Source: Sourcebooks (Thanks Jessica)
Violet Eden is dreading her seventeenth birthday dinner. After all, it’s hard to get too excited about the day that marks the anniversary of your mother’s death. The one bright spot is that Lincoln will be there. Sexy, mature and aloof, he is Violet’s idea of perfection. But why does he seem so reluctant to be anything more than a friend?
After he gives her the world’s most incredible kiss – and then abandons her on her front doorstep – Violet is determined to get some answers. But nothing could have prepared her for Lincoln’s explanation: he is Grigori – part angel and part human – and Violet is his eternal partner.
Without warning, Violet’s world is turned upside down. She never believed in God, let alone angels. But there’s no denying the strange changes in her body ... and her feelings for Lincoln. Suddenly, she can’t stand to be around him. Luckily, Phoenix, an exiled angel, has come into her life. He’s intense and enigmatic, but at least he never lied to her.
As Violet gets caught up in an ancient battle between dark and light, she must choose her path. The wrong choice could cost not only her life, but her eternity...
I will always compare angel books to Hush, Hush. That's just a fact. And while this book isn't as kick-ass as Hush, Hush, it's still special in it's own way.
I really liked the different angel spin Shirvington put on this story. I think it was a good idea, a good story line, and amazing writing. There were just a few things that weren't very good: Shirvington mentioned towards the end of the book that Violet was terrified of her old teacher (you'll understand once you read the book) but I didn't really get that vibe throughout the book. And the embrace, which should have been amazing, breathtaking, and should have sucked me right in, didn't. It should have been a climax to the story and it wasn't. And at the moments that should have been groundbreaking and momentous, she made the moments boring. Those moments are when the reader should be totally sucked in and can't hear her brothers screaming bloody murder into her ear, but it wasn't. And, although this book had a love triangle, it was only a semi one, so I think it really helped the story.
In the love triangle there are three people: Violet, Lincoln, and Phoenix. But the thing is, there really isn't a love triangle. Violet chooses Phoenix, and I can't for the life of me figure out why. (Don't worry, that's not a spoiler. It is a small detail in the whole story.) Lincoln just seemed so nice and all, perfect boyfriend material. But on the other hand, Phoenix was smokin' hot and totally swoon worthy. Towards the end of the book, I liked Phoenix better. And, although he did something bad (I won't tell) in the end of the book, I still like him. Usually when a boy messes up and does something like framing the girl for a crime he committed, I despise that boy. But with Phoenix, I like him just as much. I think part of the reason why is that Shirvington didn't make what he did groundbreaking and world-ending to it didn't really sink in as bad.
Lincoln is the perfect perfect boy. He's nice, cute, and totally swoon-worthy. But he wasn't as kick-ass as Phoenix. Don't get me wrong though, I love both of them.
And, last but not least, there's Violet. I think she was a very strong female character and I'm so glad that there wasn't a huge love triangle because I would have hated that competing against the fact that she was kick-ass.
All in all, I really enjoyed it and can't wait for the next book, Enticed, to come out September 2012.
Thanks so much to Jessica Shirvington for reading my messages BEGGING for an ARC and for sending it to the right people so they could mail me one. You're awesome!! :P
Today has a been a day of several first for me: my first ever blog tour and first ever author interview and I'm so glad I get to share it with all of you. :)
Ok, so today I've decided to give away my ARC copy of Embrace, by Jessica Shirvington. It is in ARC format, so I hope you don't mind. I have read the copy I am giving away but don't worry, it's in perfect condition. Please read all the rules carefully and feel free to comment below! :)
MAKE SURE YOU READ THE FOLLOWING RULES VERY CAREFULLY!!
- There will be one winner.
- Giveaway ends on March 29, 2012 @ 11:59 p.m.
- Must be a GFC follower
- Must be 13 or older.
- US resident. If you're not, no entry (sorry).
- Fill out the form.
Thanks so much for stopping by and looking in on my first ever blog tour. It means a lot to me and I really hope you enjoyed it. Feel free to comment below if you have any pointers or are just feeling talkative :P
Huge thanks to Jessica Shirvington for answering all my questions and for asking me to be a part of this tour in the first place. You're the best! :)