Publication Date: March 6, 2012Review: I was so excited for this book. It sounded completely awesome. I'm a fan of angel books, and this one sounded perfect for me. But now I want to slam my head into something. I was so disappointed.
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Page Count: 367
Synopsis: 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…
My main problem... can you guess it? The main character. Violet Eden bugged me like no other. She was confusing and irrational. I couldn't ever relate to her. She would do something that I thought was ridiculous. I read this in another review (I can't remember which one--sorry!), but one reviewer mentioned that Violet was so insecure because she had been nearly raped by one of her teachers. And then later, she was totally open to strangers grinding against her, and almost kissing her. Er, what. Violet was dense and oblivious. She was also a complete drama queen. She overreacted to everything, being calm one scene and totally losing her marbles with one sentence.
I had a love/hate relationship with Jessica's writing style. I was beyond annoyed by the abuse of ellipsis (...) and exclamation points (!). Jessica also often used characters as a way to deposit HUGE info dumps, which could've been avoided. Her writing was far more "tell" than "show." However, there were also times where her prose was just really beautiful.
It's easy to tell that Jessica did her angel research. There's a lot of angel mythology in this book, which I liked. I liked knowing the background of the angel hierarchy and all the rules of being a Grigori. It was intriguing and a nice element in the book.
There's a bunch of cliches in this book, including a love triangle. I don't know which team I'm on, because neither of them were really all that great. I mean, yes, it's totally obvious who Violet loves more, and who she'll probably end up with. But I'm not particularly sold on either of the boys. I guess I'll have to read Entice to see if my opinion changes.
Taking a unique spin on angel mythology, Embrace is a dramatic addition to the YA genre. Although other readers loved it, I was underwhelmed. Don't be discouraged by my review, because as I said before, other bloggers really loved this one.