YA Fantasy Debut Book Review | A Violet Fire by Kelsey Quick

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Book Descritpion

Genre: Fantasy (vampire)
Pages: 398
Publisher: Kindle

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 like cattle, 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. One of only few humans that was not bred in Cain, Wavorly knows freedom better than anyone, and she is determined to escape the clutches of her oppressors, even if by the hands of death.

But surprises lay beyond every certainty, and within every doubt. Where Wavorly’s hatred for both vampires and her enslavement once flowed free as blood, it merely trickles as she grows to admire her reserved, yet receptive master and savior, Zein.

Although warmed by comforts never felt before, danger still lurks in the castle, and a prophecy calls from beyond the walls of a lavender gate—concealing the horrific secrets still lodged between handsome smirks and cinereous eyes. It will take everything within Wavorly to face her fears and her doubts; to harness the truth of her past despite what that means for her future. The only question is, will she?

Set in a richly detailed world of fantasy, A Violet Fire is a gripping journey filled with passion, betrayal, lies, and the encouragement we all need to take a stand for our freedom—no matter the cost. (amazon.com)

My Review | ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Favorite Character: Wavorly Sterling.

This was a hard category to decide because my feelings about characters changed as the story progressed, but Wavorly is the one constant. She is fiery (and she has the red hair to back it up), intelligent, and fiercely determined. She’s a fighter. And, as a reader, I was happy to go with her on her emotional journey through this supernatural world.

What I Like About A Violet Fire

The main character is NOT angsty. Too many YA Fantasy novels fall back on the angsty reluctant hero. Still, there isn’t a single feeling of angst among the characters in A Violet Fire, which I appreciated very much. The main characters are well developed, and I quickly followed their inner and outer journeys. The support characters were less sympathetic and less developed. Still, the story is led by the Wavorly, who is also the narrator, so it is her version of those characters I saw.

I became emotionally invested. The story is written in the first person, and the narrator is sympathetic, so it is easy for me to make that leap of walking in her shoes. And what shoes they are. She took me on a fast-paced adventure full of love and a fighter’s determination. I didn’t want to put the book down until I knew she was okay, or the book ended, whichever came first.

It has a bit of a different spin on the vampire story. There are many vampire stories out there, and I never shy away from a good one. A Violet Fire offered a different take on these creatures of the night, as they are not created by other vampires. Instead, they are born, making it an actual race that exists alongside humans rather than created from humans. They also are not immortal, though their lifespan is much longer than humans, and they are hard to kill. This difference gives the story dystopian qualities that others do not have, which is interesting to me as a reader.

What I Wish About A Violet Fire

The ending felt a bit rushed, and a lot of essential details about Wavorly and her family were thrown at me at one time. It was hard to process it all. I hope that it is made clearer in the second book, but it was a bit disconcerting in this one.

To Read or Not to Read

It is definitely a good read and what better way to fill the long cold nights than with a good read that you won’t be able to put down.

Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for providing me with an advanced copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.

About Kelsey Quick

Kelsey Quick is 27 years young with an affinity for creating complex worlds apart from our own. She does not kill any pets in her books (so no worries there), nor does she spend her time figuring out how to best ruin your day as a reader. Her first love is anime and manga, so do not be alarmed if you notice any silver-haired bad boys lurking about, or if you find one of her illustrations in the wild. Kelsey is also the wife to a super supportive husband, and the fur-less mother to two husky fur-babies. Her family and friends mean the world to her, with Horizon Zero Dawn coming in at a close third. When she is not writing, Kelsey is most likely running her father’s steel company, ignoring the ever-piling dishes in the sink, or thinking up a novel way to prevent muddy paw prints from sullying her wooden floors. Among everything else, Kelsey is an advocate for her readers; her fans; her friends. If you are reading her books, you are giving her purpose. And for that, she wholeheartedly thanks you. 🙂


2 Replies to “YA Fantasy Debut Book Review | A Violet Fire by Kelsey Quick”

  1. It’s refreshing when you find a vampire story with a different spin. Also when you’re emotionally invested. Excellent review!

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