelf for years to come!" - RT Book Reviews

"The angel mythology's in-depth description adds complexity to the novel . . . Fans of romantic fantasy with a paranormal twist will find Violet and her adventures captivating." - VOYA Magazine

"This is definitely one of my favorite young adult paranormal fiction novels . . . I'm dying to read the next two books in the series." - There's a Book

"This is going to knock your socks off and you'll be begging for more, I promise!" - There's a Book

"Embrace has been one of my favorite reads this year. ...We loved it so much Stacey has never read a book so fast - I am usually the fast reader, she finished this book before I did. It's that good. The lead Violet is a strong female character who like most teens struggles with choices although some of hers are the supernatural kind. I could go on and on but I will save the gushing for our review." - Page Turner

""A delicious romantic triangle." - USA Today" - USA Today

"I loved how strong [Violet] was...she was intelligent, clever, and focused.- Anastasia " - Bookish

""Definitely a must read!!"- Blogger Tammy, Mel's Book Blog " - Mel's Book Blog

""...an enjoyable read and can't wait to find out... what happens with Violet, Phoenix and Lincoln in the next book"- Blogger Esther, Fictional Fantasy " - Fictional Fantasy

""...pleasantly surprised."- Blogger Rebekah, Reading and Living on the Good Side of Life" - Reading and Living on the Good Side of Life

