Thursday, July 12, 2012

100 Books in 2012: Book 58 "Embrace"

I picked up this paranormal YA by Jessica Shirvington because I've got an ARC of the sequel waiting to be reviewed for VOYA next month.  I tore through it last night: the heart-pumping, magical read was just what the doctor ordered for a hot, rainy Wednesday on the couch.

When Violet turns seventeen, her world flips upside down.  Because her mother died when she was born, Violet is special: her soul contains the essence of an angel.  But there's more to it than that, and as Violet learns the truth of who she is, she has to come to grips with the fact that her mother did more than abandon her at birth: her mother trapped her in a struggle between light and dark forces.  Violet can either embrace her angelic nature, or deny the core part of herself, but there's a catch: if she embraces, she has the power to save the first boy she's ever loved, but then she'll never be able to be with him.  He's part-angel, too, which complicates things.  And then there's Phoenix: an exiled angel who's taken an unusual interest in Violet.  There are layers of lies surrounding her, and her only chance at survival is to cut through the fog and find the truth.  But things are never as black and white as humans expect.

Fans of Cassandra Clare and Lani Taylor will gobble up this great series.

What's your paranormal poison?  Are you a witches reader, or do you prefer vampires or angels?  Or, if you don't like the paranormal craze, what genre excites you?


  1. I hear about a lot of YA angel themed books; good to know this one stood out.

    1. It was a lot of fun! Looking forward to the sequel!