Embrace (Embrace Series #1)

Embrace (Embrace Series #1)

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My girl,

Happy 17th birthday. I wish I could be there with you, but I think if you ar reading this...I am not. For that, I am sorry. The day your dad and I found out we were going to have a baby was the happiest day of my long life. I know the only day that will exceed that joy will be the day you are born – no matter how that day ends.

A big decision lies ahead. The burden of the covenant is a heavy one to bear. Choose with your heart, for I already know that you, my girl, must let your heart guide the way.

I love you. Please forgive me.


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781743194270
Publisher: Bolinda Publishing Pty, Limited
Publication date: 04/25/2012
Series: Embrace (Violet Eden Chapters) Series , #1
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 1.50(h) x 5.00(d)
Age Range: 14 - 17 Years

About the Author

How many of us can say we fell in love in high school? A lot of us. But how many of us stayed in love with the same person? Jessica Shirvigton has been lucky enough to marry the man she fell in love with at seventeen, Matthew Shirvington--Olympic sprinter, five-time national 100m champion, and current sports personality with Australia's Foxtel and Sky News. Jessica and her family live outside Sydney, Australia, where she is currently working on the next book in the Embrace series.

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"Outside, among your fellows, among strangers, you must preserve appearances, a hundred things you cannot do; but inside, the terrible freedom!"—Ralph Waldo Emerson

Birthdays aren't my thing.

It's hard to get too excited about the day that marks the anniversary of your mother's death. It's not that I blame myself for her not being here. No one could have known she wouldn't survive childbirth. It's not that I miss her either. I mean, I never knew her in the first place. But it is the one day each year that at some point I'll be forced to ask myself, Was it worth it? Was my life worth taking hers?

I stared out the bus window, avoiding. Steph was blabbering on, something about the perfect dress, completely absorbed in what she was saying. She was relentless when it came to the science of shopping. I could feel her watching me, disappointed with my cheer level. Buildings flashed past through the frame of the smudged glass and I couldn't help but wish my seventeenth birthday tomorrow would slide by in the same hazy blur.

"Violet Eden!" Steph said sternly, sucking me out of my trance. "We have your dad's Amex, a green light, and no specified limit." Her mock rebuke morphed into a devious grin. "What more could a girl want as a birthday present?"

Technically, it was my Amex. My name, my signature. It just happened to be connected to Dad's account. A by-product of being the only person at home who actually bothered to pay any bills.

I knew Steph wouldn't understand if I told her I wasn't in the mood, so I lied. "I can't go shopping today. I...um...I have a training session."

She raised her eyebrows at me. For a moment I thought she was going to call me out on my fake alibi. But then she segued onto a topic we seemed to be discussing more and more often as of late.

"With Lincoln?"

I shrugged, trying not to let on how much just the mention of Lincoln affected me. Although the training part wasn't true, I did have plans to see him later on and was already doing my best not to keep a minute-by-minute countdown.

Steph rolled her eyes. "Honestly, one of these days I'm gonna tell him you'd prefer to get all hot and sweaty with him in a different kind of way!" She threw me her bitchy smile—something she usually reserves for other people.

I sat back and let her vent. It was easier that way. Steph didn't get it and I couldn't blame her—I'd never told her all of the reasons why training was so important to me. Some things are just too hard to talk about.

"You do realize you're turning into some kind of sports geek, don't you? And don't pretend you actually like them all. I know for a fact that you hate long-distance running." Steph couldn't understand how anyone would rather go rock climbing or boxing in place of shopping.

"I get a kick out of training with him," I said, hoping to put an end to the conversation, even though she wasn't completely off base about the running. If I didn't have Lincoln's butt to stare at the whole time, motivation would be a lot harder to come by.

I busied myself by rummaging through my backpack, which was jammed with all the books they force you to take home on the last day before break. Steph didn't seem put off.

"It's like he's training you for battle or something." Her eyes lit up. "Hey, maybe he has some underground fight club and he's grooming you!"

"That's it, Steph. Definitely."

I didn't want to be talking about this, didn't want to have to admit the round-the-clock desire I had to be with Lincoln. It was like something deep within me found comfort in his presence.

Crushing with the best of 'em, Vi!

