Author: Jessica Shirvington
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Publication Date: March 2012
Classification: YA Novel
Summary from Goodreads:
It starts with a whisper: “It’s time for you to know who you are…”
Violet Eden dreads her seventeenth birthday. After all, it’s hard to get too excited about the day that marks the anniversary of your mother’s death. As if that wasn’t enough, disturbing dreams haunt her sleep and leave her with very real injuries. There’s a dark tattoo weaving its way up her arms that wasn’t there before.
Violet is determined to get some answers, but nothing could have prepared her for the truth. The guy she thought she could fall in love with has been keeping his identity a secret: he’s only half-human—oh, and same goes for her.
A centuries-old battle between fallen angels and the protectors of humanity has chosen its new warrior. It’s a fight Violet doesn’t want, but she lives her life by two rules: don’t run and don’t quit. When angels seek vengeance and humans are the warriors, you could do a lot worse than betting on Violet Eden…
I haven’t read that many angel books so I was really excited to get into this one. The first thing I noticed about this one was all of the quotes that start each chapter, especially the quote that starts the book, so powerful and you can tell there is going to be an epic war between the two sides of being an angel, those who still live in their world, and those who have fallen…
Immediately I started to fall for Violet and Lincoln because they just seemed great “onscreen” together. I instanly liked that Lincoln just felt like this guy who you could just go to for help, advice, and a great place to chill. I instantly knew Violet liked him and it was easy to see why, I mean he is the good guy after all…Well he is the good guy until he betrays Violet by not telling her that she is half angel and needs to embrace in order to grab hold of her angel powers to help keep exiled/fallen angels at bay. Oh and the kicker is that it is not just as simple as an exiled angel is a bad one or one from hell, infact all angels, those of light and dark, all live in one world together. An exiled angel can be an angel who fell no matter if they were part of the light or part of the dark. See the world has to have balance between the two. This is a huge part of the story and I really loved learning about all of this. It is so unique to give the world more dimension than just black and white. So many times in life we classify things and good vs evil and blak vs white but things are not that simple in the world Shirvington created, and I love it! It was about time someone started to step up teen!
Apart from learning all of this Violet also meets Phoenix! Let us all take a moment here because this is a big one for this story because whereas her precious Lincoln is suppose to be our good guy there is nothing redeeming about Phoenix, he is who he is and he likes it that way. Of course he will not tell Violet exactly who he is and this is a fun mystery to the story. Heck Phoenix’s whole character is a mystery and I personally had a great time unraveling his mysterious ways. Oh I’m so biased but I loved Phoenix, he is a huge part of the story and he is a huge part of what worked for me! Plus Phoenix isn’t afraid to take things to the next level. Please allow me a moment to swoon over him cause I just love him that much people!
So lets see, so far we have a world that just blew me away with how advance it was and two hot guys, one of which has my heart from the moment we meet him, Phoenix, just in case you missed that one! Now even though these parts were great I do have one slight problem with this book. I just thought that too much was going on! There were a lot of pieces to come together and I almost feel like we got something that could have been spread out a little over the course of two of the books in the series, all in one book. This left me feeling a little exhausted keeping up with all of the plot twists and even when the story seemed like it was going to end, after a huge battle, it still went on! I would have appreciated a little less info overload at a certain point and for the book to possibly have ended about 30 pages before.
Overall, I really love the smart, sophisticated world that Shirvington created. I enjoyed her characters, some more than others, obviously. I just loved Phoenix and all of his dark ways and the things he added to the story, really if he wasn’t in the story it wouldn’t have come together so well. I enjoyed the older teen feel to this book since sexual things are mentioned, which does not bother me in the least but just be warned this would be a book best suited to older teens. The only complaint is that the story had a bit too much going on at one point. However, for the moments that I was just entranced by this book it gets 4.5 hearts from me. Certainly keep an eye out for this one and the sequels, I need more Phoenix and the light/dark world created here.