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March 25, 2012

Blog Tour: Embrace by Jessica Shirvington review

Welcome to another stop on the Embrace blog tour! Today I have a review for you all! and also don't forget to enter the giveaway to win a paperback copy of Embrace Here

Embrace (Embrace, #1)

Title: Embrace (Embrace #1)
Author: Jessica Shirvington
Publication date: March 6th, 2012
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire /  Sourcebooks
Genre(s): Young Adult (Paranormal, Angels)
Challenges: A-Z Title, Debut
Source: Publisher
Format: ARC
Pages: 367
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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… 
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. 
3.5 musical notes! 


  1. YES. I just couldn't dig Violet. And the slowness of the latter half pulled me back some and through me for a loop. I couldn't find my way back to enjoyment. And THAT made it harder to finish. Still, it's good to know you enjoyed it despite all its negatives! I don't much care for angel books for some reason and had really high hopes for it, so it's a relief that it wasn't a TOTAL disappointment :D


  2. I greatly enjoyed this book. I did think Violet was a little annoying at times because she couldn't seem to forgive Lincoln but at the same time if she wasn't mad at him she would have never gotten closer to Phoenix. Melts into a puddle, I LOVED Phoenix, he is one of the best male characters in YA. I could just cuddle up with him for hours on end and never get enough. He is so perfect because he is so messed up! He really made the book very interesting for me.

    I felt that the end could have wrapped up faster, leave us with a bit of a cliffhanger at the club but the author didn't end it there. I also thought a lot was going on for the first book of a series. I felt we got too many plot pieces at one point and hope to see this slow down a little in book two so that we can understand everything a little better.

    Thanks for the great review, I'm glad you are excited about the next book, luckily we don't have to wait long for it :)