**Disclaimer: I was given an e-ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.**
I’d like to start this post off by saying thank you to Kelsey Quick and Goddess Fish Promotions for choosing me to be a host on the blog tour of A Violet Fire. Kelsey is also offering a $25 Amazon / Barnes & Noble gift card to a randomly drawn winner so check out the link below for your chance to enter!Rafflecopter Giveaway https://widget-prime.rafflecopter.com/launch.js
Title A Violet Fire
Author Kelsey Quick
Release Date December 9, 2019
Genre YA Fantasy / Paranormal Romance
Description from Amazon
In the Vampire Stratocracy of Cain, human blood is scarce. For centuries, councils have sought to assuage the blood shortage by enslaving and breeding humans, turning them into profitable supply units for the rich and the abled.
Today, eighteen-year-old Wavorly Sterling is officially a supply unit, bound to serve her blood willingly to her master for the rest of her life. One of only few humans that was not bred in Cain, Wavorly knows freedom better than anyone, and she is determined to escape the clutches of her oppressors, even if by the hands of death.
But surprises lay beyond every certainty, and within every doubt. Where Wavorly’s hatred for both vampires and her enslavement once flowed free as blood, it merely trickles as she grows to admire her reserved, yet receptive master and savior, Anton Zein.
Although warmed by comforts never felt before, danger still lurks in the castle, and a prophecy calls from beyond the walls of a lavender gate–concealing the horrific secrets lodged between handsome smirks and cinereous eyes. It will take everything within Wavorly to face her fears and her doubts; to harness the truth of her past despite what that means for her future. The only question is, will she?
Please see my hype post for my official initial thoughts but, overall, I was excited to start this book. It was different from anything else I was working on and I wanted a change of pace.
Gemini — I want more of Gemini. I love that he called Wavorly “Dimwit” and I thought there was so much more to him than we got to see. I love his story with Savvy and I hope to see more of them in future books in this series.
Some Things I Liked
- The setting — I liked the mysterious, semi-dystopian setting. I’m not totally clear on what year this book takes place in but I like the mystery of it all. It works and I think it gives Kelsey Quick a lot of room for interesting elements to work with in future books.
- Wavorly’s attitude — I thought her no-nonsense sass was a welcome change for a main character. She did what she wanted the had almost no regard for consequences. I liked that.
- A likable villain — It’s been a while since I read a book with a truly likable villain and I loved the twist and the big reveal of the villain in this story.
- Please see below for a sample of the rich descriptions Kelsey Quick gives in this story. Her writing is so detailed and makes me feel like I can close my eyes and imagine seeing exactly what Wavorly does.
“The weight of their presence grows heavier, bringing with it the animosity of a plague; a terror that I take all the way down to the marrow of my bones; a seeping cold that is bristled with thousands of tiny needle-head points, sending fire along my spent arms and shoulders. It blasts its way down into my soul, threatening to obliterate every ounce of resolve that has landed me here, along these steadfast bricks, amidst my escape from the Stratocracy of Cain—amidst my escape from the vampires.”
Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed the world building in this book. I thought the concepts and setting were fascinating and left me hooked on this as a series.
I would definitely read the next book in this series.
Kelsey Quick is a novelist, artist, and businesswoman who loves her husband, huskies, and video games. Since the age of two, Kelsey has been bound and determined to create. From traditional impressionist paintings, to digital comic creation; from fanfiction to full-length novels… her desire for crisp and prime escapism is never-ending. A Violet Fire is her debut novel, harboring the idea she’s had and held dear to her heart for over a decade.
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Recommendations for Further Reading
- The Grisha Trilogy by Leigh Bardugo — talk about likable villains! I practically rooted for the Darkling in this series. Definitely give it a try if you liked the villain and the hero/villain relationship in A Violet Fire.
- The Twilight Series by Stephanie Meyer — not to be cliché, but this is probably one of the most popular YA vampire series out there. If you liked the vampire element, and you haven’t read this series, give it a try.
- Before the Broken Star by Emily R. King — while this book is not dystopian or about vampires, the main characters are quite similar. Both Everley and Wavorly (see, similar already), are headstrong, revenge-bent, and fearless. They both have little regard for their own safety when it comes to getting what they want. If you enjoyed Wavorly’s attitude and overall personality, give this series by Emily R. King a try.