Too bad it was a lost cause. It had been that way ever since the moment I'd first met him two years ago. He was a late entry into a self-defense class I'd signed up for. When he was partnered with me, what I thought was going to be another mediocre attempt on my part to get fit and strong became so much more.

I never found out why Lincoln had taken the class. He clearly knew more than the instructor, moving through the exercises with the kind of ease and grace that made it clear he was in another league. After the first couple of weeks, when I was finally able to string more than two words together around him, I asked him why he was there. He shrugged it off, saying it was always good to do a refresher class.

By the end of the three-month course, I was learning more from him than from the instructor, and he offered to give me some kickboxing lessons. Now I get the best of both worlds. I get stronger every day—our list of activities has expanded to include rock climbing, running, even an archery course—and I get to hang out with Lincoln. It's perfect...almost.

"Well, I guess that means we're going shopping tomorrow then." Steph pouted but couldn't keep it up. She can never stay mad for long.

Unfortunately, she was right. I knew Dad had given her strict instructions, due to my lack of spirit and his lack of know-how, to make sure I had a new dress for my birthday dinner tomorrow night. The clock was ticking—shopping was inevitable.

"I can't wait," I said, flashing her a well-practiced fake smile from my birthday repertoire.

As the bus slowed for its next stop, Steph stood up from our seat, three rows from the back. She was convinced only the wannabes sat right at the back, the geeks at the front, and the goths/weirdos right behind them. That left about three rows we could work with, the ones that apparently put us in the not-trying-to-but-can't-help-being-cool section. The ironic thing was, if judged purely on academic achievements, Steph was the biggest geek I knew. Of course, she never publicized the fact that she was some kind of borderline genius.

She wrapped her narrow frame around the metal pole near the doors, donned her favorite pair of D&G sunglasses, and blew me a kiss. I laughed. Luckily for me, Steph wasn't only a label girl. For all the designer clothes she paraded around in, she was surprisingly balanced. The fact that she was from a seriously moneyed-up family and was usually wearing something that cost more than my entire wardrobe didn't adversely affect our friendship. I didn't overly care for material possessions and she didn't overly care that I didn't.

"Do me a favor?" she said, making her way out the door, unfazed by the logjam of kids sardined behind her. "While you're drooling over Mr. Fantastic, make sure you jab him in the gut a few times for taking up all your free time and depriving me of my bff."

"Sure thing," I said, blowing her a kiss back and ignoring the twinge of guilt I felt about lying to my best friend.

