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V for Violet

3.59  ·  Rating details ·  88 ratings  ·  32 reviews
Battersea, 1961. London is just beginning to enter the swinging sixties. The world is changing - but not for sixteen-year-old Violet. She was born at the exact moment Winston Churchill announced Victory in Europe - an auspicious start, but now she's just stuck in her family's fish and chip shop dreaming of greatness. And it doesn't look like fame and fortune are going to c ...more
Paperback, 304 pages
Published April 2016 by Hot Key Books
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Feb 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This YA novel is set in Battersea, London. It is 1961 and London is not yet Swinging. Indeed, for Violet, who was born at the exact moment that Winston Churchill announced the war was over, it is quite grey and miserable. Having left school, Violet would like to follow her best friend, Jackie, into working at the nearby factory. Not, perhaps, the most exciting career option you can imagine – although Jackie has the benefit of new friends and fashions. However, a factory job is preferable to the ...more
May 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: guest-reviews

Alison Rattle’s historical fiction is amazing. I really enjoyed The Madness a couple of years ago and whilst we’re in a totally different time period for V is for Violet, Rattle continues to offer fantastic, well-researched and enjoyable historical prose.

Fast moving and packed with mystery, it is possible to read V is for Violet and not have a clue about who is causing all the young local girls to go missing. There are red herrings thrown in and Violet’s own convictions make it ver
I am a huge fan of Alison Rattle's work and will read anything she writes. I was therefore incredibly excited to get my hands on a copy of this book.

As always with an Alison Rattle book the historical detail was rich and superbly done. I was absolutely fascinated with it. The story itself was fast paced and exciting too. Much of it was centred around a murder mystery whuch kept me guessing throughout.

I adored the main character Violet. I loved her awkwardness and her frustrations which the life
Jodie May
Nov 16, 2017 rated it liked it
It was pretty good. Didn't expect the killer ...more
Apr 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: print-books


V for Violet presents a really compelling mystery, one full of shocks, twists and suspense and it is a book I was incapable of putting down. I was already excited to read this book reading the blurb alone and so when my copy arrived, I had to start it straight away and it completely lived up to my expectations.

Sixteen year old Violet is bored of life. Her childhood best friend Jackie has ditched her, flaunting her new group of friends who Violet just can’t get along with. She hates the gap i
Mar 25, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2k16-read, arc-read
V for violet. V for vengeance.

I was slightly disappointed with this book. I went into it expecting to love it but found that during the start it was quite dull and boring. For at leas the first third nothing really happened and it was only when Joseph got back that I started paying a bit more attention.

Violet was a difficult character to like for me. I found it hard to identify with her and learn more about her personality. While I like some things about her, others just seemed fake and silly.
A copy of this novel was provided by Allen and Unwin for review.

Something was simply missing for me when it comes to V is for Violet. At first, I thought it might have been the time period – I’ve read another book set around the same time, and I wasn’t the hugest fan of that one – but then I realised that the descriptions of the sixties were perhaps some of the only things I genuinely enjoyed about this book. I think, sadly, that it was actually Violet who made this book not so great for me.

I kn
Received from NetGalley for review.

Down in a green and shady bed,
A modest violet grew;
Its stalk was bent, it hung its head,
As if to hide from view.

V for Violet is an all-round superb young adult novel, set in 1960’s Battersea. It centres on Violet, a brilliant but sometimes obnoxious sixteen year old, who is stuck in her father’s fish and ship shop. She wants more, she wants excitement and to be able to follow her best friend Jackie into a different world, a more grown up world.

I absol
Mar 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
Disclaimer: Review copy received via in exchange for an honest review.

V for Violet is the story of Violet, a working-class girl in the early 1960s, stuck working in her family’s fish and chip shop. Her life is shadowed by the loss of her older brother during the war, and her arrival into the world a year later largely went unnoticed - the loss of Joseph still hangs over the family, 16 years on.

Violet is also drifting away from her best friend, Jackie, who has a new job at the suga
Feb 25, 2017 rated it liked it
Rating = 3*s

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I primarily read contemporary YA, but every time I try another branch of YA, such as historical or fantasy, I always wonder whether or not I will enjoy it. However, every time I am pleasantly surprised – and V for Violet was no exception. I quickly found myself wrapped up in the story, and was kept gripped for the whole book.

I thought that Violet was such an interesting character. Across the course of the book,
Ruci Tukana
Oct 07, 2018 rated it liked it
V for Violet by Alison Rattle.

A very interesting read.

'Love can be murder' ...I was wondering, after reading this novel, what this statement meant in relation to the whole novel.

I read this novel in one sitting. Page- thumbing!!
Beau Smith seems to be my adorable character. A biker, rowdy at the cover but caring and warmhearted in the content, shows genuine love to Violet. Violet gives him chances for highway rides and grabbing meals at any eatery. He is so patience with Violet.
A kind of man n
Zarco Dragonetti
Mar 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Thank you to Netgalley for giving me the opportunity to read and review this advanced copy.

I was surprised by how much I enjoyed this book. I didn't notice that it was classed as young adult when I requested it at first, so a part of me expected it to be a bit childish. Not at all! This was a great read for any age - the writing style flows, and is engaging and easy to get sucked into. The storyline has plenty of twists and turns, leaving you really wondering whodunit. A really enjoyable read th
May 24, 2016 rated it liked it
For a mystery novel, V For Violet lacks one very important quality: the mystery. Honestly, it’s clear who the culprit is. There are less than ten characters, which makes it easy for the reader to be several moves ahead of the plot.

Alison Rattle is a skilled writer. She’s eloquent and deeply thoughtful. The only problem is the way the plot is handled. It could have been so much more.

