Review: Endless (The Violet Eden Chapters #4) by Jessica Shirvington


Title: Endless
Author: Jessica Shirvington
Publisher/Year: Sourcebooks Inc  10/1/13
Length:  480 pages
Series:  The Violet Eden Chapters #4



Violet Eden thought she was getting things under control. Then all hell breaks loose—literally. In the war between angels and exiles, she’s about to face the biggest baddie of all time. Except she’s not nearly ready.

The dark exile Phoenix is still messing with her head—not to mention her heart. And her undeniable attraction to Lincoln has gotten downright dangerous. When Hell unleashes its worst, Violet must embrace every facet of her angel self to save the people she cares about and the world as she knows it. But death is not the worst thing she will face…

My Thoughts

Each time i begin reading the next installment in this series, i wonder what’s going to get thrown at us next.  I mean, seriously, there’s so much pent up frustration between Vi and Linc that i really wonder when they will make the choice to be together – and while we got the big proclamation from Lincoln at the end of the last book, i still wonder if they are going to join souls. BIG conversations on this happening throughout Endless.

Where we left off in the last story, Violet and Phoenix end up releasing Lillith from Hell and along with her comes Evelyn, Violet’s mother.  SHOCKER right?  So now the questions lie in what’s going to happen since we know that Lillith wants to kill off all of those that are yet to embrace so that there won’t be any more Grigori.  She’s downright evil!

Everyone treks to the Academy in New York where Violet’s mom and dad are put in a cell, and violet is forced to train to be ‘tested’ to determine if she’s fit to be a Grigori.  While all of this is going on, Dapper, Steph and Onyx are trying to track down the ingredients to the healing potion that’s been a secret for ages that will hopefully save the world.

Griffin and Lincoln continue to reinforce the need for Violet to hide some of her powers since no one other than them knows that her angel maker is The Sole and that she’s so powerful.  Could mean for big problems.

Of course, nothing ever happens w/o Phoenix showing up and making things even more complicated.  What we get in this 4th book though is a reminder that there’s actually a nice guy in there – the same guy that Violet sort of fell for at the very beginning, but the question really becomes whether he can be trusted or not.

A lot happens in this story – we get to see resolutions to a lot of stuff, however i have to say that my heart was breaking and i was getting a bit teary as i was in the final few chapters.  It’s nice when you see things resolved as they should be, but that doesn’t come without a price.  Characters that we really grow close to die, and that’s never a good thing.  I’m also really sad about some of the decisions that had to be made towards the end for everyone’s ‘safety and happiness’ but i guess we’ll get to see how that plays out since i’m happy to say that i saw there’s another installment coming out in a few months.

My never ending questions with this saga are:

1) will violet and Lincoln ever get together, stay together and be happy?

2) What’s next with Phoenix – he really is a roller coaster in this series

3) is the relationship with Violet’s mom and dad destined to be?

4) are we done with lillith yet?

5) what does the bargaining that Violet did at the end mean – are there going to be repercussions?


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


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


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 : 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!