Review : Emblaze (The Violet Eden Chapters #3) by Jessica Shirvington


Title:  Emblaze
Author: Jessica Shirvington
Publisher/Year:  Sourcebooks Inc 9/3/13
Length:  464 pages
Series: The Violet Eden Chapters #3


For Violet Eden the decisions between right and wrong are getting harder and harder. You’d think as a half-angel Grigori warrior, she’d automatically be on the side of good. But how can she choose between the life of her best friend and the lives of all Grigori? Between the soul-crushing need for her training partner Lincoln and her desire to keep him safe at all costs? And what if the darkest exiled angel of all, Phoenix, isn’t as bad as she thought?

With the power to raise a being from the Underworld in her hands, Violet only has one chance to make the right choice.

My Thoughts

It had been quite some time since i had last read this series, and i think that it may have been a slight injustice, however i picked up pretty quickly.  We are quickly brought up to speed now that we know that the Grigori have the Exile Scripture and Phoenix and the exiles have the Grigori Scripture.  Everyones trying to get their hands on the other and make a trade so they can either keep the names of those humans that are to embrace and become angels will safe (for the part of the Grigori) or for Phoenix to raise Lillith from Hell in getting his hands on his own scripture.

Throughout this story we continue to see the pull that Phoenix has on Vi and it’s really hard for her given that she actually does hate him….but he hast his control over her.  This of course makes her relationship with Lincoln that much harder since they now both know what will happen if they let their souls join and something happens to one of them.

In any event, this third installment takes us on a similar journey that book 2 did.  We’re off to a foreign country in search for answers, and hoping that the Grigori can out power Phoenix and the exiles.  Steph continues to play a strong role in all of this which is interesting given that she’s a human.  she actually becomes a pawn at one point in time which makes things all that more complicated.  The grigori from the Academy come back and a few new folks join them, which isn’t so welcome since we meet Josephine – the Vice (or #2) who clearly has her own motivations when it comes to Violet.

Interestingly enough, Violet’s father steps up a bit during this book which is quite the unwelcome time.  He grows suspicious finally and tries to lay down some ground rules which by this point Violet can’t live by and that makes things more complicated.

Through this third book, we see Violet grow up a bit and come to terms a bit more with her making, through the help of her angel maker’s appearance as well as her angel guides.  they of course make things more confusing for her in riddles, but that’s what they do.

Towards the end we see an interesting shift in things – while we hope that things will work out, we know that it’s destined not to and that’s what happens.  I love how the dynamic between Vi and Linc continues to keep us on edge, and i can’t wait to jump into book 4.

Also – we get a real surprise at the end – while i was expecting half of it, i was not expecting the rest so it’ll really be exciting to see where it continues in the next installment. Enjoy everyone!

Review : Entice ( The Violet Eden Chapters #2) by Jessica Shirvington


Title:  Entice
Author: Jessica Shirvington
Publisher/Year:  Sourcebooks Inc 3/5/13
Length:  464 pages
Series: The Violet Eden Chapters #2


he war between Exiles and Angels is on — and she’s wanted by both sides.

The hotly anticipated follow-up to EmbraceEntice ramps up the captivating combination of angel mythology, forbidden romance and intense action. Seventeen-year-old Violet Eden’s whole life changed when she discovered she is Grigori — part angel, part human.

Her destiny is to protect humans from the vengeance of exiled angels. Knowing who to trust is key, but when Grigori reinforcements arrive, it becomes clear everyone is hiding something – even her partner, Lincoln.

And now Violet has to learn to live with her feelings for him while they work together to stay alive and stop the exiles from discovering the key to destroy all Grigori. It isn’t easy. Especially when the electricity between her and exile Phoenix ignites, and she discovers his hold over her has become more dangerous than ever.

The race halfway across the world to find the one artifact that could tilt the balance of power between Angels and Exiles brings them to the cradle of civilization, where Violet’s power will be pushed to the extreme. And the ultimate betrayal exposed.

My Thoughts


it was long awaited and certainly didn’t fail to deliver.  This second installment of the series picked up right where we left off, it was post the big battle, Pheonix was gone and Vi was left to figure out what was going on in life and with Linc.

Where i felt Embrace focused more on emotional relationships, Entice focused on the suspense and kept you on the edge of your seat.  I found myself trying to figure out who was good who was evil, what exactly all the new folks introduced were and what role they would play.

I love that the author brought Steph back into the mix as an important secondary character.  In the first book we know that Vi lost touch with her a little bit because she felt that’s what she had to do, but Steph has proven that not only is she a great friend, she’s a really an asset to everyone.  She can do what even the ‘gifted’ can’t and that proves to be incredibly useful.

In addition to the main characters that we came to know in book 1 (Vi, Linc, Griffin etc), we are introduced to several new angel types that come from the New York Academy.  There’s a partner pair that show Vi that what she’s still feeling about Linc can be possible if you’re willing to risk it, a partner pair that don’t quite click because of a language barrier and one who’s still waiting for his partner to embrace.  it’s an interesting mix for sure, but they all prove to be essential.

So this 2nd book takes us on a quest to find the Scriptures which are also under extreme desire by Phoenix.  Phoenix won’t fail to keep you on your toes this whole book – you never know what his true intentions are aside from knowing that he wants the Scriptures but what else does he want?  what are his true intentions.

there’s a lot that happens, quite a bit that makes you happy but some things that just really irritate and piss you off.  myself – i expected one of the pieces to the ending but a bit of it was a surprise.

Jessica Shirvington continues to draw us in with her descriptive writing, taking us to geographical locations that we wouldn’t have thought about before.  It’s actually nice to know that in other angel centric books that i’ve read, they all lead to relatively the same places in the world – so everyone’s on par with one another.  In addition to how well she ‘shows’ us what the surroundings are like, we really do get to see a lot more into the interactions between everyone and delve a bit into their relationships.  i think that at times it could have been taken a bit further, but perhaps it would have been to the detriment of the overall story.

I can’t wait now for Emblaze to come out.  the excerpt at the end of Entice got me really interested.