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Embrace Series, Book 5
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It's all come down to this. It's time to stop running. It's time to make a choice. Two years ago, Violet Eden walked away from her home, her friends, the Academy, and hardest of all, she walked away...
It's all come down to this. It's time to stop running. It's time to make a choice. Two years ago, Violet Eden walked away from her home, her friends, the Academy, and hardest of all, she walked away...
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  • It's all come down to this.
    It's time to stop running.
    It's time to make a choice.

    Two years ago, Violet Eden walked away from her home, her friends, the Academy, and hardest of all, she walked away from her soul mate, Lincoln. Now Spence is gone, and Violet knows she is the best person to go after him. But doing so means facing everything and everyone she left behind.

    Violet must find out who she really is-and exactly what she is capable of-before the abilities the angels gave her are turned against them. She is all that stands between the forces of good and evil.

    The Embrace Series:
    Embrace (Book 1)
    Entice (Book 2)
    Emblaze (Book 3)
    Endless (Book 4)
    Empower (Book 5)

    Praise for the Embrace Series:
    "A delicious romantic triangle." -USA Today
    "One of the best YA novels we've seen in a while. Get ready for a confident, kick-butt, well-defined heroine." -RT Book Reviews
    "Strong, compelling and wonderfully flawed, Violet is the kind of heroine that will keep readers enthralled and rooting for her until the final page is turned." -Kirkus Reviews

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    Chapter 1

    "But I have promises to keep, and miles to go before I sleep, and miles to go before I sleep."—Robert Frost

    My sweater was coated in a layer of mist-again-a by-product of life in London. I barely noticed the constant drizzle anymore. It's not as if the cold bothered me, not when I was the very definition of cold.

    What was bothering me was the smell. There is something rank about a meat market at night-especially when you're wedged into the eaves wondering what, over the years, has been sprayed about and never cleaned away. I shuddered.

    The Smithfield Market was currently in vogue, but a gritty sense of history thickened the air, giving it a density that made me sure this wasn't the first time the site had been used for wicked intent. And right now, it was hunting hour.

    At least I was the hunter.

    I watched quietly as the exiles came into the center of the massive terminal-style space, vaguely interested to note that there were six of them, instead of the four I'd expected. No bother, I suppose. I still had the element of surprise on my side.

    The past two years had taught me not to let the everyday hiccups get to me. Sure, the additional muscle would hurt, but only in the physical sense, and I could cope with that. Rolling with the punches is necessary when you are a Grigori-a human-angel hybrid-a weapon against the ever-increasing numbers of exiled angels on earth. For me even more so, since they gave me such a colorful nickname. I'm the Keshet-the rainbow. I didn't ask to be, but I made my choices and I stand by them.

    So, there I was. Although I was still trying to figure out exactly what being the rainbow meant, mostly I found that the desire to know conflicted with my continuing need not to think about it at all. One thing I did know was that somehow I could create space with the angels-an unknown place where we were able to take form and communicate. My angel maker-whose name I still didn't know-said it was a place of new possibilities. For what, I was not sure.

    But I know this is what I am. It is what I will be.

    The final two exiles sauntered up to the four already waiting. It used to be impossible for me to be this close to exiles without them going into a frenzy, sensing my presence. But I'd learned many lessons over the past year, the most useful of which had been how to keep my guards up and locked so tight that even exiles couldn't sense me when I was truly concentrating.

    Which-judging by the thin film of sweat on my forehead-is now.

    The exiles dumped the huge calico sack they had been dragging along the floor and pulled it open, revealing three mutilated bodies to join the two maimed ones already on display.

    From my position, it was difficult to tell how old the corpses were, and if the smell was able to give a clue, I wouldn't have known, the stink of death and flesh being an overall theme of the place.

    It was no wonder the exiles liked it so much.

    Normally, exiles wouldn't bother with the cleanup-leaving evidence was of no concern. Normally, the exiles enjoyed the mess and despair they left behind. But not these exiles. These dark exiles were working for someone else. They'd been following a plan, using a hit list, and it was all too well constructed for any one of them to mastermind. Our intel told us they'd been hired. Such behavior would usually be considered beneath them, but apparently this group of exiles had decided the job was thrilling enough to suffer the humiliation of working for the highest bidder-even if that...

About the Author-

  • How many of us can say we fell in love in high school? A lot of us. But how many of us stayed in love with the same person? Jessica Shirvigton has been lucky enough to marry the man she fell in love with at seventeen, Matthew Shirvington—Olympic sprinter, five-time national 100m champion, and current sports personality with Australia's Foxtel and Sky News. Jessica and her family live outside Sydney, Australia, where she is currently working on the next book in the Embrace series.

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