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Safari_Poet More than 1 year ago
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.
Ozzy12 More than 1 year ago
Loved it. Great book, great story. I was very entertained.
majibookshelf More than 1 year ago
If you've been following the blog for a while you would know that I am known to have an odd relationship with paranormal novels, specifically angel books. Some angel novels I love to death, and others I can't seem to get through the full book. Now you're all wondering how I feel about Embrace? well it definitely is in the "I enjoyed it" pile! To break it down even more, I must say that I enjoyed the first half much more than the latter half. I went through the first half in ONE sitting, however I reached a bump in the middle and things slowed down in the book, which in turn made me lose a bit of interest in it. However, the book in the end was magnificent and I am SO excited to get my hands on the second book because i REALLY did get addicted to Violet's story in the end! Ok now let me explain a bit more. This novel has a love triangle. I often side with one of the sides immediately and stick to it till the end, but I am SO annoyed that as SOON as Violet gets with someone, I start liking the other! I mean sheesh, Violet, why couldn't we agree on one man? I was confused, so I understand why Violet went from one to the other and just didn't know where her heart belonged to. Throughout the book I found Violet to be a bit childish, and sometimes even straight out hateful because of how she treated Lincoln, and then Pheonix, the other guy of the love triangle. I just did not enjoy her indecisive mentality and that she assumes everyone should give her a break because she just found out she will never live a normal life. I really liked the plot, in that it was more dynamic, problems happen, they get solved, then more problems occur. It was centered around one problem, but it didn't suffocate the whole book, there was room for other implications, complications, and issues to arise. Also, towards the end, you discover things (even though you discover them before Violet does), that are so shocking that you just want to know WHY but you never get to that since the book ends. WHICH IS WHY I NEED to get my hands on the second book! which I can not wait to see its cover, if it is as gorgeous as the first one, then I'm a happy reader/book cover lover.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved it!! Can not wait for the next book in this series... it had suspense and action and romance. Sometimes it was confusing about what was happening, but it made the ending even better!!! Highly recomend this book!<3
Nikkayme More than 1 year ago
Embrace has everything a reader could want: a well-executed plot, fantastic characters, a steamy romance, and plenty of action to keep it all going. I was instantly enthralled by it and I&rsquo;m not one to enjoy books about angels. Embrace isn&rsquo;t like other angel books though because despite having angels in it, the story remains focused on characters, while giving the reader insight about how the angel mythology works. Violet can be a bit na&iuml;ve, but she comes across as very sincere and real. She&rsquo;s not terribly boy crazy or ditzy &ndash;though she does have her moments with both Linc and Phoenix; she&rsquo;s very easy to relate to. Her journey from normal girl to angel is actually exactly how you&rsquo;d expect it to be. Violet reacts in the right way&hellip;.but you&rsquo;ll have to read the book to see what I think the right way is. Now about those boys: Linc is okay, I guess. That&rsquo;s the thing with a possible love triangle though. Readers will always pick one that they see as the best. And for me, that wasn&rsquo;t Linc. I liked him, but he got me quite angry here and there. Phoenix, on the other hand, is sexy and cocky, with just the right amount of sweet. He&rsquo;s not innocent or all good, but I couldn&rsquo;t help but be drawn to his darkness. Readers will certainly eat these two boys up! Embrace takes readers on a wild ride of ups, downs, and startling realizations. It&rsquo;s the first in a trilogy, so while this one starts the trio off very strong, there is so much more to look forward to. The fighting and action is intense, the smoldering, sexy scenes are as steamy as ever, and the plot will keep you hooked. Embrace will hold up as an easy and favorite read for me&hellip;and should for you too.
JennRenaeMcCoy More than 1 year ago
Embrace is a must-read for lovers of paranormal romance! I was swept away by the characters, both good and evil! 5 reason count-down for why you HAVE to read Embrace! 5.)There is no down-time! Jessica Shirvington jumps straight to the action, and it just keeps on coming. 4.) The mythology in it is very interesting. I wrote my Masters Thesis on how popular culture treats religion, and there were so many references to stories from old religions that I just got swept away in the history! 3.) Violet is a kick-butt heroine, but she is also realistic. She really struggles with the realization that she's an angel, and even more, she struggles with controlling her powers. It's not a snap your fingers and she's awesome kind of thing. She has a difficult time growing into her powers, and she is still struggling near the end of the book--which means there's much more to come in the future! 2.) Phoenix--the oh-so-hot resident maybe good/maybe bad? guy. He is one of Violet's love interests. He's dark, foreboding, and mysterious--which I love. It's going to be interesting seeing how Phoenix turns out in the future books! I won't say much more about him because you MUST read it for yourself! 1.) Lincoln--yummy. He's Violet's other love interest, and he is just oh-so-adorable! He's the complete opposite of Phoenix, but I love him just as much! Again, I won't say any more because I don't want to spoil it...but, believe me, there is so much romance you're heart will never slow down! So...in conclusion--one more time--YOU MUST READ THIS BOOK!!!!
