“It seems these days that angel books have been letting me down greatly. They've been okay, but not great beyond words. It was the same with EMBRACE. Maybe the problem could be that my expectations for angels books are too high or that I'm not not into angel books all too much because from all of them I have read I'm not really ever got a WOW reaction from the book. EMBRACE was good and enjoyable, but it didn't reach my expectations.
One huge thing is I couldn't really relate or care much about the characters. I mean at points within the book I was into them, but that was only when something majorily exciting was happening. But the characters didn't stand out to me.
The love interests do make you go swoon, but they seems too perfect. I mean I couldn't really choose a side because they both, again, didn't stand out in any way to me. One was basically a hottie and the other was another hottie that was considered on the evil side of things.
I did love the romance scenes though. Violet and Lincoln was really intense and there's a forbidden romance type thing going on, which I would really like a real reason for the romance being forbidden. But Violet and Lincoln were hot! And, for some reason I didn't care much for Phoenix, but I felt like he was just a second wheel, because it seems obvious that Violet wanted to be with Lincoln and I felt like Violet was using Phoenix and things seem to have gone to far in my opinion.
There were just small little things in EMBRACE that bugged me a bit, but basically I did enjoy the book to some extent, where it was a good read and enjoyable a little bit, but overall I wouldn't call it one of the best I've read. ”
“must read cant put down what else oh yeah great book ”Candi is on Holiday OR caught up in Life!!!!!-but creativity is just as important as education (please leave a message) wrote this review Sunday, April 1, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This book was so good!! I'm getting sick of all the stupid love triangles though, it's like really can't she just love one guy... I mean it's the same with every book! They always choose the first guy they meet! ”Mikki wrote this review Thursday, March 22, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“If I were to describe EMBRACE by Jessica Shirvington in one word; I wouldn't be able to. That's because one word wouldn't cut it! It would have to be a bouquet of single words just to express how I felt after reading it. Amazing, warming, sad, thrilling, swoony, and so much more!
Jessica has really impressed me on how she craftly portrayed a sort of conspiracy 'not always black or white' aspect on the whole angel theory. It is very original and I couldn't help but to be enthralled by its possibilities. It just makes me hungry for more of the history of angels. "Light" Angels are not always good - they can be prideful, stubborn, and egotistical; and equally, "Dark" Angels sway a balance into things that are not always 'bad/wrong/evil'. You just can't help but to be open eared and listen on to Jessica's angelic world.
Violet's character is okay. I enjoyed her in the beginnning but in the rough parts nearing the end she made a lot of over-exaggerated mistakes. More so that I believe many readers will dislike her for this reason, but I'd just like to say that part of those stupid actions was because she was 'tainted' (trying not to give spoilers here). To those who have already read Embrace I hope you know which part I'm talking about. Anyways, Lincoln is a sweetheart and he was doing what he thought was right, but I think he was way too perfect to realistically believe in. Phoenix on the other hand, I am still fanning myself on how hot this guy is! So, I can't really say much about him because my senses are dulled by his awesomesauce! lol =) Dibs! He is swoon worthy for sure!
Speaking about senses; I didn't really grasp that concept. In a way it's understandable, but I just don't comprehend why 'apples', and why 'always' the same smell and taste for every 'different' exile? I would have enjoyed a little more background on this.
The trials and tribulations of Violet is awing for a girl of her age to be going through. I know she is flawed because of some of her actions, but that is what makes her an appealing character - her imperfections. No one is perfect and that is reality.
Embrace by Jessica Shirvington is an action-packed journey that will take you away!
By the end your heart will surely be captivated by one man! Who, will be up to you. A 2012 MUST READ!”
“This story had a darker tone than the usual fallen angel books I've read. It is beautifully written in the sense that you can feel what Violet was going through as if you were her yourself. All the characters are sculpted so realistically, and the story has such a great fluidity to it. At first, I couldn't understand Violet's feelings, I was angry with how she behaves in some of her situations but she is a young girl who finds out that the one guy she loves has been lying to her....so after marinating on the story and putting in that perspective, she is relatable. The males characters the are vying for her heart....Phoenix, an older fallen angel, who just happens to show up to pick up the pieces when Violet's world falls apart, and there is something dangerously mysterious about him. Personally, I found him to be a bit possessive, creepy and intense. Lincoln, her friend is sweet, young, understanding, and super cute. He is just like her, bound by the rules of a society she refuses to "embrace". I love the idea of this book, the Grigori, and the different levels of Angels. Overall, plot, characters, and everything....good read!”LaToya H wrote this review Monday, March 5, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“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 his busy schedule. That is one of the reasons Violet is very independent. Her father trusts her completely and she is the type of person who would never misuse that trust in anyway.
