Saturday, April 7, 2012

Embrace by Jessica Shirvington

Embrace by Jessica Shirvington
Releaase Date: March 6, 2012
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire

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… - Goodreads.com

When I first started reading this story, I was thinking, oh great, another angel story.  It didn't take long, however, for me to realize that Jessica Shirvington has brought something really new and unique to the fallen angel type story.  It isn't just fallen angels.  There can be good ones and bad ones, but when they start working together, that's a problem.

The characterization in the story was skillfully done, and I felt like I really cared about them, including one character that you don't really know if he's bad or good.  Violet was a great character, struggling with her new identity, but also doing what must be done.  Some of her interactions with her Gregori partner were so sad, and I did want to smack her at times, but then there's a very good reason for some of the choices she makes with regard to him, and the way her feelings veered from one place to another with him.

And then there was another guy...  I was so torn reading this book.  It seems like a love triangle in the making, and I really loved both guys, despite the fact that one of them is rather questionable.  You just couldn't help but like him, even though I did suspect for some time that he wasn't completely on the up and up.

The author did a fabulous job with this story, drawing me in, keeping me interested, and keeping me caring about the characters.  The pacing was great and I found myself flying through the pages.  I'm eagerly awaiting the next story from this author.  A great YA debut.

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