Friday, December 7, 2012

Review: Embrace by Jessica Shirvington

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.
Dangerously exciting and darkly romantic, EMBRACE is a compelling novel of good and evil, seductive desires and impossible choices. 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...
"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 (goodreads)

 \Violet is in the surprise for her life, she is part-angel, part-human and her long time crush has been secretly preparing her for the battle of Exiles vs. Angels.

I'm very confused by this book. There was nothing I hated but but there was honestly nothing that I really enjoyed. It was just....there. The plot had to take a back seat for the implied love triangle so there were many pages of Violet brooding over a boy or falling for a boy.

Violet was a very interesting character until she learned of her Grigori heritage. The most interesting character is definitely Phoenix who seems to have a lot more depth and character than any of the other characters. Lincoln, the other leg of this love triangle, is just blah. Perhaps Shirvingginton was waiting for Entice to spice up his backstory but I felt absolutely nothing for him in her debut novel.

The writing was solid, nothing special but also no glaring errors either.


  1. Oh I hate those lukewarm books that makes you feel nothing either way. Indifference is definitely a killer to the enjoyment of a book. But at least Phoenix seemed to have some layers to him. Too bad the other characters weren't as well developed.

    1. I know, it makes me feel like I've wasted two days reading it!

      Phoenix was definitely my favorite character, but I don't think I can pick up Entice just for him. ):

      Thanks for stopping by!

  2. This lukewarm feeling reminds me of how I felt about Matched. Sometimes I would whether have a strong feeling one way or the other.

    1. Lol at least Matched was lukewarm for me, Matched made me feel HATE!!


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