Embrace

Embrace

Book rating: 05 Paperback Embrace

By (author) Jessica Shirvington

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  • Publisher: Sourcebooks, Inc
  • Format: Paperback | 369 pages
  • Dimensions: 130mm x 203mm x 28mm | 386g
  • Publication date: 1 September 2012
  • Publication City/Country: Naperville
  • ISBN 10: 1402271255
  • ISBN 13: 9781402271250
  • Sales rank: 23,158

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It starts with a whisper: "It's time for you to know who you are..." On her 17th birthday, everything will change for Violet Eden. The boy she loves will betray her. Her enemy will save her. She will have to decide just how much she's willing to sacrifice. Dangerously exciting and darkly romantic, EMBRACE is a compelling novel of good and evil, seductive desires and impossible choices. A centuries old war between fallen angels and the protectors of humanity chooses a new fighter. It's a battle Violet doesn't want, but she lives her life by two rules: don't run and don't quit. If angels seek vengeance and humans are the warriors, you could do a lot worse than betting on Violet Eden. LINCOLN: He's been Violet's one anchor, her running partner and kickboxing trainer. Only he never told her he's Grigori--part human, part angel--and that he was training her for an ancient battle between Angels and Exiles. PHOENIX: No one knows where his loyalties lie, yet he's the only one there to pick up the pieces and protect her after Lincoln's lies. In a world of dark and light, he is all shades of gray. Two sides: Angel or Exile. Two guys: Lincoln or Phoenix. The wrong choice could cost not only her life, but her eternity... "In her YA paranormal romance debut, Jessica Shirvington combines "the badass-action of Vampire Academy, the complex love triangles of Twilight, and the angel mythology of Fallen, taken one step further." --Book Couture "Shirvington's debut is smart, edgy and addictive--and sure to leave readers clamoring for the rest of the series."-- Kirkus Reviews, STARRED "One of the best YA novels we've seen in a while. Get ready for a confident, kick-butt, well-defined heroine." -- RT Book Reviews

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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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By Darla 02 Jul 2012 5

In the beginning Violet is completely and utterly in love with Lincoln, who is one of her closest friends. After her seventeenth birthday, Violet learns that she is part angel, which makes her Grigori. Lincoln is her destined partner to fight exiled angels.

After Violet had already revealed her secrets to Lincoln, she felt highly betrayed by Lincoln that he would keep something so important from her. I really liked Lincoln and we don't get to see a lot of him, but seriously the guy is hot and being backed into a corner with no win-win situation seriously sucks. Especially when he does nearly whatever Violet asks of him.

When a character shows up out of no where, I always have some a lot of initial distrust towards that character. From the beginning I expected Phoenix to do something. I did not plan on liking Phoenix, because he is manipulative. He can read and alter emotions, which he does sparingly to Violet. When Phoenix reads Violet's emotions, he tells her exactly what she needs to hear when she needs it most.

For this reason there is no choosing of a team. I like both Lincoln and Phoenix. I'm not entirely convinced about the way things ended with Phoenix in the book. There's more to him than he is letting on. I'm seriously leaning towards Team Lincoln at this point though. We will have to see in Entice.

Violet is a strong character, who wants nothing to do with the Grigori. The choice about everything was taken away from her, so she decides that she will not embrace. Even with Phoenix constantly reminding her that she is a walking neon sign for exiles and that embracing would be to her benefit.

Despite the fact that Violet refuses to embrace, she gets thrust into the angel war. The war is only the beginning, sometimes it's impossible to outrun destiny. It's only a matter of who, what, when, and where. Not a matter of 'if.' Embrace was a fantastic read with a brilliantly woven love triangle, great characters, and a highly creative story.

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"Embrace" has been one of my favorite reads this year. ...We loved it so much Stacey has never read a book so fast - I am usually the fast reader, she finished this book before I did. It's that good. The lead Violet is a strong female character who like most teens struggles with choices although some of hers are the supernatural kind. I could go on and on but I will save the gushing for our review.

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"My girl, " Happy 17th birthday. I wish I could be there with you, but I think if you are 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." "Mom" Discover more at "embracetheseries.com"