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“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...”see full review » see other reviews »
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“Did not finish. Did not like the writing style, will maybe take it up again in future”see full review » see other reviews »
“May contain a little spoiler so warning is here.
I have mixed feelings about this book. On the one hand it was good with some of the characters and plot line to start off with, for example the unrequited love between Lincoln and Violet, Steph being Steph and Phoenix being this mysterious character who appears out of nowhere. That was good to start with but then as it went on I got a little exhausted with the whole story. One minute Violet is kissing Lincoln, then she's kissing Phoenix then she's back to kissing Lincoln and then she hates him. Just a little bit repetitive and annoying, as if Violet can't honestly make up her mind.
Then the revelation about Phoenix's backstory was predictable. I figured it out as soon as the hint was first mentioned. I'm really trying not to reveal any spoilers but I'm struggling to speak how annoyed I am. Ultimately it turns out he is really not the guy for Violet but still could have the potential if both of them figures out what they want.
On the plus side of Phoenix, I liked the manipulation of his character not only on Violet but also on the readers I feel. This is going to become really A-Level analisis here, but the fact that Phoenix turns out to be an inwardly evil character but on the outside is supposedly good. The idea of a "secret villian" appeals to me and I think he's going to become a really brilliant foe for Violet to face in the series, especially considering all of the history the have between them now. This is probably the only reason why I would consider reading the rest of the series. ”
“Turns out Violet is a Grigori, a hunter of exiled angels and Lincoln is her destined partner. Violet meets the sexy Phoenix, who’s willing to provide her with answers that Lincoln won’t. Now, with Violet’s life turned upside down and her trust in Lincoln gone, will she be able to put the past behind her and follow her destiny?”Katharine G wrote this review Friday, April 12, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Did not finish. Did not like the writing style, will maybe take it up again in future”stagemom604 wrote this review Thursday, April 4, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This book, actually the heroine, drove me crazy. One of my biggest pet peeves when comes to books is a protagonist I can't seem to find any redeeming quality in to like. Violet Eden is the angriest character I've every come across in a book. I tried to chock up her anger to life experiences but it wasn't believable, her anger mostly seemed overdone or unnecessary. Even her reactions to things seems inappropriate to the situation. When Violet was told she is half angel, she underreacted to the news and accepted quickly, but finding out Lincoln, her friend and the guy she's completely in love with kept it from her for two years, she overreacted. I didn't buy her acceptance of who she is to come so quickly, and how betrayed she was by Lincoln for not telling her two years ago. She wouldn't see the signs of what she would become until she turns seventeen, so I could see the logic in not burdening her with the information too early, and she would just think he was crazy then.
Violet lost her mother to childbirth and a teacher attacked her when she was fifteen, so I tried to excuse her anger to those past experiences. And her father, after seventeen years, while being a good Dad, was pretty much absent emotionally still dealing with the loss her mother. But there was something about Violet's anger that didn't fit with these experiences, it seemed created not real and bitchy most of the time. It got worse when Violet's anger got so out of control and seemed too much. All of her anger was focused on one person, Lincoln, and became irrational. In the last few chapters I found out that her emotions were tampered with and all my stress over dealing with this protagonists was minimized just a bit. I guess it was easy to tap into the anger she already had for Lincoln. I'm not sure exactly when her her emotions were effected because her blaming Lincoln for almost dying and having her to make her decision to Embrace just to save his life was another thing that, yes, angered me. I yelled at my kindle, saying "Just let him die then if your just going to blame him for making you make this decision". I know, I know, I sound angry, but that was the emotion this book brought out in me and I would have loved to feel more than one emotion reading this or any book. (End of Spoiler)
There are many different kinds of angels in this story and it took some time to grasp all the information being thrown at me. Some are exiled angels who can be light or dark. Violet met Phoenix, an exiled angel who she didn't think to find out if he was light or dark. I never trusted Phoenix but I knew I like him as a character through Violet's eyes, unlike her. He was obviously lying or holding back information from her but she found it easier to be around him and accept his secrets. I'm not sure why to tell the truth, I think she likes the way he looks and was blinded by that.
Not sure if it would be possible for me to like or enjoy hearing from a character who says she's not herself unless she's angry. I can accept this emotion from a character but I would expect more personality, not someone so one dimensional. By the third chapter I wasn't sure if I could continue to listen to Violet's voice but I kept going in hopes that it might change and the story was definitely not boring. Her voice kept pissing me off but the story did get more interesting as it went along. So the redeeming quality was the story itself, a good concept on the angel genre and other interesting characters.”
“Now normally not a fan of triangle love affairs that pop up in the second book, but in Embrace the first book in this series we start off with it right away. So because of this straight out the gate, I can look pass and accept it. Liked thw whole angels are not only good there are bad too everything has a balance, but the main thing is free will. i just liked the part angel guardian that was their focus”Jennifer G wrote this review Thursday, March 14, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Very interesting. The character, Violet, was a bit immature at times, especially for a 17 year old, which irritated me at times, but then young love is immature I guess. Overall, though it was a refreshing YA Fantasy story. Common theme lately in YA literature though with fallen angels, but I will probably read the other two books in the series to see where it goes.”K.A. Miller wrote this review Sunday, March 3, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“it's like any other book to me. it's very similar to others that i have read...
“This story started off okay, but the main character's angst got annoying about half way in. I know this is a YA novel, but there's only so much whine that I can handle. Besides that, the story was obviously a foundation for future books.”Angela L wrote this review Sunday, February 3, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Loved it so much that i can't wait for the next one! :)”Ashley M. wrote this review Friday, January 25, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No