Sunday, September 30, 2012

 Blog Tour: Entice (Embrace series) by Jessica Shirvington

Welcome to Jenuine Cupcakes! 
Thanks so much to Sourcebooks and Jessica Shirvington for the opportunity to participate in the ENTICE ME tour!

We're celebrating Entice today and no party is complete without prizes and cupcakes, am I right?!  (Hint: Correct answer is "Yes!")

OK, so, before we get to the prize part, we need to choose a cupcake. There are two different kinds just like there are two very different guys to choose from in Entice.

Team Lincoln
Team Lincoln Cupcake:
Vanilla caramel with butter cream frosting and green sprinkles. 

Isn't vanilla too plain you ask?  No way!  Not only is vanilla light and sweet, this one has a warm caramel filling. (Yumm-il-licious!)  Vanilla is a staple in almost every cupcake recipe (frosting too), making it dependable. What you see is what you get.  The caramel filling is the only surprise and it's pretty hard to resist, especially when it makes you feel all warm and gooey inside. The snow white butter cream frosting is a great choice to help balance out all those delicious flavors and the sprinkles?  Well, they help to remind you of eyes that shine whenever you're near.

Team Phoenix
Team Phoenix Cupcake:
 Chocolate cherry with chocolate butter cream frosting.  

Chocolate is dark and seductive; it whispers our name and we try to ignore it, but it's so very tempting! However, once we bite into this cupcake, we realize there's more to it than we thought and it's quite bitter inside.  But, like the chocoholics that we are, we will justify our decision, even telling ourselves, "This time it will be different, it won't be as sour or I'll just stick to the frosting".  You can definitely enjoy this one but ingesting too many could have long term effects. (Like heartburn)

The war between Exiles and Angels is on—and she’s wanted by both sides.

Entice (The Violet Eden Chapters, # 2)
Author: Jessica Shirvington
Publication: Septmeber 4, 2012
By: Sourcebooks

Seventeen-year-old Violet Eden is learning what it means to be Grigori: part angel and part human with a destiny is to protect humans from the vengeance of exiled angels. Knowing who to trust is key, but when Grigori reinforcements arrive, it becomes clear everyone is hiding something. Even her partner, Lincoln. Violet has to learn to live with her feelings for him while they work together to stay alive and stop the exiles from discovering the key to destroy all Grigori.

It isn’t easy. Especially when the electricity between Violet and Phoenix ignites, and she discovers his hold over her has become more dangerous than ever. With Lincoln’s secrets and Phoenix’s mysterious schemes, Violet is truly on her own. The race to find the one artifact that could tilt the balance of power between Angels and Exiles brings them to the cradle of civilization, where Violet's power will be pushed to the extreme. And the ultimate betrayal exposed.

The story continues with EMBLAZE in March 2013!

My thoughts:

While this isn't my favorite series to read, I do like that it shows there are consequences to the choices we make.  Violet is struggling with her guilt and attempting damage control with her Grigori partner Lincoln (Linc) when we meet up with her in Entice.  She loves Linc and has for a long time now but regardless of her feelings for the green-eyed half angel, she'll have to figure out a way to work with him as they continue to battle the exiles in an effort to protect humankind. Violet isn't the only one with secrets though. It seems Linc is keeping a few of his own and the fact that Magda might play a role somehow certainly doesn't help things.

I've always been Team Linc and while he allows himself to get distracted in this book, his intentions are always in the right place.  It's obvious he loves Violet as most of his decisions are made with her safety and protection in mind. (How can you NOT love a guy like that?! Never mind that he's gorgeous too.)  My frustration was with the back and forth of does he or doesn't he?  Will they or won't they?

Violet can be impulsive and stubborn and while wanting to see the good in everybody isn't a bad thing, you would think a half angel would come equipped with a little more discernment.  She doesn't which is why she tends to make a lot of mistakes.  One of those involves Phoenix, the tall, dark and dangerous guy she thought was her friend.  Phoenix is the ultimate exile and he's already proven just how powerful his influence over Violet can be.  I didn't like Phoenix in Embrace and I don't like him now.  (This is surprising because I'm usually a sucker for the would-be bad guy.) Something about his character makes me not trust him as far as I could throw him.  

We meet new Grigori who add humor and interest to the story and they bring information that could help Violet long term.  As far as second books go, this one was just "OK" for me.  Yes, secrets are revealed and yes, one is that there's a traitor among the group but the "who" lacked the "OhEmGee!" factor I like to see.  I've no doubt that readers will enjoy this next installment in the Embrace series and will be eager to see how it all works out with Violet, Linc and Phoenix.

Click here for more information about the EMBRACE Series, Jessica Shirvington and her ENTICE book tour stops. 

Prize time! 
No party games necessary, although, I'm sure "Pin the wings on the Grigori" might be an awful lot of fun! ;)

What's up for grabs? 
 1 ARC of Entice

The rules are as follows:
*U.S. Only
*Must be 13 years or older to enter
*Winner will be announced here on the blog and notified by e-mail.
*If the winner does not respond within 48 hours of notification, a new winner will be chosen.

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