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Posted June 26, 2014
3 Pretty, Sometimes Confusing Stars!
Amazing Concept, Beautiful Story, But Too Many Questions Left Unanswered!
I have mixed feelings about this one. This novel has TONS of potential and the concept was beautiful! I loved the idea of Enchanters, their society, their way of life, their unique gifts and how Jane’s line is more powerful with each generation but the plot was all over the place, things happened that seemed important but then later were dismissed or ended abruptly. And the writing, though spirited, was choppy and had abrupt scene changes, which isn’t my favorite style.
I really liked this read, but I didn’t love it.
Jane is an Enchanter and lives in a secluded home deep in the forest, close to a lake that is lifelike with a personality and has healing powers which I thought was really neat. For some reason, that I’m still not clear on, Jane is a cast off, separated from her family. She’s magical and has power over all the elements unlike other Enchanters who usually only have power over one.
Elias has moved to Hazel Grove to get away from the tragic events that took his twin brother from him. While at an art showing for his work, he sees a girl that no one else can see, dancing and singing around the people at the showing. He’s immediately drawn to her and soon finds she’s real and not just a figment of his imagination.
There seems to be a war brewing between the Enchanters and when they all converge on Jane’s land, we are introduced to a wonderful array of good versus bad Enchanters, which I would have loved to learn more about.
I enjoyed reading about Jane and her gifts. She was a great character and there was depth to her personality but we don’t get a lot of background on her so it’s hard to tell why she and her family line are special. I have so many questions about her and her linage and the answers weren’t made clear. I was confused as to why she was at war with the other Enchanters, why they came to kill her and why was she invisible to Elias when they first met. Was she dreamwalking? I assume she was, but again, it’s one of those things that never got fully explained. Also, why was she separated from her family? This book makes a big deal of family and how Enchanters are a close group and though Jane had many friends, for some reason, her family isn’t in the picture. Her grandmother did come to her in her adult life and helped her develop her gifts and showed her how to fight but then she passes away only to leave Jane... and the reader, wondering why she died. Then the grandfather shows up to kill Jane.. but why?
Elias was a great character but again, not enough background on him. He had so many questions surrounding him with no answers. I needed more background on his brother too, who we assume was an Enchanter since he had telepathic abilities. I wanted more on their relationship and why the mob was after them only to change their minds later on. There seemed to be a lot going on in the background that the reader isn’t privy to, for it to all play out the way it did. Elias is estranged from his parents because he sided with his twin, gay brother when they wanted to disown him. So Elias became dead to them too. And then his parents decided not to warn him that the mob was coming after him, for what reason, we still don't know. But after one visit from his estranged son, his father's hatred dies and suddenly he’s Mr. Family Man. Why? How did that happen? What changed his mind?
Then there’s Christian who seems to be in love with Jane but for whatever reason, they didn’t work out after their eight years together, which I assumed had to do with her love for Elias but how did Elias come into the picture? Did she just start dreaming of him one day or was it destiny? I liked Christian’s character a lot and REALLY wanted to learn more about him but he remains a mystery as we get nothing other than his longing looks at Jane and his hatred to Elias who stole her away. And then there are the other Enchanters who show up for battle but we get no other insights into them, why they sided to kill Jane and why they are so ready to kill each other.
Lastly, I think the insta-love and “I love you’s” came too soon in Elias and Jane’s relationship but it was somewhat acceptable since this was a paranormal, fantasy romance. But I did like them together. I loved the way Elias was with Jane. They found love and a life within their crazy, enchanting world but I wanted more from their “get to know you” stage.
The Wrap Up:
Again, I loved the idea of this story and the creativity and imagination that went into the telling of it totally drew me in, but the execution didn’t work for me. Some readers love this book’s kind of writing style, but I’m not a huge fan of short, choppy sentence structure or abrupt scene changes with no explanation or emotional draw. One minute we are in one scene, then the next, our characters have changed course and are doing something else. It was confusing.. to me.
