Entice (Embrace Series #2)

Entice (Embrace Series #2)

by Jessica Shirvington

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ISBN-13: 9781402271281
Publisher: Sourcebooks
Publication date: 03/05/2013
Series: Embrace (Violet Eden Chapters) Series , #2
Pages: 464
Sales rank: 211,847
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.25(h) x 0.01(d)
Age Range: 14 - 17 Years

About 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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Prologue

"No one takes my life away from me. I give it up of my own free will."

John 10:18

The angel had been ordered to make his choice. It had to be of his own free will. But what they asked of him carried a high price. He would most likely never return. Most likely be destroyed. Or worse.

And no one would ever know the truth.

"You have decided, then," a voice said to him.

I felt each moment as the angel did-the obscured version of time in what had to be an otherworldly place-but could see nothing. It was surreal; no people were visible-just their presence, or maybe auras.

It wasn't a question, what was said. They knew the moment he'd made the decision. They probably knew before him. He could sense them all around, the mighty Seraphim. Supreme knowledge lent them a powerful presence, but it was bitter this day.

"When the first of your tasks is complete, you will move on to the next. You must not reveal yourself or seek companionship with anyone, especially exiles, unless for the purposes of fulfilling your objectives."

"I understand."

"You will spend three years before the day on which you must act arrives. He has his role to play. It is not possible without your actions first."

"I understand."

And he did understand. He had made this decision of his own free will, despite the sacrifice, for he knew it had only been asked of him because he was the perfect choice.

He felt the universe around him, the freedom of unfettered dominion over space and realm, and wondered when he would again feel this, if ever.

"Take a name of the times when you are there. Now go."

And so it was. He made the transition amid images of mobs and anger. To his destiny. To death. The flash of a kiss. All things to come.

A fog cleared around me and my surroundings came into view. I was suddenly in my art studio. Standing by the window was a figure I recognized. The one I suspected was my angel maker.

"What's your name?" I asked, still amazed by the way my words seemed to float through the air in these dreams, as if they had their own physical presence.

"It does not matter. But you may call me Lochmet if you require a title."

"What does that mean?"

"Warrior."

I swallowed, suddenly nervous. The way he said it, with such force and confidence, made him seem so powerful.

"Why did you show me that angel? I don't get it."

"Not yet. But you will. It is but a strand of one existence, from a very long time ago."

"No, please don't...Just tell me."

He turned to face me, his shoulders squared, and I struggled with conflicting urges-one drawing me toward him, the other, to cower away. I was sure he could see it, see right through me, which only made me more vulnerable.

"We all have the capacity to find the will to do what must be done-even when that which we must do terrifies us most. Remember this."

"That's it? That doesn't explain anything. Who was he? I thought it was against angel law to exile to earth. How come the Seraphim asked it of that angel?"

He considered me for another delayed, vacant moment before his head tilted toward a painting beside him. The vision of a sandy beach with a midnight blue sea crashing against rocks seemed to affect him. He stretched his arm out and brushed his fingers lightly across the textured ripples of the oil-painted canvas. For just a moment, the silence between us was almost comfortable.

But when he looked back at me, I knew: he wasn't going to tell me any more about the angel he had shown me.

"Be mindful. A traitor is within your fold," he said.

"Who?"

He shook his head and turned back to the window.

"You must walk your path; leave the footprints as evidence of your journey. I cannot take it...or change it."

His voice held the first hint of emotion-a small, almost undetectable, quiver.

"But you did help me," I started. "Two years ago, in that classroom..." Even in my dream, I felt the sickening memories and the lump in my throat willing me not to go on. "It couldn't have been anyone else. You sent that teacher across the school to intervene."

I swallowed hard, fought to hold onto my train of thought, not detour to that day, to that teacher holding me down while I struggled beneath his heavy weight.

"You interfered," I said, then dropped my head. "Thank you."

His silence was all the confirmation I needed. I looked around the room, unsure what to say next. My paintings surrounded me, but unlike before, they now included those that I had only planned, envisioned. Somehow, this room held the paintings of my imagination.

