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Blue Violet (Book #1 of the Svatura Series)

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2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

Blue Violet is a paranormal tale focusing on a small group of gi

Blue Violet is a paranormal tale focusing on a small group of gifted beings called the Svatura who possess a variety of powers that are eclectic and at times unexpected. 
Ellie Aubrey and her twin brother Griffin settle in Estes Park, Colorado—she as a high school stude...
Blue Violet is a paranormal tale focusing on a small group of gifted beings called the Svatura who possess a variety of powers that are eclectic and at times unexpected. 
Ellie Aubrey and her twin brother Griffin settle in Estes Park, Colorado—she as a high school student, her brother nominally her guardian. It’s a cover they’ve used over and over. But repetition does little to relieve Ellie of the burden of those first days in a new school: meeting new people, trying to fit in, dealing with the inevitable cliques and the angst of simply being a teenager. 
For an ordinary girl, that’s difficult enough. When you are empowered with gifts that go far beyond the usual and you must keep them secret or risk more than just exposure to an unsuspecting human population, that elevates Ellie’s quest to another level.
Ellie has a purpose, a reason for being in that town at that time. And she lucks out, finding her quarry on day one. What she didn’t anticipate was discovering so many others like herself, nor was she prepared for Alex and her strongly visceral response to the boy.
Griffon and Ellie assume the role of protectors over a family group woefully unaware of and unprepared for the dangers lurking nearby: dangers than wiped out their clan in one fell swoop, leaving Griffin and Ellie on their own to learn about and develop their powers.
Blue Violet is told from a younger YA perspective, the tale straight forward and the perils kept real and believable, the action scenes intense without going over the top. It is told with a sympathetic bent to the value of family and the odd circumstances that bring disparate people together to form bonds even outside direct blood ties. It also reveals an insecure young woman still coming into her own, especially when it comes to taking risks when her humanity and very soul hang in the balance.
The bond between Ellie and Alex is boilerplate and should satisfy most teen romantic needs. It is chaste and of the sweet variety, so appropriate for younger readers. The ending is classic happily-ever-after, with a hint of things to come.
The reading level is suitable for middle grade on up. There’s enough action and suspense to appeal to older YAs and even adults.
While enjoyable and a very fast read, the book is not without faults: it has overly repetitious descriptions of powers (and other attributes), a Bella-quality level of angsty pining that probably would irritate adult readers more than teens, a serious continuity flaw during the first major action sequence (involving snow and then the absence of it), and an overly simplistic treatment of relationships within family groupings. The language is unrelentingly upbeat even during times of peril and where disagreements and normal intercourse should dictate otherwise—a stylistic choice to some extent and that may appeal to some readers and not others. The editing was better than most although not perfect, but there was nothing so egregious as to stop the story in its tracks (as a grammar nazi I feel obliged to point that out).
The final action scene was quite well done with powers deployed logically and at appropriate moments as the scene unfolds. And props to the author for ending the conflict with a satisfying bang yet leaving open some additional future interaction with the antagonists. 
For readability, some nice twists on supernatural powers, and curb appeal, this story clearly rates 4 stars. 

posted by BeachBumBooksDN on January 12, 2013

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4 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

Ellie and her twin brother Griffin aren¿t typical teenagers. The

Ellie and her twin brother Griffin aren’t typical teenagers. They may look like they are, but in fact they’ve been around for over a hundred years. They’re part of the Svatura, a supernatural race who live a prolonged life. But most of the Svatura, at least the tribe El...
Ellie and her twin brother Griffin aren’t typical teenagers. They may look like they are, but in fact they’ve been around for over a hundred years. They’re part of the Svatura, a supernatural race who live a prolonged life. But most of the Svatura, at least the tribe Ellie and Griffin belonged to, have been murdered a long time ago by their natural enemies, the Vyusher. The Svatura normally live in tribes, because each other’s presence enhances their powers. Unfortunately the Vyusher have made that impossible since the more Svatura are together, the easier the Vyusher can track them down.

Ellie and Griffin have spent their entire life hiding from the Vyusher, even since they saw their tribe slaughtered by their enemies. But now they have a chance to unite with other Svatura, a chance Ellie is more than willing to take. Griffin on the other hand is wary of the danger, but he’s not about to leave his sister alone on this dangerous quest.

While befriending the new Svatura, Ellie learns a lesson or two about love, friendship and the meaning of family.

I liked Blue Violet mostly because it was different, for a change. It’s YA paranormal romance, but unlike any I’ve read before. The Svatura and their powers were an original concept, and Ellie, who has the power to absorb other’s powers and use them herself, is quite a cool character. She’s resourceful and intelligent, although at times I thought she acted a bit too much like a real teenage girl, especially since she was already over a century old. I also thought the romance could’ve been a bit better. The characters fell in love easily, no real obstacles, and no real attraction. It didn’t take time to build up the romance: it was just there. Right away. I wish there had been more of a build up, rather than love at first sight.

The writing was all right, but sometimes the novel jumped from one scene to the other quite fast, without properly wrapping the previous scene up. That was a bit annoying, and hard to get used to. I feel like the book should’ve been fleshed out more, especially in the beginning.

I liked the plot and characters, and would like to see more of them. I would definitely like to read the second novel, because I was happily surprised with this one.

posted by eternalised on January 22, 2013

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  • Posted January 22, 2013

    Ellie and her twin brother Griffin aren¿t typical teenagers. The

    Ellie and her twin brother Griffin aren’t typical teenagers. They may look like they are, but in fact they’ve been around for over a hundred years. They’re part of the Svatura, a supernatural race who live a prolonged life. But most of the Svatura, at least the tribe Ellie and Griffin belonged to, have been murdered a long time ago by their natural enemies, the Vyusher. The Svatura normally live in tribes, because each other’s presence enhances their powers. Unfortunately the Vyusher have made that impossible since the more Svatura are together, the easier the Vyusher can track them down.

    Ellie and Griffin have spent their entire life hiding from the Vyusher, even since they saw their tribe slaughtered by their enemies. But now they have a chance to unite with other Svatura, a chance Ellie is more than willing to take. Griffin on the other hand is wary of the danger, but he’s not about to leave his sister alone on this dangerous quest.

    While befriending the new Svatura, Ellie learns a lesson or two about love, friendship and the meaning of family.

    I liked Blue Violet mostly because it was different, for a change. It’s YA paranormal romance, but unlike any I’ve read before. The Svatura and their powers were an original concept, and Ellie, who has the power to absorb other’s powers and use them herself, is quite a cool character. She’s resourceful and intelligent, although at times I thought she acted a bit too much like a real teenage girl, especially since she was already over a century old. I also thought the romance could’ve been a bit better. The characters fell in love easily, no real obstacles, and no real attraction. It didn’t take time to build up the romance: it was just there. Right away. I wish there had been more of a build up, rather than love at first sight.

    The writing was all right, but sometimes the novel jumped from one scene to the other quite fast, without properly wrapping the previous scene up. That was a bit annoying, and hard to get used to. I feel like the book should’ve been fleshed out more, especially in the beginning.

    I liked the plot and characters, and would like to see more of them. I would definitely like to read the second novel, because I was happily surprised with this one.

    4 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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