Some_Reading_Required More than 1 year ago
The gorgeous cover drew me in instantly. From the get-go I figured it would be about angels due to the beautiful smokey wings &ldquo;embracing&rdquo; the girl&rsquo;s back. I was very curious as to what the black feathers meant along with the description &ldquo;A dark and heart-racing tale&rdquo;. Once again, my mind wandered and I came to the assumption that the book was about about dark or fallen angels. I really liked how the cover got me thinking. I had so many questions and I just knew I wanted needed to read Embrace to find the answers and ease my internal inquiries. I think the book summary does a good job of describing Embrace (even a little too good *spoiler warning*) so I&rsquo;ll skip my usual, and personal quick-summary. Violet Eden has got to be one of my all-time favorite characters. Throughout the book I found myself relating to her on a deeper-level. I was really able to connect and share her feelings. Due to a horrible incident involving a pedo-teacher, Violet has developed into a very persistent and strong young woman. She&rsquo;s adopted a &ldquo;never again&rdquo; attitude paired with a &ldquo;won&rsquo;t give up&rdquo; mantra. Like the average teenage girl, Violet&rsquo;s time is occupied by homework, boys, and hanging with her best friend Steph. I completely understand Violet&rsquo;s hell-no attitude when she&rsquo;s thrust into a world filled with good and bad angels fighting for humanity&rsquo;s dominion. Heavy words right? Joining a centuries-old battle is not something you decide lightly. A good portion of Embrace features Violet&rsquo;s decision process on whether or not giving up her normal life for a legit &ldquo;higher-calling&rdquo; is worth the sacrifice. Of course, she doesn&rsquo;t just sit around adding jelly beans to a scale, weighing the pros in cons. Nope. Violet experiences, on multiple occasions, the consequences involved in ignoring her calling. Embrace had everything that I love in YA books. Our main character is thrust into a new world, forced to question her beliefs, faced with many obstacles yet &ndash; comes out stronger in the end. I&rsquo;ll will say, you do find out by the end of book one whether Violet chooses to &ldquo;embrace&rdquo; her calling, but you&rsquo;ll very surprised and heart-broken when you read about the elements that affected her decision. There&rsquo;s a lot of action and deaths. When it comes to the ultimate good vs. evil showdown, they&rsquo;re tends to be some major casualties. Of course, there&rsquo;s also a little romance featured in a love triangle. Some find the love triangle tiring, but I personally didn&rsquo;t mind Embrace&rsquo;s version. The two guys completing Violet&rsquo;s love-diabolical, are very different and unique and I eagerly followed along. The last Embrace aspect I want need to mention is the mythology. I haven&rsquo;t read many angel-esque novels, maybe a handful at the most. However, time in again I find the stories to be similar. When you&rsquo;re using the same supernatural-being in various books it&rsquo;s hard to make your book unique. I think Embrace has the unique down perfectly. The mythology surrounding angels, where they came from, how they came, what they want, what types, and so forth was refreshing and new. I give Embrace a 4/5 rating. It&rsquo;s one of my favorite books of 2012. Book two comes out September 2012 and you can bet I&rsquo;ll be getting it when it does.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book,connects those who have loved but could not have,holds your emotions as if you were back n time, the hatred you felt from your first betrail of love trust an innoccence,something we all have learned from but also wish could have been diffrent life is full of darkness an light who are we? Me im light fighting alot of darkness,negative energy!!!!!! Its hard when the darkness can fool u!!!!!!
AcesMommy More than 1 year ago
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. &quot;Light&quot; Angels are not always good - they can be prideful, stubborn, and egotistical; and equally, &quot;Dark&quot; 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!
lovepassionbooks More than 1 year ago
I first have to tell you that my cover of this book is different then the final cover. And I really wish they would have kept that cover! It is beautiful. I love it so much more then the final cover! But I don't get to choose that detail. :( LOL Well right now there are a lot of angel books that are coming out, and some are not as good as others....not this one! I loved this book. I loved everything about it. I loved all the characters and their personalities. I feel when it is a great book the characters really grow with the story. This is exactly what happened with this story. I think when this happens, some of the greatest stories happen. You meet Violet. Violet is learning a lot about her life and fast. Her father is never around, her mother died when she was born, she has the greatest friend in the world, and the guy of her dreams. But something is about to happen that she never thought would happen. She is half human, half angel. She has a lot that is about to happen and what is she going to do....push the guy who she thought she was in love with away to get closer to Phoenix, a strong handsome man for the bar. But that is not all that is going to happen. This book is action packed from cover to cover. It has fight scenes, love scenes, and everything in between. I loved everything about this book and more. I am going to recommend this book to everyone that I know! You have to read Embrace!
