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Embrace by Jessica Shirvington
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Apr 17, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: australia, fantasy, girl-power, romance, young-adult, angels
Read from April 14 to 16, 2012

This first novel by an Australian author is a supernatural romantic thriller for young adults featuring angels. Angels apparently are the next "in" thing. Though it features the current tropes of forbidden love, first love, and the almost requisite love triangle, Embrace has a more substance than many in the supernatural romance YA genre with its well-developed angel mythology and deep shades of grey muddying the battle between good and evil. Seventeen-year-old Violet Eden discovers that the guy she's been crushing on is a Grigori, part-angel, part-human -- what's more, so is she, or she could be if she embraces her angel essence. Problem is if she does, she will not only not get to live a normal human life, she will never be able to consumate her love with her Grigori crush as they are destined to be fighting partners and will lose their angelic powers if they are romantically involved. In the meantime, exiled angels (of both the light and the dark) are attracted to Violet's unprotected potential abilities, in particular the volatile and charismatic Phoenix. The story is emotionally compelling and the mythology intellectually fascinating but I did have to agree with one of the (enemy) character's assessment of Violet as not too bright. She is given some vital information in the form of a story that is crushingly obvious. Even though she's a little preoccupied at the time she hears the story, she never once thinks back on it. Nor does she question her irrational surge of strong emotions. This is useful for the plot, of course, but her utter lack of reflection on some matters does make her appear rather stupid at times. After Violet finally embraces her angelic essence, the novel rushes a bit to reveal many of the secrets that Violet has been oblivious to in a dramatic showdown. Even if the U.S. edition of the book didn't include a teaser from the next book, the ending screams "sequel!" On the whole, however, I enjoyed the ride and the writing and I look forward to reading the next installment.

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