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Embrace by Jessica Shirvington
Published by Sourcebooks Fire
Pages: 367
Ages: Young Adult
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Publishers 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…

Violet Eden isn’t your run of the mill kind of girl. Though she’d love to believe she’s every bit a normal teenage girl with dreams of college and typical adventures, nothing is typical about her. Upon reaching her seventeenth birthday she discovers the secret behind not only who she is but who her mother was and how it makes her future choices that much more difficult. Violet’s source of comfort and strength, Lincoln, has been holding back on her and it leaves her with no other choice than to find someone else to turn to…Phoenix. In an all-out battle between good and evil with angels fighting amongst humans, the outcome of Violet’s choice could potentially change everything.

When I was initially asked to read and review Embrace the book hadn’t even been sent to print yet and I jumped at the chance. It took me all of one night, sitting up until four in the morning, to finish it in one reading. I simply couldn’t put it down. With the reading world screaming “angels are the new vampires”, this is the book leading the way. I’d honestly go as far as to say, if you will only read one angel YA book than this would be the one I’d recommend. It literally blew me away!

For Violet, her angel background comes as a shock to both her and those around her with the exception of Lincoln of course. One of the aspects I absolutely loved about Embrace was the lack of cover-up needed. It’s irritating to me that in most novels where a character has a “super-power” that they keep it from those they love, especially when that someone is a teen. Because lets be honest, teens can be good at secrets…but that good? I never bought it and in many ways it played to the part of life that tells people it’s okay to be dishonest. In many ways I was thrilled Violet was able to share her new found Grigori identity with her father and best friend Steph. Not only did her telling them set right with me, but it also kept in context with Violet’s character who had earlier felt betrayed by her best guy friend Lincoln who had been keeping her in the dark all along.

Now, as for the love triangle…I know, many of you are rolling your eyes at yet another love triangle in YA, but I’m asking you to make an exception to the rule. Normally I’m one of those readers who sees “love triangle” or it’s likeness in a description and I go running for the hills, but Embrace was not your typical Jacob versus Edward type of debacle. On one hand you have Lincoln who is supposedly Violet’s best friend, the person she trusts above all else, but he’s been keeping a huge secret from her and just when she needs him he gives up. Enter the dashingly dangerous Phoenix who also happens to be the son of a very evil mother, but is also the only person who seems to understand and accept Violet. Unfortunately, Phoenix has a few chinks in his “knight and shinning armor” get up though too and tends to be a tad bit too manipulative for my tastes. That being said, Violet holds her own between these two and I’m almost hoping that in the end she doesn’t choose either because she’s a force to be reckoned with all on her own.

There’s a reason Embrace by Jessica Shirvington is getting rave reviews and you’re seeing it everywhere from EW to book blogs and more, it’s brilliant! Embrace is by far one of my favorite YA reads, ever. I’m excited for the next two books in the series and can’t wait to see who it is Violet Eden ends up with…or not. Embrace is not only a story about angels and good & evil, but making tough choices and growing up. Jessica Shirvington has written a YA angel series that stands out amongst the sea of new novels this year and one that readers everywhere will absolutely fall in love with!

The1stdaughter Recommends: Ages 15 and up. An amazing beginning to a brilliant new YA series!
Some scenes include mature themes including sex and mild foul language.


Thanks to the publisher I have a very special giveaway for There’s A Book readers! Sourcebooks Fire have offered one copy of the limited edition tri-fold Advanced Readers Copy of Embrace as well as one finished copy of Embrace by Jessica Shirvington. Thank you! This means there will be two winners and it’s open to US/Canadian residents. Make sure to fill out the form below (comments won’t be accepted) that includes all the details and good luck!

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12 Responses to Book Review and Giveaway: Embrace by Jessica Shirvington

  1. I think the cover is beautiful and yes I am picky now with triangles in stories but hoping I win this one 🙂

  2. Ashley H says:

    Thanks a bunch!

  3. Gena Robertson says:

    Thank you so much for this giveaway chance! I’ve had my eye on this book and have it on my wishlist – I would love to be able to read it 🙂

  4. RT @the1stdaughter: Finally! I’m able to share my #review of Embrace by Jessica Shirvington (@sourcebooksfire) #yalit #giveaway

  5. RT @EmbraceSeries: Violet is a “force to be reckoned with all on her own” @the1stdaughter Let’s hear it for #TeamViolet!!

  6. PragmaticMom says:

    I think my 6th grader would love this book! Not too scary, right?

  7. Nicole Schuman says:

    I already love this book! i love stories about angels.. I’m so looking forward of reading this one!

  8. Violet is a “force to be reckoned with all on her own” @the1stdaughter Let’s hear it for #TeamViolet!! #Embrace

  9. Sounds really good. Great review!
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  10. Dianne @ says:

    Thanks for sharing this book review, I will love to embraced this story line…

  11. Sarah says:

    I love this book
    But for some reason I want Phoenix and violet to get back together
    What do you think?
    Do you think Lincoln and violent or Phoenix and violent?

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