Rapid-fire review on Priscilla and her Books
Apr 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya-teenage-books
I thoroughly enjoyed this - I love a good murder mystery, and this one was no exception. The real star of the show is the 1960s London setting which is fantastically realised. I'll definitely be checking out more of Alison Rattle's books in future. ...more
Barbara Barrett
Enjoyable read nothing like I thought it way going to be
Sep 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Brilliantly written and totally engaging.
Jun 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is a book about a girl called Violet (no surprises there!). She works in the parent's fish and chip shop although she doesn't want to- she would rather work at the factory that her best-friend-since-primary-school works at even though their friendship seems to be breaking up as both of them start to grow up.
Then her long-lost brother turns up and it's as if she is unwanted (although she never thought she really was wanted anyway).
Soon after, girls from her town are found murdered...

This i
Nov 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
I definitely did not expect the killer to be who it was and I LOVE the love interest in this book so much. V for Violet is an excellent historical fiction; it’s unpredictable and gripping the whole way through.
Scarlett Anais
Nov 24, 2019 rated it it was ok
The writing was fine, but Violet preventing me from ever becoming invested in the plot. It's tragic to see such lovely writing being tarnished by such a terrible main character. ...more
Jun 22, 2019 rated it it was ok
I’ve been in a reading slump recently and I just couldn’t get into this book.
SJH (A Dream of Books)
‘V For Violet’ by Alison Rattle is set in the 1960’s. I’ve been trying to think and I don’t think I’ve actually read anything set in the sixties before. It’s not my favourite period but it was an interesting choice and worked well not only with the overall themes of the book but also in terms of showing what post-war society was like for a lot of teenagers. I’m doubtful that the historical setting will appeal to all readers however.

The main character Violet has finished school and is working in
Apr 08, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley-reads
Violet is born just as Winston Churchill is declaring victory over the wireless in 1945. Tumbling out onto a waiting newspaper it takes her mother a while to realise she's arrived. Her arrival signals how she will feel for the next 16 years. Conceived out of a night of grief and sorrow when her parents were told her brother Joseph was killed in action over France she has always lived in the shadow of the war hero. Sixteen years later the prodigal son returns. Not dead. Alive. Not a hero. A deser ...more
Mar 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Battersea, 1961. London is just beginning to enter the swinging sixties. The world is changing - but not for sixteen-year-old Violet. She was born at the exact moment Winston Churchill announced Victory in Europe - an auspicious start, but now she's just stuck in her family's fish and chip shop dreaming of greatness. And it doesn't look like fame and fortune are going to come calling anytime soon. Then she meets Beau. Beau's a Rocker - a motorcycle boy who arrives in an explosion of passion and ...more
Oct 03, 2020 rated it liked it
V for Violet by AIison Rattle is a book I got by mistake(from an online bookstore)😅. Before this, I didn't know anything about this author.
💜This book is categorized as "mystery". It is a nice and quick read and somewhat enjoyable. It is set in London, in the 1960's. The protagonist, Violet, is born on the exact moment Winston Churchill announces victory.
💜This book felt like a granny telling you old tales, like a friend telling you about her day; it has an extremely friendly tone.
💜The way of s
V for Violet is a fitting name as she was born on V day whilst Churchill was announcing the end of the war. It's Battersea in the 1960s.

Violet is sixteen years old and works in the family chippie. Her best and only friend, Jackie is working in a sugar factory where she has made new friends. This long standing friendship is now dwindling. Violet spends her time reading when not working in the chip shop. She thrives on knowledge. She is the youngest of the family and feels a little left out. Her s
Oct 14, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2016-books
If I can give one recommendation it is to not read the blurb of this book. Half of the mystery in this book is just given to us in the description and that ruined my enjoyment a bit. When half the plot was already spoiled for me I found this a lot harder to enjoy

I liked that I was reading about a character that wasn't very likeable (no idea if that was on purpose or not) - she's so angry and a little angsty and she reminded me of me at her age. "No one understands me, my interests are different,
Dec 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: young-adult
The cover is so great!
THis was a wonderful suspense and thriller/drama read, it's for YA but I had no idea what's going to happen next at everyother climax of the plot and til the last pages. It was crazy, sad, great anger and very personal at times about how you feeel when a best friend has chosen to unfriend, with a reason of growing up and starting to work. Then by accident Violet caught her ex-friend telling things about her and her family, she caught her laughing behind her back like any se
Another only slightly historical - 1961. Loved Violet's voice. Strong and unbending. The story introduces the idea that she has this 'other' sense, and I was disappointed when that failed to be maintained.

But really, the disappearance and subsequent murder of young girls in the surrounding district starts to dominate Vi's thoughts, and so there were other more pressing issues to distract me (& her).

It's a great mystery. There's a true sense of tension as the reveal of the murderer moves closer,
Apr 18, 2016 rated it really liked it
Great book, definitely a recommended read for anyone even mildly interested. Has a great story with interesting characters and twists.

My opinionated pros and cons on the book below.

Pros - interesting story, likable / understandable realistic characters, drama, well written and a good enough twist at the end.
Cons - first third of the book does go on a tad bit and the main character can sometimes be overbearing.

Overall I'd give it a 7/10!
Jun 06, 2016 rated it did not like it
I really detest this book.
I don't think I've ever given a one star review before so perhaps that illustrates it better than anything. There are so many issues with the books structure and plot and style, not to mention how by the end of it I liked one, maybe two characters.
I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review - I'm afraid this might be a little more honest than they wanted.
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Alison Rattle grew up in Liverpool, and now lives in a medieval house in Somerset with her three teenage children, her partner - a carpenter - an extremely naughty Jack Russell and a ghost cat. She has co-authored a number of non-fiction titles on subjects as diverse as growing old, mad monarchs, how to boil a flamingo, the history of America and the biography of a nineteenth-century baby killer. ...more

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