Embrace (The Violet Eden Chapters #1)
by Jessica Shirvington Paperback, 367 pages
Sourcebooks Fire (March 2012)
Paranormal YA

There is an unknown battle on earth and exiled angels want to make mere mortals their slaves, only there are Grigori sent to hinder their conquest, protecting humans from the exiles, which allows humans to have free-agency and not merely to be used as exiles puppets. Grigori are humans with angel essence and at seventeen these dormant powers mature, the human then needs to make a choice, deny the angel essence and remain human or embrace it and become grigori. Grigori are stronger in a grigori partnership and these grigori partnerships are pre-determined however, grigori partnerships are to be strictly platonic.

“Grigori. It happened when you were born and your mother died. If a parent dies within twelve days of their child’s birth the combination of new life coinciding with new death creates a gateway for an angel to impart a piece of its essence.”

Embrace is written from Violet’s point of view, Violet is a seventeen year old girl who does not realise that she is part angel. On Violet’s seventeenth birthday her dormant powers quicken, however to prepare Violet for these changes Lincoln, a twenty-two year old man, who has been teaching Violet many fighting and fitness techniques after they met at a self-defence class two years ago and they have been training together ever since. Violet is extremely close to Lincoln and likes him more than just friends, Lincoln tries to subtlety explain about these other beings but has to still maintain the secret until she becomes of age.

“Do you believe these other beings or whatever are good?”

“Maybe. with all things there has to be balance. You know, light and dark, sun and moon, yin and yang…So where there are entities that produce good, there must also be those that don’t.”

“You mean evil?” I asked, feeling confused.

“Maybe it’s not as clear-cut as that. Maybe it’s the very presence of one thing-light or darkness-that necessitates the existence of the other. Think about it, people couldn’t become legendary heroes if they hadn’t first done something to combat darkness. Doctors could do no good if there weren’t diseases for them to treat.”

Violet hates her birthday as it also marks the day when she lost her mother in child-birth. The day Violet turns seventeen she awakens from a strange nightmare and has odd marks across her wrists, Violet keeps it a secret and doesn’t yet know what it means as she has not yet been told what she could become. For her birthday Violet, Steph, Lincoln and Violet’s father go out for dinner, Steph is Violet’s best friend and convinces Violet to get drunk to give her the courage to tell Lincoln how she truly feels and to see if those feelings are reciprocated. Lincoln distances himself after Violet makes a move, leaving her alone on the dance floor when in enters Phoenix. Violet responds positively to Phoenix’s advances causing Lincoln to act protectively and warns Phoenix to back off, giving Violet mixed signals.

Unsure what is going on between Violet and Lincoln, Violet decides to go and speak with Lincoln only to overhear a conversation of what she is. Lincoln is a grigori and her grigori partner if she chooses to embrace, when Violet discovers their relationship of the past two years was not based on friendship and lacked honesty topped off with what it would mean for their relationship if she were to embrace they have a massive argument. Trinity loses faith and trust in Lincoln and Phoenix takes advantage of this argument and takes Violet under his wing explaining all thing angel, exiles, embracing and grigori.

Violet has to make a choice between denying her angel essence and have Lincoln as a lover or embracing and protecting the human race with Lincoln as her platonic partner and never anything more. With Phoenix on the scene Violet may have an alternative option but is Phoenix all that he appears to be.

Violet is a special part angel and while she is making the decision to embrace or not she is very vulnerable and is attracting dangerous attention from both a dark exiled angel Onyx and a light exiled angel Joel, with Phoenix there to protect her she is safe for now but with light and dark exiles joining forces to rid the earth of a common enemy, grigori’s, they see Violet as a particular threat causing her decision time to be cut short.

Grigori’s murders are growing as the exiles become stronger, will Violet finally face her challenges and embrace? Who will she choose between Lincoln and Phoenix?

I find Violet a little immature and rushes into situations without thinking things through, yet has the strength and conviction to overcome her fears, I really like Phoenix and think he is a little misunderstood but I didn’t fully connect with Lincoln.

Embrace has a good plot although the pace is little slow at first, the majority of the book is about Violet making a decision, then as we discover more about the exiles and grigori’s with more characters being introduced the pace becomes quicker and the action is quite fierce, making it a more entertaining read.


I love books about fallen angels and was excited to pick up Embrace, especially with the hype that had compared it with two favourite series of mine, Vampire Academy and Twilight.

A combination of the badass-action of Vampire Academy, the complex love triangles of Twilight, and the angel mythology of Fallen, taken one step further.

I can’t really figure out why I didn’t enjoy Embrace as for me did fall short, I found the use of religion confusing and contradictory, the constant use of taking the Lord’s name in vain unnecessary and disappointing. Overall, Embrace has a good plot, although somewhat predictable, with the obvious love triangle so often found in the YA genre, along with a slow start it didn’t provide the excitement I was hoping for. However, I did enjoy the ending with Violet having so much potential and despite the negatives I was left intrigued for some more.


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Christina @FaerieWriter September 14, 2012 at 2:20 am

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P.S. I started reading this book and gave up a couple weeks ago. Could not get into it!


Becs September 14, 2012 at 10:42 am

I understand why you DNF as I also found it a push to get through and I took me a while to get to the end of EMBRACE.


Amber Elise September 14, 2012 at 4:57 am

I actually just finished reading this book a few days ago and I’m with you. It wasn’t what I expected, and they really could have expanded on the religion. The whole Lilith thing was cool, but then they keep mentioning the uncertainty of a God existing, that sounds kind of contradictory.

Thanks for your honesty!

Amber Elise @ Du Livre


Becs September 14, 2012 at 2:15 pm

Thank you Amber, I sometimes think I’m being a bit harsh so I’m glad you agree. You are right, if they were so certain that a demon exists as with Lilith and that everything has an opposite then a God should also exist.
Thanks for your comment. x


Carmen September 14, 2012 at 10:31 am

As soon as you say YA Love Triangle it pretty much guarantees I will never pick the book up – it’s spoiled what promise to be so many good books. I just don’t bother with them now they just make me want to “AAAAAARGH!”


Becs September 14, 2012 at 2:22 pm

LOL Carmen, the whole YA love triangle has been overdone now and a good reason as any to avoid some books. Glad I can help you avoid another AAAAAARGH! moment. 😉


Laura September 14, 2012 at 4:59 pm

Omg yes the YA love triangle is so overdone! Authors need to move on lol! 😉
I’m not sure I would have made it through this one, not for me I don’t think.


Gemma September 15, 2012 at 9:17 am

I really don’t think I could have finished this book. I would have kept making comparisons to the vastly suerior Grigory Chronical books by Linda Poitevin. True they are adult books, but there just seems to be something missing from the story that gives it that “punch”. At least, that’s what I’m getting from your review.


Becs September 15, 2012 at 10:15 am

Gemma, you keep giving me more books for my wishlist! 😉 You are right there was something missing, I did feel like I was waiting for something big to happen and the plot was a little confusing.


Gemma September 15, 2012 at 10:31 am

LOL! I’m not forcing you, honest!

Just like to help out a fellow book reader and guide them to good books. :)


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