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Embrace by Jessica Shirvington
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May 14, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: series, young-adult, 2012-releases, vine
Read from March 08 to May 04, 2012

Embrace is a title I've been looking forward to since I heard of it's release in Australia in 2010. So imagine my excitement when I heard it was being released in the U.S (two years later, but still)! Of course I could had gone to BookDepo but it was never in stock :(

Embrace starts off with Violet. She lost her mother at birth, her father is hardly ever around (surprise surprise) and she has a personal friend/trainer named Lincoln. Something traumatizing happened to her years ago and Lincoln has been teaching her self defense the last few years (or year? I don't remember). Her 17th birthday is coming up and her best friend is making this huge big deal about her dressing up (to catch Lincoln's eye? Maybeee). Her dad makes reservations at a place called Hades (nice, I see what you did there Jessica lol) and that's where she meets Phoenix and her life is pretty much turned upside down.

Violet seriously annoyed me the majority of the beginning of the book. I felt awful for the way she treated Lincoln for something he was sworn to secrecy with. Like honestly, how could you be mad at someone for that?! But with that aside, Violet was a very stubborn but assertive character. She always made it a point to know exactly what was going on. To understand everything she could about her kind before she made any choices. I admired that, not completely jumping head first into something... most of the time.

Honestly, I kind of like Phoenix. You could tell he was at war with himself sometimes and he's very mysterious but very open. I'm convinced he cared about Violet and for that, I admire him.

Lincoln... ohh Lincoln. I loved him from the beginning! He was an amazing friend to Violet and he gave her space while making sure she knew he was there for her at the same time. He's a very balanced guy and (view spoiler)

Embrace was fast paced, full of action and excitement and was a very addicting read. The twist at the end gave a lot of reason to why I hated Violet in the beginning and I just shattered. I didn't see that coming really. Angel books aren't really my thing, but this one was like a breath of fresh air. There was action, there was romance, there was suspense and there was a bit of mythology.

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Reading Progress

03/15/2012 page 107
29.0% "Violet is frustrating me. He didn't lie to you. More protagonists need to learn how to sit, calm down and LISTEN!!!! Goodness."
05/03/2012 page 128
35.0% "Still don't know how I feel about Phoenix... but he does have a cool name"
05/04/2012 page 231
63.0% "Still stubborn. However, I'm starting to like Phoenix. Hai."
05/04/2012 page 369
100.0% "Poor Phoenix... I can't help but feel bad for the guy... damn Vi, I'm still mad at you!"

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