My girl,

Happy 17th birthday. I wish I could be there with you, but I think if you ar reading this…I am not. For that, I am sorry. The day your dad and I found out we were going to have a baby was the happiest day of my long life. I know the only day that will exceed that joy will be the day you are born – no matter how that day ends.

A big decision lies ahead. The burden of the covenant is a heavy one to bear. Choose with your heart, for I already know that you, my girl, must let your heart guide the way.

I love you. Please forgive me.


The Phoenix’s Perspective

The main focus of the story was the idea of choice – free will. This made for a very interesting plot due to the fact that the characters had to deal with what was “pre-determined” and what was really within their real of choice.

THE LIKES: In most books of this genre, a choice is made (or made for them) and the rest of the story explains what happens after. It was really nice to travel a different path. Though the entire book deals with the supernatural, Shirvington made sure that we spent the majority of the book understanding the choice that needed to be made and why it was made rather than having the main character jump into a supernatural choice as if it was as simply as coffee or tea.

I also enjoyed the fact that there were no sides drawn. It was not a battle of good vs bad. It was nice to see an author really incorporate true life because nothing in our day to day lives actually sticks to the distinction of one or the other.  Everything in life is a mixture of both light and dark, even if it may lean more in one direction.

THE DISLIKES: I really don’t like love triangles. I find that usually they take away from the storyline by shifting the focus only on those three people and removing the great story happening around them.

There was also a short description of a sex scene. It felt randomly placed – not just within the storyline but in the plot all together. It was like: great storyline – action – storyline – action – climactic choice – random sex scene – great storyline.  Though there was a small explanation later as to why it might have been necessary, it still seemed out of place.

OVERALL: I enjoyed the read and was really happy with the way it was written. With the overabundance of supernatural literature nowadays, it was nice to see a storyline that included real thought, truth and choice on the part of the main character.

Would I add it to the library?

I was also glad to find that Embrace was simply the beginning. There are two other books already available and a fourth being published in October.


Genre: Fiction – romance, paranormal
ISBN: 9781402271250
Rating:  good 

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