Review: Embrace

Author: Jessica Shirvington
  • Series: The Violet Eden Chapters #1
  • Published: March 6, 2012
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
  • Reading Level: Young Adult
  • Pages: 369 pages (Hardcover)
  • Source: Library

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... 

~*~Lili's Reflections~*~

This book is even better the second time around. Truly, an enticing beginning to what promises to be an amazing series!
This book is easily one to love. Violet Eden is a main character that is easy to connect with. Though she is quite frustrating at times, she accepts her flaws and pushing through them. She'll sacrifice nearly anything for those that she loves. But she's a bit impulsive, and at times you just want to whack her on the head and flail around in frustration because you know she's going to regret her actions. But for a strong girl who entered the world of Grigori as an unwilling anomaly, she'll try to handle anything that could possibly be thrown at her.

I also really enjoyed the love triangle in this one. It was well-executed. Both Phoenix and Lincoln had their own appealing qualities, though again, both were incredibly flawed. Lincoln was constantly battling between whether it was a good thing or a bad thing to be with Violet because, ultimately, he should never have allowed himself to fall for his Grigori partner. He loved her with every fiber of his being, thus it's hard to hate him. Phoenix is sort of the complete opposite of Lincoln. While he tried protecting Violet, he is an exile--the type of person she is meant to kill or send to some unknown place for judgment. Yet she can't help but be attracted to him because every time they touch the sparks literally fly. And let me tell you, the romance that happens in this love triangle is HOT!

I easily connected with almost all the characters, besides the baddies. Of course, they were just deranged, but even then their reasoning was somewhat believable. When lies were revealed or hidden identities came to light, I ate everything up. This book is certainly full of surprises and light foreshadowing that one would never even think about until you made the connection later on in the story.

My one qualm is that the story was littered with cliches here and there. And they came at the worst moments possible when you would never want a cliche and BAM! there it is! While they're not plentiful, they were common enough to bug me and, in my opinion, interrupt the flow of the story. What was so real because the connection to the characters was so strong was temporarily lost because a cliche was used to keep the story flowing. Literally falling into a guys arms, legitimate sparks flying, thinking of someone else when you're getting kissed, kissing someone to shut them up. As enjoyable as it is, I know Shirvington is capable of so much more because she's an amazing author. Still, part of me has to love these cliches! This story, gah! What is there to truly hate? 

I eagerly await the release of EMBRACE and after reading this book, I'm sure you'll be awaiting its release, too! 


While this cover does sum up the story within its pages, I'm not a huge fan of it. It just seems like it is missing something. But the cover that they used to replace the paperback is much worse, so I do enjoy this one more.

 4 stars



  1. YAY! A well done love triangle, so good to hear that. I love them sometimes.
    Glad you enjoyed.
    Brandi from Blkosiner’s Book Blog

  2. Great review! This sounds good I've been wanting to read this for a while! I think I might finally give it a try! :)

    CONGRATS on Graduating High School! It always WONDERFUL to see girls finish school! I punked out and got my GED. But hey, better then nothing, Right? :-)