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I Belong

Review: Empower by Jessica Shirvington

EmpowerTitle: Empower

Author: Jessica Shirvington

Genre: YA Paranormal

Series: The Violet Eden Chapters (Book #5)

Publication Date: May 6, 2014

Format: Hardcover, 496 Pages

ISBN-10: 14022894603 (Sourcebooks Fire)

ISBN-13: 978-14022894600 (Sourcebooks Fire)

Reviewed by: Bridget


It has been two years since Violet Eden walked away from the city, her friends, her future and – most importantly – her soulmate, Lincoln. Part angel, part human, Violet is determined to stand by the promises she made to save the one she loves.

Living in the perpetual coldness of a broken soul she survives day to day as a Rogue Grigori in London.

But when an unexpected visitor shows up at her door, the news he bears about someone she swore to protect leaves Violet with no choice.

Even worse, she fears that this might all lead back to the night she tries hardest to forget. And what was taken without her permission.

Violet is going back to New York … and she knows exactly who is going to be there.

With Phoenix in her dreams and Lincoln in her heart she knows it is only a matter of time before the final choice must be made.

Quick & Dirty: Empower is the perfect blend of action, romance, and suspense. This series has been unbelievably good and I would recommend it to all young adult fans.

Opening Sentence: My sweater was coated in a layer of mist—again—a by-product of life in London.

Excerpt: Yes

The Review:

Two years ago Violet Eden walked away from everything in her life to fulfill her promise to be the greatest Grigori warrior. But that’s not the only reason she left. After everything that happened with her soul mate Lincoln there was no way she could stay. But with him she left a part of herself and the pain of her decision haunts her every day. For the last year she has been in London living as a Rogue Grigori. She is fighting exiles every chance she gets and has made a few allies among the other rogues.

But soon an unexpected visitor shows up at her door with some dire news, she knows that it is time to finally go home. But by doing that she is going to have to face her past and once again face the man she left behind.

I didn’t think that my love for Violet could grow anymore but oh boy was I wrong. It has been two years since the end of the last book and Violet is a very different person. She has experienced so many new things and in a lot of ways I felt like I was meeting her again for the first time. One thing I really enjoyed was that she felt older and more mature then she has in previous books, but she was also the same old Violet. She still has the spunky attitude and she can still kick butt in a fight, but she has also gained some wisdom in her time alone. The thing about that Violet that is so unique is that she has accepted she is imperfect and she doesn’t let her faults deter her from retaining her goals. She has become one of my favorite heroines of all time and I am sad to see her story end.

You get to see a very different side to Lincoln which was actually really refreshing. He has always been the constant guy that you could rely on, but he is very angry and hurt that Violet left. But with that pain he has become an even better grigori. He was always a fierce warrior but now he has become one of the best. He has risen to be a great leader among the Grigori and has gained respect from many of them. I loved seeing that Lincoln could be great even without Violet. But don’t worry, there is still tons of great Violet and Lincoln moments. They have such hot sexual tension and undeniable chemistry between them. I was happy with how things work out with them and I think that fans of the series will be too.

So I was worried that after the ending of the last book that Phoenix wouldn’t really be part of this book, but luckily I was wrong. He has always been one of my favorite characters in this series. There is just something about him that tugs at my heartstrings. I don’t know if it’s the despair and loneliness that I know resides deep in his soul or just the fact that he is the perfect bad boy you can’t help but want to fix. Whatever the reason, Phoenix captured my heart from the very beginning and my love for him has just continued to grow throughout each book. I really loved the ending he got in the story, but to be honest I would love a spin off series featuring his story.  Odds are that’s not going to happen but a girl can always dream right?

Empower is the perfect blend of epic romance, intense action, and heartfelt moments. I have noticed that a lot of times when a series has more than 3 books I will generally start to lose interest at some point in the story because it will start to not be quite as good. I am so happy to say that this is not a problem in this series. I would actually love for Shirvington to make more books in this world because even after five books I still would love more. I have been obsessed with this series since book one but this final book is by far my favorite. I really enjoyed where the story went and the character growth was substantial. I was a little nervous going into the book because things were wrapped up pretty nicely in the 4th book, so I really didn’t know what to expect with this one. But man did Shirvington deliver a heart pounding emotional ending. I am not a big crier when it comes to books but this series ending had me tearing up. I am going to miss all these wonderful characters, but rest assured it is a very satisfying end to a phenomenal series. Shirvington is an author I will forever love and I can’t wait to read whatever she comes out with next. If you have not read this series yet, I seriously recommend you start it today. If you are a young adult lover then this is a must read series!

Notable Scene:

He was going to walk right by us. Slowly, trying not to arouse any attention, I turned toward Gray to shield myself even more. But I flinched midturn when, from behind, a hand, blazing hot, wrapped tightly around my upper arm. A voice I knew better than my own spoke quietly into my ear from the other side of the silk hood.

“Would you think me such a fool that you could be here, in this city, this building, this room and me not know about it?”

I swallowed, frozen. I couldn’t turn to face him. I couldn’t lift my head. Even my soul was stunned.

Lincoln didn’t seem to be bothered by our proximity, not by my failure to respond. His grip tightened to the point of almost painful. But it wasn’t, it was just…strong and maybe something else. My breath caught.

The Violet Eden Chapters:

1. Embrace

2. Entice

3. Emblaze

4. Endless

5. Empower

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



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