by Jessica Shirvington
Violet is just like every other girl about to turn seventeen years old. At least she thought she was. As her birthday approaches, Violet starts having some pretty disturbing dreams. Then her dad gives her a gift that was promised to her on her seventeenth birthday by her mother that has passed away. This gift is the start of Violet uncovering her true nature and why her mother died. Violet is a Grigori: a protector of humanity who is half human and half angel. However, Violet can give up her Grigori nature and go on being a normal teen. She has to choose whether or not she wants to embrace her powers. If she embraces her Grigori power, she becomes a warrior in an epic battle between the protectors of humanity (the Grigori) and the angels who have been exiled from heaven and who want to overtake the human race (the Exiles). Making her choice a difficult one is her good friend, crush, and training partner Lincoln. Violet discovers that he is also a Grigori and would be her Grigori partner if she chooses to embrace. What will Violet choose? And does she really even have a choice?
Embrace is a fast past and exciting read for anyone who likes epic supernatural books. And don’t be turned off by the whole angel story line–the angels in Embrace range to truly evil to truly kick-butt. What I really liked about this book, though, was the character of Violet. It is hard to believe that a character who has to choose between being normal and being a powerful angel of protection would be easy to relate to, but Violet is! The supporting characters are all pretty interesting too. As Violet learns more and more about the Grigori world, she meets a whole range of Grigori, some who have been living for hundreds of years. Also, to add another level of interesting to this book–it was originally published in Australia and while it doesn’t necessarily take place in a specific area of Australia, there is that feel of the Australian way of life throughout the novel.