Thursday, March 1, 2012

Embrace by Jessica Shirvington: A Review and a Giveaway!

Embrace by
Reviewed by: Baby Sister Brittany
ARC Received from Permabound Books
Release Date: 3/6/12
The Sisters say: Angelic. Amazing. Action-packed. That's Amore!

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… 

Look for the sequels ENTICED in September 2012 and EMBLAZE in March 2013!

You know... every time I think I'm tired of a certain trend-- a new book pops up that still manages to sweep me away! I thought I'd had enough of Angels, but sure couldn't get enough of Embrace.

Violet is a kick-butt heroine! She's independent, but not so independent that she's without weakness. She's witty, but not so witty that she's always knows exactly what to say. She's brave, but not without fear. She's attractive, but she's insecure. But... she's not so insecure that she's annoying. What I'm trying to say is.... she's real. I could see myself in her. She wasn't one of those heroines that seems to be good at everything, and is practically the second coming. On the flip side, she wasn't one of those heroines who is plain, but everyone treats her like she's amazing. She had all the right mix of attributes to make her an honest, relatable character.

Shirvington gives us a unique take on how her part-angels, known as Grigori, are created. Whenever the mom dies in childbirth, it creates an opening in the baby's... um, aura, I guess? Angels (either light or dark) then have the option of giving a piece of themselves to that child to make him or her a Grigori-- human protectors who wage battles against the fallen angels on earth. There's not a whole lot of religion involved in the book. The angelic realm is balanced by good and evil, and it's a mystery to the Grigori and to the angels, as much as it is to humans. There are a few big plot twists that will keep you hooked (though with the fast pace of this book, I don't think that will be an issue).

Okay... I've gotten some coherent thoughts in... SO NOW IT'S TIME TO TALK ABOUT THE BOYS. See what I did there? I held off as long as I could, really.

LIIIIIINNNNNCCCOOOOOLLLLLLLLNNNNNN.

That's what my brain looked like as I read this book. Or occasionally like this....

LINCOLNLINCOLNLINCOLNLINCOLNLINCOLN

Once or twice it looked like this...

LINCOLNLINCOLNPHOENIXLINCOLNLINCOLNPHOENIIIIIIIIIXXXXXXXXX.

Alright. Let me try and real some coherent thoughts back in.

The boys in this book are some of the most swoon-worthy boys I've seen in a long time. If Lincoln doesn't make the YA Crush Tourney this summer, I will die. Unless Phoenix saves me.

Lincoln is Violet's friend. He's older, and they met in a self-defense class. Since then he's become her pseudo-trainer. He's that perfect, hot older guy, that seems out of your reach, but then does something to make you think otherwise. I won't tell you much about it... but there's this kiss... and GUYS. DANG. IT IS SOME KISS.

But when Violet realizes she's Grigori, and that Lincoln is too-- things start to fall apart. Just when it seemed that something might be happening between them, she learns nothing can, because it's not allowed.

Enter Phoenix. Fallen Angel. The very creature from whom she's supposed to protect humanity. But he's different (far different than she will realize until the end of the book). He is hotness incarnate. And he's there when Lincoln isn't.

Seriously. SWOON. BOTH OF THEM. BUT MOSTLY LINCOLN.

And do you know what the best part is? This is a trilogy, but Sourcebooks has scheduled the releases only 6 months apart. Which is good, because I'm suffering from Lincoln withdrawals already.

Oh, wait, I almost forgot! Do you know what the even better best part is???

I HAVE A COPY OF THIS BOOK TO GIVE AWAY TO YOU FOR FREEEEEEE!




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56 comments:

  1. I'm really liking Angels so far.

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  2. Im with the Vamps and werewolves. Love reading about them. Thanks so much for the chance.

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  3. I think either Vampires or Angels would be my favorite. I've read some great books from both!

    Thanks so much for the chance!

    xx

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  4. Vampires or Angels I can't choose!

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  5. OO so hard to choose I really love Angels,werewolves and Mermaid stories! Thanks for holing the contest!

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  6. Angels, faeries and vampires! (in that order..)

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  7. I love mermaids but I feel like there arent many great mermaid books out there. Vampires are still awesome even though I'm taking a break from them :) oh and I also love fairies!

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  8. Vamps and werewolves! Though specific series like The Iron Fey make me want to say Faeries all the way lol
    And did I just read that right!? The whole trilogy, and each book just 6 months apart!? I think I'm falling in love, and I haven't even met Lincoln or Phoenix!

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  9. I'll have to say... angels.
    My biggest love in Young Adult literature is still the amazing "The Mortal Instruments" as well as Cassandra Clare's other series "The Infernal Devices".
    I always love reading a new "spin to the tale" though, so "Embrace" is definitely a book I'll be reading VERY soon (And if not because of the angels then definitely because of the swoon-worthiness of the guys!)

    Then again; I just finished Maggie Stiefvater's "Shiver" and it was astounding! So I guess I love to just jump around between these worlds and beings - whether it's angels, werewolves, vampires, shapeshifters, zombies, warlocks and so on and so forth.
    Luckily the trend always changes, so there's always plenty left to read ^_^

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  10. Angels! Ever since Hush, Hush I have loved the angel lore.

