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The Violet Hour

(The Violet Hour #1)

3.69  ·  Rating details ·  109 ratings  ·  45 reviews
The voice inside me is breaking free. I can't stop it.

Some call VisionCrest the pinnacle of religious enlightenment. Others call it a powerful cult. For seventeen years, Harlow Wintergreen has called it her life.

As the daughter of VisionCrest's patriarch, Harlow is expected to be perfect at all times. She must be considered a paragon of integrity by the other Ministry teen
Paperback, 312 pages
Published March 8th 2014 by Flux (first published March 1st 2014)
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Melissa (i swim for oceans)
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Horror is the type of genre that readers often either love, or they hate. There tends to be little to no middle ground on the matter, which can be frustrating for both readers and writers of the genre, if I'm correct. Yet, when an author embraces the genre and all its complexities with an open heart and an open mind, there is a strong possibility that the novel can transcend those stereotypes and give us something more than we mig
Mar 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: first-reads
I won a copy from Goodreads First Reads.

Oh, my goodness. This book is great. I love it.

I know, I know. I haven't been writing reviews for awhile, so yell at me now. Or laugh at me, if you are tired of them. In that case, you should unfollow me. Anyway, I will go on and talk about The Violet Hour as if you are still there (if you left me talking).

The Violet Hour should be named The Violent Hour. Harlow is pretty much a sociopath with a lot bad voices in her head. They tell her to kill, to tortu
Mar 29, 2014 rated it really liked it
The Violet Hour is a haunting story, the kind that terrifies on multiple levels due to some graphically detailed visions and an ending that has us wanting to wrap our reality up in a bear hug and thank it for being nothing like Harlow’s world. Though Harlow’s visions are not for the faint of heart or the extraordinarily squeamish, those who fall into that category (like myself) will still find themselves riveted while being simultaneously horrified, the strength of Ms. Miller’s characters anchor ...more
Nov 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: young-adult, horror
This is a seriously creepy book that may have given me nightmares. It has it all: action, romance, eerie cult-religions that are taking over the world, and loads of otherworldly scariness. There's a high gore content too, so beware! It's a incredibly entertaining read that will keep you up all night... perhaps in more ways than one.
Mar 16, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult
I am unabashedly biased, since the lovely author comes to our book club meetings. However, bias aside, this story is completely unique, including the fact that it's set in Asia. I'd be hard-pressed to think of any other YA that explores the theme of cults, let alone the far-off locales that Miller describes so prettily.

Can't wait to see what she writes next!
Fast-paced and delightfully horrific. Also a very pleasant surprise to get to travel through Asia in this one, to seldom visited YA locales. Would've loved even more setting imagery, but there was plenty of blood and popped eyeballs to make up for it.
Feb 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Young Adults, fans of horror.
Recommended to Catherine by: Goodreads
The first thing I have to say about the book:
Oh my goodness. I was not disappointed.

I won this book as part of the Goodreads First Reads giveaways portion of the website and I received the book in the mail yesterday. I read it in about 5 hours, with a few breaks in between. I'm a reader of eclectic tastes and have never really read a book like this before. The important thing about this paragraph is that this review is entirely my opinion. I've tried to keep this review free of spoilers, but the
Mar 14, 2014 rated it really liked it
Harlow is the adopted daughter of VisionCrest's leader and she's expected to behave in a certain way at all times. VisionCrest is a multi-national religion that started off as a cult and still in many ways resembles one. It claims a full quarter of the world's population as its followers, including high-ranking government officials in every country in the world. Harlow's father accomplished what took most religions long centuries. And, as a future leader of VisionCrest, Harlow is at the very cen ...more
Kayla Beck
Review originally posted on Bibliophilia, Please.

Do you like horror? I like horror. And let me tell you, The Violet Hour does horror well, so much so that it reminded me of why I enjoyed the genre so much in the first place. It made me cringe, squirm, and creeped me out - which is kind of the whole point, amiright?

First off, I'm going to tell you that The Violet Hour is gory. Miller pulls no punches as we follow Harlow on her Asian trip. When something is described as a trainwreck that you c
Nicole Hewitt
Sep 23, 2013 rated it really liked it
This review and many others can be found on my blog - Feed Your Fiction Addiction

The Violet Hour is an incredibly creepy YA paranormal read that won me over with its dark subject matter.

