Monday, December 12, 2011

Review: Embrace

Book: Embrace
Author: Jessica Shirvington
Release Date: May 1, 2012
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Pages: 368
Source: Raincoast Books (Thanks so much, RCB!)
Stars: 4.5/5
Violet Eden is dreading her seventeenth birthday dinner. After all, it’s hard to get too excited about the day that marks the anniversary of your mother’s death. The one bright spot is that Lincoln will be there. Sexy, mature and aloof, he is Violet’s idea of perfection. But why does he seem so reluctant to be anything more than a friend?

After he gives her the world’s most incredible kiss – and then abandons her on her front doorstep – Violet is determined to get some answers. But nothing could have prepared her for Lincoln’s explanation: he is Grigori – part angel and part human – and Violet is his eternal partner.

Without warning, Violet’s world is turned upside down. She never believed in God, let alone angels. But there’s no denying the strange changes in her body ... and her feelings for Lincoln. Suddenly, she can’t stand to be around him. Luckily, Phoenix, an exiled angel, has come into her life. He’s intense and enigmatic, but at least he never lied to her.

As Violet gets caught up in an ancient battle between dark and light, she must choose her path. The wrong choice could cost not only her life, but her eternity...

(summary taken from Goodreads)

I honestly had to stop re-reading Embrace just to start this review! It's the kind of book that catches your attention from page one and keeps it long even after the last page is turned. Make sure that you have lots of time when you start this because you won't be able to put it down!

Embrace is about angels, but it's in no way just another angel book! There are Grigori, and angel exiles, and sacrifices needed to embrace their power. It was so easy to get sucked into the twisting plot with the awesome angel lore — it was enthralling and original to say the least!

Violet was the perfect main character for this novel! She was so strong and resilient even when things were completely messed up, and my heart broke for her several times. And Lincoln (♥) and Phoenix deserve every swoon-worthy sigh they get! The romance sweet and sensual and a little bit dangerous just tore me apart.  

Totally enticing and 100% entertaining, Embrace is a book you don't want to miss! It doesn't end on a cliffhanger but I still wish I had the next book with me right now. I can already tell that this series is going to be amazing! :)

BUY or BORROW?: You definitely want to own this book so you can re-read it like I already have! And I'm going to get a finished copy just so I can have that gorgeous purple cover on my shelf! ;)  



  1. Sweet, sensual and a little bit dangerous? That's my very favorite kind of romance!!! So excited to try this one, I'm on kind of an angel kick lately so Embrace is topping my must-read list. So glad to know you loved it so much Mimi, fantastic review!

  2. Good to know this one isn't just a pretty cover!!! *cough* Fallen *cough*

    Your review has definitely made me interested in grabbing it.

    Angie @ Pinkindle Reads & Reviews

  3. I've seen this one around and I'm really looking forward to it! It looks super interesting, I love that cover! definitely adding it to my TBR :)

    Anna @ Literary Exploration

  4. Great review! I'm definitely excited to read this one, it sounds really promising :)

  5. Angel novels are a hit or miss with me but it sounds like I won't be disappointed with this one because of the unique mythology. Plus, two hot guys and a nice romance; count me in!

  6. OMG MIMI!!!! I swear I have my TBR list right in front of me whenever I come to your blog just to write down the books you mention. Embrace sounds freaking AH-MAZING!! (: & yes, that cover is totally worth buying!

    Lovely review, Mimi-Doll!! J'adore les garçons dangereux! ;) I can already tell that this series is going to be amazing too (and I haven't even read book 1 yet)! <33333

  7. Mimiiiiiiiiiii my Dear!! <3 Awesome review! I love how you always say with the perfect words what the book is about!! I love Embrace too! Im SO Team Phoenix though i really love Lincoln a lot too! kyaaaaaa! Even though there is no cliffhanger, as you said, it does make you wish you have all the following books right beside you!! I was sooo hooked to this book too! great review my sweet ^.^ muah!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


  8. Okay, how stupid am I? This book is by an Australian author and I've seen the Aussie version around but never picked it up! I think the second book is even already out. I'm going to go and buy it right now.

  9. Oh my goodness, it's that good?!
    I'm with Lan, above. I've seen these books on shelves for a while, but the covers did NOTHING for me, and I never even gave them a second look! I've been paying attention ever since I saw that gorgeous, purple cover with the smoky wings! SO glad you loved it!

    I need to look at this one... I feel kind of fail!

  10. What? Eeeep! I have to wait until May? *sobs*

    I'm surprised by how much I want to read this one, since Angels usually don't interest me. Though I am nervous about that cliffie. Maybe it's good that I have to wait. LOL

  11. Sounds like a book I would love! Thanks for reviewing this!

  12. Your description of the romance has hooked me completely, Mimi! Sweet, sensual and a little big dangerous? Oh, yes, sign me up for that! :)

    Will wait (impatiently) for this one...

  13. have I not heard about this book before? I think just based on the summary I'm a little in love with Lincoln already :) You make this book sound so GOOD, Mimi! I definitely need to read it!

  14. Need it like right now. Rereading it alrealdy? OMG. Sounds so good. :)

  15. Oh my god you read this already!? I love the sounds of it and you were rereading it right away!? Haha. That's awesome you really make me excited to read this one! :D Wonderful review Mimi!!

    Xpresso Reads

  16. Oh, this one sounds great! I haven't read many angel books, but do enjoy them. I'll add this one to my wishlist.

  17. Not too sure about the love triangle aspect-Lincoln already sounds so awesome and I don't want to be swayed by someone else. Looks like another great addition to the angel subcategory of paranormal YA.

  18. the cover is so beautiful, I'm glad you liked it, it sounds like a nice read

  19. Thank you so much for the fantastic review. I'm team Lincoln... I think we need to get shirts made.

    Just a word of warning about the Australian version. Different editor (Australian Editor) so the books aren't exactly the same, there are going to be differences. I think that the North American version is definitely worth waiting for. :) I can't wait to read the next one too!

  20. Oh, man, Mimi, excellent job in making this book THIS much more alluring.

    - Asher (from Paranormal Indulgence)

  21. You totally got me with this book! I love angel stories so I bet this one is good! :)) I was checking on BookDepository.. is it possible that one version of the book is already out? Because that would be awesome :)

    Great review Mimi! ;))

  22. You know what.. I don't care about the cover! :P So I oredered it right now! yeeeeeeeeeeeeeey! my book is on the waaaaaaaaaay :)

    There is nothing better, than buying books and clothes!! I am a happy person! :D


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