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Living Violet

(The Cambion Chronicles #1)

3.93  ·  Rating details ·  1,318 ratings  ·  227 reviews
He's persuasive, charming, and way too mysterious. And for Samara Marshall, her co-worker is everything she wants most--and everything she most fears. . .

Samara Marshall is determined to make the summer before her senior year the best ever. Her plan: enjoy downtime with friends and work to save up cash for her dream car. Summer romance is not on her to-do list, but
Paperback, 304 pages
Published December 27th 2011 by Dafina (first published January 1st 2011)
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The FountainPenDiva, Old school geek chick and lover of teddy bears
"Love indulged the masochist. Truer words have never been spoken, if I do say so myself. It's a philosophy that has kept me sane for as long as I can remember and helped me survive the weirdest summer of my life. On the flip side, it's very entertaining what love will make people do. It's a great way to spend your lunch break."

This wry and witty observation opens up the amazing first novel by Jaime Reed, Living Violet and explains why it deserves more than a measly five stars. Samara Marshall,
Amy Lignor
Dec 17, 2011 rated it really liked it
Before you ask…no, not one vampire in sight! I would say, ‘YAY!’ but I’m afraid my house might get burned down. This is a fantastically fun YA paranormal that is a truly exciting debut for this author.

Samara Marshall is fun, entertaining, sarcastic, and spends a great deal of her time watching her best friend, Mia, beat the heck out of her boyfriend, Dougie. In fact, that’s exactly what she’s doing when our story opens, sitting on the hood of a car downing a Big Gulp and watching the action.
♡Meme♡Reads love♡
Yay!!! another Y/A I/R novel!!!!This was soooooooooooo goooooooood!!!! I'm not kidding around here. I. loved. this. book. I have never read a book about Succubus or Incubus's or Cambions this was a good way to get me hooked on them. I loved every minute of reading this. These characters just jumped off the page and into my lap as I read about them on my kindle I was succubused in lol! I couldn't put it down read it in a day then went on to the second book and finished that the next day! Every ...more
SoWrongItsRANDI {Bell, Book & Candle}

I recently participated in a giveaway and won this book as a result. It's a few years old, but I figured, "What the heck? I'll read and review it anyways." Interesting enough, I actually came across this book back in 2012 when I was looking for something new to read, and for reasons unknown (or forgotten), I decided not to buy and read it. It's a decision I regret, as this book wasn't half bad.

Dougie's body went stiff and on high alert. "Did he try something?"

I turned to him. "Relax. He hasn't
Tabea Vanessa
Ok so this was definitely not a great book but it was exactly what I needed.
I honestly don‘t know if the writing was so forced or if the problem was the translation. Because a lot was translated quite literally when it really doesn‘t work in german. So I‘m thinking maybe the english original is better. Anyway, I got what I wanted and I had a lot if fun!
Lyn Nicholas
Mar 13, 2012 rated it really liked it
Living Violet is a fun and invigorating new paranormal book from Jaime Reed. It tells the story of a teenage girl named Sam who works at a bookstore where mysterious things have begun to happen! Her co-worker, Caleb, is strangely alluring and she finds herself inexplicably drawn to his tempting violet-colored eyes. But could he be dangerous? All signs point to yes. Every girl he is seen with happens to become victim to all kinds of unfortunate events. But Sam just can't stay away...

With lovely
Jun 09, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: reread-2017
Fun, fast reading, not the best out there, but great when you are bored. Don't expect much from it, but rather try to read it with open mind

2.5/5 Stars
Savannah (Books With Bite)
Jan 04, 2012 rated it really liked it
I thought this book was fantastic! It was not what I was expecting but it gave me a big smile on my face. Whenever I read book about a succubus it's always about a girl. Not in this book. We have a boy succubus who is struggling with who and what he is. And that folks makes for an awesome read!

Like I said before, this book is so cool! I am so happy that I got to read the story of this young mans life and his struggles. One thing I enjoyed about this book is the great tale of what he is and how
Feb 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This book was AMAZING!!! I loved every minute of this story and can't wait for the second book! I love Samara. She's smart, funny, caring, and pretty badass! She doesn't let people boss her around and she stands up for what she believes in. You can't ask for more in heroine than Samara. Caleb is funny and you can tell he cares a lot for Samara. I love that Jamie Reed didn't make Caleb your typical "Hottest most perfect guy in the world" like a lot of YA books do. I like that she made him seem ...more
Jessica (The Psychotic Nerd)
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This just wasn't my kind of book. I kind of knew that after reading the synopsis, but I decided to give this book a chance for three reasons. 1. The book has a high average rating and very positive reviews. 2. The MC is biracial and that is so rarely seen in paranormal YA (even rarer at the time of this book's publication) 3. I owned copies of the entire series. Unfortunately, I wasn't a fan of this book.

