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Broom with a View

3.47  ·  Rating details ·  147 ratings  ·  27 reviews
Can a good Witch and a brooding Vampire find true love? Especially when the whole world is against them?

The threat of war between Witches and Vampires means England may no longer be safe for a young Witch. Hence, Miss Violet Popplewell is sent abroad under the watchful eye of her great-aunt Vera. Without so much as a bon voyage party, Violet finds herself a visitor to the
Paperback, 206 pages
Published November 30th 2013 by Createspace
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2.5 stars
Entertaining and light, but nothing that memorable. The biggest draw was seeing how the writers adapted A Room with a View. I feel the characters and their relationships relied on the reader knowing them from the original novel to make them feel like full characters.
Jan 19, 2014 rated it really liked it
BROOM WITH A VIEW by Gayla Twist was a charming and cute young adult romance that had me engrossed until the very end. A well done piece, Twist’s novel had nothing that even hinted at “self-published” and the only thing that was disappointing was that it was too short.

Review: In BROOM WITH A VIEW, Gayla Twist introduces us to an alternative historical past, in which Vampires, Witches and Humans live together very tumultuously. The main character is Miss Violet Popplewell and she is a witch. When
Dec 03, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 110in2013, ebook, 2013
Broom With a View was lots of fun. It is a an alternate history retelling of A Room With a View by E.M. Forster. It opens in an England where Crafters and Vampires have been at war for centuries. The time period is never distinctly specified, but I’d guess it’s most likely Edwardian, so turn of the 20th century. The British countryside is deemed unsafe for a young witch and so Miss Violet Popplewell, our primary protagonist, is sent to X, a fabulous city on the border of Western Europe where the ...more
Apr 09, 2014 rated it really liked it
Witches and vampires are really nothing new. Twilight and Beautiful Creatures have both been and gone, and there have been countless TV series and books on those two subjects that the ideas begin to run dry, that is, until you put them both together and have them fight it out. For Twilight it was werewolves, but in Broom with a View, casters are the new enemy of the vampire, and any relationship between the two is vile and dangerous. That is why the book stands out; the premise isn't the same ol ...more
Phaedra Seabolt
Jan 27, 2014 rated it really liked it
I was contacted on behalf of the author to write an honest review of this book. Immediately the description made it sound like something I would definitely be interested in. It took a while for me to get through it, but that's simply because I am getting used to taking care of two kids. I think the story was pretty good. It was a little slow to get to the action and there was one character, Vera, that drove me crazy, but I think she was supposed to drive the reader crazy. The character developme ...more
Christy Tanner
Jun 15, 2014 rated it really liked it
Broom with a View
By Gayla Twist and Ted Naifeh

Broom with a View is an enchanting story with witches, sorcerers, and
vampires. Magic fills the pages as Ms. Violet Popplewell goes on a journey
with her great-aunt, Vera Tartlette. Violet is a young crafter, a witch
still figuring out how to consistently use her magic. She is an adorable
and lovable character, and it was very easy to care for her as she
discovered her strength.

Vera and Violet travel to the mysterious city-state of X somewhere in
Amanda Masters
Amazing Story! I couldn't put it down when reading it! Gayla Twist has a unique style of writing that captures your interest right away. Gayla also knows a thing or two about how to spin romance and suspense together, I was so intrigued by her characters and the storyline that I read it in one straight sitting.

With the threat of a nasty war brewing between the world of Witches and Vampire on the horizon, Violet Popplewell flees to the safety of city-state of X with her annoying but well minded a
Feb 04, 2014 rated it really liked it
I want to start off by talking about the characters. This book is filled with interesting and different people. Violet is such a charming girl. She could take everything in such good stride. Sebastian is the mystery lover. We don't know a lot about the boy but he does his best at keeping Violet safe when the man she is engaged to cannot. We can't forget about Vera, Violet's great-aunt. She give it to you straight, annoying. But it isn't in a bad way. I believe the authors wanted her to ...more
Dec 22, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: did-not-finish
I started reading this and was immediately apprehensive by the backwards views of Violet, presumably the main character. She just folded to her Mom's demands. And so, she is chipped to X, a city-state on the border of Witch/Vampire lands. Why she was sent here, I'm unsure since the explanation for shipping her off was to get away from danger in London. Violet then gets towed around by her prejudiced, bigoted, awful aunt who bitches and moans about everything, yet expects to be catered to. The ci ...more
Well, if you ever have read a room with a view or watched the movie (with Helena Bonham-Carter) you get the idea of what is going on. The first two thirds of the book totally remind me of the movie (although I have the book here at home in my libary I haven't read it yet and I guess I should just to know how close it is to the movie or this adaptation). Anyway, it is a little twist in this story that the heroine is a young witch not having control over her power yet and the hero a brooding vampi ...more
May 27, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Magic and manners...

