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Embrace : Book 1

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I felt myself slipping away, losing myself to the senses. 'Kiss me,' I whispered.

Violet Eden has only ever wanted to be with Lincoln. But when he reveals a secret so powerful it could tear them apart, her world spins out of control. Then she meets Phoenix. Intense and beautiful, Violet is helplessly drawn to him...

Caught up in a battle between light and dark - where angels seek vengeance and humans are warriors - Violet must decide how much she's willing to sacrifice. And who she can love...
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Product details

  • 12-17
  • Paperback | 416 pages
  • 130 x 195 x 32mm | 398g
  • ORCHARD BOOKS
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1408314819
  • 9781408314814
  • 117,816

Back cover copy

"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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"One of the best YA novels we've seen in a while. Get ready for a confident, kick-butt, well-defined heroine... This title will have a place on my keeper bookshelf for years to come!" - RT Book Reviews "Shirvington's debut is smart, edgy and addictive-and sure to leave readers clamoring for the rest of the series... The story is rife with action and romance. A must-read for paranormal fans young and old." - Kirkus "This is a definite recommendation for a good and fun contemporary read! It was just what I needed." - Rachel Reads "A wonderful contemporary read that made me eager to keep reading. I can hardly wait for the companion novels." - Almost Grown Up "This is definitely one of my favorite young adult paranormal fiction novels . . . I'm dying to read the next two books in the series." - There's a Book "The angel mythology's in-depth description adds complexity to the novel . . . Fans of romantic fantasy with a paranormal twist will find Violet and her adventures captivating." - VOYA Magazine "This is going to knock your socks off and you'll be begging for more, I promise!" - There's a Book ""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." - Page Turner Shirvington's debut is smart, edgy and addictive-and sure to leave readers clamoring for the rest of the series... The story is rife with action and romance. A must-read for paranormal fans young and old. This is going to knock your socks off and you'll be begging for more, I promise! This is definitely one of my favorite young adult paranormal fiction novels . . . I'm dying to read the next two books in the series. A wonderful contemporary read that made me eager to keep reading. I can hardly wait for the companion novels. "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. One of the best YA novels we've seen in a while. Get ready for a confident, kick-butt, well-defined heroine... This title will have a place on my keeper bookshelf for years to come! This is a definite recommendation for a good and fun contemporary read! It was just what I needed. The angel mythology's in-depth description adds complexity to the novel . . . Fans of romantic fantasy with a paranormal twist will find Violet and her adventures captivating.
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About Jessica Shirvington

Jessica Shirvington hails from Australia and is the hugely talented debut author of EMBRACE. She is married to Matt Shirvington, a successful Commonwealth sprinter.
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Rating details

23,312 ratings
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4 31% (7,183)
3 18% (4,121)
2 6% (1,458)
1 4% (822)

Our customer reviews

I admit it. When I first picked this book up I was expecting it to be another Twilight rip off (which I liked back in the day) but I was thinking it wouldn't be very good. Much to my surprise it was excellent! I've noticed over the last few years or so that there has been a wonderful influx of Australian authors that are taking the lead in the market for their novels especially young adult authors and it seems as those this author is no exception. She's great! I really enjoyed this virst book in the Violet Eden series. I thought that the main character Eden was very refreshing. She wasn't a push over like a lot of the other teenage girl heroines are in other novels. She had backbone, and a kick ass atittude though she did have a couple bouts of whining but whatever she's a teenager it just made her more "real" because she wasn't written with over the top reactions at all. Hallelujah! I thought the whole Grigori thing was really interesting the fact that on her 16th birthday Violet finds out that she's not exactly entirely human. In fact she is half angel and half human making her part of the society of Grigori just like her love interest Lincoln who is her partner. Unfortunately, Violet doesn't react to the wole situation as well as Lincoln would have liked and she ends up with Phoenix who needless to say is not on friendly terms with any of the Grigori except the undecided Violet. Basically there's a whole love triangle thing going on that results in Lincoln getting hurt and Phoenix and Violet getting freaking on a mountain hourse before Violet jumps off the side of a mountain to "Embrace" he Grigori side. So yeah I suppose that in some ways this book was similar to Twilight because there are some recognizable themes and situations. However, I must say that this book is very much it's own novel. There was a lot of action in the novel to balance out the whole romance element so at least there was an equilibrium which was very much needed. I also liked that the characters acted their ages and the dialogue flowed naturally. There was no awkwardness to it and that's something I think everyone can appreciate because not much kills a book more than horrible written dialogue. In the end I thought that Embrace was a compelling read. I think I finished it in 2 nights or something like that and I'm really excited to read the second book in the series Entice. Since the last book finished I've been really curious to see how the next plays out because I'm really interested to see how things play out with the whole love triangle/Grigori situations play out. I would recommend this book to anyone who love urban fantasy young adult novels that have a new and refreshing spin to the whole Angels mythos. It's really well written and I think it's a treat for anyone who is the fan of the genre.show more
by Kimberly Roy
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