Saturday, October 27, 2012

Book Tour ~ The Violet Fox by Clare C. Marshall ~ Review + #Giveaway

The Violet Fox
Release Date: October 13, 2012
Publisher: Faery Ink Press
Pages: 308
Genre: YA Fantasy
Source: Author for review and tour


That’s what instinct told me.
But in order to save the secrets of my people
and to protect my brother
I have to become the enemy.
There are two kinds of people in the land of Marlenia.
The Marlenians, who live on the surface,
and the Freetors, who are forced to live underground.
The war between them ended two hundred years ago, but the Freetors still fight for the right to live under the sun. Fifteen-year-old Kiera Driscoll embodies the Freetors’ hopes as the Violet Fox. In a violet cape and mask, she sneaks around Marlenia City stealing food and freeing her people from slavery.
Then the Elders task her with a secret mission: retrieve a stolen tome that contains the secrets of Freetor magic, something the Marlenians both fear and covet. Kiera must disguise herself as a noblewoman and infiltrate the Marlenian castle before the Freetor-hating Advisor finds out her real identity, before her brother is imprisoned because of the secrets he hides, and before she falls any more in love with the prince she’s supposed to hate.
More is happening in the castle than she realizes, and Kiera is faced with a difficult choice. Will she be loyal to her people and their fight for freedom, or will she be loyal to her heart?

My Review
This book really impressed me, it really left an impression on me as well, it was so well written, it pulled me in right from the first few pages. It had me thinking about it for a week. In fact, before I decided to do the book tour, I read the first 3 chapters that is up free by the author, for anyone to get a taste, and I was hooked, I signed up right away, and anxiously awaited for the review copy of the book. I started to read right away, even though I really should have been reading other tour books first, but could not help myself, it was THAT good, so I read and finished in less than 2 days, and it’s not a short book, just could not put it down.

I am going to keep this as spoiler free as I can. I do not want to spoil anything.

This book has such a great story, I am not even sure of the target audience, but think all ages above 16 or so will really enjoy it. There were parts that reminded me of classic fairy tales, like Cinderella (more like the movie Ever After with Drew Barrymore, in fact one line in the movie was in this book too, but will not tell you what it is, and by no means is it a copy of the movie, just like one sentence is all, and I loved it)
In this story, we have some magic, the people who have this magic are called Freetors, and have been forced to live underground by the Marlenian people. Seems in their history, that the Marlenian wanted the magic for themselves, but the Freetor’s Elders refused to give up the secret, so they were exiled, and the Elders are the only ones who know the secrets and can use it, as they do not share it freely with their people. So the Freetor’s constantly have to steal food and necessities from the surface, as they can’t live aboveground, they get executed if found. There is a lot there about all that but that is a basis on it.

The story is more about a young Freetor girl, Kiera Driscoll, aka The Violet Fox. She is one of their best runners, meaning thieves, she dresses in a violet cape and mask, and plans with others on the stealing of the food to pass out to her people, she is smart, quick, and strong willed. I love her. She is a great fun character. She has no family but her brother left, and they are really close.

I loved the suspense of the story, as Kiera has to go undercover into the enemy’s castle, to find something that was stolen from them.

I really enjoyed the budding romance that Kiera finds.
I found myself crying in one very emotional part, something very unexpected, and was a surprise to me, as it’s something you do not see too much of in books. I can’t tell you what, as it would spoil it for you. But it’s emotional for sure.
Here is a sweet part for you, non-spoiler:

And then the next thing I knew, his arms were around me again and he was kissing me. Softly at first, but then more urgently. I responded, my cheeks flushing. Some forgotten part of me knew I should stop, but she was lost in a sea of anxious passion. We fell together upon the bed, and the blankets tangled around us.I fell asleep with his arm curled around my waist and his body curved with mine. In those precious moments I felt no regrets and surrendered to a sleep that already felt like a dream.

This is a book I can’t really say much more about, just that it’s a wonderful story, and I highly recommend it to anyone, it will satisfy the people who like romances, or historical romance, even paranormal romance, suspenseful  too. It’s got a little magic, which will satisfy the paranormal lovers, but not so much to turn away the people who don’t usually read that kind of book. It really is a book most people would get hooked on. Clare Marshall does a brilliant job of writing both the sad and emotional scenes. She also weaves a complex storyline that I think will attract most audiences.

I was so happy to see it’s a series, at least another book, called The Silver Spear. Great part is, this book Violet Fox at least does not have some huge suspense filled cliffhanger. At the end of The Violet Fox, there is a short expert of the next book, and boy does it sound good. I can’t wait. I will for sure be reading it.

5 stars out of 5 for me.

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Clare Marshall grew up in rural Nova Scotia with very little television and dial up internet, and yet, she turned out okay. She has a combined honours degree in journalism and psychology from the University of King’s College, and is a graduate from Humber College’s Creative Book Publishing Program. She founded Woulds & Shoulds Editing and Design in 2010 for self-published authors and businesses looking for quality editing and design services. She enjoys publishing books through her publishing imprint, Faery Ink Press, and released her first novella, Within in 2011. When she’s not writing, she enjoys playing the fiddle and making silly noises at cats.

Check out the rest of the blogs on the tour, at Fairy Ink Press Tour Page Here

You can read the first 3 chapters at the Fairy Ink Press page . This sample is what hooked me, love this book.


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