Review: Embrace by Jessica Shirvington

Publication Date: October 1st, 2010
Hachette Australia
Format: Paperback, 382 pages
RATING: 2 out of 5 Stars
It starts with a whisper: “It’s time for you to know who you are…”

Violet Eden dreads her seventeenth birthday. After all, it’s hard to get too excited about the day that marks the anniversary of your mother’s death. As if that wasn’t enough, disturbing dreams haunt her sleep and leave her with very real injuries. There’s a dark tattoo weaving its way up her arms that wasn’t there before.

Violet is determined to get some answers, but nothing could have prepared her for the truth. The guy she thought she could fall in love with has been keeping his identity a secret: he’s only half-human—oh, and same goes for her.

A centuries-old battle between fallen angels and the protectors of humanity has chosen its new warrior. It’s a fight Violet doesn’t want, but she lives her life by two rules: don’t run and don’t quit. When angels seek vengeance and humans are the warriors, you could do a lot worse than betting on Violet Eden…

After reading Embrace by Jessica Shirvington, there are two things that I’ve more or less decided to stay the hell away from:

First, ANGEL novels – with the exception of Angelfall series by Susan Ee and Daughter of Smoke and Bone series Laini Taylor.

Second, LOVE TRIANGLES. Jesus Murphy Jones, woman. You’ve read the synopsis. You know there were two guys mentioned that the MC is caught in the middle of and yet, you’ve went ahead and spent a hefty sum of money bringing these books from Australia! What the hell is wrong with you?! Love triangles should die a thousand deaths…preferrably in the pits of hell.

I couldn’t stomach every  character in Embrace. The MC was whiny. The love interests’ characters were supposedly hot but…not and the absence of the parental units were ramphant. This book just didn’t work for me at all.

I normally root for the brooding bad boy in a love triangle but not in this case. I wasn’t rooting for anyone at all. I was apathetic through the entire reading experience.

I’ve come to the conclusion that not all Australian authors are created equal. I also need to be proven wrong that Aussies can only write brilliant reality fictions. So far, paranormal remained a bust; case and point, Saltwater Vampires by Kristi Eagar and Blood Song by Rhiannon Hart. I had a hard time getting into these books.

I’ve read reviews prior to reading Embrace and they’re mostly positive. I’m sorry to be the Debbie Downer in this community but this book was really nothing special. Unfortunately, I now owned the entire trilogy which would probably remain unread in my shelves.

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