Release Date: October 6th, 2011
Finished Date: September 7th, 2012
Source: For Review
The Review: I've wanted to read Embrace seen I first seen it released in Australia and yes I wasn't happy that they had it before the rest of the world - lucky! I feel like the UK has waited for this book for ages but when I started seeing all the mixed reviews come though, I have to admit, I have always been a bit hesitant - even though I wanted to read it. Angel books seems to a hit or miss within the paranormal world, but I for one love Angel books and although Embrace wasn't a favourite, it was still worth a read.
Embrace is the start of a new paranormal story by author Jessica Shirvington. With Angels being the centre of this story, it comes down to GOOD vs EVIL and of course....which side will Violet be on? It's not really a hard choice for Violet because she has her destiny to fulfil - which she is not happy about. The hard choice for Violet is trying to choose between the two men in her life, Lincoln and Phoenix - both to represent two different sides and of course, Violet is attached to both of them. The problem is, both of these guys love Violet but both are hiding deep dark secrets from her...but what could they be?
I really enjoyed reading about Violet's journey, it was a tough one for her because it's not something she ever wanted for herself. She's unwilling to let all her hopes and dreams go and be happy about this new world that she wants no part of. She fights it and although she's a fighter, I also found her to be a little whiny too. Violet definitely has good bad parts about her but I think she held up quite well considering her position.
The boys were definitely my favourite part of this book. Lincoln or Phoenix? I actually love both but I have to say, I have a weak spot for Lincoln. There's just something about him and he definitely has that WOW factor and the whole forbidden romance thing going on. I have to say I was shocked with the turn of events between Phoenix and Violet...the author took their relationship levels, I NEVER expected to be in a YA book - especially the first book. My problem was I was left wondering what the hell had happened and IF something had happened. It wasn't until a few pages later that I got the answer I was looking for. I think that scene needed to be a little clearer to stop any confusion.
The ending of the story was really enjoyable. I loved how the author finished it off and while I didn't automatically pick up Entice - book two, in the series straight away, I still know I will be picking it soon because I can't wait to read more. I have a feeling that this series will get better and better and the books go on.
Now I just found out this morning that the series has been optioned by CW to start turning this series into a TV show. My thoughts....HELL YEAH! I can't wait! The CW bring out so many awesome programmes but I definitely won't be watching it when it's first released. Why you ask? Well...The Secret Circle - I loved and they cancelled it after the first season. I was gutted. So yes, I will wait for a couple of seasons to be released to stop any disappointments.