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Gr 9 Up-The first book (Sourcebooks Fire, 2012) in a paranormal romance series by Jessica Shirvington is sure to be popular among Twilight fans. This volume focuses more on love interests than the battles between good and evil that will follow in subsequent books. The big question for Violet is who to trust. She has a huge crush on Lincoln, her self-defense instructor, who holds her at arm's length. There are lots of conversations between Violet and her best friend, Steph, about how to get a guy to reveal his feelings. Narrator Rebecca Macauley conveys Violet's uncertainty and innocence as well as Steph's confidence. Her Australian accent adds to the charm of Violet's first person narration, often a confessional of confusion about emotions and intentions (her own and others). Life gets more complicated with the arrival of Phoenix. Violet is drawn to him and he seems to be able to read and control her feelings. When they witness a brutal murder, their bond becomes stronger, but that doesn't alleviate Violet's uncertainty. Then she discovers that she is a Gregori, half angel and half human, and meant only to be Lincoln's mission partner. Phoenix is an exile, part of a group of angels that have the potential to be lethal predators, and sworn enemies of Gregori. There's lots of passion here, especially between Violet and her love interests, Listeners will be torn between whom to root for.-Edie Ching, University of Maryland, College Parkα(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted. --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

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"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

"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

"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 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

"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

""A delicious romantic triangle." - USA Today" - USA Today

"I loved how strong [Violet] was...she was intelligent, clever, and focused.- Anastasia " - Bookish

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

""...an enjoyable read and can't wait to find out... what happens with Violet, Phoenix and Lincoln in the next book"- Blogger Esther, Fictional Fantasy " - Fictional Fantasy

""...pleasantly surprised."- Blogger Rebekah, Reading and Living on the Good Side of Life" - Reading and Living on the Good Side of Life

"Addictive...add to your must-read list." - Entertainment Weekly's Shelf Life
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Product Details

  • Series: Embrace (Book 1)
  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire; 1 edition (March 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1402268408
  • ISBN-13: 978-1402268403
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.8 x 1.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (215 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #732,188 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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26 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Katie Babs VINE VOICE on July 19, 2012
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Embrace, the first book in Jessica Shirvington's Violet Eden Chapter series has to be one of the most boring young adult novels I've read, or to clarify, tried reading. I got half way through and gave up, so this is a typical DNF review.

The heroine, Violet Eden has just turned seventeen. Her father is distant and uninterested for the most part in his daughter's life (which is yet another convenient plot device found all too often in YA's of this nature to allow the main character to run free without any adult supervision). Violet's father is still mourning the loss of his beloved wife. She died giving birth to Violet. So already, Violet has issues and is pretty emo even though for the most part her life isn't lacking, other than no mother and an emotionally distant dad. But Violet is surviving the best she can without dad's TLC because she had her best bud, Steph and older hottie, Lincoln who understands her so well, or so she thinks. She spends a great deal of time with Lincoln, and her feelings for him have grown. But poor Violet is still a child in Lincoln's eyes, or so she believes because he's an older man and would never be attracted to her that way because she's not legal. If only she knew why Lincoln is such close friends with her and looks out for her. When she finds out the real reason why, she's extremely hurt and upset. But Lincoln had to be deceitful! But on the positive side he's her partner in crime. Lincoln and Violet must work for a higher power and combat evil and all that jazz, even thought Violet has no say in the matter.

Violet is a Grigori, a part angel, part human creature, and now that she's seventeen, she has come into her Grigori powers and must stop the evil fallen angels doing horrible things on Earth.
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65 of 81 people found the following review helpful By Lindsay M. VINE VOICE on March 4, 2012
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There have been some great entries into the YA fantasy world lately with angel lore, and after reading many positive reviews for this one, I thought I'd give it a shot. (It also didn't hurt that the cover is so gorgeous.)

Within the first 50 pages, I was pretty certain I wasn't a fan of this story. By the end, I actively despised it. Why? Let's start with the narrator, Violet. We've all heard this story before--teenage girl discovers she has some great, world-altering destiny, and life as she knows it is over. I agree that there needs to be some sort of adjustment period, because for anyone, that would be hard to swallow. But Violet Eden (yes, that's really her name) wins the prize for the whiniest, brattiest protagonist in the genre, in my opinion. The whole book is a constant stream of her angsting over everything, and being annoyed at everyone.

There's also her relationships with other characters. Her best friend acts ditzy at best (although she's apparently smart when no one else is around...?), and her main function in the story seems to be showing just how absolutely gorgeous Violet is and cooing over the guys in her life. At one point early on, the friend is saying how jealous she is of Violet's body, and Violet thinks about how she'd rather emphasize her beautiful face instead. Basically the only interactions between these two outside of the 'omg-you're-so-hot-Violet' scenarios are bizarre phone conversations to, I guess, keep the friend from fading into the background of the story. When Violet finally tells her the big secret no one else is supposed to know, it's in a *mall foodcourt*. Because nothing can be overheard there, obviously.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Amarilys on May 26, 2012
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Violet Eden leads a pretty lonely life. Her Mom died giving birth to her, and her Dad threw himself into his work so he's rarely home. The only one who is always there for her is Lincoln. Too bad that she seems to be stuck in the friend zone. But now that her seventeenth birthday is coming up, Violet hopes that will change. However more than a few changes come her way as she discovers her true heritage. Fallen angels, guardian angels, a battle that has been going on for centuries, and Violet is thrown in the middle of it. All she has to do is decide, to face it or run away.

I've been hearing nothing but great things about this book since it came out, which is why I'm confused while writing this review. The angel mythology was interesting, and I liked the whole basis of 'without evil there can be no good.' Then there's the option of choosing to 'embrace' or not and all that. I just thought the method was...silly. Literally taking a leap of faith? Come on. At least the whole trial thing was pretty cool.

Then there was Violet. I didn't get her at all. She starts out a strong character, with her motto of "I don't run." But while she's always saying that she's not going to run away, that she's going to face whatever comes, she constantly avoids. 1) She avoids Lincoln who was only trying to protect her. Okay, he lied to her, but damn can the boy kneel down and deliver a swoon worthy apology. But Violet doesn't care, she's too pissed. 2) She avoids her 'destiny' and making a choice by hanging out with Phoenix. I just think she was being very childish at this point, going out with a complete stranger with shady tendencies. 3) She avoids heartache by kissing Phoenix so that she's too overwhelmed by his power to think! Phoenix who aside from being hot is a completely shady character!
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