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Embrace (The Violet Eden Chapters #1)

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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 imposs...more
Hardcover, US , 369 pages
Published March 6th 2012 by Sourcebooks Fire (first published January 1st 2010)
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Alexandra :D
Okay, I'm gonna go full on out with this book. Don't mean to hurt anyone's feelings but...this book was a waste of my time.
I was doing this:
the whole time.
Violet Eden, the main character, was a whiney, selfish, lust driven, and not to mention stupid girl. I face palmed myself so many times while reading. She does the stupidest things in this book, and she is so selfish it drives me mad. Okay, you don't have a life anymore. Your new life is killing exiled angels and keeping humanity safe with...more
Oceana Fern
I have never been more infuriated with a book.

Vlog coming soon, dedicated to Kelly-Jane since she wanted me to rant. :D

Insta-love, insta-lust, insta-sex, terrible, selfish, creepy characters, dull plot that made no sense. I'm not going to bother wring a review for this.
This is one of those books that as soon as I read the synopsis, I was instantly attracted to it. Mysterious tattoos, dream injuries, good vs evil battles - it definitely caught my attention. Sadly, I didn't fall love with it, but it's still a fun book full of plot twists that kept my attention throughout.

Violet is our main character, she's just learning that there's a whole world out there she didn't know existed, and she's right in the middle of it all. She is one of those characters that is e...more
Joy (joyous reads)
After reading Embrace by Jessica Shirvington, there are two things that I've more or less decided to stay the hell away from:

First, ANGEL novels - with the exception of Angelfall series by Susan Ee and Daughter of Smoke and Bone series Laini Taylor.

Second, LOVE TRIANGLES. Jesus Murphy Jones, woman. You've read the synopsis. You know there were two guys mentioned that the MC is caught in the middle of and yet, you've went ahead and spent a hefty sum of money bringing these books from Australia!...more
Nov 06, 2010 Nic rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of Fallen
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Originally reviewed on The Book Smugglers

Violet Eden (yep, that’s her name, because it’s a story about ANGELS, get it?! EDEN!) hates her birthday, because it’s also the grim reminder of the day that her mother died in childbirth. It’s no surprise, then, that Violet is not looking forward to her seventeenth birthday party, even though she’ll be with the people she cares most about in the world – her workaholic and emotionally distant father, perky best friend Stephanie, and her crush/mentor Linc...more
Kicks Halo's arse...loved it!
I've been rather disappointed in most of the Angel books that have come my way recently - too slow, too insipid (seriously, I couldn't even read Halo without snorts of derision and finally gave up for the sake of my colleagues sanity) and too whiny.
EMBRACE was none of these - it's smart, intriguing, fast paced and thoroughly enjoyable. Violet is a character that is easy to root for - she is believable and strong and is essentially (besides the obvious) a teenager co...more
Mimi Valentine
**Giveaway, guest post, and interview with Jessica Shirvington on my blog today! Contest ends on April 27th, 2012. Good luck, everyone! :)**

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...more
EDIT: Can people just ignore this review. THIS IS ALLLLL EMPTY SPACE. Man, I was such a terrible reviewer back then. I have definitely seen my improvement.

WARNING: Spoilers

Look I had great expectations when I stared to read this book. And with about 75 pages left in the book, I was extremely willing to give this 2 stars. The characters were great, well described and definable, the plot was interesting, loved its complexity and twists. However here was a list of things that I totally detested wit...more
Brittany M.

WOW. I was absolutely blown away at how much I enjoyed this debut novel! I was getting tired of reading Angel stories, but this one was so blissfully different. I highly recommend it!

First of all I have to say - I can't believe this is Jessica Shirvington's first story! It was simply amazing and so well-written. The story was perfectly mapped out and planned, it unfolded at a great pace and almost everything was explained in a timely fashion. Instead of a huge slew of questions with no answers...more
OMG OMG OMG! This book blew me away and all other angel books out of my mind, well maybe not my Hush, Hush but close. This author wrote an amazing book, it was mind blowing.

This book pulls you in from the beginning, makes you addicted and wanting more. It was kind of like a drug but in a good way. I tried to go to bed but all I could think about was this book and it only happened with two other series!!!!