I shuddered.

From behind me, I heard a roar. The deepest rumble, so strong it reverberated up my legs and into my spine.

"My lion," I whispered.

I spun around in dreamy slow motion. There was nothing there. I turned back to the angel. He was gone. Sprinkles of rain spattered in through the crack in the window.

I stood, waiting.

And then everything around me exploded in a flash of color that settled to nothing. I was nowhere, all alone apart from the rain, startlingly cold, stinging my face with every sharp landing.

Shards of ice.

Cold enough to wake me up.

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Entice 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 55 reviews.
EverAfterEsther More than 1 year ago
Embrace was a hit for me, and I was incredibly anxious to see how Violet would grow and change in the next book (along with everyone else and the rest of the story, of course). I had a few concerns about where I thought the series might end up going, but I was so impressed when I read Entice and realized it wasn't going to follow that predictable pattern exactly the way I thought it would. And not only that, but I greedily devoured the story in this one and I'm ALREADY craving the final book, Emblaze! So much development took place in Entice, and while it still didn't blow my expectations out of the water it still surpassed them. Reasons to Read:  1. A fantastic & atypical love triangle: My biggest reservations regarding the Violet Eden series has been regarding the love triangle; love triangles have just been done to death, and they're often exactly the same as every other one out there. The first book, Embrace, doesn't give us the best impression of the Phoenix and Violet and Lincoln triangle but I can assure you after reading Entice that it is moving in a GREAT direction. It's just painful enough, but strays from the area of becoming TOO much and too annoying. (And because I'm clearly Team Linc, I just have to say that he does WELL in this book. So, so well.) 2. Intoxicating action scenes: Jessica's writing is good, but I find where it really shines (besides the kissing scenes which are also well done) is with the fight scenes. These are fight scenes where I literally cannot read fast enough, and my fingers are turning the pages as fast as I can to try and find out what's going to happen. I completely lose my mind to the story. 3. Plenty of insight about the key themes: Entice is pretty heavy on the themes of free will, consequences and betrayal. These are the three ideas that keep the story focused and moving forward and lend a bit more realism to the story. They're exactly the types of things most readers will find easy to relate to, and cause plenty of problems for the characters. But I was easily impressed with how thoughtful Jessica was regarding these ideas, and how there are both benefits and drawbacks to them. And they make for some excellent twists! That being said, there were a few times I felt like I was a little bit lost with the sudden plot twists when they initally came up and they had to be thoroughly explained before I could completely follow the gravity of the situation. And in some ways, some of the story was a bit predictable - nothing's easy for the budding romantic relationships, love has its costs, and not everyone is who you think they are - although some times those insticts about someone turn out to be right. I wish I hadn't been able to figure these things out so early on in the story, but I'm definitely curious to see where they go later on in the last book! And I hope the love plot isn't dragged out quite as much. It's good, but I would really like to see things settled by the end. ARC received from publisher for review; no other compensation was received. 
pagese More than 1 year ago
I probably wouldn't have picked this up if hadn't already been sent for review. There were elements of the first book that I really liked and others that I had issues with. I had hopes that this might be better. I'm glad that I gave this book a chance. Violet was a much better character this time around. She's starting to embrace who she is a little bit better. She acknowledges that she made mistakes in the past, but at the same time they are a part of who she is. I'm not surprised that there's something different about Violet, ever more so than the fact that she's a Grigori. I enjoyed how everyone refers to her aura. I'll be curious to see how this will benefit her in the end. I'm also curious to see how the 7 rays fit into this (and I especially hope that it's even a little bit better than the book of the same name). I was pleased to see that Lincoln and Violet's relationship seems to be moving in the right direction throughout this book. I'm not saying that they need to be together, or that they are soul mates. But, I absolutely hated the way Violet treated Lincoln in the first book. But at the same time, Lincoln pulls some shady things throughout this book. He desperately wants to make amends, but he is constantly hiding things from Violet. I don't see how they can be soul mates because of their deceptions. I liked the plot line more in this story. The race to find the list first is interesting, especially since it does not work exactly like planned. I love the idea that Moses body is hiding in plain sight, thinly veiled by angel magic and illusions. I love how Judas plays into the story. It was a twist that I was not expecting. I also really enjoy Phoenix. I'm not sure he's the bad guy we all want him to be. I think his story is deeper than that. At this point, I will be ready the next book in the series. I'm hoping it can continue to develop.