The negatives:

I had a hard time with Adam, Harlow's original best friend and first love. Even though Harlow tells us that she had been in love with him for a long time, I just didn't see that connection between them most of the time, which made it difficult for me to really root for them. Don't get me wron
Tania Godwin-evans
I really don’t know what I expected when I started this book but what I got was not it. Initially this reader found the book tedious beyond belief but the all of a sudden after the trip to the punk club in Japan the action really started and I had to keep reading. I was up until about 5am when I had to finally call it a night, or rather a morning. I then started it again at the next available opportunity.

For a teen, young adult book this does to shy away from graphic violence (that is horrifical
Harlow Wintergreen is the daughter of VisionCrest's patriarch. VisionCrest is one of the fastest spreading and most pervasive religions in the world. Fully a quarter of the world's population adheres to the tenants of the faith. Harlow doesn't consider herself a believer, but being in the public eye forces her to maintain a semblance of solidarity. Further complicating her life, Harlow also suffers from horrific and violent visions and hears a voice encouraging the violence. She's been able to h ...more
Stephanie Ward
Oct 27, 2013 rated it really liked it
'The Violet Hour' is a gripping dystopian thriller that follows Harlow Wintergreen as she continues to fight the voice inside her head. The voice that isn't hers and tells her to do terrible things, like to kill. She's kept the voice a secret her entire life - even from her father and her best friend. Her father, one of the most powerful men in the world called the "Patriarch" is the head of VisionCrest - one of the fastest growing religions (or cults) ever known. With her reputation as the Patr ...more
Mar 04, 2014 rated it liked it
It's hard to put The Violet Hour into a category. It's a survival story in a dystopian world, with some supernatural elements thrown in.

Most of the world follows VisionCrest. Some call it a religion, others, a cult. Harlow is the daughter of the leader of VisionCrest. Her face is know all over the world, and she's supposed to be preparing to take over after her father.

When The Violet Hour begins, Harlow and a group of students are touring Japan and China. Their journey is being closely followed
Nov 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing
5 stars for The Violet Hour by Whitney Miller.

This book was a dark stunning creepy read. I absolutely loved it!! When I started reading this book, I had no idea what to expect. Vision-Crest is the pinnacle of religious enlightenment. It is a powerful religion and others call it a powerful cult. For seventeen years, Harlow Wintergreen has called it her life.

This book started out as one thing and took some sharp turns and ended up being something completely different. The story is about Harlow, t
Nov 29, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: first-reads
Original review found at

* I won an advanced readers copy of this book through a Goodreads giveaway in exchange for an honest review.*

I have to start out by saying that this book was not what I thought it was going to be when I first started reading it. After reading the synopsis I was thinking it was about a girl with schizophrenia. A logical deduction (or so I thought) when I think of voices in your head. Boy was I wrong! Instead I soon found out that i
Mary (BookHounds)
my thoughts
loved it

Seventeen-year-old Harlow has been adopted by the creepy genius behind VisionCrest and is watched constantly. Forced to be "on", she really has no one to relate to and when the voices in her head begin to be violent, she wonders how she can keep her secret. As VisionCrest controls more and more of the population, she would rather listen to punk rock than deal with the religion her father has created. This corporate style religion will have you thinking seriously about some oth
Jun 22, 2014 rated it it was ok
Harlow has a secret. She has horrific visions accompanied by a familiar voice chanting "death," "purity," "kill." She is the daughter of the VisionCrest (a powerful futuristic religious cult) leader, so she can't let anyone know about these strange blackouts and dark, nightmarish, all-to-realistic visions. Even her spunky best friend, Dora, can't wrangle the truth from her. And as VisionCrests hierarchy starts to crumble, the voice becomes more insistent. Harlow must face the visions and the sec ...more
Aug 25, 2014 rated it it was ok
Harlow has a secret. She has horrific visions accompanied by a familiar voice chanting "death," "purity," "kill." She is the daughter of the VisionCrest (a powerful futuristic religious cult) leader, so she can't let anyone know about these strange blackouts and dark, nightmarish, all-to-realistic visions. Even her spunky best friend, Dora, can't wrangle the truth from her. And as VisionCrests hierarchy starts to crumble, the voice becomes more insistent. Harlow must face the visions and the sec ...more
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Nov 02, 2013 rated it really liked it
**I received a free copy for an honest review**

Every turn of the page literally made my skin crawl! Wow! Whitney's writing filled me with suspense and dread from the very beginning. Although it seemed that it dragged in the beginning, it still kept me curious and interested in Harlow's situation of having to be perfect, yet consumed with this "voice" and disturbing visions. With that being said, The Violet Hour pulled me into a dark and spiritual world of twisted religion that I could not put do
Mar 08, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: horror, sci-fi, tour, ya
I first have to say that this book was not what I thought it was. When I started reading it, I thought this was going to be about a girl with an issue with voices in her head. But, as I continued to read, I found out I was sorely wrong! This book has a sci fi edge to it that I found refreshing. There was a little romance that I found to not be as bad as I thought. Not that romance is bad. It's just, when I think of a horror story, I don't think romance.