The characters in this book are real and kickass. Violet is just plain amazing, she is some...more
Really? I can't believe this got so many good reviews, because I couldn't find a single redeeming quality in it. Ugh. Terrible protagonist, flat characters, and boring storyline (wait, a storyline? where?!). I guess a pretty cover isn't everything.

Full Review:

There have been some great entries into the YA fantasy world lately with angel lore, and after reading many positive reviews for this one, I thought I'd give it a shot. (It also didn't hurt that the cover is so gorgeous.)

Within the first...more
Jillian Heise
Review originally posted on Heise Reads & Recommends

You know that kind of book...the one when you start reading that book, you're immediately swept into the fantasy world created? The one where you're connecting with the characters - laughing and cringing and reacting with them? The one where you stay up too late reading, no matter what you have going on the next day, because you can't wait to find out where the story is going? The one where you find yourself frantically turning the pages, b...more
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
*An ARC was provided by Sourcebooks Fire in exchange for an honest review*

I will always compare angel books to Hush, Hush. That's just a fact. And while this book isn't as kick-ass as Hush, Hush, it's still special in it's own way.

I really liked the different angel spin Shirvington put on this story. I think it was a good idea, a good story line, and amazing writing. There were just a few things that weren't very good: Shirvington mentioned towards the end of the book that Violet was terrified o...more
Shreya (CCReviews)
The plot was unique (gives a whole new meaning to evil vs good angels), the characters were kick-ass, and I thoroughly enjoyed this book and was deeply engrossed in it noticing how I spent only 4-5 hours finishing it! :D I RECOMMEND!

Colleen Houck
The angel lore in this book is extremely well thought out. It will be interesting to see who Violet's angel parent is. Love the cover too!
Karen Brooks
Having been generally disappointed with the spate of angels books out there (Fallen being an example - though well written, it was described by one reviewer as moving at glacial speed and I think that was accurate), this book was recommended to me by someone whose judgement I trust....I was not disappointed.

In Embrace, Shirvington has laid the foundation for a terrific series that commences with the 17th birthday of the heroine, Violet Eden and an unusual gift her mother has left for her. Her mo...more
Embrace surely promises to be one exciting series. Jessica Shirvington’s debut book is loaded with romance, adventure, and angels with an interesting story that will keep readers on the edge. I was completely mesmerized the moment I read the first page and it was virtually impossible to put down.

From the beginning, we are introduced to a very strong and cunning character, Violet. She sets out on a journey to learn more about herself and her mother, specifically her mysterious past. After learnin...more
This book was something that I consider to be a new spin on the angel/fallen angel sub-genre these days. I will admit that it took me a while to finish this book, but it was an interesting plot and storyline with interesting characters. Here are some things I liked and disliked about this book to justify why I gave it 3.5 stars on Goodreads.

-Angels (gotta love them)--but also just focusing on angels and not religion-Refreshing to keep it not so controversial.
-The boys...oh yes. Phoenix is m...more
Pixie/PageTurners(Amber) C.
Embrace is all the good stuff mixed into one outstanding YA paranormal romance: It's a fast-paced, action packed otherworldly page turner with a kick butt female protagonist and a heartbreaking love triangle. We were hooked from the start.

Embrace follows Violet along her journey of finding out about herself and her mother's mysterious past. Violet's journey comes to a harsh fork in the road when she discovers she only has two choices, embrace her destiny or turn her back on it. But her choice is...more
Howdy YAL
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I think I need to lower my standards. I really do. This wasn't a horrible book. Was it meh, definitely. So meh in fact I didn't finish it. But it's not like it's the worst thing I ever read which actually has me feeling sort of, well, weird. And what's weirder is the press that this piece of...okay, I'll calm down now and review the book.


