Monday, March 19, 2012

Book Review: Embrace by Jessica Shirvington

Title: Embrace
Author: Jessica Shirvington
Reading Level: Young Adult
Publisher: Sourcebooks
ARC, 367 pages
Date Published: March 6, 2012
Source: Publisher
Description (Taken from Goodreads):
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 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’m not one to enjoy books about angels. Embrace isn’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├»ve, but she comes across as very sincere and real. She’s not terribly boy crazy or ditzy –though she does have her moments with both Linc and Phoenix; she’s very easy to relate to. Her journey from normal girl to angel is actually exactly how you’d expect it to be. Violet reacts in the right way….but you’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’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’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’s not innocent or all good, but I couldn’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’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…and should for you too.

Opening line: Birthdays aren’t my thing. ~ pg. 1

Favorite lines/passages: How had he gone from seeming so genuine one minute to exploding with sexual innuendo the next? How did I go from being all I’ll ask the questions to Someone get me water ‘cause I’m burning up! ~ pg. 122

*This is the ARC version and lines, pages, cover art may differ from final copy  
*This review is my honest opinion and I received no monetary compensation from it. 

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Jac said...

The opening line alone has me hooked! I'm not huge on birthdays either... This sounds like such a great read, thanks for the review! I'll definitely be picking it up :)

-Jac @ For Love and Books

Patricia Eimer said...

This sounds great. I'll have to put it on my TBR list.

Nikki (Wicked Awesome Books) said...

YAY!! I seriously loved it. It's fast-paced and sooo good.

Nikki (Wicked Awesome Books) said...

Yesyesyes! You MUST add it to your TBR and pick it up ASAP.

Unknown said...

It was awesome. Thanks to you i found this. Couldnt put this down at all. And i really love phoenix. Though the end was unexpected, I still loved it.

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