Children's Literature - Sharon Oliver
As her seventeenth birthday approaches, Violet Eden reflects back on the day of her birth, which was also the day of her mother's death. Her loving but mostly absentee father presents her with a letter written by her mother, left to be delivered on Violet's birthday, which portends some great changes coming in Violet's life. Then Violet learns from her trainer and secret crush Lincoln that she is decidedly different from other teenage girls; Violet is actually part angel, a member of the Grigori and destined to be a guardian angel. As such, Violet will receive a "gift" that will manifest itself once Violet decides to accept her destiny. Furious with Lincoln and caught up in the conflict between angels and not so heavenly angel exiles, Violet finds herself drawn to the mysterious Phoenix, an exiled angel who claims to have Violet's best interests at heart. In a combination of the classic love triangle and coming of age tale, Shrivington presents a compelling, if familiar story. Violet is the only fully fleshed out character, while some of the others (her best friend Steph and her father) seem to be character placeholders. Lincoln is predictably near perfect, but he breaks Violet's heart by saying they can never be together as lovers because they are destined to be Grigori partners. Phoenix is handsome and charming and just the tiniest bit threatening. The story clips along at a good pace and readers will be pulling for Violet as she suffers both physically and emotionally from her journey from ordinary teen to angel protector. Will Lincoln break the rules to be with his true love Violet? Will Violet fall under the spell of the possibly evil Phoenix? Presented as the first in a probable trilogy, the story of Violet will appeal to fans of the supernatural and vampire romance, who will wait in great anticipation for the continuation of Violet's tale. Reviewer: Sharon Oliver
VOYA - Judith A. Hayn
Violet Eden is nearing her seventeenth birthday and is unaware of the landmark status the day will have for her. She has been training for a marathon with Lincoln, the gorgeous, mysterious guy who has captured her heart. In this first-person narrative, Violet begins to uncover a secret surrounding her heritage that will change her whole life and cause her to reassess everything she thought she knew and felt about Lincoln and her future. At her birthday party, she meets the seductive, sensual Phoenix, who guides her in her quest for knowledge about what her other has left for her. She discovers that she and Lincoln are Grigori, angels in human form, while Phoenix is an exile who intends to wipe out Grigori. Violet struggles with whether or not to embrace her destiny, but the choice is made for her when Lincoln is mortally wounded in a battle with exiles. Only his assigned partner, Violet, can save him. Her quest to attain angelic status is harrowing and complicated by a steamy encounter with Phoenix, who accompanies her to the site. This is the first volume in Australian Shirvington's Embrace trilogy; Enticed and Emblaze will follow. The angel mythology's in-depth description adds complexity to the novel. Violet, who otherwise is a typical teenage girl looking for her soul mate, struggles to maintain control of her own emotions and actions in spite of the spirits that vie to subdue her. Fans of romantic fantasy with a paranormal twist will find Violet and her adventures captivating. Reviewer: Judith A. Hayn
School Library Journal
Gr 9 Up—Violet Eden has always disliked her birthday, a sad reminder that her mother died in childbirth. Her 17th birthday is more than sad however; it causes her previously unknown destiny to demand her undivided attention. A gift from her deceased mother and an exposed secret reveal that Violet is Grigori, a hunter of exiled angels who desire to conquer humanity. She must choose whether or not she will embrace her supernatural lot or deny it and try and live a normal human life. Complicating matters is her love for Lincoln, her fated Grigori partner, and her sexual attraction to Phoenix, a mysterious exiled angel. First published in Australia, this initial volume in the series has an abundance of crowd-pleasing elements: an appealing main character/narrator, hunky angels and angel hunters, steamy (but not explicit) lust, and unrequited love. Opening quotations for each chapter from a variety of sources act as effective teasers for the action that follows. There is a little too much telling in terms of world-building, but even that is managed succinctly and without affectation. This title has more than a few Buffy parallels, but that's not a negative; the pace is quick and the writing style clean, with the ultimate battle between dark and light complicated by shades of gray. Violet may be bruised from past trauma, but her mantra, "I don't run and I don't quit," makes her one tough cookie. Young adult readers will be happy to follow her lead into the remaining volumes of this series.—Janice M. Del Negro, GSLIS Dominican University, River Forest, IL
Kirkus Reviews
Get ready, American paranormal-romance fans. Published in Australia in 2010, Shirvington's debut is smart, edgy and addictive--and sure to leave readers clamoring for the rest of the series. Seventeen-year-old Violet Eden's mother died in childbirth, leaving her to be raised by her detached, workaholic father. If it weren't for her best friend Steph and her trainer (and secret love) Lincoln, Violet would be very much alone. But on her 17th birthday, everything changes. Though finally being kissed by Lincoln is a dream come true, Violet learns that their romantic involvement is forbidden because he and Violet are both Grigori--half angel and half human. They're destined to be eternal partners in the battle against exiled angels on Earth, and romance would make things far too complicated. Furious with Lincoln for keeping this secret, Violet pushes him away, making room for the dark and seductive Phoenix to take hold of her heart. As a reluctant and conflicted heroine, torn between her desire for normalcy and the awesome responsibility of her newfound power, Violet is a compelling and convincing narrator. The story is rife with action and romance, steering clear of overtly religious overtones that often complicate angel books. A must-read for paranormal fans young and old. (Paranormal romance. 14 & up)

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Orchard Books NY
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Jessica Shirvington's Embrace Series , #1
Age Range:
14 - 17 Years

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"Outside, among your fellows, among strangers, you must preserve appearances, a hundred things you cannot do; but inside, the terrible freedom!"—Ralph Waldo Emerson

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's not that I blame myself for her not being here. No one could have known she wouldn't survive childbirth. It's not that I miss her either. I mean, I never knew her in the first place. But it is the one day each year that at some point I'll be forced to ask myself, Was it worth it? Was my life worth taking hers?

I stared out the bus window, avoiding. Steph was blabbering on, something about the perfect dress, completely absorbed in what she was saying. She was relentless when it came to the science of shopping. I could feel her watching me, disappointed with my cheer level. Buildings flashed past through the frame of the smudged glass and I couldn't help but wish my seventeenth birthday tomorrow would slide by in the same hazy blur.

"Violet Eden!" Steph said sternly, sucking me out of my trance. "We have your dad's Amex, a green light, and no specified limit." Her mock rebuke morphed into a devious grin. "What more could a girl want as a birthday present?"

