Violet thought the biggest problems facing her as she turns 17 was the constant reminder that it was the anniversary of her mom’s death, and whether there was anything going on between her & her friend Lincoln. Little did she know that what was waiting for her was the discovery that there were angels of different rankings all around her, ready to wage a war on each other. She finds herself caught between the light & dark, trying to figure out the good & evil as she struggles with whether or not to accept her destiny.
Embrace starts off like a contemporary YA story before spinning into quite a complex web of angel hierarchy. To be honest, some of the intricacies lost me along the way throughout the middle portion of the book, even though I could absolutely appreciate the in depth details that Shirvington worked into this world she has created. Don’t let the beautiful cover fool you into thinking it’s just another angelic love story either, there’s a substantial amount of action-packed fighting in these pages which breaks up the love triangle storyline – and in some cases, adds to it – quite nicely. While it is paranormal in that it deals with angels, there were moments of the book that were definitely easier to suspend my disbelief than others. Personally, I think I can get on board with the angels and all the otherworldly aspects but once it gets spiritual, it loses me.
Overall though, it’s a fantastic set-up to the next few books. The writing & research into the hierarchy is greatly detailed and the steamy love triangle definitely will have fans starting up teams for their favourite guy. Looking forward to seeing what the next installment will reveal!
Embrace is available in stores March 6, 2012 and the sequel Enticed is out September 2012!
Rating: ★ ★ ★ (3/5 stars)
I received an ARC of this book from the publisher for this blog tour in exchange for an honest review.
Keep reading for an interview with Jessica Shirvington, and a giveaway!
As part of the Embrace blog tour, I had the fantastic opportunity to do a Q&A with Jessica Shirvington!
1. Each chapter of Embrace begins with a quote. Did the quotes inspire the chapter, or vice versa?
A little bit of both. The quote on top of chapter one by Ralph Waldo Emerson: “Outside, among your fellows, among strangers, you must preserve appearances, a hundred things you cannot do; but inside, the terrible freedom!” inspired the entire story and much of Violet’s character. I came across this quote in my research and it resonated so deeply with me and what I believe growing up is like. I knew it had to feature in the book and then, as I wrote and researched more I discovered others that really struck a chord with me, so I decided to commit to using a quote on top of each chapter.
2. Did you know from the start that you wanted to write a book about angels? Did you toy with any other supernatural aspects?
I don’t think I realized I wanted to write a book at all until I had completed my first draft!
I didn’t play with any other supernatural themes, I stumbled into all of this, but I stumbled with a certain amount of confidence in what I was looking to write about and angels fit the bill perfectly.
3. How much of Embrace’s history of angels is based on existing mythology vs your own creation?
A massive amount is based on existing mythology – I just tweak and manipulate it here and there. The story of the Grigori is an old tale, I just added another dimension to it. Likewise the tale of Lilith, the angelic hierarchy, and the abilities they have over the universe – it all comes from the oldest of tales. I think that is part of what has made the writing experience so interesting – playing with and turning old folklore on its head is a lot of fun!
4. You met your husband at 17. At such a young age, how did you know that this young love was true love?
Because I’m an all in or all out kind of person, and so is he. We were young and it was crazy at times, we even broke each other’s hearts once (or twice), but when you keep coming back to each other no matter what and when there is only one person you absolutely need to have around – well, there’s a reason.
5. As a debut author, what is the most surprising thing you’ve discovered or encountered as a published writer?
I admit at the beginning I was a little surprised to discover the publishers have control over title and cover. Now it makes total sense to me as I have learned more about the industry and come to recognize that – yes, of course publishers should have control of product packaging and image. They know what they are doing and have a big picture view of the market (we can only dare imagine how completely off base a lot of covers would turn out if left to the imaginations of authors!). I’ve also been really lucky to have great publishers around the world who have invited my comments and feedback.
Want to win your own copy of Embrace? 2 winners to be chosen!
GRAND PRIZE winner will get a finished copy of Embrace! (courtesy of Sourcebooks)
SECONDARY winner will get a gently-read ARC! (With a beautiful cover like that, I’m going to want to pick up a finished copy for myself!)
- Open to residents of Canada
- Contest closes on Tuesday, March 6th at noon EST.
- Must be a blog follower
- Optional additional entries:
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Out of 41 entries (including all optional bonus entries)
GRAND PRIZE for one finished copy of Embrace goes to……. #21 – Angela H.!!! (Hah, how fitting! Angels – Angela..)
SECONDARY PRIZE for the gently-read ARC of Embrace goes to…… #36 – Amanda P.!!!
Congratulations to both of you! I will be in touch shortly via the email you provided in the form!