Sunday, June 9, 2013

Review #1511 Embrace by Jessica Shirvington

Review: #1511
Book: Embrace
Author: Jessica Shirvington
Rating: one star (out of four)
Release date: Mar. 6, 2012
Pages: 369
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Source: ALA 2012

The cover for this book was so enticing. I loved the barely-there-wisps of wings. And even though it was still in the paranormal realm (which was largely over-saturated), I was looking at least looking forward to non-fairies and instead, dealing with Angels. I hadn’t read a lot of Angel books at this point.

But this book was a disappointment. I didn’t follow the plot and thought aspects of it needed more depth. I was annoyed with Violet and thought the majority of her actions were misguided. I didn’t see how she could keep making so many stupid decisions. She didn’t feel realistic because she kept saying one thing and then going and doing something else. It was OBVIOUS to me what she shouldn’t be doing, and yet, she would voice her concerns and then STILL do it. It was baffling and HUGELY irksome. I didn’t like her because of that. She put herself into a lot of bad situations.

There were a couple of scenes I did not like. Now, don’t get me wrong, this isn’t me disliking Violet because I didn’t agree with her moral choices (which I didn’t) but more along the lines of Violet clearly stating this isn’t a good decision and then deciding to do it anyway. So many times I wished she would have listened to her instincts and gone another route. But was utterly annoying. I couldn’t handle it. I also thought there were some holes in the plot/story that didn’t add up and many of the characters didn’t feel believable. Also, note for those folks who are fairly conservative, you probably won’t like this book because it has mature content. So while I had been initially looking forward to this story, it ended up being a major letdown. 

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