Technically, it was my Amex. My name, my signature. It just happened to be connected to Dad's account. A by-product of being the only person at home who actually bothered to pay any bills.

I knew Steph wouldn't understand if I told her I wasn't in the mood, so I lied. "I can't go shopping today. I...um...I have a training session."

She raised her eyebrows at me. For a moment I thought she was going to call me out on my fake alibi. But then she segued onto a topic we seemed to be discussing more and more often as of late.

"With Lincoln?"

I shrugged, trying not to let on how much just the mention of Lincoln affected me. Although the training part wasn't true, I did have plans to see him later on and was already doing my best not to keep a minute-by-minute countdown.

Steph rolled her eyes. "Honestly, one of these days I'm gonna tell him you'd prefer to get all hot and sweaty with him in a different kind of way!" She threw me her bitchy smile—something she usually reserves for other people.

I sat back and let her vent. It was easier that way. Steph didn't get it and I couldn't blame her—I'd never told her all of the reasons why training was so important to me. Some things are just too hard to talk about.

"You do realize you're turning into some kind of sports geek, don't you? And don't pretend you actually like them all. I know for a fact that you hate long-distance running." Steph couldn't understand how anyone would rather go rock climbing or boxing in place of shopping.

"I get a kick out of training with him," I said, hoping to put an end to the conversation, even though she wasn't completely off base about the running. If I didn't have Lincoln's butt to stare at the whole time, motivation would be a lot harder to come by.

I busied myself by rummaging through my backpack, which was jammed with all the books they force you to take home on the last day before break. Steph didn't seem put off.

"It's like he's training you for battle or something." Her eyes lit up. "Hey, maybe he has some underground fight club and he's grooming you!"

"That's it, Steph. Definitely."

I didn't want to be talking about this, didn't want to have to admit the round-the-clock desire I had to be with Lincoln. It was like something deep within me found comfort in his presence.

Crushing with the best of 'em, Vi!

Too bad it was a lost cause. It had been that way ever since the moment I'd first met him two years ago. He was a late entry into a self-defense class I'd signed up for. When he was partnered with me, what I thought was going to be another mediocre attempt on my part to get fit and strong became so much more.

I never found out why Lincoln had taken the class. He clearly knew more than the instructor, moving through the exercises with the kind of ease and grace that made it clear he was in another league. After the first couple of weeks, when I was finally able to string more than two words together around him, I asked him why he was there. He shrugged it off, saying it was always good to do a refresher class.

By the end of the three-month course, I was learning more from him than from the instructor, and he offered to give me some kickboxing lessons. Now I get the best of both worlds. I get stronger every day—our list of activities has expanded to include rock climbing, running, even an archery course—and I get to hang out with Lincoln. It's perfect...almost.

"Well, I guess that means we're going shopping tomorrow then." Steph pouted but couldn't keep it up. She can never stay mad for long.

Unfortunately, she was right. I knew Dad had given her strict instructions, due to my lack of spirit and his lack of know-how, to make sure I had a new dress for my birthday dinner tomorrow night. The clock was ticking—shopping was inevitable.

"I can't wait," I said, flashing her a well-practiced fake smile from my birthday repertoire.

As the bus slowed for its next stop, Steph stood up from our seat, three rows from the back. She was convinced only the wannabes sat right at the back, the geeks at the front, and the goths/weirdos right behind them. That left about three rows we could work with, the ones that apparently put us in the not-trying-to-but-can't-help-being-cool section. The ironic thing was, if judged purely on academic achievements, Steph was the biggest geek I knew. Of course, she never publicized the fact that she was some kind of borderline genius.

She wrapped her narrow frame around the metal pole near the doors, donned her favorite pair of D&G sunglasses, and blew me a kiss. I laughed. Luckily for me, Steph wasn't only a label girl. For all the designer clothes she paraded around in, she was surprisingly balanced. The fact that she was from a seriously moneyed-up family and was usually wearing something that cost more than my entire wardrobe didn't adversely affect our friendship. I didn't overly care for material possessions and she didn't overly care that I didn't.