An interesting tale of star-crossed lovers occurring in fantasy alternate world set around what I believe is their Victorian Era. Our heroine has great magical potential, but finds it hard to control (and use personally) at times. She gets caught up in a great magical unrest, and finds herself courted by two unusual gentlemen. Fun read with its inclusion of mistaken charms, romance, war intrigue, and the overall creation of the societies. Such examples as the great city of X
Mar 10, 2015 rated it really liked it
Well this is not what I expecting. Guess it figures I should read the summary first. Broom with a View just sounds like a whimsical, humorous book that you would laugh all the way through. Well it's not. Even though it wasn't what I was expecting, the story line did hold my interest so much that I couldn't put it down for long periods of time. This is a story about a war between the Witches and Vampires. A young witch and a vampire who loves her, yet can't be with her. A mortal man who is a pawn ...more
Dec 16, 2013 rated it really liked it
Gayla Twist has written a lovely tale about the power of love. Violet and Sebastian have an entire deck of cards stacked against them. She is a witch and he is a vampire - their species have been at war for decades. When Violet visits X with her Aunt Vera, she meets Sebastian and his father at the pensione where they are all staying.

When violence breaks out between the witches and vampires, it turns Violet's previously simple life upside down. Relations between witches, vampires, and mortals com
Jan 23, 2014 rated it really liked it
"Broom with a View" is an adorable little story with appealing characters and quality prose (it's totally readable without being unintelligent). I love the world the authors create: one teetering on the precipice of full-scale war between vampires and witches but in which mortals wield unexpected power (and faeries dance around the edges) - and in which good-natured, well-meaning folks predominate but prejudice and maliciousness lurk. A healthy handful of typos - normally a cardinal sin in my bo ...more
Feb 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fantastic and Refreshing

If you are like me and wanted something new from a vampire romance this is the book for you! I've read all of Gayla Twist's Vanderlind books and loved them, but this book was so different and enchanting. It reminded me of the silliness of a Cohen Bros movie!
"Broom with a View" was such a pleasant surprise! It was incredibly sweet, charming, witty, and fun... Not something you would normally expect out of a novel with vampires. All the characters were endearing (excluding the evils ones of course!), and now I wish I had the same sort of people in my life, especially a Mr. B. :)
a cute little story, in an interesting magical world!

This book deserves 3.5 stars. I struggled with the beginning, it felt slow, lagging alittle. Towards half way I was pulled in, not wanting to put it down. I would like to read more of there magical world and all its inhabitants
Dec 24, 2013 rated it really liked it
I won this book and would like to thank the author. The only reason i didn't give this book 5 stars is because I like more action. The book is well written, the characters where well develop, and the book was easy to read.
Jen Taylor
An interesting take on the supernatural community that is in most sci-fi and fantasy books. The characters are unique and story is interesting, but I feel like something is missing. A good, fun read all around.
A.G. Lindsay
May 20, 2014 rated it liked it
Fun, light read if you like the whole witches/vampires thing.

For those of you who have read Room With A View (or even seen the movie) much of this will seem derivative. Still it's handled in an interesting, light way and worth spending a rainy afternoon on it.
Jan 06, 2014 rated it really liked it
Super cute and well written.
Dec 04, 2013 rated it really liked it
Cute story, although I like the Vanderlind vampire books a bit better.

Full review and paperback GIVEAWAY will be up on my site on 1/2 or 1/3/14: http://booksithinkyoushouldread.blogs....
Rio (Lynne)
Dec 13, 2013 marked it as free-kindle-why-not
Shelves: blame-misfit
I keep adding to my never ending free kindle books that I will probably never get to, but at least I always have a backup to read on the road.
Sandra R
The writing was good, but not quite my type of story.
Aug 13, 2014 rated it did not like it
Please, save you this reading. It is by far one of the worst, not to say the worst, novel I have read in a very long time!
Jan 01, 2014 rated it really liked it
I really liked this book. Reminded me a bit of Anne of Avonlea but with a fantasy twist. Definitely keeping this one on my bookshelf!
kimberly andrews
Feb 17, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition


This was a charming story. easy read,yet entertaining. always fun to read New types of books this one was fun
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