Icecream18 More than 1 year ago
Looking for an angel-themed mystery with a dash of romance? This just might be your perfect book. The author includes a quote with each chapter that emphasizes what is to come, the reader will most likely come to love those quotes. Violet and Lincoln are introduced to the reader first. Violet is an admirable main character, the reader will not find him/herself hating her or thinking &quot;why did she do that?&quot; much, at all. Lincoln is the love interest for the first portion of the novel, and even until the end. Lincoln is that all-around good guy. He is someone who could offer a shoulder to cry on and seems to always be there for his friends. However, he has more than a few secrets too...secrets that Violet should, perhaps, know about. When Phoenix is first introduced in the novel, the reader will wonder just who and what he is. The author leaves him an enigma; he doesn't apologize for himself and literally has that &quot;take me as I am&quot; attitude. He becomes a bit of a love interest himself. The other characters function as supporting characters, the reader will enjoy meeting them as well. The plot itself is very fast-paced and developed down to the last detail. The author manages to give the reader enough details to keep the reader turning the pages, but doesn't reveal the full mystery. The reader will find that the further he/she immerses him/herself in the book, the more intricate the plot becomes as well as the relationships between the characters. This book is nearly impossible to put down and worth reading cover to cover. Embrace is perfect for young adult/teen readers.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you're into fantasy books this is just for you it is truly a great read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This series is truly amazing, I'd definitely recommend it! The main character is the perfect female lead. This story is my perfect vision of true soul mates. It was one of those books that you just couldn't put down. I read through the whole series feeling every emotion that Violet felt and in my opinion, those are the best types of books. It transported me to this world and always kept my attention, the author never has a dull moment. Loved it so much!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I do not write many reviews (actually this is my first but I've read many many books) but this time I have to. Yes Violet is annoying a little but the series is amazing from start to finish (Yes I said finish because I happen to have read the final installment the Australian version). I have read many books but this series tops it all. All I can say is its worth the read. Shirvington's writing style, development of main and supporting characters, and story line will keep you reading and wanting more. You will smile, laugh, and cry but its worth the ride. A story like this only comes along but so often and I am overwhelmed with happiness that I got to experience it. Plus the action and fighting are definitely good times :)
jessicabree More than 1 year ago
I think this book may be better suited to actual teens and not a great cross over. I found the book spent way too much time on forced dialogue just to build the background of the story. There is little depth to the characters and the themes are very common ones. If you love angel teen shuffle then go for it. But I don't think I'll be reading ant further. 
CrossroadReviews More than 1 year ago
Thanks to Sourcebooks for sending me a review copy of this book! When I got this book I was on break from all thing angels. I had just finished a lot of books with them and was just kind of done with that race. I really didnt want ANYTHING to do with them. But, I worked through it and found a wonderful new series to fall in love with. Jessica Shirvington isnt afraid to go there if you know what I mean. With sexy characters that you both love and love to hate. And a wonderful plot. I couldnt put Embrace down. And unlike a lot of books out there. Embrace has a meaning to the title. *I was recently sent a copy of book 2 in this series (Embrace) called Entice. So I had to go back and reread book 1. Which was a great idea as there were a lot of things that I had forgotten the first time around. So even the second time reading Embrace I fell in love with all the characters all over again. So Embrace was a big 5 stars both times.Here is my org. review- Angels have always had to dwell in the house of the lord. Always listen to the word of god. But, what if angels had free will? Would it be good or bad? Well Embrace answers this question......and its NOT pretty! This book has something in common with the House of Night books by P.C and Kristen Cast. That just because something is light doesn't always mean that it is good. As the goddess Nyx says: Darkness does not alway equate to evil, Just as Light does not always bring good. So my one BIG question in this book is where is god in all of this. It seems that he/she has taken a vacation and is not around right now. The angels have the reins and are using them to their advantage. In the end this book was wonderful. It was a little slow at times so take your time with it. But it is worth reading! Ill leave you with some words from the book and also from the bible. (yes the bible can have some really good end lines lol! Even me being a witch I can't deny that) &quot;This is your fate, the destiny I have planned for you......&quot; Jeremiah 13:25 And with that Farwell and May You Embrace YOUR Destiny!