"Do me a favor?" she said, making her way out the door, unfazed by the logjam of kids sardined behind her. "While you're drooling over Mr. Fantastic, make sure you jab him in the gut a few times for taking up all your free time and depriving me of my bff."

"Sure thing," I said, blowing her a kiss back and ignoring the twinge of guilt I felt about lying to my best friend.

Meet the Author

How many of us can say we fell in love in high school? A lot of us. But how many of us stayed in love with the same person? Jessica Shirvigton has been lucky enough to marry the man she fell in love with at seventeen, Matthew Shirvington--Olympic sprinter, five-time national 100m champion, and current sports personality with Australia's Foxtel and Sky News. Jessica and her family live outside Sydney, Australia, where she is currently working on the next book in the Embrace series.

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Safari_Poet More than 1 year ago
Violet Eden is not your average teenage girl - even without what awaits on her 17th birthday, a day that she isn't looking forward to since it's also the anniversary of her mother's death. It's always just been Violet and her father. They have a good relationship, but he isn't around much due to his busy schedule. That is one of the reasons Violet is very independent. Her father trusts her completely and she is the type of person who would never misuse that trust in anyway. Control is very important to her since an incident when she was younger. Since then she has done everything to never feel like she felt that day. During a self-defence class, she meets Lincoln, who has become one of very few important people in Violet's life and continues to train her. She gets the training she wants while fulfilling the desire she has to be with him. If only he had the same need. Something unexpected happens on Violet's birthday with Lincoln, but before she can fully process what, he runs off. Violet never runs and goes to gets some answers. Nothing could have prepared her for what she finds out. Lincoln a Grigori - part angel and part human - and so is she. I've been anticipating Embrace since I first came across it in 2010. So you can imagine how ecstatic I was when I found out I'd be able to read it. Since I've been anticipating it for so long, I had high hopes and doubts after wanting this book for so long that it would meet those expectations. It didn't, it surpassed them! The mythology Jessica created is exceptional. Some of the myths used are known and the combination of the familiar and what Jessica created and expanded on blurred the lines between fantasy and reality in a way that I never felt the need to stretch my imagination. I really like Violet, who is just one of many fantastic characters. Each with very distinct personalities that set one apart from the other. When meeting each character, I felt like they had a back-story and didn't start existing the minute their names were written and that their stories would support their actions, which is something that makes them more realistic to me. I look forward to getting to know them better - the good, bad or the ones in a gray area. Embrace is an amazing debut. An action-packed, intense and unique read that's truly captivating and will leave you eagerly anticipating the sequel. The excitement of an entire series in one book - which is just the start. Books like Embrace are the reason I love fantasy so much.
Ozzy12 More than 1 year ago
Loved it. Great book, great story. I was very entertained.
majibookshelf More than 1 year ago
If you've been following the blog for a while you would know that I am known to have an odd relationship with paranormal novels, specifically angel books. Some angel novels I love to death, and others I can't seem to get through the full book. Now you're all wondering how I feel about Embrace? well it definitely is in the "I enjoyed it" pile! To break it down even more, I must say that I enjoyed the first half much more than the latter half. I went through the first half in ONE sitting, however I reached a bump in the middle and things slowed down in the book, which in turn made me lose a bit of interest in it. However, the book in the end was magnificent and I am SO excited to get my hands on the second book because i REALLY did get addicted to Violet's story in the end! Ok now let me explain a bit more. This novel has a love triangle. I often side with one of the sides immediately and stick to it till the end, but I am SO annoyed that as SOON as Violet gets with someone, I start liking the other! I mean sheesh, Violet, why couldn't we agree on one man? I was confused, so I understand why Violet went from one to the other and just didn't know where her heart belonged to. Throughout