Embrace was a lot better then I thought it would be. When I read half-angel my expectations weren't all that high, but if they had been I still would have been satisfied. Embrace is the story of Violet discovering her heritage as a Grigori and making the choices only she can make. Violet is a fun character with a lot of depth. I liked how she had a back story that she was dealing with and that staying true to herself meant acting in ways that other people didn't like. I was also interested by the world. Not completely original but a very refreshing take on the whole angel thing and what it means. The weird thing for me was that I ended up on the wrong side of the love triangle. When Violet rejects Phoenix I can see why she's doing it, but I was still sad. Lincoln is standard YA fair- all noble protectiveness and dedication with a bizarre rule to keep him separated from Violet. Her relationship with Pheonix was brutal- she used him and in jealousy he did stupid things to her- but it was the realest thing I've seen in fantasy YA since before Twilight. Barring Shirvington (I love her last name) really beefing things up with Lincoln I can't see him comparing to that.