Author: Jessica Shirvington
Series: 2nd (Embrace)
Published: September 4th 2012 by Sourcebooks Fire
Source: Publisher for honest review
Description: Violet Eden is Grigori - part angel, part human. Her destiny is to protect humans from the vengence of exiled angels. Knowing who to trust is key but, when Grigori reinforcements arrive, it becomes clear everyone is hiding something. Even Lincoln. The only thing Violet does know: Phoenix's hold over her is more dangerous than ever. The race to find the one thing that could tilt the balance of power brings them all to the sacred mountains of Jordan, where Violet's power will be pushed to the extreme. And the ultimate betrayal exposed.
I Give This ...
I probably wouldn't have picked this up if hadn't already been sent for review. There were elements of the first book that I really liked and others that I had issues with. I had hopes that this might be better. I'm glad that I gave this book a chance.
Violet was a much better character this time around. She's starting to embrace who she is a little bit better. She acknowledges that she made mistakes in the past, but at the same time they are a part of who she is. I'm not surprised that there's something different about Violet, ever more so than the fact that she's a Grigori. I enjoyed how everyone refers to her aura. I'll be curious to see how this will benefit her in the end. I'm also curious to see how the 7 rays fit into this (and I especially hope that it's even a little bit better than the book of the same name).
I was pleased to see that Lincoln and Violet's relationship seems to be moving in the right direction throughout this book. I'm not saying that they need to be together, or that they are soul mates. But, I absolutely hated the way Violet treated Lincoln in the first book. But at the same time, Lincoln pulls some shady things throughout this book. He desperately wants to make amends, but he is constantly hiding things from Violet. I don't see how they can be soul mates because of their deceptions.
I liked the plot line more in this story. The race to find the list first is interesting, especially since it does not work exactly like planned. I love the idea that Moses body is hiding in plain sight, thinly veiled by angel magic and illusions. I love how Judas plays into the story. It was a twist that I was not expecting. I also really enjoy Phoenix. I'm not sure he's the bad guy we all want him to be. I think his story is deeper than that.
At this point, I will be ready the next book in the series. I'm hoping it can continue to develop.