the book I found Violet to be a bit childish, and sometimes even straight out hateful because of how she treated Lincoln, and then Pheonix, the other guy of the love triangle. I just did not enjoy her indecisive mentality and that she assumes everyone should give her a break because she just found out she will never live a normal life. I really liked the plot, in that it was more dynamic, problems happen, they get solved, then more problems occur. It was centered around one problem, but it didn't suffocate the whole book, there was room for other implications, complications, and issues to arise. Also, towards the end, you discover things (even though you discover them before Violet does), that are so shocking that you just want to know WHY but you never get to that since the book ends. WHICH IS WHY I NEED to get my hands on the second book! which I can not wait to see its cover, if it is as gorgeous as the first one, then I'm a happy reader/book cover lover.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved it!! Can not wait for the next book in this series... it had suspense and action and romance. Sometimes it was confusing about what was happening, but it made the ending even better!!! Highly recomend this book!<3
Nikkayme More than 1 year ago
Embrace has everything a reader could want: a well-executed plot, fantastic characters, a steamy romance, and plenty of action to keep it all going. I was instantly enthralled by it and I&rsquo;m not one to enjoy books about angels. Embrace isn&rsquo;t like other angel books though because despite having angels in it, the story remains focused on characters, while giving the reader insight about how the angel mythology works. Violet can be a bit na&iuml;ve, but she comes across as very sincere and real. She&rsquo;s not terribly boy crazy or ditzy &ndash;though she does have her moments with both Linc and Phoenix; she&rsquo;s very easy to relate to. Her journey from normal girl to angel is actually exactly how you&rsquo;d expect it to be. Violet reacts in the right way&hellip;.but you&rsquo;ll have to read the book to see what I think the right way is. Now about those boys: Linc is okay, I guess. That&rsquo;s the thing with a possible love triangle though. Readers will always pick one that they see as the best. And for me, that wasn&rsquo;t Linc. I liked him, but he got me quite angry here and there. Phoenix, on the other hand, is sexy and cocky, with just the right amount of sweet. He&rsquo;s not innocent or all good, but I couldn&rsquo;t help but be drawn to his darkness. Readers will certainly eat these two boys up! Embrace takes readers on a wild ride of ups, downs, and startling realizations. It&rsquo;s the first in a trilogy, so while this one starts the trio off very strong, there is so much more to look forward to. The fighting and action is intense, the smoldering, sexy scenes are as steamy as ever, and the plot will keep you hooked. Embrace will hold up as an easy and favorite read for me&hellip;and should for you too.
JennRenaeMcCoy More than 1 year ago
Embrace is a must-read for lovers of paranormal romance! I was swept away by the characters, both good and evil! 5 reason count-down for why you HAVE to read Embrace! 5.)There is no down-time! Jessica Shirvington jumps straight to the action, and it just keeps on coming. 4.) The mythology in it is very interesting. I wrote my Masters Thesis on how popular culture treats religion, and there were so many references to stories from old religions that I just got swept away in the history! 3.) Violet is a kick-butt heroine, but she is also realistic. She really struggles with the realization that she's an angel, and even more, she struggles with controlling her powers. It's not a snap your fingers and she's awesome kind of thing. She has a difficult time growing into her powers, and she is still struggling near the end of the book--which means there's much more to come in the future! 2.) Phoenix--the oh-so-hot resident maybe good/maybe bad? guy. He is one of Violet's love interests. He's dark, foreboding, and mysterious--which I love. It's going to be interesting seeing how Phoenix turns out in the future books! I won't say much more about him because you MUST read it for yourself! 1.) Lincoln--yummy. He's Violet's other love interest, and he is just oh-so-adorable! He's the complete opposite of Phoenix, but I love him just as much! Again, I won't say any more because I don't want to spoil it...but, believe me, there is so much romance you're heart will never slow down! So...in conclusion--one more time--YOU MUST READ THIS BOOK!!!!
Some_Reading_Required More than 1 year ago
