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Embrace Hardcover – March 6, 2012

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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.


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

"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

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Product Details

  • Series: Embrace (Book 1)
  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire; 1 edition (March 6, 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: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (233 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #655,493 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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I can't remember the last time I've had such a negative, visceral reaction to a book. Violet is a complete and utter turn off on every level, and that's stating it nicely. To put it bluntly, I hate everything about this book. And Phoenix is the creepiest potential love interest ever - he gives off more stalker vibes than a certain sparkly vampire. I read the synopses of the rest of the series and all that did was affirm my decision to kick this book to the farthest curb possible. It doesn't help that I'm philosophically at odds with this book, either.
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The main character, Violet Eden, is whiney and extremely unlikable. She claims to be in love with one character but gives all her "attention" to someone she hardly know! While the one she loves is in danger! Who does that?
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Love the series. It is one of those that I end up binge reading. Embrace contains supernatural beings of the Angle kind. Nope, no werewolves or vamps. Not even a hero Gargoyle, but people that lost a parent in the first 12 days of life, an angel from one of the many order of angels can impart a part of their being and when the child reaches 18 they have to choose to either embrace their new powers and responsibility to fight the evil Angels that chose to take human form and in the process become insane because they are not meant to be corporeal beings. Wow...thats a mouth full. Complications? What could possibly go wrong with that scenario. Well a hint in the form of an extremly hot partner, one of which was her friend and failed to mention that this world existed or that they were partners. Not to mention that partners weaken their powers by being intimate. Partner are just a work related thing....really...it is supposed to be.What ever could happen?
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