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Violet Wings (Violet Wings #1)

3.88 of 5 stars 3.88  ·  rating details  ·  611 ratings  ·  94 reviews
For Zaria Tourmaline, the three 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 ...more
Paperback, 368 pages
Published May 25th 2010 by EgmontUSA (first published August 25th 2009)
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~Tina~
This book was a struggle for me. It had a lot of good reviews so I kept reading, waiting for it to get good. Sadly, it never came.

Violet Wings has 61 chapters in book that has 357 pages. How can that be? Easy, each chapter is only 2-4 pages....each!
Now normally that isn't a problem with books. For instance, Maggie Stiefvater's Shiver and James Patterson's Sunday at Tiffany's are examples of books that have some chapters that are 2-4 pages long. The only difference is, it was written with effect
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Roxanne Kade
If Harry Potter and Tinkerbell had a love child, Zaria Tourmaline, would be it!!

With a nose for mischief and a healthy appetite for adventure, Zaria finds herself in a constant battle between right and wrong. Orphaned at nine-years-old, Zaria is left in the care of her guardian, who just also happens to be her teacher. At the tender age of fourteen she is handed her powers, only to find out that the very place she calls home is filled with "people" who would do just about anything to control her
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Jessie
Victoria Hanley creates a great new world. I loved the "historical" excerpts at the beginning of each chapter. My only complaint is that the book isn't over. I rest assured that there have to be more books, but I wanted a romance and a conclusion.
 Tina (Fantastic Book Review)
Hanley transported me on a fantastical journey in the world of Feyland where I glimpsed an enchanting tale of friendship, discovery and betrayal.

In the world of Feyland, Zaria has become one of the most powerful fairies in Feyland’s history and you know what they say “With Great Power, Comes Great Responsibility.” Zaria discovers a diabolical plot spinning its web over Feyland. Her life has become infested with wicked deeds and her will is about to be tested. Can she survive the tyrannical labyr
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Kristen
I started this book a few days back, but got distracted by Fire (Kristin Cashore) coming in the mail. When I started it back up yesterday, I found myself engrossed in the novel.

Zaria is the last in her class to turn 12 - the age at which fairies get their crystal watches and wands. She almost misses her chance by taking a trip to Earth with her friend Leona. Her parents and brother all died on trip to Earth.

Zaria finds out she has more power than she imagined. She's a rare Violet fairy, as is he
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Jenny
Zaria is a four-teen year old fairy who just learned she is a very powerful fairy. Zaria uses her magic to try to learn about her parent's and brother's disappearance five years ago and explore the human world. These are activities that put not only Zaria in danger but also all of Freyland as well.

As much as I liked this book there were parts that seemed to drag on for me. This book was written as so there sounds like there will be a book to follow. I felt like the end did not answer Zaria's que
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Em
Sep 27, 2014 Em rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who like children's fiction
Admittedly I haven't read it for years, so this is going to be a tough one.
I liked this book when I got it--um, I was, maybe seven?--and I read it at least five times. I like worldbuilding a lot, that's probably the only reason why I read books that I know are crappy--but this one wasn't that crappy. It was relatively good, though the characters did lack a little depth, and not everything was perfectly explained, and aspects of the world weren't established--but, like I said before, I haven't re
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Icegnat
I managed to get an advance copy of this book and actually really enjoyed it. It's definitely meant for younger readers, but I thought it was a cute, well-written story. The only bad thing is that this book is set up for a sequel and I already want to know what happens next!
Pearl Liao
When I first read this book a few years ago, and have re-read, it being in my possession, I was a bit sceptical. I picked it up at a school book fair because the cover looked interesting and I was in need of reading material, but as soon as I started reading, I found myself wanting to be in Zaria's world. It's a fresh take on the fairy world, and the whole wand/radia concept I found really interesting. What was the only problem was that I didn't know there was a sequel at the time. I felt like i ...more
Mery
Dunia milik Zaria yang dijabarkan oleh penulis mengambil tempat di sebuah dunia peri yang mirip dengan film tinkerbell. Tak jarang, aku membayangkan keindahan tempatnya seperti keindahan tempat di negeri tinkerbell.