The gorgeous cover drew me in instantly. From the get-go I figured it would be about angels due to the beautiful smokey wings &ldquo;embracing&rdquo; the girl&rsquo;s back. I was very curious as to what the black feathers meant along with the description &ldquo;A dark and heart-racing tale&rdquo;. Once again, my mind wandered and I came to the assumption that the book was about about dark or fallen angels. I really liked how the cover got me thinking. I had so many questions and I just knew I wanted needed to read Embrace to find the answers and ease my internal inquiries. I think the book summary does a good job of describing Embrace (even a little too good *spoiler warning*) so I&rsquo;ll skip my usual, and personal quick-summary. Violet Eden has got to be one of my all-time favorite characters. Throughout the book I found myself relating to her on a deeper-level. I was really able to connect and share her feelings. Due to a horrible incident involving a pedo-teacher, Violet has developed into a very persistent and strong young woman. She&rsquo;s adopted a &ldquo;never again&rdquo; attitude paired with a &ldquo;won&rsquo;t give up&rdquo; mantra. Like the average teenage girl, Violet&rsquo;s time is occupied by homework, boys, and hanging with her best friend Steph. I completely understand Violet&rsquo;s hell-no attitude when she&rsquo;s thrust into a world filled with good and bad angels fighting for humanity&rsquo;s dominion. Heavy words right? Joining a centuries-old battle is not something you decide lightly. A good portion of Embrace features Violet&rsquo;s decision process on whether or not giving up her normal life for a legit &ldquo;higher-calling&rdquo; is worth the sacrifice. Of course, she doesn&rsquo;t just sit around adding jelly beans to a scale, weighing the pros in cons. Nope. Violet experiences, on multiple occasions, the consequences involved in ignoring her calling. Embrace had everything that I love in YA books. Our main character is thrust into a new world, forced to question her beliefs, faced with many obstacles yet &ndash; comes out stronger in the end. I&rsquo;ll will say, you do find out by the end of book one whether Violet chooses to &ldquo;embrace&rdquo; her calling, but you&rsquo;ll very surprised and heart-broken when you read about the elements that affected her decision. There&rsquo;s a lot of action and deaths. When it comes to the ultimate good vs. evil showdown, they&rsquo;re tends to be some major casualties. Of course, there&rsquo;s also a little romance featured in a love triangle. Some find the love triangle tiring, but I personally didn&rsquo;t mind Embrace&rsquo;s version. The two guys completing Violet&rsquo;s love-diabolical, are very different and unique and I eagerly followed along. The last Embrace aspect I want need to mention is the mythology. I haven&rsquo;t read many angel-esque novels, maybe a handful at the most. However, time in again I find the stories to be similar. When you&rsquo;re using the same supernatural-being in various books it&rsquo;s hard to make your book unique. I think Embrace has the unique down perfectly. The mythology surrounding angels, where they came from, how they came, what they want, what types, and so forth was refreshing and new. I give Embrace a 4/5 rating. It&rsquo;s one of my favorite books of 2012. Book two comes out September 2012 and you can bet I&rsquo;ll be getting it when it does.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book,connects those who have loved but could not have,holds your emotions as if you were back n time, the hatred you felt from your first betrail of love trust an innoccence,something we all have learned from but also wish could have been diffrent life is full of darkness an light who are we? Me im light fighting alot of darkness,negative energy!!!!!! Its hard when the darkness can fool u!!!!!!
AcesMommy More than 1 year ago
If I were to describe EMBRACE by Jessica Shirvington in one word; I wouldn't be able to. That's because one word wouldn't cut it! It would have to be a bouquet of single words just to express how I felt after reading it. Amazing, warming, sad, thrilling, swoony, and so much more! Jessica has really impressed me on how she craftly portrayed a sort of conspiracy 'not always black or white' aspect on the whole angel theory. It is very original and I couldn't help but to be enthralled by its possibilities. It just makes me hungry for more of the history of angels. &quot;Light&quot; Angels are not always good - they can be prideful, stubborn, and egotistical; and equally, &quot;Dark&quot; Angels sway a balance into things that are not always 'bad/wrong/evil'. You just can't help but to be open eared and listen on to Jessica's angelic world. Violet's character is okay. I enjoyed her in the beginnning but in the rough parts nearing the end she made a lot of over-exaggerated mistakes. More