Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Review: Blue Violet by Abigail Owen

Series: The Svatura Series (Book 1)
Paperback: 234 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
Genre: Mythology
Date of Publication: September 17, 2012


Ellie Aubrey is a centuries-old gypsy princess whose extraordinary abilities once inspired her Roma ancestors' fairytales (or nightmares). Along with her twin-brother, Griffin, Ellie has spent most of her life hiding from the Vyusher, a rival tribe who destroyed their entire powerful family. But after a mysterious dream, Ellie risks discovery in order to find and watch over the Jenners, another group of similarly gifted people. She refuses to let them suffer the same fate.

Alex Jenner has come home to protect his family. His adopted mother can sense danger coming, but not who or when. Suspicious of the new girl in town, Alex challenges Ellie in ways that will spark one of two possible outcomes: they'll spontaneously combust, or she'll lose control of the one power she's fought so hard to contain.

When the Vyusher once again threaten everything she holds dear, Ellie will have to face her worst fear, and Alex will have to face an impossible decision. In this fairy tale, the dragon that the prince must slay is also the princess who holds his heart.


I enjoyed this book. The family reminded me of the Cullens from Twilight. Trust me, that's a good thing.

The characters are warm and inviting. They genuinely care for one another and want to do good. 

Owen developed an interesting mythology that worked well with her plot. I like the protagonist and the antagonist. My only hiccup is that Ellie seems to have too much strength. She is almost all powerful. I like to see a hero struggle. There wasn't enough serious heart-wrenching struggle for me, though there wasn't an absence of it either. Confusing, I know. 

Anyway, I enjoyed it. If you like reinvented mythologies you should check it out.

Rating: 4 out of 5 owls

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