Review 2: Embrace, Jessica Shirvington

December 19, 2013 Reviews 0 ★★★★

Review 2: Embrace, Jessica ShirvingtonEmbrace by Jessica Shirvington
Series: The Violet Eden Chapters #1
Published by Hachette on October 2010
Genres: Fantasy, Paranormal, Paranormal Romance, Romance, Urban, Young Adult
Pages: 388
Source: My copy
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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…


On Violet’s seventeenth birthday, she discovers that her destiny is to become one of the Grigori – guardian angels who protect the world from the influence of the Exiled Angels. She reacts rather violently to this, denouncing her friend Lincoln for not telling her sooner. She then runs off with an Exile, the enigmatic (and rather hot) Phoenix, continuing to try to deny her Grigori heritage, but ultimately must make a choice between one world and another.

Philippa’s been trying to convince me to read this series for a while now, so she’ll be happy to know that I finally got around to reading it! Thanks for the recommendation, I really did enjoy it and had trouble putting it down, even if there were a few things that I didn’t like about the story.

Embrace is proper young-adult romantic fluff. I hesitate to compare it to Twilight (slap me if you wish) but I rather enjoyed the Twilight series when I first read it for this very reason – it’s romantic fluff. Every now and then you roll your eyes and say “Oh come ON, people don’t really swoon like that”. Let me assure you that Embrace is a lot better in terms of characterisation and story than Twilight, I’m just comparing the general fluffiness of the story here. Also, a major love triangle. But enough fluffing!

This story is very sexy, with a side helping of kick-arse characters. My main gripe was with Violet. While she was right in being angry with Lincoln for keeping the truth from her, she then continued on to not listen to any explanation or apology from him, despite the fact that she was obviously still swooning in his presence. She also failed to work out major reveals even though they seemed painfully obvious (at least to me). As it turns out, there are reasons for these reactions that are only revealed late in the book, but it didn’t stop me from becoming frustrated and wanting to slap her every now and then!

The society of Angels, Exiles and Grigori is quite interesting and I’ll be getting my hands on the next book to find out what’s next for Violet.

four-stars – A compelling, sexy read from this talented Aussie writer.

Please note: Philippa has also written a review for Embrace – you can see it here.

The Violet Eden Chapters

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Anni lives in Brisbane, Australia with her young family. She loves everything fantasy and science fiction and believes sleep is really very underrated.

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