Control is very important to her since an incident when she was younger. Since then she has done everything to never feel like she felt that day. During a self-defence class, she meets Lincoln, who has become one of very few important people in Violet's life and continues to train her. She gets the training she wants while fulfilling the desire she has to be with him. If only he had the same need.
Something unexpected happens on Violet's birthday with Lincoln, but before she can fully process what, he runs off. Violet never runs and goes to gets some answers. Nothing could have prepared her for what she finds out. Lincoln a Grigori – part angel and part human – and so is she.
I've been anticipating Embrace since I first came across it in 2010. So you can imagine how ecstatic I was when I found out I'd be able to read it. Since I've been anticipating it for so long, I had high hopes and doubts after wanting this book for so long that it would meet those expectations. It didn't, it surpassed them! The mythology Jessica created is exceptional. Some of the myths used are known and the combination of the familiar and what Jessica created and expanded on blurred the lines between fantasy and reality in a way that I never felt the need to stretch my imagination.
I really like Violet, who is just one of many fantastic characters. Each with very distinct personalities that set one apart from the other. When meeting each character, I felt like they had a back-story and didn't start existing the minute their names were written and that their stories would support their actions, which is something that makes them more realistic to me. I look forward to getting to know them better – the good, bad or the ones in a gray area.
Embrace is an amazing debut. An action-packed, intense and unique read that's truly captivating and will leave you eagerly anticipating the sequel. The excitement of an entire series in one book – which is just the start. Books like Embrace are the reason I love fantasy so much.”
“To be honest, I’ve never been a big fan of angels. I’ve always seen them as fat, giggling figures featured on baby cards or the old, dusty thing you bring out every year to prop on top of the Christmas tree – I couldn’t envision them as teenagers in a mostly urban setting. So while I was still willing to give Embrace a shot, I didn’t think it would be my cup of tea. Boy, was I wrong!
Seventeen-year-old Violent Eden doesn’t feel like celebrating her birthday, and for a good reason. Who wants to rejoice the day their mother died? Yeah, that’s what I thought. But Violet’s about to discover that she’s just not another year older this time. Unraveling the truth and finding love, Violet is going to have to make the biggest decision of her life. Can she embrace her future…before it’s too late?
Everything I thought about angels – the musty smelling, baby-faced cherubs with flimsy little wings – has changed. Embrace reinvented the mythical creature we’re all familiar with and showed them in a whole new light – literally. Shirvington’s angels were refreshingly clever, witty and downright swoon-worthy! The protagonist, Violet, is no exception.
At last, I thought, a heroine with meaning! Violet’s character is genuine. Her entertaining narrative that had me laughing out loud makes her instantly likable and, most importantly, relatable. I loved that she actually had a reason to be angry, she wasn’t inexplicably moody or selfish, and that she made her emotions clear. She was girly without being wimpy and displayed such strength in the final pages that absolutely blew me away. This girl can kick some real butt, man!
But Violet isn’t the only star of this show. Remember, what’s at the heart of every good YA paranormal? A love interest, of course! And Embrace presents not one but two love interests. Yep, there’s a love triangle. Before you start rolling your eyes though, you need to know that this one has no trace of insta-love and actually makes sense. You heard me: a love triangle that makes sense. I’m still not sure whose side I’m on, either. It seems like no one can resist the charming yet manipulating presence of smoldering bad angel, Phoenix, but I can’t forget good ol’ Lincoln though, who has been there for Violet from the start. How will she choose? I guess you’ll have to find out for yourself.
For me, Embrace has everything that other YA angel stories don’t – action, mystery, humor, intelligence and, of course, a heart-fluttering romance. Being an Aussie girl, it reminded me of home too and there just aren’t enough teen books that do. My ultimate, unbiased reaction is that it surprised me, and in a great way. This is, really, an utterly addictive page-turner. I’ve found my new guilty pleasure!”
“Review Courtesy of Dark Faerie Tales
Quick & Dirty: A young woman, two beautiful older men, immeasurably powerful.
Opening Sentence: Birthdays aren’t my thing.
Violet Eden is a now 17-year-old teenage girl, who just wants to be a normal girl, with a normal life. Unfortunately for her, life isn’t always fair, and we can’t always get what we want (insert song lyrics here). You see it turns out that Violet is a Grigori, a half human-half angel with a destiny to protect the human race, and with powers beyond anyone’s imagination. Violet spends the majority of the book denying her fate, rejecting her powers and her place among the Grigori. When an unforeseen circumstance threatens to take away the only person that had mattered for so long, she must embrace her destiny and her powers to save him, and eventually save herself.
