Title: Embrace (The Violet Eden Chapters #1)
Author: Jessica Shirvington
Published March 6th 2012 by Sourcebooks
Source: ARC courtesy of the publisher for review (Thank you, Sourcebooks!)
Summary: "It starts with a whisper: “It’s time for you to know who you are…”
Violet Eden dreads her seventeenth birthday. After all, it’s hard to get too excited about the day that marks the anniversary of your mother’s death. As if that wasn’t enough, disturbing dreams haunt her sleep and leave her with very real injuries. There’s a dark tattoo weaving its way up her arms that wasn’t there before.
Violet is determined to get some answers, but nothing could have prepared her for the truth. The guy she thought she could fall in love with has been keeping his identity a secret: he’s only half-human—oh, and same goes for her.
A centuries-old battle between fallen angels and the protectors of humanity has chosen its new warrior. It’s a fight Violet doesn’t want, but she lives her life by two rules: don’t run and don’t quit. When angels seek vengeance and humans are the warriors, you could do a lot worse than betting on Violet Eden… "
First couple line: "Birthdays aren't my thing. It's hard to get too exited about the day that marks the anniversary of your mother's death."
Thoughts: I'm always on the fence when it comes to books about angels. Sometimes they're great like Hush, Hush, but other times, they fall between adequate and mediocre. After reading the summary for Embrace, even with all the skepticism I have about angel books, I knew I had to read it. And boy howdy, am I glad I did!
Violet isn't your quintessential teenager. The thing is, she just doesn't know it yet. The story starts off on Violet's seventeeth birthday. Birthdays are not very special to her, especially since her mom died giving birth to her. On top of that, her dad is so focused on his architecture company that he, to be honest, becomes quite neglectful. Luckily for her, she has Lincoln. Sweet, older, out of reach Lincoln, who helps make her stronger and trains her. Violet hasn't had an easy past, but Lincoln sure does help make up for it in her present.
Then, with just a cryptic note from her mother (saved to her for specifically for her seventeenth birthday), her life alters. A tattoo begins to weave up her arms, and she starts having weird dreams that can only be described as a prophecy of some sort. It turns out Violet isn't so typical after all.
I have to say, Embrace was a lot more addicting than I originally thought. We're talking action, suspense, and a romance worth dying for. Let's start off with Violet. I really enjoyed Violet as the protagonist. She's fun, fearful with a hint of fearless, and an overall good person. At times, she can be a bit whiny, but with all good reason. Besides, don't we all get that way sometimes?
Now, onto the romance. Can you say steamy? How steamy, you ask?
"He slid his arm around my waist and took hold of one of my hands. I felt the sparks of energy flare between us just as efore, and then he kissed me again, but this time he really kissed me."
Whoa. Of course, Embrace does have a love triangle in it (Sorry, Karen). Personally, I'm all for Lincoln. He's just incredibly adorable and irresistible. Maybe it's the whole "you always fall in love with the first boy that's introduced" curse, but I couldn't help myself. I fell for him in the first chapter, and I love him still. I do have to mention that whenever him and Violet are together, the word frustrating doesn't even begin to describe it. You just want to scream "Why, why can't things just work out between them?!". I secretly wanted to throw the book due to an frustration overload but decided violence wasn't the answer. Oh, the passion this book evokes!
And, of course, there's Phoenix. He's your brooding, bad-but-possibly-good guy. While I liked him as a character, I just didn't love him as much as I love Lincoln. I must confess that some of the scenes between him and Violet are rather steamy. It made me wonder whether or not this is age appropriate for teens under the age of sixteen. As an adult, I throughly enoyed it (RAWR!), however, if your child is under the age of sixteen, please read the book before deciding whether or not this is age appropriate for your teenager.
Overall, I would recommend Embrace to fans of Hush, Hush, Fallen, and Halo. I know a lot of readers are hesitant to read angel books due to the religious content but rest assured. Embrace does not focus on the religious aspect of angels. Embrace is just one of those fun, intoxicating books that will leave you breathless.