Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Release Date: March 6th, 2012
Source: ARC from Publisher
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 is one of those books you aren’t sure you’re going to like. You haven’t read many reviews, you secretly want to read it because of the gorgeous cover, but STILL, you don’t know if you should. But let me tell you: you should. You should pick it up. You should read it cover to cover, because: It. Is. Good.
I tend to steer clear of paranormal YA, mainly because I’m sick of the same ol’ plot they all have. I wasn’t exactly interested in reading it until Sourcebooks offered me a galley for review. Good thing I obliged. Embrace was exactly what I was looking for. Jessica Shirvington is an amazing writer. Her writing simply flows, and at times, the prose was incredibly beautiful.
The protagonist, Violet Eden, is easy to relate to. I can see myself stepping into her shoes – though I’m pretty sure I would never be so clueless when it comes to putting two and two together. She’s a heroine to talk about – taking self-defense classes to fend for herself and a mouth that doesn’t want to stay shut. But her uncertainty is what makes her lovable. She’s not all tough on the outside and flat on the inside. Violet has her fair share of pain and grief, and when the life she knows comes crumbling down around her, she’s not sure she can even trust herself.
Jessica Shirvington’s debut is a must-read. Fast-paced and filled with action, you won’t want to miss. You’ll find yourself glued to the pages, flipping them faster than you can read. And get this: the ending isn’t a cliff-hanger. You’ll be left wanting more, but certainly not dangling off a thread. I can’t wait to see what the author has in store for us next. And luckily for us, the sequels will release in just 6 month intervals.
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