Embrace is the debut novel by Jessica Shirvington and it does just what the title says; embraces you like a hug from a loved one. You become wrapped in the fabric of the story and before you know it, you've finished the book!
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…
The main character, Violet had had a bit of a rough time in the past and I felt that was reflected well into her emotions and motivations that drove her to do what she does.
The characters were well written, they were believable for who's role they were supposed to fill.
The writing style in Embrace is relaxed, not contrived or leaving you reaching for a dictionary. Shirvington has catered perfectly to the market and Embrace ticks all the boxes.
Embrace is definitely a book for any paranormal fan to read, it is in the top of its genre. The plot is enchanting and I am sure that any newcomer to the genre will be hooked after the first chapter.
Without a doubt, I would recommend Embrace to teenage girls aged 13-16 or 17.