-Dee More than 1 year ago
Violet Eden annoyed me very much. When she finds out that she is not exactly human, and the guy she loves knew but didn't tell her, she decides that he is practically her enemy. She refuses to see him, even though her life is on the line, and that just annoyed me so much. The plot and idea are good, but Violet is just another girl who is trying to cling on to her &quot;normal&quot; life when obviously it's not going to happen, and after a while, it just got old. But it is easy to read. And she is always blaming Lincoln and her dead mother for trying to break apart her normal life. And I just can not with this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Simply the best
StressedRach on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
After reading Embrace, Jessica Shivington has now got to be one of my favourite authors. The book had me engrossed from the very beginning, I couldn¿t put it down, Making it one of the quickest books that I have ever read.The story was one that you could very much get it to, knowing something was odd within Violet but not knowing what, her veins turning strange after a nightmare which happened the night before her seventeenth birthday.The man she loved, Lincoln did not seem to feel the same way about her, she lived in hope that he might one day fall in love with her. Will he? or will she fall in love with the exiled angel Phoenix?The book is very tense at times, remembering what life for my was at the age of seventeen but for the things that come to play in Violets life she had some really tough decisions to make and gruesome things to see.Reading the preview of Enticed, Jessica Shivington¿s second book in the Violet Eden Chapters, I cannot wait for it to be published in the UK so I can see what will happen next in Violet¿s life.
AmberFIB on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I was really looking forward to reading Embrace, and I had huge expectations for it. Maybe that's why it was kind of a let down. This book didn't hold my interest as well as I felt it should have, and on top of that I didn't like Violet at all. The novel was also slow moving, so I got bored more than a few times while reading it. The plot was a let-down, too. It wasn't very suspenseful, and I had everything predicted WAY before it happened. Also, the mythology is 900 kinds of jacked up and makes no sense. Overall, this book is mediocre at best. I'm going to start with the characters and go from there. Violet. She is the biggest freaking brat I have ever read. She is selfish and temperamental, but somehow guys were just falling all over her. I don't get it. I mean unless she wore a sign flashing, "hey, I'm easy. You can ignore my bitch-ass personality!" then I don't know what they saw in her. Even the hottest person in the world wouldn't be worthwhile if they acted like her. She was a total bitch. I can't make that clear enough. And DRAMATIC. Oh Lord, everything was the end of the world to her. Everything was soooooo bad. She wanted to be normal. Blahblahblah. Whine, whine, whine. I wanted to beat her in the face. Repeatedly. With a sledgehammer. I doubt she would have shut up even then, though. She would have just whined that her apparently beautiful face was now sullied. *throws a shoe* Moving on. The other characters were very one-dimensional. They were cookie-cutter, stock characters. None of them had any real quirks to make them real. Her dad was MIA, her best friend was a slut, the two guys were token good and bad guys, and the wise elder was supposedly wise and old. Nothing special. Her mom was dead. She had no other friends. It's obvious why. Okay, next complaint. Pacing. This book moved INCREDIBLY slowly, and even during the supposed exciting part of the book, it STILL moved slowly. I was so freaking bored that I had to put this book down several times and come back to it later. The only reason I forced myself through it is because I am doing this group post with Hollow Readers and I promised I'd read it. Otherwise, I would have just declined the review and moved on. And the big reveal wasn't a reveal at all. Violet's enlightening moment wasn't all that enlightening either. And after everything, she was still a freaking brat. She didn't grow at all. The plot was so predictable that it was kind of pathetic. I knew everything that was going to happen about 50 pages before it actually happened. Anyone who's read any cliched YA book before would be able to predict this. It was that obvious, cliched, and predictable. The whole book was just bad. Obviously, I won't be continuing this series. My recommendation? Avoid this book like the plague. You want a good angel story, there are plenty out there. Embrace is not one of them.
