Release Date: March 6, 2012
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Age Group: Young Adult
Summary: 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…
My Thoughts: How shall I start this review? When I first started this novel, I peaked at the reviews on goodreads and it actually had some negative reviews so I wondered if I would enjoy it or not. I actually did, maybe I was in the mood or maybe I don't read enough angel books to compare it to much else.
We are introduced to Violet who has a normal life living with her dad, visiting with her best friend Steph and her friend Lincoln. She and Lincoln have been friends for a while now and they train together. They do climbing, running, and fighting. She meets up with him everyday. He's a few years older than her.
One day Violet finds out that she is an Grigori aka angel and that Lincoln is also an angel and he's been watching over her training her to become his partner. She feels betrayed because she has fallen in love this this boy and he's not who she thought he was. Another thing is, two Grigori partners can never be together so their relationship is doomed from the get go.
She learns she has to embrace in order to fully develop her powers and become an actual angel. She also meets another angel named Phoenix, who she believes to be an exile. She starts to get to know him and develop feelings for him. Of course, he's not who she thought he was either. Complicated much?
While all this is happening, other exiles are out to kill other angels including herself. Basically, not all angels are good and some are fallen and want to kill others.
I felt like there wasn't a whole lot of plot happening really but I liked the love triangle aspect. By the end of the novel, I didn't know who I wanted her to be with.
I actually liked Embrace a lot but it felt like a lot happened but at the same time it felt like a lot didn't, if that makes sense? Embrace had a lot of details and that is probably what made the book feel long.
I really did enjoy Embrace and I'm excited for the next in the series.
Phoenix: bad boy who can't do any wrong; swoon. Lincoln= good boy who makes me want to giggle.
Overall: Like I said above, I was really weary of reading this, because a few of my friends have rated it so badly but I actually really enjoyed it. I haven't read many other angel books so didn't have much to compare it too but I actually liked the characters. I like both Lincoln and Phoenix and of course Violet.
Cover: Love the cover! Love the purple and her dress and her long ponytail.
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