Here's the summary from Goodreads: It starts with a whisper: "It's time for you to know who you are..." On her 17th birthday, everything will change for Violet Eden. The boy she loves will betray her. Her enemy will save her. She will have to decide just how much she's willing to sacrifice. Dangerously exciting and darkly romantic, EMBRACE is a compelling novel of good and evil, seductive desires and impossible choices. A centuries old war between fallen angels and the protectors of humanity chooses a new fighter. It's a battle Violet doesn't want, but she lives her life by two rules: don't run and don't quit. If angels seek vengeance and humans are the warriors, you could do a lot worse than betting on Violet Eden. LINCOLN: He's been Violet's one anchor, her running partner and kickboxing trainer. Only he never told her he's Grigori--part human, part angel--and that he was training her for an ancient battle between Angels and Exiles. PHOENIX: No one knows where his loyalties lie, yet he's the only one there to pick up the pieces and protect her after Lincoln's lies. In a world of dark and light, he is all shades of gray. Two sides: Angel or Exile. Two guys: Lincoln or Phoenix. The wrong choice could cost not only her life, but her eternity...
What I Liked: 1) Lincoln. Surprisingly, when it came to the option between Lincoln and Phoenix, Lincoln would be my preference. He's sweet, and strong. I think Violet lays a bit too much blame on him when things come crashing down too. She needs to lighten up a bit. 2) The premise. Seems like a lot of angel stories all come down to a battle between the Angels and some sort of banished angel, in this case, the Exiles. But there is a great build up for a new kind of this story. And in several cases it delivers. Like the idea of the Embrace, and and angel partners and their enhanced senses (these are not spoilers by the way). I liked those unique bits of the story.
What I Didn't Like: Sadly for me, after the first 80 pages or so...everything just got kind of...blah. Emotions ran high in the beginning, powerful, and almost tangible. But then things just kind of fell apart. It seemed as if there were too many storylines and too many characters to keep control of, so they started spinning out of control.
Overall Thoughts: Embrace started off strong, with compelling characters and an interesting storyline. As the story progressed, however, things became less and less intriguing, as if the emotional parts of the story just dissolved. As much as I thought I was going to love this story, I just think it wasn't for me. I probably won't be reading the rest of the series, but I've seen a great many others who have enjoyed it, so consider checking out some of the other reviews on Goodreads!
My Rating: 2 shots