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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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Product details

  • 12-17
  • Hardback | 369 pages
  • 152 x 216 x 38mm | 508g
  • Naperville, United States
  • English
  • 1402268408
  • 9781402268403
  • 410,178

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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"
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""Definitely a must read!!"- Blogger Tammy, Mel's Book Blog " - Mel's Book Blog
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About Jessica Shirvington

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 Shirvington 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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Jessica Shirvington manages to take an over-done subject and make it her own. Her well researched, intelligent writing brings mythology and romance together seamlessly - allowing her readers to be completely absorbed by the protagonist's life. I would highly recommend this for young adults and adults alike, and I think that this series transcends the boundaries of sci-fi and will appeal to many who would normally walk past this category.show more
by C Rim
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!show more
by SpadesHigh
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.show more
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