Namun dalam dunia Zaria, peri dibedakan berdasarkan tingkatan warna dan jumlah radia (kekuatan yang mereka miliki)
Peri yang paling kecil berada di warna merah. Ada juga hijau, biru, serta ungu. Peri Ungu adalah jenis peri paling langka. Dan kekuatannya begitu penuh, radianya mencapai
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The Bookologist
For Zaria Tourmaline, the three 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 spell ...more
Violet Crush
I love reading about fairies and the synopsis of Violet Wings sounded really good. Not to mention I love the cover too. But I have to say I was disappointed.

The main problem I have with Violet Wings starts right from the first chapter. When I think about fairies, I think magical. I visualize a world that is very different from the world we live in. It has to be non-mechanical to say the least. But the world in this book is far from that. All fairies are assigned a specific number of radia (magic
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Izzy
Not saying that this book is bad, but perhaps this book is just not for me.
I picked it up at the library and didn't realise that it was the first book in the series. (I was hoping to read stand-alone YA novels.)

Here is a list of things that I didn't like:

1. The dialogue was a bit choppy. It changed from being natural and flowing nicely to becoming stilted.

2. This is purely a preference thing but I found the chapter breaks very annoying. With 357 pages, I found it unbelievable that it had 60 cha
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Zarakoda
An interesting spin on the popular topic of fairies. While I personally would not have written a work where fairies had limited powers and limited access to magic (their Levels and radia reserves, respectively), I really enjoy what Hanley did with it. The landscape was vivid and I found myself relaxing into the book, thinking, "Ah, yes, fun, well-written literature I can enjoy" (especially after some of the books I've read lately - a change for the better I relished).

And overall I certainly enjo
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Val
Based on the synopsis of this novel I was drawn in. I thought there was a lot of emotions there that we don’t normally see in fairies or fairy type novels. The entire story line called out to me. It was really familiar, you could relate to the character easier than other novels regardless of the fact that you are not a fairy. However, after that first page I found it kind of difficult to stick with for the next few chapters. It seemed like the story line was taking too long to develop. I stuck w ...more
Jazz
Aug 18, 2009 Jazz rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who like Artemis Fowl
Usually, when someone says a book is a fun read, I don't take much notice of the title. I like my books to be funny and exhilarating with a theme that keeps me picking apart the meaning of the story well after I've finished it.

Violet Wings turned out to be those things on top of being fun. Fun to read and fun to think about. The descriptions of faeries and genies being two genders of the same species and the different amounts of magic assigned to each.

In Zaria's Feyland, each faerie or genie has
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A&E
I've been reading a lot of good fairy stuff lately and add Violet Wings to my list of Feyland treats. It's an endearing tale with lots of magical creatures, lovable characters and enchanting lands. Hanley puts in some fresh takes on fairy lore, such as fairies are the female of the species and have wings, while genies are the males and have magic feet, but both can fly. It's a delightfully woven tale.

Zaria has been an orphan since her parents and brother went missing three years ago, presumably
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BOOK BUTTERFLY
Ever since the invention of guns, fairies, leprechauns and genies have been forbidden from allowing themselves to be seen by humans, a race considered to be extremely dangerous. In fact, after going missing for some time, authorities declare Zaria Tourmaline's own fairy parents to have been captured and killed by humans. Over the next three years, the newly orphaned Zaria ends up living a detached, lonely life with a distant guardian. But at the age of twelve, she is suddenly able to join the ad ...more
Rebecca
I absolutely adore fairies so I was really excited to pick up Violet Wings by Victoria Hanley. Needless to say I was entranced by the book and it made it really difficult for me to put the book down.
I was surprised by how different the world of fairies was in Violet Wings. In this world, males are known as genies and females are fairies, and they are every colour imaginable. So you could get pink fairies or orange genies. It just sounded so cool and I thought it was a really neat concept.
Violet
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Arya
Ever thought that the color of your eyes, or hair, or skin would influence your life - set you apart?

Well enter the world of Feyland where a color can change your whole life. . .