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  11. Definitely Angels! I seem to be picky with vampire and werewolf books and have yet to attempt a mermaid novel. But I absolutely love angels books. :)

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  12. Mermaids & Fairies:) But I like the others too.

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  13. I'd have to say angels!
    Thanks for the giveaway!
    Rachel

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  14. I'm not usually into angels, but this book sounds like it has what I like (heavy on lore)! I think I've really been into the greek god trend, I'm loving all of them :D

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  15. Werewolves & Angels!! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  16. I want to say angels and werewolves because when I hear a book is about either I get more excited than I do about other books but so far all of the angel and werewolf reads I have tried have sadly disappointed me. I think vampires and faeries have given me the best stories so far but I would really like to give a few witch stories that came out last year a try :)

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  17. Vampires so far! I love the IDEA of angel books but the execution usually falls flat. ): I'm also loving Julie Kagawa's Iron Fey books and so I'm looking to get more fae books!

    Thanks for the giveaway!

    Amber Elise @ Du Livre
    Check Out Du Livre's Latest Blog Post: Initiation by Imogen Rose Blog Tour Stop and Giveaway

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  18. I have to go with the classics: Vampires atelier my favorites!

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  19. Angels for sure! I'm finding more and more angel books that I'm dying to read!

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  21. Angels! Specially fallen angels *coughs Patch coughs* :) Thank you so much for the giveaway, I've been dying to read this book.

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  22. Right now I am kind of obsessed with werewolves! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  23. hmmm, I have always been a shifter/werewolf fan, since I was like 8 reading YA paranormal hahahaha but I would have to say since I have always loved them, I would like to say Demons & witches are my new thing. Vamps are cool, but they've always been around, and done over & over again, I like when something is weird & spontaneous :)

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  24. How about hawt Indian princes/tigers that melt me like chocolate on a hot California summer day!

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  25. I LOVE three things:
    werewolf dance parties
    werlocks and there magic sparkly gliter
    and a certain white haired blue eyed tiger!

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  26. I LOVE three things:
    werewolf dance parties
    werlocks and there magic sparkly gliter
    and a certain white haired blue eyed tiger!

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  27. UM HELLO? ANGELS! NO QUESTION. SERIOUSLY, GUYS.

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  28. I really like angels, but then there's zombie ones too, like Lili St. Crow's STRANGE ANGELS series (which is funny, cuz there's no real angels so far lol). I love the mix of paranormal.

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  29. This book looks so good!! i am so excited about this new trilogy! added it to my list!! thanks for the giveaway!:0 who could ever be tired of angels;)

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  30. This cover looks amazing...its really good, and the description even mmore! but i do have to say im werewolf all the way!! oh my gosh! werewolves! mysterious, beautiful, and well amazin!

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  31. Vampire before bit I got bored with them..so in with the Angels..:)

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  32. I'm getting a little bored with Vampires and Werewolves. I've been enjoying mermaid stories lately.

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  33. My favorite is definently Werewolves! Whenever you recommend a book they are almost always amazing!

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  34. Werewolves probably--though I'm a bigger fan of books that involves more than one type of paranormal interacting with each other.

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  36. It's So Hard To Chose Just One! I Love Vampires, Angels, Greek Mythology, Faeries.... Just About Anything Paranormal Really, I Don't Have A Preference. :)

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  37. I think my favorite has been, surprisingly, angels. I would have *never* predicted that one! I started with vampires and weres, and I would have expected those to remain my faves. I'm an OLD Christine Feehan, J.R. Ward girl, so ... yeah, vamps. But Cynthia Hand and L.A. Weatherly pulled me firmly in the angel court with their great books, and I've seen a LOT of good angel books out there. So - angels. Who knew! :-)

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  38. My ultimate favorite paranormal is angels. I am all over any book I see that has angels in it. Right now I am on a werewolf trend, I like reading books with something in common. But I will always love angels best.

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  39. Currently my favorite trend is werewolves and angels. There's always some new spin to every series I read involving these species.

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  40. Definitely vampires. Although I'm pretty interested in the many upcoming mermaid tales.

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  41. I tend to lean towards werewolves. I guess I like the mate for life thing!

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  42. I'm leaning more towards Angels.

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  43. Def vampires... Just because I've prob read more of vampires than anything else

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  44. I'd probably have to go with angels, although I like a little individual twist with them that makes them stand out a little bit. There are simply too many vampires and werewolves with not enough uniqueness for me

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  45. Has this book really not yet released in America? Cuz I've already read the first two ages ago here in New Zealand am now awaiting the third.. It's really good :D

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  46. ANGELS (and everything else on that list)

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  47. I would have to say either vampires or angels, but I like all of them :)!!!!

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  48. I really love stories with action packed.. I am very interested on reading it myself.. Thanks for an excellent review!

    Grace Crawford Remote Hoodoo River Alaska Fly Fishing

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  49. Just finished this book and really loved it. I was so sad about the lack of actual romance in the book, but you can’t have it all.

    Grace Crawford Allied Locksmiths

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