BookWhisperer on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Embrace is an eye catcher from the start; it has such a beautifully simple cover that will grab or attention right away. I have had this book on my to read list for some time now, and have had some struggle getting to it. Now I am kicking myself for the delay that I have allowed in getting to it. Embrace is an exceptional read, and I am a new fan for The Violet Eden Chapters. I must warn readers that I would label this a Mature YA Paranormal Romance, because it does include so advanced sexual content. From the first line Violet's story is straight forward and enticing. At first glance, Violet is just your average everyday girl with a major crush; but as the story unfolds what we actually find is a deep seeded and dedicated love and thrilling story about a very special girl. As Violet travels this road of self-discovery readers will clutch desperately to the hope of resolution for this young girl. As her world crumbles further this glimmer of hope will slip away until it¿s seems merely a fantasy. The raw emotion pouring from these pages will absorb readers into the story, and overwhelm them with a realistic experience that leaves them demanding more. This love triangle between Lincoln, Phoenix, and Violet is deeply troubling as we find ourselves caught in the web of truths and lies; one will remain standing but this will prove and unexpected surprise til the last moment. While seeing the good in both characters, and their absolute dedication to Violet it becomes harder and harder distinguish where loyalties lie. Shirvington has left off with a conclusion that will wrap up some loose ends, but leaves the future uncertain for where the next book will take us. Enticed is book two of The Violet Eden Chapters, and it is scheduled for release September of 2012.
lilcrickit on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
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!
taleofnight on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I was excited to read Embrace. But it was a bit of a let down. Not because the story wasn't interesting (it was), but because of some of the characters. I could not stand Violet. She annoyed me for about 95% of the book. When she finds out she's part angel, she flips. She's angry at Lincoln for not telling her and she's angry that her life can't be "normal" anymore regardless if she embraces her powers or not. She's just always angry, and most of that anger is towards Lincoln, and I really liked Lincoln, so that made me really dislike Violet. Also, Phoenix. I didn't like him from the beginning. He was a creeper and weird. I never understood why Violet hung around him or even wanted to be with him. Though, it is explained in the end, and I do understand why she made the choices she did, it still bugged me, to the point that it was like pulling teeth trying to read the book. I was also hoping for more growth in Lincoln and Violet's relationship. But that all get's thrown out when Violet feels 'betrayed' by Lincoln so I was stuck with creepy Phoenix the whole time while Violet was mad at Lincoln. Somethings I did like about the book: 1. Lincoln and Griffon. It's beyond me how these two characters could deal with Violet. They were always so calm and willing to explain everything and help whenever needed. And Violet was like the tornado spinning around them. 2. The mythology. This is a unique twist on angels, and I found it really interesting. 3. The story overall. I did enjoy the story, I just would have enjoyed it better if there was a different main character. So, overall I did enjoy the story. I just couldn't stand Violet and Phoenix, which made up most of the book.
mimi-vee on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars! I honestly had to stop re-reading Embrace just to start this review! It's the kind of book that catches your attention from page one and keeps it long even after the last page is turned. Make sure that you have lots of time when you start this because you won't be able to put it down!Embrace is about angels, but it's in no way just another angel book! There are Grigori, and angel exiles, and sacrifices needed to embrace their power. It was so easy to get sucked into the twisting plot with the awesome angel lore ¿ it was enthralling and original to say the least!Violet was the perfect main character for this novel! She was so strong and resilient even when things were completely messed up, and my heart broke for her several times. And Lincoln (¿) and Phoenix deserve every swoon-worthy sigh they get! The romance ¿ sweet and sensual and a little bit dangerous ¿ just tore me apart. Totally enticing and 100% entertaining, Embrace is a book you don't want to miss! It doesn't end on a cliffhanger but I still wish I had the next book with me right now. I can already tell that this series is going to be amazing! :)BUY or BORROW?: You definitely want to own this book so you can re-read it like I already have! And I'm going to get a finished copy just so I can have that gorgeous purple cover on my shelf! ;)
Bookswithbite on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
There have been many books that always leave me wanting more. This book, left me utterly hanging at the edge of my seat. I have never been more sad to see a book end. I did not want it to finish!This book. AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!Let me gather me words here," The Bomb Diggity." That's right. This book is all kinds of awesome. What I loved about this book is the love interest. Straight up it held me. Friends for a long time, lies, betrayal and two hot boys fighting for her heart. What more could I ask for! From the very first page, I fell in love. The tension between the characters nearly gave me heart attack! I swear, it was getting hot up in here!The plot of the book is another great aspect to the story. Fresh and innovative, this is not another tale of angels. It's so much more than that. There is fighting, action, secrets and best of all, a love that can not be relinquished!Before I continue on yapping about this book, do yourself a favor and read it! READ IT!Embrace is an heart pounding story that is tense and suspenseful. The unique perspective of angels, hierarchy's and such, quenches the thirst for all angel stories. A mesmerizing, beautiful story, Embrace is complex, unpredictable and exhilarating!!