Lincoln is a man with many secrets, and a soft spot for his soon to be life partner of sorts. Born the first half of this pair of Grigori, it is Lincoln’s job to prepare Violet for the life and trials ahead, and he seemingly does a decent job. That is, until Violet finds out what his true motives are, well some of them anyway, and she rejects him. Poor Lincoln is then forced to step back from his role in her life, and watch, guilt ridden and alone, as she fraternizes with the enemy, a rather shady guy named Phoenix.
Phoenix is an exiled angel, with secrets of his own, and a not so pleasant past. Born the son of the original bad a**, Lilith, Phoenix drops into Violet’s life and takes advantage of her sadness, confusion and anger, turning her against those of her own kind. With ulterior motives, he seduces his way into Violet’s heart (as well as other places), at times stealing her free will, influencing her decisions and, apparently, actually tainting her very soul.
I officially do not like this Phoenix character…emotionally that is. His character is rather well written, and excellent for the plotline and story, but boy does he make me angry. That boy needs a face slap, and his butt kicked as well. So I suppose this makes me firmly Team Lincoln. Though, Lincoln is certainly no hardship, let me tell you.
Set in what appears to be present day inner-city, like New York or Chicago or somewhere, Embrace takes traditional religion, young adult fantasy, adventure, danger, love and deception and delivers it all in one tasty package. The characters, as I stated above, are all incredibly well-written, their storyline unique, the action, adventure and romance nicely done. I’d highly recommend this read for anyone. Oh, and I call dibs on these sequels too…see this Angela…DIBS
I wrapped my arms around my stomach, trying to ignore the most frightening sensation that was welling up inside me, pushing at the very fibers of my being: pure pleasure. Whoever, whatever, had done this had experienced ultimate joy in the process. And I could feel it too.
Desperate to avert my gaze, I switched my attention back to the other body. This time I really saw it. I’d heard of it before, the way a person’s mind can somehow protect them from processing things that are too disturbing. The male, still dressed and moderately undisturbed, lay in a state of emptiness—not like he was dead, more like he was lost. Dead bodies are supposed to look like they are finally at rest, but I knew now what Griffin had meant when he said we would find no peace. There was none to be had. I stared at each one, horrified, my heart crying for them. I felt suffocated.
As soon as I tasted apple on the tip of my tongue, I knew the rest of my senses would follow. I stumbled a few steps, trying to get away. It was futile.
Images of morning and evening flashed before my eyes, blinding me. It was…violent. Painful. I dropped to my knees and screamed. I heard Lincoln cry out, though he didn’t touch me. I wanted to stop it, but I couldn’t. Cold heat rushed through my body. I felt like a rigid statue of ice with a volcano erupting from within. I could hear my screams—worlds away.
My back arched, my arms falling behind me, dangling to the ground, my knuckles grazing the concrete floor.
An arm encircled my waist, holding me up as I arched back even farther. Another hand gripped the side of my face, keeping me still. I felt myself slipping away, losing myself to the senses. I tried to concentrate, tried to remember what Phoenix had told me. Emotion. I needed to control my emotions. Or distract them with something that could totally consume me.
I hoped it was Lincoln’s arm around my waist.
“Kiss me,” I whispered.
The hands on my face froze. Another wave of the senses pummeled through me.
“Kiss me, please!” This time I was screaming.
He slammed into me, crashing through barriers. So perfectly molded to my mouth, he pushed my lips apart and…we melted. The same cool, pure breeze I had felt after Lincoln had touched me when I first held the wristband galloped through my body, through my soul. It blew the overpowering smell of flowers away like a breeze through a field. I felt the apple fade until all I could taste was his very real mouth. My body poured the cool heat and humming energy into him, until he absorbed it all. The birds circled us and flew into the distance.
He pulled me closer. Kneeling in front of me, he kissed me intensely and I felt…right. Morning and evening slipped away. It was just us. Silence surrounded us. My heart leapt and I kissed him back, knowing so truly that I loved him. My heart cried and I pulled away, knowing so truly that he had betrayed me.
I fell to the ground.
He fell to the ground.
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FTC Advisory: Sourcebooks Fire provided me with a copy of Embrace. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.”
“Good brain candy in between semesters!”Jade wrote this review Monday, July 11, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This book was great.....an Australian author....it was wonderful....lots of tension....well researched and fantastic characters that you absolutely love....you just can't help it....it also makes the plot of the book far more interesting because you like all the characters and can't choose between them....worth reading...its fabulous! I must go out and buy the second one now!”Caz wrote this review Friday, June 17, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No