Get ready, American paranormal-romance fans. Published in Australia in 2010, Shirvington’s debut is smart, edgy and addictive—and sure to leave readers clamoring for the rest of the series.
Seventeen-year-old Violet Eden’s mother died in childbirth, leaving her to be raised by her detached, workaholic father. If it weren’t for her best friend Steph and her trainer (and secret love) Lincoln, Violet would be very much alone. But on her 17th birthday, everything changes. Though finally being kissed by Lincoln is a dream come true, Violet learns that their romantic involvement is forbidden because he and Violet are both Grigori—half angel and half human. They're destined to be eternal partners in the battle against exiled angels on Earth, and romance would make things far too complicated. Furious with Lincoln for keeping this secret, Violet pushes him away, making room for the dark and seductive Phoenix to take hold of her heart. As a reluctant and conflicted heroine, torn between her desire for normalcy and the awesome responsibility of her newfound power, Violet is a compelling and convincing narrator. The story is rife with action and romance, steering clear of overtly religious overtones that often complicate angel books.
A must-read for paranormal fans young and old. (Paranormal romance. 14 & up)