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I Belong


Review: Emblaze by Jessica Shirvington

Title: Emblaze

Author: Jessica Shirvington

GenreYA Paranormal

Series: The Violet Eden Chapters (Book 3)

Publication Date: March 5, 2013

FormatHardcover, 464 Pages

ISBN-10: 1402268467 (Sourcebooks Fire)

ISBN-13: 978-1402268465 (Sourcebooks Fire)

Reviewed by: Bridget

Synopsis:

Once again Violet Eden faces an impossible choice … and the consequences are unimaginable.

Violet has come to terms with the fact that being part angel, part human, means her life will never be as it was.

Now Violet has something Phoenix – the exiled angel who betrayed her – will do anything for, and she has no intention of letting it fall into his hands. The only problem is that he has something she needs too.

Not afraid to raise the stakes, Phoenix seemingly holds all the power, always one step ahead. And when he puts the final pieces of the prophecy together, it doesn’t take him long to realize exactly who he needs in order to open the gates of Hell.

With the help of surprising new allies, ancient prophecies are deciphered, a destination set and, after a shattering confrontation with her father, Violet leaves for the islands of Greece without knowing if she will have a home to return to…

Quick & Dirty: This series is quickly becoming one of my favorites.  Emblaze was so action packed, filled with steamy romance, forbidden love, and an amazing cast of characters.  Once I started I couldn’t put the book down.

Excerpt: Yes

Opening Sentence: She didn’t have to see him to know he was there.

The Review

Violet’s life has been a roller coaster ever since she found out she was a Grigori, which means that she is part angel and part human.  She seems to attract exiles like a magnet and they just keep coming for her.  Violet is very powerful, but she has just started learning how to use and control it.  There is a big fight coming and she needs to be prepared if she expects to come out of it alive.  Things are really rough right now between her and her Grigori partner Lincoln.  They happen to be soul mates and are madly in love, but if they act on their feelings it could eventually destroy both of them.  But staying apart is proving harder than either of them dreamed.  Their souls yearn for each other so much that it is physically painful at times to resist.  Can they stay apart and survive the pending doom coming their way?

Phoenix is an exile that Violet once cared about, but he betrayed her and now he is trying to do the unthinkable.  He wants to open up the gates of Hell and release his mother Lilith. In order to do this he needs to get his hands on the scriptures that the Grigori currently possess.  He is ruthless and will go to any lengths to get them, even hurt people that Violet cares about.  It doesn’t take Phoenix long to realize that he will also need Violet if he wants his plan to succeed.  As prophecies are deciphered they are lead to the islands of Greece and Violet can’t help but think that she may never make it back home.

Violet is such an awesome heroine.  She knows how to take care of herself and she’s not afraid to totally kick butt when she needs to.  She has a fun spunky attitude and she is very independent.  She tries to put on a tough guy act but she has a vulnerable side as well.  She cares deeply about her family and friends and she will do anything to protect them even if it means sacrificing herself.  She does have some girl moments that show some of her weakness, but it just made her more relatable.  Honestly, I loved being inside Violets head.  She is an amazing character with a great voice.  I can’t wait to see where her story goes.

Lincoln is Violet’s partner and he happens to be a total  hottie, but having a relationship with him is forbidden.  Violet has had a crush on Lincoln for years now and they recently found out that they were soul mates.  As in their souls actually yearn for each other and they have this unbreakable connection.  The more time they are around each other the harder it is for them to stay apart.  It’s actually really heartbreaking to see them together, but at the same time it is so sweet.  They have this amazing chemistry and they care about each other so much.  Lincoln would do anything for Violet and he is an amazing guy.  I love him and I hope that they eventually get their happy-ever-after.

So I have to confess that lately I have had a thing for the bad guy in books.  Phoenix is the villain in the books, but he also happens to be totally in love with Violet as well.  I’m not going to lie, he is my favorite character in the books.  In the first book he got his heart totally broken by Violet, but he has never stopped caring about her.  He has steamy chemistry with Violet, and I felt my heart break for him when she continually rejects him.  Even though he is ruthless at times, he still has a very caring side that shows through at rare moments. He wants to find his place in this world and he feels that by bringing Lilith back he will find it.  Probably my favorite chapter in the whole book is the one that is told from Phoenix’s point of view.  I know that he’s the bad guy, but I just can’t help but love him.

This was an amazing book.  From the very first chapter it is action packed and I was totally hooked.  The story is so intriguing and the plot was full of twists and surprises.  The romance is steamy and heartbreaking at the same time.  I loved all of the characters, they are developed wonderfully and I connected with all of them.  Jessica’s writing is captivating and beautiful.  I will admit that the ending almost killed me because there is a terrible cliffhanger and I am dying to know what happens next.  I would highly recommend this series to anyone that enjoys YA Paranormal, it is honestly amazing and it will not disappoint!!!

Notable Scene:

I stopped outside a department store window and stared at a mannequin wearing a beautiful, strapless, black dress with an intricately laced bodice from which fabric flowed to the floor in a sublime drop, a long slit in one side. The model was emotionless even though it showcased one of the most stunning dresses I’d ever seen. I locked my own reactions down and tried to replicate her numbness while I waited.

I didn’t need to turn to know when he was right behind me. He was so close, I could feel his breath on my back, feel the flickering emotion he was sending me, the kind that wrung my insides in terrible delight. I focused on being like the mannequin.

“Stop it,” I said through gritted teeth.

He moved to stand beside me. The pushing eased and I could breathe again.

“That would look ravishing on you. Would you like me to buy it for you? I could even throw in the ravishing if you like,” he said, teasing and not at the same time.

I looked down the street. A moment before it had been filled with city-goers, hurrying from buildings, heading out for the night or trying to get home. Now, it was quiet. Apart from a few hesitant passersby, it looked like the area had been evacuated. Even the traffic had lightened considerably and seemed to creep past, as though the engine sounds were somehow muted. I knew it was

Phoenix; I just didn’t know if it was an illusion he was creating in my head, trying to give us some sick kind of privacy, or if he had poured something terrible into the minds of those surrounding us, something so awful that they had fled.

I could see our reflections in the window. He was taller than me, though he often slouched. He always dressed smartly these days.

Today he was in black pants and a charcoal shirt. He looked both handsome and dangerous, and I couldn’t help staring at his hair in the glass—the way light danced across the black roots that were illuminated by ripples of deep purple and strands of dazzling silver. Even in the image bouncing off the window, it was mesmerizing.

He was watching me too. I knew what he was thinking, standing there surveying me the way I had him, and I hated that we looked so good together. I could feel that he hated it too.

The Violet Eden Chapters:

1. Embrace

2. Entice

3. Emblaze

4. Endless (October 1, 2013)

FTC Advisory: Sourcebooks Fire provided me with a copy of Emblaze. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.

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