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Book Title: Empower|
The author of the book: Jessica Shirvington
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Format files: PDF
The size of the: 976 KB
Edition: Sourcebooks Fire
Date of issue: May 6th 2014
Read full description of the books Empower:Empower is the final heart-racing book in the Violet Eden Chapters, also known as the Embrace Series by Jessica Shirvington.
It’s been two years since Violet Eden left her old life behind to protect those she loves against the danger that she attracts. She has learnt to switch off her emotions and survive the soul crushing ache she feels for her soulmate and former grigori partner, Lincoln, by getting into the bloodlust of killing exiles with the Rogue grigori of London city.
With her new powers from Phoenix, she is able to build guards against her emotions and powers, which distract her from the pain, and help her to grow stronger and become a better fighter.
But when an old friend appears at her apartment door to deliver news about someone she swore to protect, Violet knows the only hope lies with her.
With a battle brewing in the near future, Violet knows that she must fight for her position to save those she loves or stand on the sidelines. The consequences of the past two years are catching up to her, and she must face her worse fears, even if it means going against everything she tried to avoid.
I was so happy to receive Empower! After waiting a year and two months since Endless, I was well and truly ready to continue Violet’s story.
And boy was it an emotional roller coaster!
Empower had everything that I love in a book and finished up the series beautifully. All the loose ends were tied up in ways never expected and there was action, romance, conflict and heartbreak as well as an epic battle to finish it all off.
The character development through Empower was the most noticeable, especially since it was set two years after Endless. The thought process and the choices that the characters made really showed the difference between them at the very start of the series to how much they have learnt and grown up by the end, and yet still managed to keep their characters and basic ideals.
Lincoln and Violet go on an amazing journey of self discovery together and learn to look at things from different perspectives than what they’ve been told. They worked really well together, something that we hadn’t gotten to see as there were always other things in the way. I really enjoyed the way they worked together as partners and discovered the trust and love they had for each other.
Phoenix was very interesting in Empower because you know all about his past and his story with Violet, yet he’s changed and he’s learnt to accept that, but it leaves him in a bad position. But I also love that Jessica wrote the natural path of the what used to be a love triangle, into a friendship and respect and that Phoenix kept looking out for others and for Violet and her wellbeing and sanity even when she was with Lincoln. I felt that he was a very important character in Empower, and him trying to fit in to the grigori and exile world was commendable especially since he didn’t really fit in anywhere, and trying to become someone he wasn’t to impress other people was a real challenge for him and an achievement that I felt showed how much he cared about which side he was fighting for.
I loved meeting the new characters! Even in the last book, we’re still being introduced to new people who are essential to the storyline! Gray was an amazing character and represented the pillar of strength for Violet during the hard times while a certain someone else was, err… away. The Rogues were badass and I loved that! Their views on the world and their own morals really helped Violet get into that mindset and helped her grow up and also provided the edge that helped them get through the battle with exiles.
And as always, Steph. What would we do without Steph? She again showed her true self with her love for riddles and solving problems as well as being one of the only main girls in the story. Her and Salvatore were really cute and I was so happy for them in the end. I was also happy with the way Griffin’s story ended up as well. Especially since I had a prediction that he was going to die. And he deserves what he got in the end and I’m very proud of him. I loved getting to know Josephine more and watching Violet’s attitude and respect for her grow as she learnt more about her. It was one of the best new qualities that she had developed over the two years between books and made her a more believable and likeable character.
The setting of Empower was amazing! London and New Orleans! I loved it so much! Jessica Shirvington really captured the settings and it sounded like a lot of research went into the novel to make it realistic and to make all the mythology add up. The description and imagery used made me feel like I was right there in the city.
Things that exist in real life were able to worm their way into mythology and into the novel and play a part in key scenes and reveals. I liked how the battle was able to take place not under a glamour but out there in the open, and they knew they had to protect people who were scared and who were in a very real and dangerous situation.
The plot was amazing as well. I didn’t think anything could get worse after Lilith was destroyed in Endless but boy was I wrong. Sammael really was evil and cunning and scheming and he was a very evil guy! Written very well, might I add, so believable and I hated him so much! He had very realistic goals and motivations for doing what he was doing. His whole situation was very much taking the reader through the journey and inevitable ending that those who challenge a higher power and don’t deserve it are going to cause destruction and need to be dispatched.
The same kind of theme also followed within the Grigori Training Academy walls with the council members and the hierarchy there.
Another prediction that kind of came true was the identity of Violet’s Angel Maker. A few discussions and ideas made readers think and come up with some idea as well as a bit of research, but knowing in advance, or having an idea, didn’t ruin the plot at all. If anything, it made it very enjoyable to be able to have that confirmed and put the reader into the story along with Griffin, who also said he had an idea in Emblaze.
There was a lot of humour injected into the lines as well, and that does lighten the mood of certain scenes and gives a comic relief through the darkness and despair but doesn’t take the focus or set mood away from the scene. The little quips were very cleverly written in and they were hilarious! I burst out laughing a couple of times! I especially like the angel humour. They were so funny! And their judgement was so cute and naïve but it also was what made them dangerous, in their case it was having power and not knowing how to use it properly compared to Sammael who wanted more power than he could get and ended up throwing a temper tantrum that could’ve destroyed everything.
And the romance. I honestly didn’t know how Jessica was going to pull it off after her and Lincoln been separated for so long with feelings of betrayal and heartbreak between them as well as barriers and lies to try and keep each other safe. But I was glad they were able to figure it out with the help of some dirty dancing, jealousy, fighting alongside each other and telling the truth eventually and the events that followed.
It was also very funny and very cute when they were discussing their… activities and this happened: “Do you know how much noise we, er you made last night?”
I fangirled a lot.
Finally, the ending brought the closure for the series in the best possible way. A wedding. It was beautiful and the couple were so cute and I was very happy for them. Having that as a way for Evelyn and James and Jase and a few other characters that we didn’t get to see as much during the book to come back into the story quickly was very appropriate.
And then there was birthdays.
In Embrace, the first sentence is: “Birthdays aren’t my thing.”
And in Empower, the last sentence is: “And at that moment I realised that birthdays would forever more be one of my favourite things.”
And having that as the ending, bring the whole series in a complete circle was really emotional and ended the series perfectly.
I absolutely lost it at that part, everything from the past coming back for the ending. It was very fitting and left me on a high note with a sense of completion and bittersweet memories from the past.
Congratulations Jessica Shirvington on an amazing series and Empower finished it off in the best possible way. Like you said in the acknowledgements, ‘I hope it was time well spent,’ I believe that reading the Violet Eden Chapters has been one of the most life changing series of my whole life. You should be very proud.
5 out of 5 stars to Empower and to the Violet Eden Chapters!
I can’t wait to read more of your books.
Read information about the authorJessica Shirvington is the author of THE VIOLET EDEN CHAPTERS also known as THE EMBRACE SERIES, stand alone novel, BETWEEN THE LIVES and has an exciting new duology called DISRUPTION on the way in 2014.
An entrepreneur, author, and mother living in Sydney, Australia, Jessica is also a 2011 & 2012 finalist for Cosmopolitan’s annual Fun, Fearless Female Award. She’s also one of the lucky few who met the love of her life at age seventeen: Matt Shirvington, a former Olympian and current sports broadcaster for Foxtel and Fox Sports. Married for twleve years with two beautiful daughters, Sienna and Winter, Jessica knows her early age romance and its longevity has definitely contributed to how she tackles relationships in her YA novels.
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