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Embrace Hardcover – March 1, 2012

Book 1 of 5 in the Embrace Series

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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.


"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 (210 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #406,927 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I loved the characters - they were all really well done.
Jessica Shirvington's debut book is loaded with romance, adventure, and angels with an interesting story that will keep readers on the edge.
He's the bad boy you know is evil, yet you want him, and you try to find some good in him to justify for your liking him.
Crystal Burns

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24 of 28 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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24 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Evie Seo TOP 1000 REVIEWER on March 6, 2012
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Wildly compelling, sexy and taut, Embrace by Jessica Shirvington offers a hot new take on angels! This fabulously written page-turner explores destiny, betrayal, love, trust, and free will. It's a delicious treat for everyone who enjoys fast-paced and totally engaging stories, filled with gorgeous characters, shivery sexual tension, heart-stopping plot twists, and richly developed mythology. This isn't yet another mediocre angel story, this is the real deal - an angel story to die for!

Violet's seventeenth birthday is approaching and she is not happy about it. In fact, she doesn't like celebrating her birthday at all, as it also marks the anniversary of her mother's death. Raised by a workaholic father, Violet seems to be just a typical teenage girl - with friends, hopes and dreams, and plans for the future. Well, maybe she's a little bit more talented than other kids her age - she can draw and paint like an artist. And OK, she's also quite athletic - ever since she met Lincoln, she's been exercising regularly: running, wall climbing, even practicing martial arts! And, well, there's no denying the fact that she's also quite a beauty.

Strange things have been happening to Violet recently. She's determined to find some answers, but who can provide them? Everything gets even more complicated when she learns that her long time crush (Linc) has been keeping secrets from her, too. Nothing seems to be the same anymore, her life is turned up side down. Having discovered who she really is, Violet is now facing some very difficult decisions. She can either take the final journey to becoming a full-blown Grigori (it's called embrace) or she can choose to remain human. Whatever she'll decide, there will be consequences, and nothing will ever be the same again.
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