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Sunday, March 25, 2012

Embrace by Jessica Shirvington

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…

Any time I am out and about in town, since I live in the boonies it feels like. Literally our little space has only two stop lights, and I am a city kid getting married to a country boy, I get a book…or two or three. It is an addiction really and one I am more than happy to continue getting a fix off of. Anyways, this weeks… or rather last week’s book was Embrace by Jessica Shirvington and I picked it up mainly because of the cover and the fact that it had a little sticker thingy that said it was one of the first anticipated YA books.
I really loved the design of the book. You open up the book (Mine was a hardback) and there is smoke and black feathers and they are etched onto the hard back of the book. It was one of those oooh’s that I mentioned to one of the girls I work with.
As with most things this new fad seems to have taken up with angels, fallen and not so much fallen so it didn’t surprise me that Embrace was one of those books.
I was actually really disappointed with this book, for something that was claimed to be one of the most anticipated I felt it didn’t live up to the hype. The story just seemed to drag on and on for me. I didn’t really connect with any of the characters, main or supporting and when I usually fly through books I believe this one actually took me a week to finish.
What I did like about the book was the quotes that titled each chapter. Most of them were biblical and actually fit well with the whole theme of the book and were beautifully chosen.
Another fact that was brought to my attention via someone I let borrow the book was that some of the myth around the Grigori was changed in this book to the point that she wouldn’t finish it because of how miffed she got.
Anyone else who read it notice that Violet, our leading lady’s last name was Eden? I kind of snickered at that considering it is an angel story…

1."Let there be light, yada yada yada...but consider this: how could light be needed if darkness not preceded it?"

2. "Remember, all passions start from love or hate. But beware- you never know whetehr they will end with delight or sorrow."

3."You know that when I hate you, it is because I love you to a point of passion that unhinges my soul " - Julie De Lespinasse

Rating: 2 Ravens
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