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I'm a librarian based in the UK who loves books. I'm happiest when I'm either talking about them, reading them or buying them. This blog is dedicated mainly to my addiction to YA fiction but you will also find some adult and non-fiction book reviews as well.

Monday, 4 August 2014

Review: Empower - Jessica Shirvington

Empower by Jessica Shirvington, published by Orchard Books on 1st May 2014

Goodreads synopsis:   
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.



Review:
Empower’ is the fifth and final book in Jessica Shirvington’s wonderful series.  I couldn’t wait to find out how it was all going to end and I was desperately hoping that Violet and Lincoln would finally find a way to be together.  Their love has shone through from the very beginning of the series and even though there have been so many obstacles in their way, as soul mates, I’ve longed for them to get their happy ever after.
 
After the events of ‘Endless’, Violet is now living in London, hunting Exiles and trying to survive without Lincoln by her side.  When she gets a message that Spence needs her help, she doesn’t think twice before returning to the Academy to try and track him down.  At times throughout the series I’ve found some of the angel mythology hard to follow but everything finally came together in ‘Empower’ where Violet faces her greatest test yet. 
 
I adored all of the scenes between Violet and Lincoln.  As soul mates they are two halves which are made to fit together and I thoroughly enjoying watching them find each other again.  I know some people are in Phoenix’s camp but although I flirted briefly with the bad boy of the story, for me it was always about Lincoln.  Saying that however, I did come to appreciate Phoenix a lot more.  There were some great insights into his character, provided mainly by the fact that he gets to give his own point of view at various intervals in the story and these made me look at him quite differently.
 
The plot unravelled at high speed and was impossible to put down.  There was a lot of action and wrapping up of plot points but plenty of romance and drama too.  It was the perfect combination of elements to create a fantastic read.  
 
This was a brilliant ending to the series but I am so sad that it’s all over.  It’s been an incredible ride!

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