Samara, or Sam, is a
May 17, 2012 rated it it was ok
The plot:

I initially picked up this book because of the cover. There is a biracial girl on the cover, and in the world of urban fantasy it’s so rare to find any people of colour being written about. So I was pretty excited and optimistic.

The book is about Samara (the biracial girl) who falls for a guy who is a sort of incubus (they call themselves Cambions). He feeds off the emotions, and lust of others. His father is an old power-hungry Cambion who has gone mad since his wife’s death and
4.5 stars

After reading a slew of duds, I felt like this book gave me life!

There was so much right about this book that I don't know where to begin praising it.

The writing was sharp and it crackled. Samara, the heroine killed with wry observations and snarky yet whip-smart one-liners. Caleb the hero is not completely human and his non-human part of himself creates some awkward situations. He could have been some smirky jerk, but instead was heartbreaking in his characterization and his need for
Jan 01, 2012 rated it really liked it
I've seen this book floating around goodreads for quite some time and it looked so good, I just had to read it. Though I love books about vampires, werewolves and witches, this one doesn't have one. And I must say I'm not disappointed. This was refreshing and completely different. Plus it's not often when you read a paranormal book in which you can relate a bit with the character on a personality level. The main character had a real spunky, funny, sarcastic attitude. I loved her personality.

Willa McAllister
Sep 04, 2012 rated it liked it
Actual Rating: 3.5

I had a hard time with this book. I alternated between loving it and hating it.

Initially, I was pulled in by Reed's characters, especially Samara and Nadine. It was good to see strong female characters that weren't falling all over themselves for a man. In fact, Reed made is screamingly obvious that Samara wasn't interested in finding love and that her relationship with Caleb was something she had thought about and was valid, not a hormone induced craze. I also appreciated
Feb 02, 2012 rated it really liked it
Four and half stars - and full review to be posted soon:

I have to say I was getting pretty much burned out on YA PNR especially with the mysterious boy trope. But Living Violet but what it does offer is a snarky and sardonic heroine and the mysterious boy who is honestly refreshing.

The cast of characters and the chemistry they share is fantastic and I really like the paranormal aspect and how that tied into the story. I also loved that Samara doesn't go all moon eyed over the
Apr 18, 2012 rated it really liked it
Samara works in a book store serving coffee. A guy called Caleb also works in the store but in a different section. He takes an interest in Sam but wherever he goes, females suffer heart attacks. He confesses to Sam that he has a "demon" living inside him & explains things to her. Sam is pretty freaked out but gradually learns to accept it & (with a little help from co-worker Nadine) she helps Caleb accept his Demon too. There is also trouble with Caleb's father & brothers but you ...more
Claire Legrand
Aug 23, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Loved this fabulous book! I hated to put it down between batches of reading. Samara is a smart, hilarious, fierce heroine whom I just LOVE, and the world of the Cambions is utterly intriguing. LIVING VIOLET will pull you in with snappy dialogue, countless laugh-out-loud moments, and a huge array of memorable characters. I can't wait for book 2!
Jul 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: to-read-again
This book was awesome! I don't even know where to begin.


Samara Marshall is the BEST heroine so far. She isn't an airhead and doesn't fall for a boy just because he's cute. She is an independent woman and her weirdness makes her incredibly realistic. She is biracial (her mother is white and her father is black), and her main squeeze in the novel is white, so right there Jaime Reed is already breaking barriers and adding some depth to her book. Samara has so many real life problems to worry
Jan 02, 2012 rated it really liked it
*I received a free ARC of this book through Goodreads First Reads.*

I don’t know about you, but it’s rare for me to find supernatural books for teens that deviate from the standard middle-class, thin, perfect, white-girl heroine. Maybe I’m not looking in the right places, but my latest read, an ARC I received recently, found it’s way to me, and it provided a somewhat refreshing change from the typical paranormal romance. The girl in Living Violet, the first book in The Cambion Chronicles by Jaime
This review can also be found on Living for the Books

Going into this book I was expecting the usual paranormal stuff and the usual romance where the guy saves the girl and they end up falling in love or the dreaded instant love. Well I was pleasantly surprised! Living Violet isn't really like any other paranormal book I've read.

