Interview & Review EMBLAZE by JESSICA SHIRVINGTON @SourcebooksFire @JessShirvington

Book Description

 March 5, 2013


When you’re hanging off the edge of a volcano, how do you make the most important decision of your life? For Violet Eden the decisions between right and wrong are getting harder and harder. Because apparently being a half-angel Grigori doesn’t always make you right.

Where is the good in having to choose between the life of her best friend and saving humanity? How does she balance a soul-crushing need for her Grigori partner, Lincoln, and the desire to keep him safe at all costs? And what if the darkest exiled angel of all, Phoenix, isn’t as bad as she thought?

Both sides—Angels vs. Exiles—are racing to decipher an ancient scripture that would allow anyone banished to the Underworld to return. And at the very center: Violet. She only has one chance to make the right choice…

About the Author

Jessica Shirvington  is the author of THE VIOLET EDEN CHAPTERS also known as THE EMBRACE SERIES. An entrepreneur, author, and mother living in Sydney, Australia, Jessica is also a 2011 finalist for Cosmopolitan’s annual Fun, Fearless Female Award. She’s also one of the lucky few who met the love of her life at age seventeen: Matt Shirvington, a former Olympian and current sports broadcaster for FOXTEL and Sky News. Married for almost eleven years with two beautiful daughters, Sienna and Winter, Jessica knows her early age romance and its longevity has definitely contributed to how she tackles relationships in her YA novels. Previously, she founded a coffee distribution company, Stella Imports, in London, and before that was involved in the management of restaurants Fuel Bistro and MG Garage in Sydney. Jessica is now a full-time novelist and living her dream.


What is the first book you remember reading by yourself as a child? 

I remember growing quite attached to a book by May Gibbs, Cuddlepot and Snugglepie. 

What are you reading right now?

The Lost Symbol, Dan Brown.

How does your garden grow?

Very poorly. No green thumb here.

What is the last thing you Googled?

Cuddlepot and Snugglepie - I wasn't sure is Gibbs had one b or two ;-)
What makes you cringe? 

Laundry. I'm sure I'd be a better person if I never had to deal with it.

My review...



After coming to grips with her powers as a Grigori, Violet Eden must now save the world from evil, decide whether or not she needs a boyfriend, and still keep peace at home with her father who now decides to pay attention to her.  She is again caught up in her triangle between Phoenix and Lincoln with some major consequences and although I can't  rightly call this a love triangle any more , it does have some of those elements.  Essentially, Lincoln has abandon her because he is not sure he can admit his feelings towards her,  while Phoenix seems to know the score about the relationship between those two.  Even though Phoenix is a bad boy with mommy issues, he does care about Violet while at the same time is using her as a means to his own end.

There is so much excitement in this story.  First off, you have Violet finally coming to terms with her powers, although I think there is more than meets the eye.  It is alluded to a bit but I want to see more!  I am still on the fence about Phoenix since I know he isn't right for Violet (SPOILER ALERT- highlight with your cursor to read)  but he had every opportunity to destroy her, yet doesn't..    Oh and Linc really needs to get his act together and fight for Violet not just with her.  All of my favorite minor characters are all present and accounted for like Steph, who supports her BFF with everything she has.  Onyx and Dapper have a symbiotic thing going on but I can't really explain that relationship at all.  I hope that gets clarified soon.  Since this story focuses mostly on Violet, we only get brief glimpses of Phoenix and that little interlude is so telling. I sort of miss hearing more from Phoenix.  

This installment was a really fast read for me.  I couldn't do a thing until I finished it and even then, I didn't want it to end.  Actually, I would have been so upset if this one had ended the series since it left me hanging a bit.  I am so glad I checked and there are at least two more to come after this one.  I have so many unanswered questions about Violet and her mother, Evelyn, also I need to know what happens with Phoenix and Linc.  Ahhh!  So many things I need  to know.  Parents:  there is language and some violence which I would rate at PG13 and I almost wish there was a bit more kissing.  I have high hopes that I get that in the next installment which I think is called Endless.

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