Zaria Tourmaline is a Violet fairy (level 100). This means that she has the most Radia reserves of any fairy on the whole planet! Something to brag about for sure, but Zaria would be happier if she was a green or even a red. Her whole life changes when people find out she is Violet. An evil counselor, who had been conte
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Irisheyz77
When I first read the write up for Violet Wings by Victoria Hanley I thought that the character of Zaria sounded like a lot of fun. In some ways she brought to mind images of Anne Shirley and so I was excited to meet her. Zaria isn't like the other fairies in her class she is an orphan and she is always getting into mischief. Granted she has a lot of help in the form of her friend Leona. Things begin to change though when at 12 Zaria not only becomes one of the most powerful fairies that Feyland ...more
Jennelle
I thought the world and how it worked was creative. While much was explained in those snippets at the beginning of chapters, important things were discussed in the chapters as well. Knowing how the world was divided (ie. who lived where), knowing how they determined a fairy or genies power and what it meant, and how a fairy godmother or genie godfather were all shown to the reader, and it made the world more real.
I found the plot interesting and engaging. Zaria's journey to earth, her dealings w
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Natalie  Harvey
This book pleasantly surprised me. Of all the faerie books I've read recently, I can't remember one that actually took place nearly entirely in the land of the Fey, or Feyland as it's called in this book. Zaria is a young fairy about to come of age, but she is special. She is an orphan with no knowledge of how her parents and brother "died" and she learns that she is a Violet, Level 100 fairy - which basically means she can wield more and more powerful magic than other fairies dare dream of. Unf ...more
Rhea
4 bintang yang diturunkan menjadi 3 bintang.


Aku suka ceritanya, seru dan menarik.

Suka juga dengan idenya mengenai peri/jin dan sebangsanya yang mempunyai sihir yang terbatas, dan bisa habis bila terlalu banyak digunakan dan tidak bisa diperbaharui. Jadi mereka tidak sembarang menggangu manusia. Namun, novel ini lebih banyak menceritakan intrik politik dalam dunia peri.

Zaria dan teman-temannya yang baru menginjak umur 14th akan mendapatkan tongkat sihir, jam tangan yang dapat menunjukkan tingkat
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Jennifer Wardrip
Reviewed by Andrea for TeensReadToo.com

In the Fey world, turning twelve is a big deal. This is when you find out what level of magic you have and what color amount of radia you have. This determines how powerful you are and how much magic you have to use.

When Zaria turns twelve, she learns that she is more important than she thought she was. And after she takes a trip to Earth, she realizes how much she loves it, even though her family was supposedly killed by a human after going through a porta
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Karissa
This is another young adult fairy book that I have had on my list to read for some time. While I found the characters to be a bit weak, Hanley did a great job creating a complex fairy world that was believable and full of action.

Zaria was orphaned when her parents were lost on Earth. Back on fairy she is finally being given her watch that will tell her what level of magic she can do. When her magic levels astound, she is pulled into a plot that is destroying all of Fairy, little does she know ho
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Rachael
The youngest among her class of fairies and genies, Zaria can’t wait to turn twelve. That’s when she can finally exit Galena, the sheltered region in Feyland for children. It also marks the time when she will receive her crystal watch and wand, a sign that she’s ready to become a full-fledged member of Feyland. Sneaking off with a friend to the human world leaves Zaria Earth-struck—and jeopardizes her eligibility for her watch and wand when she is sighted by humans. But that rule infringement qu ...more
Michelle
Zaria has finally turned fourteen, the age when all young fairies learn about their magic and receive their wands. Zaria is an extremely rare violet fairy, meaning she has a massive amount of magic reserves and power. To help Zaria learn to use her vast power responsibly, she is assigned a mentor. There is something creepy about Lily Morganite and as soon as Zaria starts working with her life starts getting complicated. [return][return]This was a really fun read. I’ve finished several really wel ...more
Miss Clark
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Emmy
Violet wings is a book all about fairies and fantasy. The characters in the book are a little bit weak I find as they never really have a personality or something what instantly makes them unique. The idea of radian reverses is good as it shows how fairies can vary from using magic for silly things but only what needed.
All together a bit boring and I wouldn't recommend it but it is a nice read for light reading.
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