Review: Embrace (The Violet Eden Chapters #1) by Jessica Shirvington

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Title:  Embrace
Author: Jessica Shirvington
Publisher/Year:  Sourcebooks Inc 9/1/12
Length:  384 pages
Series: The Violet Eden Chapters #1

Overview

It starts with a whisper: “It’s time for you to know who you are…”

On her 17th birthday, everything will change for Violet Eden. The boy she loves will betray her. Her enemy will save her. She will have to decide just how much she’s willing to sacrifice.

Dangerously exciting and darkly romantic, EMBRACE is a compelling novel of good and evil, seductive desires and impossible choices. A centuries old war between fallen angels and the protectors of humanity chooses a new fighter. It’s a battle Violet doesn’t want, but she lives her life by two rules: don’t run and don’t quit. If angels seek vengeance and humans are the warriors, you could do a lot worse than betting on Violet Eden.

LINCOLN: He’s been Violet’s one anchor, her running partner and kickboxing trainer. Only he never told her he’s Grigori—part human, part angel—and that he was training her for an ancient battle between Angels and Exiles.

PHOENIX: No one knows where his loyalties lie, yet he’s the only one there to pick up the pieces and protect her after Lincoln’s lies. In a world of dark and light, he is all shades of gray.

Two sides: Angel or Exile.
Two guys: Lincoln or Phoenix.
The wrong choice could cost not only her life, but her eternity.

 

My Thoughts

We’re taking on a pretty exciting journey of growing up and discovering yourself with Violet – a 17 year old who is at a crossing point in her life – where she’s being introduced to things that she never could have imagined in life.  See, where it all started i suppose was at birth when her mother died, and now she’s at a point where things are becoming clear to her and still quite in the dark on others.

Her close friend and potential crush Lincoln is her guide through all of this, for reasons that she doesn’t quite know at the beginning and it’s nice to see that dynamic grow and change.  Violet is introduced to parts of herself, the angel sides  – the sides with powers that she never expected and is afraid that she now can’t trust anyone and doesn’t always make the right choices.  She meets Phoenix and some how allows him to play a role in her embracing what she is and this of course not only has huge implications to her own life and what she’ll become but to her relationship with Lincoln which finally seems like it’s going in a direction that’s not so bad.

What i really enjoy about this author is that we get a good sense of the over all story, but we also get a really complicated and anxiety ridden tale of what is right and wrong and what will come of the choices that are made.  We get a balance of real and fantasy that we know will carry us through the series too i think.

I love that this series is so long winded, meaning that it’s not just a trilogy – there’s more to it, so i hope you guys enjoy it.

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

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

Overview

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.