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A Violet Fire

(Vampires in Avignon #1)

3.80  ·  Rating details ·  319 ratings  ·  171 reviews
In the Vampire Stratocracy of Cain, human blood is scarce. For centuries, councils have sought to assuage the blood shortage by enslaving and breeding humans, turning them into profitable supply units for the rich and the abled.

Today, eighteen-year-old Wavorly Sterling is officially a supply unit, bound to serve her blood willingly to her master for the rest of her life.
Published December 9th 2019 by Kelsey Quick
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    Dec 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    Recommended to Dita by: megs_bookrack
    Shelves: read-by-request
    Do I read vampire books as a rule? Nope, but good writing is good writing and Kelsey Quick can write.

    It takes a little longer to pull me into a genre that isn't "straight up stabby" but if an author can do that? Then I am willingly and happily along for the ride. Quick achieved this on page one and after that it was just fantastic storytelling. It's amazing to me that this is her debut novel.

    The subplots were seamlessly woven through the main story, the character names were fun and even by the
    Sep 26, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    Shelves: arcs-read
    When Wavorly Sterling was just a child, a vampire attack decimated the population of the town in which she lived.

    In fact, she is the only known survivor, rescued, or captured, depending on your perspective, and brought to live within the Vampire Stratocracy of Cain.

    Set in a dystopian world, where the blood supply is low, the Stratocracy has developed a vast and complex system for raising 'human supply units'.

    These supply units, are eventually chosen and bound to a master who they must serve,
    Sep 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
    I am a closeted fan of vampire books, especially the YA genre, but if anybody asks me I'll deny it.

    I watch the Twilight movies every. single. time. I see them on the guide, much to the chagrin of my bf. Again, I'll deny this fact.

    And A Violet Fire is exactly why I'm such a fan of the genre.

    It's not so much of an original storyline as it does have the typical ingredients: super hot vampire dude, willful chick who is, at first, immune to his wicked charms. However, I was pleasantly surprised
    Ꮗ€♫◗☿ ❤️ ❤️
    Whoa! What an incredible Journey!

    I like Vampire books, but have tended to stay away from books where the main character is a blood slave because that storyline just didn’t appeal to me. However, I requested this book from Netgalley for some reason and I ended up loving every minute of it. I have been reading it straight since I started and haven’t even stopped to eat dinner. It is now after midnight, so that tells you how much I liked it. My son even offered to make dinner But I was too
    Kelsey Quick
    May 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
    Shelves: favorites, netgalley
    This little baby of mine is officially published! Check it out if you're curious about my vamps! ;)
    Amazon Kindle

    Hi everyone, thank you for your support thus far on my debut novel! I can't believe how many of you are genuinely interested in reading it! This is my first manuscript, my "heart" book... one that I was determined to throw out into the world despite industry-wide rejection. (Vampires just weren't cool enough to sign on from 2017-2018.) Thus, I self-edited (with the mentor
    This book grabbed me right away and wouldn't let go.
    The only time I was able to tear myself away from it was when my kindle battery died.
    Stupid kindle.
    Battery fired back up I was completely sucked (pun intended) back in again.
    I am so freaking excited this is only the start of a series because I didn't get enough!
    I am flabbergasted that this is her debut?!
    The world building, the sideways storyline, the hawt hawt vampires...
    Obsessed with it all!

    Much love to NetGalley & Kelsey Quick for my
    Disclaimer: This book was sent to me by the publisher via Netgalley for an honest review.



    Nocturnal Nights.


    It’s official.

    My heart is broken, my feminine energy is bristling, and vampires are back with a bloodthirsty vengeance.

    The world has been dominated by vampires for centuries now. In Cain, Humans are bred to serve vampires in whatever form necessary – as blood supply units, servants, or breeders. They are instructed in special schools in how to best serve their immortal masters, through
    Oct 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
    Dark and intriguing, Kelsey Quick’s A VIOLET FIRE is a tale of passion, oppression and the power of the human will to survive against all odds, even if it means death. In a world where vampires rule, humanity is bred and enslaved as a food source, one teen, a rarity among the “herd,” knew freedom and is determined to find it again. What Wavorly did not expect was to share an emotional attraction with her master that overstepped all boundaries and clouded her vision of escape.

