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Violet is Blue

(Hothouse #1)

3.45  ·  Rating details ·  75 ratings  ·  17 reviews
A novel of secrets, passion, and betrayal....

For the past four years, 18 year old, Violet Taylor has lived her life like her deceased father would’ve wanted. Perfect grades, perfect friends, the perfect boyfriend from the right family. Except now at the end of high school, she realizes that she’s never fully lived, has never taken risks, has always taken the safe and
Published January 15th 2014 (first published January 13th 2014)
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I really enjoyed this book. Violet is the girl next door that people can relate with. She has issues with friends, guys, and school. All teenagers know what that is like and adults can remember.

The story was exciting in that she had a stalker, an ex that was obsessive over her, and in the shadows a bad boy awaited.

I adored that her mother was a person of strength. I hate that in the end she has much regret and guilt but she's a strong person. She will prevail.

The twist of who the stalker was
A steaming heap of misogyny and atrocious grammar that glamorises the psychotic behaviour of the supposedly well meaning bad boy and implies that women who are in controlling relationships or are raped are to blame for what happens to them. The highlight is probably when the main character - a total plastic and prolific slut shamer - wanks furiously in the library toilets after a run in with said bad boy among the stacks in which he tells her that Jack the Ripper was a master of eroticism.

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Mar 02, 2014 rated it it was ok
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I really wanted to like this book, like seriously wanted to. I love the whole new adult genre, it just really works for me, but this book just didn't. That's not to say that the book didn't have potential, it really did, there is a good plot line here. A girl, who at 18, has already experienced the loss of her dad and overcome a serious bout of depression who decides she wants to really live life and experience things;
Feb 19, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgallery
I wanted to sleep on my thoughts of Violet is Blue by Tawny Stokes before I wrote this as I was undecided whether it would get a 3 or 4 star rating, I have now decided its worth the 4 stars and so here is my review.

I felt that although the synopsis was ok with this book it was written giving you a different expectation. Firstly, it doesn't share any of Vi's personality which is heavy throughout this book and I feel should be mentioned. This girl is funny. Some of the things she comes out with
Jenna Howard
Jan 27, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: new-adult
Violet is Blue is Tawny Stokes/Vivi Anna's first foray in new adult.

Violet is a crossroads as she approaches the end of high school. She's not sure about what university to go to, her boyfriend cheated on her and she's still feeling the heart ache of her dad's passing. Throw in the required bad boy, a cute older guy and a secret admirer and Violet has her hands full.

It was interesting watching this all play out and I find myself wishing it had been a little bit longer to develop all the
Feb 13, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received this courtesy of netgalley and Indie Inked in return for a honesty review.

Violet Is Blue is a really great quick read that will keep you guessing at every turn.
This is a new adult book that has a little bit of everything, including some comedy, mystery, and some really creepy characters. It also has it's fair share of adult content. This book will kick your 'who done it sense' in the butt. So many character give off a dark and dangerous vibe that your left thinking well jeez anyone
C. Gonzales
Feb 21, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: new-adult
Okay, I liked this story, I really did. The story line had Mystery and Romance and kept me flipping pages. As far as pacing, for most of the story it was just right. Its one of those that is easy to follow. The ending was a bit rushed, but at least it had an ending which so many books dont these days.

My main issue with this story was that I had a very hard time connecting with Violet. I wanted to like her and connect with her and her emotions, but I found it very difficult Her one redeeming
Jennifer Whitehead
Mar 09, 2014 rated it did not like it
Shelves: netgalley, new-adult
Thank you NetGalley and Indie Inked for access to this ARC in exchange for an honest review.

While I enjoy a good thriller at times, I find it very hard to relate to the entitled and overdone character that is Violet.

She rants, she parties, she discusses sex like she's a sailor. Whatever happened to the good girl who falls victim? If Violet is going to be stalked, I'd really like to empathize with her more - I'd like her to young and spunky, well-read and into fashion. Instead, I find Violet
Maria Lazarou--Obsessed by Books Blog
I did really like this book, it was well written, & I could relate to the characters.
It was fast paced towards the end & I did feel that it could of been a bit longer.

This was the first of Tawny's N/A books & I'm looking forward to reading more.
Amy H
I got this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review..

this is a quick read, but it went everywhere. I was like...can you stick to one topic so i can follow please...thanks!

Violet is a senior, and all her best friends also have flower names. She finally is able to deal with her father's death. her therapist taught her to go for a run and channel all her sadness. this actually worked for her. She was able to go for a run everyday and then visit her fathers grave.
Her mother has
**I received a free copy of this book from Net Galley in exchange for my honest review**

Violet Taylor is a lot like your average 18 year old high school senior…she has the fun friends that also happened to be name after flowers, the perfect boyfriend who is of course – QB of the football team, and a great family life to boot…except for the fact that her father was killed four years prior in a car accident and her mom remarried a good family friend, Mark.

As she slowly tries to accept the rapid
Cheryl Sanders
Jan 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
Violet Taylor lost her father four years ago, when she was 14 and has never been the same. She met Devon during those dark times. He worked at the movie theater and would let her in for free. Once they kissed, she never went back. She'd been seeing Jordan for the past 2-1/2 years until he cheated on her. Violet's mom and step dad run a real estate office from their home and she had a small crush on their assistant, Patrick. Meanwhile, Violet had been seeing Devon around school and the ...more
Rarely am I able to finish books that I can't stand. I suppose this book's only saving grace was that it was short.

I couldn't stand this book. The "mystery stalker" was obvious from the beginning and only seemed to get more and more obvious with each page—and, guess what, I was right! I also couldn't stand Violet. She's concerned about being stalked by some creep, but then she goes and (view spoiler) Seriously? He could've been the fucking stalker for all she
Mar 03, 2014 rated it liked it
This was a strange little novella. I didn't realise it was a novella when I started reading - only when I saw how few pages it had, and noticed things were being hurried along a bit. It sort of felt like the first draft of a novel - all the essential bits are there, but some scenes could do with a bit more detail, there could be more a bit more history and the characters could be developed further. I think if the author had taken the time to up it to a full grade novel I would have enjoyed it a ...more
Sep 12, 2014 rated it really liked it
Violet is coming to the end of her high school senior year and is close to graduating with her best friends Ivy and Dahlia and things start to go wrong when she breaks up with her boyfriend Jordan of two and a half years for he cheated on her, so she starts getting things from a secret admirer and she is thrilled but also creeped out, she tries to find out but things start to get tough, people get hurt, cars gets trashed, and she gets scared.
Devon is the boy Violet had shared a kiss with before
Mar 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great read! I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It was well written. Read it in one sitting. The suspense was great and kept me guessing until the end. I really enjoyed the interaction between Violet and Devon.
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Tawny Stokes has always been a writer. From an early age, she’d spin tales of serial killers in love, vampires taking over the world, and sometimes about fluffy bunnies turned bunnicidal maniacs. An honour student in high school, with a penchant for math and English, you’d never know it by the foot high blue Mohawk and Doc Martens, which often got her into trouble. No longer a Mohawk wearer, Tawny ...more

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