Deeply More than 1 year ago
Darn Shirvington for creating such a sexy character like Phoenix, knowing that Violet probably will not choose him in the end! (Though there's still hope they might end up together). I mean, Linc is sweet & awesome and all, but I fell for Phoenix. Yes, I fell for the typical agonized hot-as-hell villain who you can't help but feel sorry for. Anyways, excellent book, but I'm subtracting 2 stars for Shirvington going anti-Phoenix!
majibookshelf More than 1 year ago
*contains mild spoilers of Embrace* Entice is secondary novel is a series that exceeded the first. Embrace was enjoyable but just not that memorable. However Entice was full of action, frustration, potential romance and just exciting. I honestly couldn't put the book down and was sometimes late for work because I lost track of time reading it at breakfast! My liking towards Violet Eden has solidified in Entice. I really liked how independent she is, something you don't usually see in paranormal YA novels. I was also glad that this time she learnt from her previous mistakes and didn't repeat them. She held her ground, she was focused and even if she was swayed a bit, she knew where she belonged in the end. The end of Embrace was shocking, we find out that Pheonix has somehow embraced his evil side and is now out to get her. Boy am I glad Pheonix is out of the way. I hated how Violet was sidetracked by him and caused so much hurt to her true love, Linc. Even if he still didn't know it yet. However Entice doesn't focus on the romance, but it focuses on finding the scriptures, on finding out who has betrayed the Grigoris and also on Violet learning more about her powers and how big of a part she will have to play for the Grigoris. The secondary characters in Entice were all so likable! Spence, the guy who I thought was going to create yet another love triangle, only ended up being her awesome kick-butt sidekick thank god. He had me cracking up so much when he teamed up with Violet. We also have Sal, Steph's love interest and then Zoe. I honestly think the introduction of these trio made the book lighter and a bit less dark for the readers. Griffin was as great as always and Magda was as annoying as hell. I loved how Stephanie, who is Vi's none paranormal best friend, is in on everything. Vi doesn't have to keep this huge secret from her and Steph is always 100% in on what Vi is doing and most of the time actually joins in on meetings and watches their practices. Thank god there is no negligent protagonist and a whiny best friend here! Entice is a great, and better, follow up to Embrace and I now have high hopes for Emblaze. i know many readers have gotten bored of angel novels, but I believe if you stick to the end of Embrace and pick up Entice, you will fall in love with this series!
blueyedirishgrl More than 1 year ago
Jessica Shirvington once again knocks it outta the park with Book 2 in this series. My only complaints are: Not enough Phoenix page time and having to wait for Book 3. This is a fantastic serious, but I truly hope we see more of Phoenix and also more of the feelings between Phoenix and Violet are explored in the next book. Lincoln is a good guy, but Phoenix...well, there is so much more potential there! And I find the emotions between Phoenix and Violet to be more real than what is between Lincoln and Violet.
SuperBookish More than 1 year ago
Great book with great story line. Kept me entertained
Anonymous 10 months ago
Really enjoying this series, story is good, characters are easy to identify with, and it keeps me wanting to know what will happen next.
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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I am 15 now but i read the first book when i was twelve or thirteen and loved it so i quickly read the second. sadly i never made it to book three because i became preoccupied with other books and library fees but i plan on getting it as soon as i get enough money and i can't wait. I can definantly say its one of my favorites but not my favorite because i have so many favorites that its hard to choose but this is definantly up there
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved every minute. Thank you, Jessica! Your stories are always hard to put down! I am excited to read the next in the series!
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....anxiously waiting for the last book!
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Absolutely addictive!
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Love this series!!!! I can 't wait for the next book!!!
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