    Steeped in rich
    thewoollygeek (tea, cake, crochet & books)
    An amazing read, not a vampire love story, but a tale that will be spread over books. Engaging and thoroughly entertaining. Wavorly is an amazing character, so gutsy I loved her so much, we don’t get to know Zein too much as he’s kept quite withdrawn and it’s obvious we will learn over time. I can’t wait for the next.

    Thanks to netgalley and the publisher for a free copy for an honest opinion
    Sue's Romance Reviews
    Aug 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    6+Stars. Can you say HELL YES!!!

    Kelsey Quick is a new-to-me author and she made one heck of an impression on me with A Violet Fire!

    Set in a time where humans are scarce and thus, so is the blood supply for vampires, humans are now serving at their whim. From breeding farms to brainwashing and sustenance for vampires, humans are completely dominated and oppressed.

    Wavorly, however, has known freedom and the outside world. She bucks convention and all demands. She has a huge hate for vampires.
    Jul 14, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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    Amber Smego
    Jun 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    I struggled on weither to give this a 4 or 5 star rating. Ultimately I am selecting 5.

    Let me start by saying I LOVE vampire books. I have had a long time love for all things vampire so this struck my interest instantly.

    This book started out much different than most vampire books I have read. The H is slightly annoying in the fact that her desire to escape seems to outweigh everything including self preservation.

    Zein....awww....Zein. I shall claim you as my book boyfriend. I know I should not
    Jan 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
    Recommends it for: Vampire story lovers.
    Recommended to Michael by: My friend Dita
    A really good vampire story. 4.5-stars out of 5.

    If it's so good why is it not 5-stars? It's purely because it's a series and I'm going through a phase when I'd prefer a standalone.

    If you like vampire stories, or you simply enjoy good writing, then this is the tale for you. This one has plenty of strong female characters, which are flawed by their forced association to the vampires that they serve.

    There are religious undertones here that some of you will enjoy and (as you would expect from a
    Mikky (Nocturnal Predators Reviews)
    DNF on Chapter 2

    Hear me out before stones start being thrown! I took the cautious way into this novel and by that I mean I read the first chapter in the kindle sample to determine if this was something I liked or didn't like off the bat. I came to the conclusion that as interesting as the plot and characters seem I, personally, can't stand descriptive and flowery writing if I'm physically reading it. My eyes have been acting up with an allergy no doctor can pinpoint and I don't have the patience
    Katrina Forest
    Jul 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    Anyone who's enjoyed Holly Black's The Cruel Prince needs to read Kelsey Quick's A Violet Fire. It takes the same basic concept of being a rare human in world of magical, powerful creatures, and turns it into a kind of psychological drama with a fantasy backdrop. It's beautifully crafted, and the character development is top-notch. This book exemplifies what an active protagonist should look like--not jumping from one big, exciting event to another but pushing the plot forward with her ...more
    May 24, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
    Shelves: netgalley
    I received this from Netgalley for an honest review. All thoughts and feelings expressed are my own.

    This is quite possibly the worst book I've read in 2019. I was intrigued by the comparison done with The Handmaid's Tale and A Court of Thrones and Roses - but it does not even compare to those two.
    The writing drags on, our main character Wavorly is bratty, unlikeable and is even lowkey slut-shamey. She dislikes girl a lot more than she dislikes men in the same conditions.
    Zein is instantly
    May 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    I really enjoyed this book! The main character’s name is Waverly and as you read through the book her early life story starts to emerge. The complexity of her past and how she survived it and continues to try too not only survive, but live, in a society where humans are not the dominant species. She grows from a rebellious young girl to a woman with a purpose. I don’t want to say more about the plot because I don’t want to give anything away. The writing is descriptive and the plot moves along ...more
    Jul 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    I honestly could not put this down. Absolutely enthralling and I was constantly kept on my toes. I frequently went from loving the main character to wanting to strangle her, yet it just made for an even more amazing read. Love what the author did with the characters and I can’t wait to see where this leads!
    E.C. Farrell
    Apr 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    An absolutely beautifully written book. The prose is heartbreakingly gorgeous. Quick does an excellent job of crafting character arcs, an interesting and unique setting, and a fabulous twist on vampires. I read an early version and am so excited to read the updated one!
    Aug 05, 2019 rated it liked it
    Okay, I should start this by informing anyone that reads this review by saying I may have a slight personal bias. I received this book free from the author, and even after I had trouble downloading the initial link she gave her FF readers, she personally helped me and sent me a link so I had the chance to read her work. That being said I'm going to give the most honest review I'm capable of, I just thought I should give everyone context ahead of time.

