Friday, June 1, 2012


Title: Embrace
Author: Jessica Shirvington 
Genre: Young Adult, Urban Fantasy 
Series: The Violet Eden Chapters #1 
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire 
Number of Pages: 382
Source: Publisher


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…

Embrace was one of those Young Adult books that looked promising. It got a lot of hype, so when I was offered a chance to be apart of the blog tour in March I accepted.  I really wanted to like the book, so when I started it the first time and couldn't finish it, I put it aside and went back to it later. What I discovered was the things that annoyed me the first time around, annoyed me even more the second.

This book just wasn't for me. It had every cliche you could think of in a Young Adult book. A heroine whose parents aren't around, who can't live without coffee and is rude to every adult authority who is trying to help her out. Then came the "oh you lied to me about who you were and now I can't trust you, so I'll hook up with the bad guy" part of the love triangle. That wasn't so bad, because I found myself cheering for the good guy, Linc for a change.   

The one thing I couldn't get past, and maybe it's just my age was the fact that the guys involved in the love triangle were so much older then Violet. Linc was 22 and Phoenix, the other half of the love triangle was even older. When Violet makes a certain decision with Phoenix, that was it for me. I just couldn't get past the age difference. I thought it was icky that they were both in love with a minor. I know that it seems silly that something so minor could make me stop reading, but it did. I might have been able to get past those things of Violet were likable or I could relate to her in some way, but I just couldn't. I think this is one series I am just going to have to pass on.