Contrary to quite a few reviews on here, I actually really enjoyed this novel. Yes, it was very, very short, and I got annoyed with the characters mor...moreContrary to quite a few reviews on here, I actually really enjoyed this novel. Yes, it was very, very short, and I got annoyed with the characters more than once, but there was a nice message throughout. One of friendship and we all know how I get about friendship.
So much better than romance ya'll. So much more poignant.
It was cute. It made me laugh. And I really enjoyed the parrot bit, even if it did feel a bit disney/movieish.
Whatever. Animals get me every time.
Honestly I had no expectations for this other than it being about chicks trying to get married or snag a rich husband (no idea where that came from, did I even read the blurb?), so its safe to see this definitely exceeded them all.
I have to admit I didn't like this one as much as I adored Cracked Up to Be (probably because of my now everlasting (view spoiler)[I MAKE A VOW OF EVE...moreI have to admit I didn't like this one as much as I adored Cracked Up to Be (probably because of my now everlasting (view spoiler)[I MAKE A VOW OF EVER LASTING LOVE! (hide spoiler)] adoration of Parker), but damn was this ever good. Again, masterful writing, wonderful characterization, and a true look at what it's really like being a girl and a mean one at that.
This reminded me both of Mean Girls and the lovely Heathers, and I freaking loved it.
How do I get everyone to read this? Mass-brainwashing? Yep, that'll do it.
This was probably the BEST debut novel I've ever read....moreThis was just unbelievably perfect in every way.
And I'm not cracking a joke just for the book.
This was probably the BEST debut novel I've ever read. The writing, the characterization (I absolutely ADORED Parker. I love nasty, flawed women. It's why Gone with the Wind is one of my favorite texts.), the themes that Summers never bashes you over the head with, but instead steeps into your mind so you can't help but think about this stuff.
I EVEN LOVED THE SWEARING.
AND I HATE SWEARING.
I still can't get over the fact this is was her debut novel. Masterful.
Why isn't Summers known more? Am I going to have to recommend her writing to everyone I know or something? Oh, wait, I'm already doing that.
Jesus, this was good. Read it. Seriously, do NOT miss this. It'll make you think long after it's done, and that's the best mark I can give a book. 5/5 (less)
I sadly ended up not loving this little indie novel. I picked up the book on a whim while I was at a convention, due to a number of reasons; mostly th...moreI sadly ended up not loving this little indie novel. I picked up the book on a whim while I was at a convention, due to a number of reasons; mostly that it sounded interesting, the writing seemed decent, and I like supporting the indies. I've read some really interesting stuff over the years by simply jumping in and taking a chance.
Again, sadly, this one didn't pan out as much as I hoped.
The Violet Fox has a stereotypical, yet intriguing premise. Two worlds/class structures; a Robin Hood-like figure infiltrating the world above to save her people from destruction; and of course a nice little romance to YA things a bit :P
However, its mainly the execution of that premise where the book fails. That's not to say that the plot is terrible, though it definitely sags in places, especially near the rushed ending (view spoiler)[And the sudden addition of magical items that had been mentioned but not expanded on. Plus that whole marriage and new law thing. Urk-was this even supposed to be a series from the start? (hide spoiler)] and the surprise villain redemption/reveal, (view spoiler)[which really doesn't seem to make sense at all to me. I mean I read the explanation, but I ain't buying it honey. (hide spoiler)] or that the characters were monstrously bland, even if there was nothing really memorable about them and I really wasn't quite convinced of the Prince's good heart towards the Freetors.
C'mon. If you're dealing with a racist culture, you keep those prejudices alive in order for the society to work.
(Plus the whole romance was kind of insta-lovely and there probably should've been more reluctance on Kiera's part to even consider liking the Prince as a person. Which is kind of standard for YA, but I'm a stickler for my romance. I probably would've been much happier with this if that special L word hadn't been mentioned. I accept it in some books, but not one where the heroine and hero have known one another for like a week.)
Its actually the writing that mostly prevented me from getting immersed in this. I can deal with plot problems (I enjoyed Allegiant didn't I?), and I don't mind unmemorable characters if the narrative pulls me in. Sadly, even though this was in 1st person (my favorite of all POVs tbh), I just felt there was too much tell in the writing and not enough of the show needed for the 1st person POV to work properly and to draw you in. That's not to say the writing was bad, far from it, as the writing is actually really well done in parts, and there were moments that I could see the potential in Marshall's writing. But it gets messy, especially near the novel's climatic end, its gets overburdened with the multitude of narratives and themes its attempting to exploit, and it relies a little much on Kiera telling us things instead of letting us figure out what's going on in her mind.
That's not to say, again, that this is a bad book. The Violet Fox has a lot of merits in its emphasis on family, governmental control (in relation to the Freetors only), and its interpretation of the class divide between upper and lower classes and their effect on the local economy. It hits all the right spot for the YA crowd, especially the younger folk, and presents a world that is fairly intriguing and surprising, with a few exceptions (view spoiler)[let's not lie. People hidden in the city's underground killing your economy? So dead. (hide spoiler)], well built. I only wish it had been longer, as I feel the novel needed that in order for a lot of the problems I feel the novel has to be fixed. The romance, the relationship between Kiera and the Adviser, the political side of things, the magical artifacts, all of this really might've been fixed by a longer time frame and page count.
But that's just my opinion.
Recommended for youngsters wanting to read medieval fantasy that breaks quite a few of the tropes, while still pulling you into a story that feels familiar and fun. 3/5["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)