    Alright, on to the review.

    I have to say I
    M I A | wldflowerbooks

    **I received an e-ARC of A Violet Fire from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review--all thoughts and feelings expressed are my own.**
    “Enslavement is still enslavement, no matter how soft the chains.”-Kelsey Quick, "A Violet Fire"


    I requested A Violet Fire from Netgalley because I was super intrigued by the synopsis. I have & always will love vampires...I have an extreme soft-spot for anything having to do with vampires. The synopsis promised an enemies-to-lovers
    Katie Gallagher
    Dec 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    For more fun, bookish stuff, check out my blog!

    Big note at the beginning of this review is that not only did I receive an ARC of A Violet Fire for a free and honest review by the author, but that Kelsey Quick and I have become author buddies along the way! I helped her with some of the late-stage editing of AVF, provided cover feedback, and we also talk shop about author stuff. So this review is biased fo sho! But I still wanted to get up a review.

    I had tons of fun reading A Violet Fire.
    ARC provided by NetGalley and author for an honest review

    Would you give your blood to a vampire in need? Even if it left you bedridden for hours, could you find yourslef selfless enough to do so?

    A dystopian world where vampires are the majority and humans have become the minority.
    The humans have been bred and raised within an academy, only learning what they need to know to serve one of five vampire rulers of the Stratocracy as a submissive servant, giving blood when needed or being sent to
    May 24, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
    Shelves: 2019
    Vampires are really letting me down in 2019. Is this replacing my mermaid disappointment trend of 2018?
    Raven_Blake (dreamy addictions)
    Actual Rating: 3.5 stars!
    Review to come!
    Nov 10, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    3.5 stars

    Today, I was in the mood for a vampire book that would give me all the feels. I'm not ashamed to say I love watching the Twilight movies once in a while. It's been a long time since I've read a book with vampires and I remembered I had an ARC that could be exactly what I needed. Immediately, A Violet Fire drew me in and I couldn't put it down.

    I wanted something a little cheesy (but not in a bad way) and I feel like this book delivered the right amount. To tell you the truth, I'm not
    Jul 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    Shelves: young-adult

    I looove this book. I'm so happy that vampires are officially back in the YA genre. The plot was engaging and had some twists I didn’t see coming but thoroughly enjoyed, the writing was easy to follow and the characters were relatable and full of life. I had so many emotions while reading this, and for me, that’s the element that makes a book a good one.

    A Violet Fire is a dystopian novel in which vampires rule the world and use humans as their blood supplies. Men and women born in the
    Erika Sarutobi
    Jan 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
    “Your generation of humans are lucky...for your existence upon this earth is spared only by the impending extinction of your race. You should be grateful that your masters have become less predatory and more parasitic over the last century.”

    I haven't read a vampire story in so long, I didn't know I missed it so much! I've finished this book in two sittings and loved it, especially so because I wasn't expecting much from it. There's a few things left to be desired but overall it was a great
    Pratibha Pandey
    Dec 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
    Shelves: 2019
    I had started to believe I was over the vampire tales but then I read AVF. And I read like there is no tomorrow
    Three nights of sleeping so very late and I finished it. It's brilliant though I do not have much love for Wavorly ! But other casts and the plot was too good. Loved the story and writing
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