so that I believe many readers will dislike her for this reason, but I'd just like to say that part of those stupid actions was because she was 'tainted' (trying not to give spoilers here). To those who have already read Embrace I hope you know which part I'm talking about. Anyways, Lincoln is a sweetheart and he was doing what he thought was right, but I think he was way too perfect to realistically believe in. Phoenix on the other hand, I am still fanning myself on how hot this guy is! So, I can't really say much about him because my senses are dulled by his awesomesauce! lol =) Dibs! He is swoon worthy for sure! Speaking about senses; I didn't really grasp that concept. In a way it's understandable, but I just don't comprehend why 'apples', and why 'always' the same smell and taste for every 'different' exile? I would have enjoyed a little more background on this. The trials and tribulations of Violet is awing for a girl of her age to be going through. I know she is flawed because of some of her actions, but that is what makes her an appealing character - her imperfections. No one is perfect and that is reality. Embrace by Jessica Shirvington is an action-packed journey that will take you away! By the end your heart will surely be captivated by one man! Who, will be up to you. A 2012 MUST READ!
lovepassionbooks More than 1 year ago
I first have to tell you that my cover of this book is different then the final cover. And I really wish they would have kept that cover! It is beautiful. I love it so much more then the final cover! But I don't get to choose that detail. :( LOL Well right now there are a lot of angel books that are coming out, and some are not as good as others....not this one! I loved this book. I loved everything about it. I loved all the characters and their personalities. I feel when it is a great book the characters really grow with the story. This is exactly what happened with this story. I think when this happens, some of the greatest stories happen. You meet Violet. Violet is learning a lot about her life and fast. Her father is never around, her mother died when she was born, she has the greatest friend in the world, and the guy of her dreams. But something is about to happen that she never thought would happen. She is half human, half angel. She has a lot that is about to happen and what is she going to do....push the guy who she thought she was in love with away to get closer to Phoenix, a strong handsome man for the bar. But that is not all that is going to happen. This book is action packed from cover to cover. It has fight scenes, love scenes, and everything in between. I loved everything about this book and more. I am going to recommend this book to everyone that I know! You have to read Embrace!
Icecream18 More than 1 year ago
Looking for an angel-themed mystery with a dash of romance? This just might be your perfect book. The author includes a quote with each chapter that emphasizes what is to come, the reader will most likely come to love those quotes. Violet and Lincoln are introduced to the reader first. Violet is an admirable main character, the reader will not find him/herself hating her or thinking &quot;why did she do that?&quot; much, at all. Lincoln is the love interest for the first portion of the novel, and even until the end. Lincoln is that all-around good guy. He is someone who could offer a shoulder to cry on and seems to always be there for his friends. However, he has more than a few secrets too...secrets that Violet should, perhaps, know about. When Phoenix is first introduced in the novel, the reader will wonder just who and what he is. The author leaves him an enigma; he doesn't apologize for himself and literally has that &quot;take me as I am&quot; attitude. He becomes a bit of a love interest himself. The other characters function as supporting characters, the reader will enjoy meeting them as well. The plot itself is very fast-paced and developed down to the last detail. The author manages to give the reader enough details to keep the reader turning the pages, but doesn't reveal the full mystery. The reader will find that the further he/she immerses him/herself in the book, the more intricate the plot becomes as well as the relationships between the characters. This book is nearly impossible to put down and worth reading cover to cover. Embrace is perfect for young adult/teen readers.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you're into fantasy books this is just for you it is truly a great read!