Whenever I read books like this I can only think hamster wheel. Because I've read this story thousand of times before. I'm jus...more
This book was very very disappointing. Im surprised I even finished it in all honesty! Violet is a slutty bitch! There I said it! Ok she's meant to be madly in love with Lincoin for the first bit of the book, and than she find out he's been keeping a secret that he had no choice but to keep, because she and him are both half-angels destined to be eterneral partners in hunting and killing angels. And what does she do when she finds out the truth about her mothers past?? Understands Lincoin and jo...more
This review originally appeared at www.readinasinglesitting.com

Most teenagers see each birthday as a rite of passage placing them further ahead on the track to adulthood. For Violet Eden, however, birthdays are a time of regret and mourning: Violet remains haunted by the loss of her mother, who died during childbirth. But seventeen years have passed since that day, and this birthday is destined to bring more than the requisite remorse and loneliness. Having turned seventeen, Violet is now a memb...more
Embrace was a great read - I really enjoyed it. It was different and I like different - well done Jessica Shirvington.

In Embrace we are introduced to Violet Eden who has been trying to live a normal life after an incident that happened when she was younger. She is an artist, she has a best friend named Steph and a crush on a guy named Lincoln that she spends a lot of time 'training' with. But Lincoln has been keeping a secret from Violet - a secret that could change everything. Lincoln is a Gri...more
*** Originally posted to: Bookish Book Blog

I'm currently hosting a giveaway for a copy of this book! US/Canada, ends March 10th!

Wildly compelling, sexy and taut, Embrace by Jessica Shirvington offers a hot new take on angels! This fabulously written page-turner explores destiny, betrayal, love, trust, and free will. It's a delicious treat for everyone who enjoys fast-paced and totally engaging stories, filled with gorgeous characters, shivery sexual tension, heart-stopping plot twists, and ri...more
Jessica (Goldenfurpro)
Okay, I liked the idea of the book
The whole concept is completely original and interesting
The problem is...
It didn't focus on the angels
It focused on Violet's love life

Here's the thing....
I did not like Violet
She was annoying
made bad choices
and all she thinks about is boys

And then there's the love triangle
How is it possible for a girl like Violet to get ONE guy to like her?!
But TWO guys like her?!
Wait... no, let me rephrase that
TWO guys LOVE her!
I just do not...more
View full review on my blog here. :D

My inner subconscious: Whitney... Don't you think you've read enough books with bitchy/weak heroines?
Me: *sarcasic* Oh, no. I love them to death. Especially ones who have sex with one guy, while in love with another.
My inner subconscious: ...


This book, I will admit, wasn't the best book I've ever read. And it wasn't the worst book either. But damn, it was almost painful to get through without cringing or wanting to throw the book in acid. I say that, but it di...more

I'm going to keep this short and sweet. Well, maybe not sweet. I do not think I have ever disliked a heroine as much as I abhorred Violet Eden! I just could not deal with her naïveté, her silliness, her inability to make proper decisions - trust me, the list can go on and on.

I was so disappointed in Violet and the whole love story/triangle mess that it essentially ruined the book for me. Putting the whole love issue aside, I did love the angel lor and the story was actually quit...more
Robert Karapetyan
Oh God, help me not to break my Kindle and stomp it, I will need it in the future. Save my nerves...


One of the most awful characters I was so unlucky to meet. I officially hate Violet Eden, the whiny, SELFISH (with capital letters), stupid, lacklustre, weak, love struck brat main character of this book.

She loves her friend, Lincoln, who's training her for the dangers that will come, who loves and protects her whenever it is needed, who is as hurt by keeping secrets (for her safety) as she is...more
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Jessica Shirvington is the author of THE VIOLET EDEN CHAPTERS also known as THE EMBRACE SERIES, stand alone novel, BETWEEN THE LIVES and has an exciting new duology called DISRUPTION on the way in 2014.

An entrepreneur, author, and mother living in Sydney, Australia, Jessica is also a 2011 & 2012 finalist for Cosmopolitan’s annual Fun, Fearless Female Award. She’s also one of the lucky few who...more
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“Did you ever think we would be anything other than unbelievable?” 160 likes
“You must love no-thingness,

You must flee something,

You must remain alone,

And go to nobody.

You must be very active

And free of all things.

You must deliver the captives

And force those who are free.

You must comfort the sick

And yet have nothing yourself.

You must drink the water of suffering

And light the fire of Love with the wood of the virtues.

Thus you live in the true desert.”
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