Wednesday, February 29, 2012

EMBRACE by Jessica Shirvington


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About The Book:
"My girl, "
Happy 17th birthday. I wish I could be there with you, but I think if you ar reading this...I am not. For that, I am sorry. The day your dad and I found out we were going to have a baby was the happiest day of my long life. I know the only day that will exceed that joy will be the day you are born - no matter how that day ends.
A big decision lies ahead. The burden of the covenant is a heavy one to bear. Choose with your heart, for I already know that you, my girl, must let your heart guide the way.
"I love you. Please forgive me."
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My Review:

Grade: F

I was really looking forward to reading Embrace, and I had huge expectations for it. Maybe that's why it was kind of a let down. This book didn't hold my interest as well as I felt it should have, and on top of that I didn't like Violet at all. The novel was also slow moving, so I got bored more than a few times while reading it. The plot was a let-down, too. It wasn't very suspenseful, and I had everything predicted WAY before it happened. Also, the mythology is 900 kinds of jacked up and makes no sense. Overall, this book is mediocre at best. 

I'm going to start with the characters and go from there. Violet. She is the biggest freaking brat I have ever read. She is selfish and temperamental, but somehow guys were just falling all over her. I don't get it. I mean unless she wore a sign flashing, "hey, I'm easy. You can ignore my bitch-ass personality!" then I don't know what they saw in her. Even the hottest person in the world wouldn't be worthwhile if they acted like her. She was a total bitch. I can't make that clear enough. And DRAMATIC. Oh Lord, everything was the end of the world to her. Everything was soooooo bad. She wanted to be normal. Blahblahblah. Whine, whine, whine. I wanted to beat her in the face. Repeatedly. With a sledgehammer. I doubt she would have shut up even then, though. She would have just whined that her apparently beautiful face was now sullied. *throws a shoe* Moving on. 

The other characters were very one-dimensional. They were cookie-cutter, stock characters. None of them had any real quirks to make them real. Her dad was MIA, her best friend was a slut, the two guys were token good and bad guys, and the wise elder was supposedly wise and old. Nothing special. Her mom was dead. She had no other friends. It's obvious why. 

Okay, next complaint. Pacing. This book moved INCREDIBLY slowly, and even during the supposed exciting part of the book, it STILL moved slowly. I was so freaking bored that I had to put this book down several times and come back to it later. The only reason I forced myself through it is because I am doing this group post with Hollow Readers and I promised I'd read it. Otherwise, I would have just declined the review and moved on. And the big reveal wasn't a reveal at all. Violet's enlightening moment wasn't all that enlightening either. And after everything, she was still a freaking brat. She didn't grow at all. 

The plot was so predictable that it was kind of pathetic. I knew everything that was going to happen about 50 pages before it actually happened. Anyone who's read any cliched YA book before would be able to predict this. It was that obvious, cliched, and predictable. 

The whole book was just bad. Obviously, I won't be continuing this series. My recommendation? Avoid this book like the plague. You want a good angel story, there are plenty out there. Embrace is not one of them.

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  1. Goodness!!! Sorry you didn't like this book. I didn't find it slow... maybe some repetitive with the attitude, but not slow.

    1. No worries. It happens. We all have different opinions, pet peeves, etc. I personally think that repetition slows the pacing down because it makes the events happen at a slower pace. And if I don't like the main character, that's a deal breaker for me. Especially when it's a first person POV narration. Thanks for stopping by!! :)

  2. Aww that's too bad that you didn't like this book.
    I was hoping it to be a good one especially with that beautiful cover.
    Great review!


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