The whole Cambion concept was basically new to me. When incubus were mentioned I had this vague sense of knowing what was being talked about before it was explained but I
Currer Jean
Mar 02, 2012 rated it really liked it
I was thoroughly surprised by this book and I am tremendously glad that I liked it seeing as I am also a black female writer from Vriginia. This book was a very quick read (or maybe I just saw it that way because I really enjoyed reading it and wouldn't put it down) with very likable characters and a very interesting plot. This bok is very YA with our protagonist Samara Marshall being a spoiled inly child with a sarcastic edge to cover up her lack of emotional confidence seeing as saying the ...more
Nov 26, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya, arc, own
Via Goodreads, I received an opportunity to read an advance copy of "Living Violet." I was really interested in the plot and the book drew me in from the start. While I thought the premise was original (as original as you can be in the ever-growing paranormal YA genre), there were a few issues that I had which made this a 3.5 (or 4, since you can't have half ratings) read for me.

Let me begin by saying I totally hate this cover. I hate HATE that Caleb is pictured because well...I don't find this
Nov 23, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc, kensington
Living Violet doesn't conform to typical YA stereotypes with an interesting premise and realistic cast characters. The unique paranormal aspect was one of the coolest ideas I've read in a long time, and readers who are getting tired of reading the same old paranormal YA will appreciate.

Reasons to Read:

1.Flawed, diverse characters:
Living Violet gets bonus points for not having a ridiculously good-looking, god-like male love interest. Major bonus points. Caleb's interesting, but only because of
Dec 10, 2012 rated it really liked it
This book is really likeable book. I liked the characters, the plot, the easy writing style, and the flow of the story. I wanted to know what would happen next, there was great snappy dialogue between characters, and just enough mystery and romance to balance each other out. For a paranormal YA book a couple of things really stood out. The main character, Samara (Sam), has loving parents, who care about her, and friends who are nice (this isn't that normal in YA), and let's not forget she is ...more
Truly Bookish
Oct 27, 2011 rated it really liked it
I read lots of paranormal books and while I love them, I'm always looking for something different to shake up my reading routine. I was very pleasantly surprised and rewarded by Living Violet because there is nothing cookie cutter about this book. There is no high school angst, no love triangle and absolutely no insta-love. Living Violet is original, well paced and a completely enjoyable read.

I'm a character driven reader and Samara is an awesome main character. The book is told from her
Jan 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: poc
Living Violet is a fresh, interesting take on the whole “girl meets supernatural boy who can kill her, and yet they fall in love” YA storyline that seems to be in vogue at the moment. There’s no head-over-heels moment for the two protagonists, Sam and Caleb; it’s a constant struggle, against their better judgment and their own instincts, and this is ultimately what draws them closer to each other.

I liked Living Violet for several reasons. One, the snappy dialogue kept me entertained. I really
L.V. Lewis
Oct 20, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
So yeah, I've been looking for a good YA featuring a protag of color and Living Violet (The Cambion Chronicles, #1) definitely fit the bill. Samara (love, love, love that name btw), is a bi-racial girl who finds herself drawn to a violet-eyed white boy named Caleb, whom she categorizes as weird despite his ability to attract women who respond to him like bitches in heat. After she witnesses first-hand his lethal attraction which sends one such woman to the hospital, Samara, or Sam as she prefers ...more
Dec 26, 2011 rated it really liked it
It's been a while since I've read a book so fast, but also it's been a while since I read a good YA paranormal romance.
I fell in love with the characters in this book. Each one of them stood out even competing a bit with the main characters for a spot in my heart. Samara is fun, sarcastic, and oh so often realistic in her views and opinions of the world around her. I'm glad the entire story was told from her POV. I wasn't so much into Caleb at first but he kind of sort of redeemed himself a
Jan 24, 2012 rated it liked it
I read this book immediately after reading The Goddess Test and there were many things that were similar to me.

This is a story about a girl named Sam who works in a bookstore with a girl named Nadine. Also working at the bookstore is a boy named Caleb, who Sam thinks is weird but yet, she finds him intriguing-especially because of his violet eyes.

One day Sam and Caleb have a small chat at work and out of nowhere Caleb kisses her. And this begins their 'hot and cold' relationship.

There are some
African Americans on the Move Book Club
I don't ordinarily care for this type of book but i was in for a treat. A story set in a small town in Virginia opens up with teenager samara observing her friends argue. Typical behavior among teens and nothing that samara (Sam for short) hasn't witnessed between the two love birds before. What none of them realize is that this year is going to be different. Different than any year they've ever had while living in a tourist town. While working in a bookstore, Sam notices a guy named Caleb. The ...more
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Author of young adult paranormal series The Cambion Chronicles.

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I’m a self-proclaimed movie and music snob with a playlist for every occasion in life. I’m freakishly tall with large feet, and I have a slight obsession with the gym, cool 80’s references, and orange soda. My weapon of choice: sarcasm.

Teen fiction always captured my interest and I appreciate the newness of that time, and

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