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!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I do not write many reviews (actually this is my first but I've read many many books) but this time I have to. Yes Violet is annoying a little but the series is amazing from start to finish (Yes I said finish because I happen to have read the final installment the Australian version). I have read many books but this series tops it all. All I can say is its worth the read. Shirvington's writing style, development of main and supporting characters, and story line will keep you reading and wanting more. You will smile, laugh, and cry but its worth the ride. A story like this only comes along but so often and I am overwhelmed with happiness that I got to experience it. Plus the action and fighting are definitely good times :)
jessicabree More than 1 year ago
I think this book may be better suited to actual teens and not a great cross over. I found the book spent way too much time on forced dialogue just to build the background of the story. There is little depth to the characters and the themes are very common ones. If you love angel teen shuffle then go for it. But I don't think I'll be reading ant further. 
CrossroadReviews More than 1 year ago
Thanks to Sourcebooks for sending me a review copy of this book! When I got this book I was on break from all thing angels. I had just finished a lot of books with them and was just kind of done with that race. I really didnt want ANYTHING to do with them. But, I worked through it and found a wonderful new series to fall in love with. Jessica Shirvington isnt afraid to go there if you know what I mean. With sexy characters that you both love and love to hate. And a wonderful plot. I couldnt put Embrace down. And unlike a lot of books out there. Embrace has a meaning to the title. *I was recently sent a copy of book 2 in this series (Embrace) called Entice. So I had to go back and reread book 1. Which was a great idea as there were a lot of things that I had forgotten the first time around. So even the second time reading Embrace I fell in love with all the characters all over again. So Embrace was a big 5 stars both times.Here is my org. review- Angels have always had to dwell in the house of the lord. Always listen to the word of god. But, what if angels had free will? Would it be good or bad? Well Embrace answers this question......and its NOT pretty! This book has something in common with the House of Night books by P.C and Kristen Cast. That just because something is light doesn't always mean that it is good. As the goddess Nyx says: Darkness does not alway equate to evil, Just as Light does not always bring good. So my one BIG question in this book is where is god in all of this. It seems that he/she has taken a vacation and is not around right now. The angels have the reins and are using them to their advantage. In the end this book was wonderful. It was a little slow at times so take your time with it. But it is worth reading! Ill leave you with some words from the book and also from the bible. (yes the bible can have some really good end lines lol! Even me being a witch I can't deny that) &quot;This is your fate, the destiny I have planned for you......&quot; Jeremiah 13:25 And with that Farwell and May You Embrace YOUR Destiny!
-Dee More than 1 year ago
Violet Eden annoyed me very much. When she finds out that she is not exactly human, and the guy she loves knew but didn't tell her, she decides that he is practically her enemy. She refuses to see him, even though her life is on the line, and that just annoyed me so much. The plot and idea are good, but Violet is just another girl who is trying to cling on to her &quot;normal&quot; life when obviously it's not going to happen, and after a while, it just got old. But it is easy to read. And she is always blaming Lincoln and her dead mother for trying to break apart her normal life. And I just can not with this book.
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Good enough to keep reading to the last book
LolaNichole More than 1 year ago
Great start to a wonderful series! I waited to complete all 5 books before writing this review and the series is definitely worth reading! Its a great romance story for teens it does skip over any sex scenes that you would find in an adult romance novel, which is probably for the best considering this is meant for 14-17 year olds. Its has a great moral message about not giving up and fighting for what you believe in, while never giving up on love.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
OK I'm not going to spoil it for u but this is a must read it's full of lust , love, romance, dark secrets, new friends, and an ending that will leave u wanting more. It should not be read by children under 13 even though I broke that rule but really no children for good reasons ?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was awesome!!
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