Friday, September 11, 2009

Violet Wings by Victoria Hanley

Synopsis:

For Zaria Tourmaline, the five years without her mother and brother have been lonely ones, living with a cold and distant guardian while she completes her education. Just as she is ready to join the world of adult fairies and genies, she finds a spellbook written entirely in her mother's hand. But this treasured object is not safe from a new enemy, a fairy with more power than Zaria ever dreamed existed. Only among the humans--who must never know fairies and genies exist--can Zaria hide the spellbook; but hidden magic, it turns out, can expose a fairy in ways she never thought possible.

Rating:

Character Development: 8/10
Originality: 9/10
Overall Enjoyment: 9/10
Ending: 9/10
Voice: 9/10
Setting: 8/10
Recommendation: 8/10
Total Score: 60/70

Grade: A!

Age Appropriate?

Cussing: None.
Alcohol, Drugs, etc: None.
Sexual Content: None.
Disturbing Images/Violence: Some child gun-wielding; some mild violence

Review:

I had a very unique experience with this book, as I received an earlier review copy several months ago and read that, and now received this finished copy. Though most of it was the same, some major changes were made, and even seeing that part of the journey was fascinating. So, I have now read Violet Wings twice, and I'm not tired of it yet!

Victoria Hanley's writing is so natural! This is apparent in all of her previous books, so it wasn't at all surprising. But the story of Zaria Tourmaline is so different from anything she's ever written as well as being vastly different from anything I've read recently. This surprisingly intense fairy story was refreshing, fulfilling, and luminous, told through the very unclouded perspective of a relatable protagonist

Violet Wings can't be classified as a middle grade book, or Young Adult, or geared toward males or females. I believe anyone, of any age, could enjoy Hanley's twisting plot. It's full of mystery, suspense, action, magic, and a million other things, with pleasing themes of friendship and selflessness. The beautiful yet troubled world of Tirfeyne is easy to be entranced by, with all its real-world parallels and the intriguing tidbits inserted at the head of each chapter. Hanley's unique world-building abilities obviously came into play when creating the ever-connected worlds, and I would say she definitely succeeded!

3 comments:

  1. Awesome review. I love your reviews. You always help me decide in the most concise fashion if something is for me or not. Thank you.

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  2. Nice review. I only got to read the hb. I'd love to know what they changed from the arc!

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  3. Great review! I love the cover to this book.

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