I am so happy to have met the author of today’s YA book review, Elodie Iver. This is the first ARC I received since I started my blog, and I have enjoyed getting to know Elodie and talking about all things bookish. I am excited to share with you what I think will be a best-selling novel, and I hope you enjoy my review of The Violet Theory.
(I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review).
About The Violet Theory
Secrets lurk in the shadows of a kingdom where the queen has never shown her face. Raiona once had a democracy, but after an uprising forced the president out of power, a monarchy was formed. The kingdom is home to legends and corruption, and 17-year-old Mavis Caverly finds herself in the midst of a conspiracy. An odd purple question mark tattooed on her wrist has served as proof that she is different. She has spent her whole life looking for answers about the origin and meaning of the mark, and when a mysterious stranger arrives in her city, the truth seems to be on the horizon. Mavis embarks on a journey across the kingdom uncovering the dark history of Raiona, and the crimes that the unseen Queen has committed. Along the way she realizes just how different she is, how important she truly is to the future of her kingdom, and that the Queen will do whatever it takes to find her.
Well, well. Where to start? Should I start with the pirates? Or the evil queen? Or maybe I’ll just start with the girl carrying the key to her country’s future. There are so many great things about The Violet Theory that it’s hard to sum it up into a short review.
When I sat down to write the review, I tried to think of a genre to put TVT in. I’m here to tell you that, besides the young adult category, there is no genre. If you took the Western elements from The Lone Ranger and married them with all the swashbuckling characters/ships from Pirates of the Caribbean, and they had a child who liked The Lunar Chronicles and Prince of Persia, then you would have the genre that TVT belongs in. I honestly believe that Elodie created her own genre of teen literature. Trust me, it sounds weird, but it works.
Read on…I’ll explain further…
First off, TVT has one of the most well-thought out worlds I’ve ever read. I can clearly tell that Elodie spent a lot of time on her world building, and making sure that the characters, places, and the all-important mercy manuals fit into the story well.
Second, TVT is believable. Not like a non-fiction book, but like, wow-this-could-have-really-happened-in-our-world-even-though-it-is-fiction kind of a story. I was skeptical at first on how the story intertwined with the cowboy-esque world, the pirate world, and the monarchy-ruled fantasy world. Toward the middle of the book, I was proven wrong. Even though it may sound odd, this world really does work. It shows the author’s love of all these different genres, while also showing her ability to combine them all into one believable world: Raiona.
Third, the characters are entertaining. I enjoyed finding out more about Mavis (a girl who is a venomvein), Beck (a handsome pirate), Kit (a potential love triangle member), the rest of the pirates, and my favorite, Takara (a kick-butt girl who is one deadly fighter).
This is also one of the downsides to TVT: the sheer number of characters in this book (whether they make one appearance or multiple) made it hard for me to keep track of them all. I was easily able to keep up with the main characters, but when the minor characters entered the story, I found myself flipping back every so often to refresh my memory. But I believe that on my second read-through of the book, I will understand everyone better, and their purposes will fall into place. I certainly wouldn’t let that discourage you from checking out The Violet Theory, though…there are no more characters in TVT than in the first Harry Potter book, and I imagine I was overwhelmed when I read Harry Potter for the first time.
The addition of suspense, drama, and well-written action/adventure scenes round out what I believe to be a very good read.
I defiantly would, without a doubt, recommend The Violet Theory to readers of popular YA books like The Lunar Chronicles and watchers of Pirates of the Caribbean. I thoroughly enjoyed reading TVT, and I am on the edge of my seat, awaiting the second book in the series (because there is a killer cliff-hanger at the end of TVT!).
After reading The Violet Theory, I give it 4.5 stars out of 5.
You may purchase The Violet Theory on Amazon here and may follow Elodie Iver on Twitter here.
Thank you for reading, and as always, never, EVER leave the house without your wand.