Thursday, April 17, 2014

BOOK REVIEW - EMPOWER by JESSICA SHIRVINGTON - VIOLET EDEN CHAPTERS # 5 - HACHETTE AUST - YA PARANORMAL ROMANCE

By: Jessica Shirvington
Published By: Hachette Aust
Released : Available Now
Details: Paperback from publisher for honest review, 441 Pages

RATING: 5 MEMORABLE END OF SERIES STARS!

Blurb: Goodreads

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.


BOOK REVIEW by Michelle:

This was a most fitting end to the Violet Eden Chapters.

I got all girlie and teary. I’m sitting in my car down the beach, trying not to notice Mr Fitness taking the mums and babies class.

Anyhoo, I am swallowing lumps and casually doing that slow finger under the sunnies tear wipe, trying not to be noticed by the joggers and walkers, trying not to pull the ugly cry face.

Where’s a tissue in the hand bag when you need one.

Yes, Jessica gives us ‘feels’ in her last installment and I am not ashamed to say, they got me a bit blubbery.

Dang. When a book can do that to me.

Two years have past and Violet is living in her own personal hell and trying to keep ahead of Lincoln. She is fighting hard for what she believes in. What she believes is best for Lincoln.

Lincoln had me all... ‘feels’, with how Violet left him.

Standing close and breathing hard, he spoke in a low voice. “Am I so insignificant to you that you won’t answer a few simple questions?”


He was still yelling. “But you’re not fixed at all, are you? We’re still us in all the terrible ways and none of the good!”


Awww. Poor Lincoln. Sometimes I wanted to shake Violet. The guy is wearing his heart on his sleeve.

“Violet, I ... I breathe you. I live you. I love you.”

If every girl heard those words from her beau... wow! 

We meet a bunch of Rogues and get to spend time with Gray who is a lovely lad. He has such a great soul and so loyal and nice to Violet.

“Oh, and by the way,” Gray said. “You were right. This is definitely a trap.”

“Gotta love being popular,” I said. 



Carter is the funny bone with his snark among the Rogues. I like him.

“Can we please go and kill some exiles now?” Carter called out gruffly. “No wonder I never wanted to work with you people. It’s like a bloody soap opera.”

Then we have the brilliant Steph, who doesn’t back down from anything.

Steph is such a wonderful , loyal friend who makes it onto the wrong side of Lincoln, but she sticks to her girl power loyalty, no matter how hard it is for her to do it. She also speaks her mind. She is the reality check that Violet needs.

“Oh, stop being a martyr!” Steph said, stealing my description of Lincoln yesterday, along with the croissant I was still holding, before she spun and stormed down the corridor as I watched after her, blinking.

Yeah. Steph has gumption.


“Everything is so huge with you. Big moments. Life-threatening sacrifices. World changing triumphs. But love isn’t like that. Love is all the small moments. It’s what fills the quiet. She sat up suddenly, looking down at me. “Do yourself a favor and just sit in the quiet for a while, and hear what fills it.”


Yeah. Steph. Rocks.

The bald headed, briefcase toting villain gets a name and he is one bad ass villain.

Phoenix...man, Jessica had me all teary for him. He just wants love. We really see how lonely and tough his life is for him in this last installment.

Jessica really did crush my heart.

I really do personally need a Phoenix spinoff. He just needs...someone.

“You always worried you were becoming a new kind of angel, but can you finally see?” he called out. “You were always becoming the best kind of human.” His eyes met mine, and for a few magical beats all the mayhem around us went away and his calm brown eyes met my hazel ones and understanding passed between us.


I feel like a part of my heart will always be waiting for Phoenix to be happy and complete.

I know this is a fictional book, but, Phoenix needs someone. Then I can stop worrying about him.

Onyx, you are still such a fun sidekick character who I adore. You have landed on your feet in more ways than one.


“What?” I asked sharply.

“Honestly?”

I narrowed my eyes. “Yes.”

“I’m just giddy with excitement,” he said, his eyes alight. “It’s as if someone has rebooted my favourite movie just for me and I get to sit back and watch all over again.”

“Still a bastard, then,” I mumbled.

He laughed openly. “Why fight what works?” He leaned a little closer, and dropped his voice. “But I’m sure you’ll find that not everything has remained quite the same.”



I can’t help smiling when Onyx is talking.

“Anyone tried to kill you?” he asked.

I rolled my eyes. “Not yet,” I replied.

He shrugged. “Blow anything up?”

“Not yet,” I said again, fighting the urge to smile.

“Eh. Still early days.”




“Shouldn’t you be working?” I asked Onyx.

He threw back a shot. “I am. Customer relations. Are you enjoying yourself?”

A waitress came over and placed a number of drinks on the table. One in front of me. I raised an eyebrow.

“See?” Onyx said. “Don’t say I’m not looking after you.”



Man, I want to see that tv show eventuate for this series. Just watching Phoenix and Lincoln in action and hearing their declarations of love... wow! All the sub characters who make this series so much fun and interesting, and those fighting scenes. I would sit and watch it.

A wonderful heart felt ending to a really cool YA series that I have thoroughly enjoyed.

I highly recommend The Violet Eden Chapters. Once you start this ride, you will find yourself very addicted.



Michelle



USA Release Date

May 6th 2014

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