Google+ Reading Teen: Review: Embrace by Jessica Shirvington

Friday, March 9, 2012

Review: Embrace by Jessica Shirvington

Reading level: Ages 12 and up
Hardcover: 400 pages
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Series or Stand Alone: Series (Embrace #1)
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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…
My Review:

     The characters in this book were some of my favorite characters from any book I've read in a long time.  Which is why it pains me so much to say this: I really wasn't all that crazy about the story.  I understand that books need tension, I mean, every  good book has tension.  But I felt like Embrace just had too much.  I felt like I waited the entire book waiting for Violet and Lincoln to be happy (not necessarily happy together, but just happy) and they just never were.  Never. Ever.  And yes, it's a series so I know there's plenty of time, and I need to be patient, but you have to give me something to love.  

     Don't get me wrong, Embrace definitely had some really exciting parts, kept my interest, and I absolutely fell in love with Violet and Lincoln, but I don't know for sure that I'll continue reading the series.  

     So, as you can see from my fancy bar graph, I really, really loved the beginning and end of this book.  But the middle was just "meh."  So I don't know, I'm SO torn.. 

  • Sexual Content: Heavy
  • Profanity: Heavy
  • Violence: Heavy
  • Other Notables: Underage Drinking
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  1. GASP! I admit that this book does have many tense moments and a lot going on. I wish a few of the plot elements could have been put into the second book because a lot was going on.

    However, the middle might just have worked a lot for me most of the time because that is where Phoenix got to shine! I'm in love with his character! The moment he came into the picture I knew he was going to be special and by the end of Embrace I would say he is my top 5 YA male characters. He is just so much more, he really needs his moments to shine because he is so much more than the young adult setting he is placed in. I really think he could have made Embrace been an adult romance story if the author had a few other tweaks to the story.

    Ok ranting and rambling done lol

    1. Haha, yeah, I wasn't that crazy about Phoenix so that's probably why it didn't work for me as much. I'm glad you liked it though!

  2. I don't tend to love angel books, (There have been a few I really enjoyed, but that's it)so this one wasn't really on my list of books to read anyways. It does sound interesting, but I don't know that I would like it. The last few reviews I have read kinda have me feeling meh about it. Thanks for the great review!

  3. Hahaha! I love the graph! :D

  4. I've been hearing some mixed thoughts on this book. I have it on my TBR, but I'll lower my expectations alot when I do read it. I really love the graph, it's so cute and really gets your point across. =)

    -Aneeqah @ The Brain Lair

  5. Sounds like the book (and series) still has some room to grow. Maybe the next book will do that. :) Thank you for the great review. Love the looks of this cover! :D


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