This book is definitely YA. Again, not tha
Mar 16, 2014 rated it really liked it
This is defiantly not the book I thought it was when I started reading it but I was defiantly not disappointed.

I thought this book was about a girl who heard voices in her head but as I started reading it there was so much more to it. There is a little romance in the book which isn’t a bad thing but usually when I read a horror book there is none.

The story line flows well and I was able to like and relate to the characters. I really liked how the horror aspect wasn’t as graphic as it can be in
Jul 07, 2014 rated it liked it
Not my favourite book ever read. I finished it in about a day, so it wasn't a hard read. It was interesting, there were some parts that I questioned the book-logic of it, but I let them slide. But then the ending. If I didn't see that there is a second book supposed to be out next year, I would be so angry and likely never read another book by Miller ever again. Yes, I'm like that. In fact, there's a book, I don't remember the title, by an author that I can't remember, that was great until the e ...more
Mar 06, 2014 rated it liked it
I am decidedly undecided about this book.

At first, I loved it. In the middle, I didn't care much about it. And by the end, I was simultaneously surprised and utterly let down.

The Violet Hour follows the story of Harlow, the daughter of the Patriarch of a religion called VisionCrest, as she deals with frightening visions and general tumolt in her previously charmed life. I felt little connection to Harlow, who never seemed to come into her own as a character. Her friends and love interest were
Wendy Darling
2.5 stars

Great setting and entertaining plot, but the storytelling felt loose, jumbled, and confusing. The characters could also use more development, there were stirrings of an unnecessary love triangle, and the dialogue was painfully stilted at times. Still, the author creates a compelling atmosphere and there were enough interesting scenes to keep me going. This debut feels like it could have been something solid with a few more drafts, so I'll leave the door open for trying another book by
Mar 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
I absolutely loved this book! This is my first time reading a cult related book and I found it very fascinating. Whitney Miller did a great job of creating a very detailed image of things for me, from locations of places to the extremely creepy stuff... Mostly the creepy stuff! TVH pulled me in from the very beginning and left me wanting more. I can't wait for The Crimson Gate to come out in 2015.
Oct 17, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
I really liked this book more than I was expecting. It was hard to get into at first, but it turns into a very haunting story. It had a nice display of cult culture too, and how easy it is for a leader to corrupt the original message for his own benefit (although in this case, that was likely to the benefit of followers).

I'm a little frustrated by the end, but not because it's a bad ending; it's just unsatisfying and leaves a lot open to interpretation, which can be a good thing.
Forever Young Adult
Graded By: Mandy W.
Cover Story: Smoke Gets in Your Big Face
BFF Charm: Caution!
Swoonworthy Scale: 1
Talky Talk: Figuratively Speaking
Bonus Factor: Cult
Relationship Status: Memorable Fling That Wants to Come Back for More

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Apr 14, 2016 rated it liked it
Incredibly violent tale of revenge wreaked by a deeply disturbed man whose dreams for a wife and family were torn apart at a Halloween frat party in 1978 when his girlfriend, costumed as a hooker, was drugged, assaulted, and nearly killed. Now 20 years later, he acts out the evening again, taking his revenge on all the participants he’s been able to identify. This author has a scary mind!!
Kris Runyon
Jan 16, 2015 rated it really liked it
I love travel, horror, and sci-fi, so this book grabbed my attention immediately. Really well thought out, genuine female friendships, quippy dialog and delightful cover-your-eyes horror. There were quite a few mysteries in this book that kept me guessing. I have to say that I did not see the ending of this book coming and it definitely made me eager to read book #2 in the series!
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Whitney A. Miller lives in San Francisco with her husband and a struggling houseplant. She's summited Mt. Kilimanjaro, ridden the Trans-Siberian rails, bicycled through Vietnam, done the splits on the Great Wall of China, and evaded the boat police in Venice, but her best international adventures take place on the page!

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