NOTE: I have talked with the marketing manager for this series and she informed me that in book two, most of the questions I posed in this review, were answered and that the writing style was edited to flow better. I enjoyed this book enough and am curious enough, that I’ll probably go on to book two at some point.
* Written for Craves the Angst Book Reviews *
**** I was gifted a copy from Booktrope Publishing in exchange for an honest review. ****
Posted June 23, 2014
3.5 stars, but happy to round up to 4
I gave 3.5 stars, but am perfectly happy rounding up.
Welcome to the world of the Enchanters, men and women with the ability to manipulate the elements. Violet Midnight focuses on the story of two people, Jane and Elias, who have recently begun dreaming of each other. Jane is an Enchanter. Water is her element and her color, or aura, if you will, is violet. Jane lives a very simple life, but has a few cute quirks that add to her personality. Elias, is a tall dark and handsome man with a strong personality, yet a soft and gentle side, especially when it comes to Jane. Each dream of Jane leaves Elias even more convinced he is going a bit crazy. He sees a lovely emerald eyes, fiery red haired beauty surrounded by an aura of purple and the scent of rosemary? He must be crazy and every time he speaks she goes away. Eventually the two meet and, of course, it is as if they were made to be with each other.
However, it's not all rosemary and lavender, as certain mysteries regarding both Jane and Elias's past come out into the open. As the story progresses we meet a variety of other Enchanters each with their own special agenda. We just don't know who is on what side and why. Violet Midnight is definitely a page turner that keeps you guessing.
Allie Burke impressed me with her characters. Each had their own voice and each carried the scene in which they were a part. We are essentially told the story from two points of view, moving between Jane's side of the story to Elias'. I loved the interactions of Jane and Elias and yes, I was pleased that Elias was not a teen or twenty something young punk, but a 30 something year old man. It was refreshing to have a love story be told using an older couple.
I will have to admit there were times when I got a bit confused as to what was going on and, specifically, why certain things were happening. I'm not sure if I skipped over something, accidentally, while reading or if it was just unclear to me. I feel the biggest problem was events seemed rushed and because of this I got lost in fray as to the who and why. This confusion did annoy me a bit, but I'm not sure if it's an annoyance at myself for not "getting it" or if it was something in the storytelling. HOWEVER, this, for me was the only thing that detracted me in regards to Violet Midnight so it is not something I would use to sway readers from the story. Just be aware that you may need to pay a bit closer attention as the action picks up.
I will be posting my thoughts on the sequel Emerald Destiny in the next couple days, so keep in mind reading these two books together does make for a better story telling experience.
Posted May 3, 2012
Violet Midnight is a story of love with lots of secrets. Jane is an enchanter who has been living on her own since she was seventeen. She loves living alone surrounded by Jasmyn Lake. Elias is an artist who is coping with the loss of his twin brother and his crazy family problems. Jane has been dreaming about Elias for some time while he sees purple glitter that he comes to realize is Jane.
This is hard for me to review because this book was a bit confusing for me. In the beginning I was lost on what was going on most of the time. It flipped from the past to the present so much with no timeline/date. I also felt that everything was rushed. Jane and Elias are meant to be together but everything between them felt like it happened so fast. There are a lot of unawsered questions. We just get a glimse of the main characters backgrounds. The other characters kinda pop in and out of the story. We know that they're enchanters but that's it. No more information on them. We don't really know what an enchanter is, only that they control the elements. I would have liked to knew more about what an enchanter is. There are a lot of twists and turns, romance and some humor. The ending was a bit odd for me, it left me feeling like what just happened?
I liked it for the most part, just didn't love it. I will probably read the next one just to see what happens. Sorry if this left you confused but that is how I felt reading this book. This e-book was given to me for review from the author. This did not affect my review in any way.
Posted February 24, 2012
Violet Midnight was a difficult book to review. From the start it was confusing and a bit frustrating. The author jumps into a story running, and with the lack of transitions between characters and time from one chapter to the next this was almost overwhelming. Curosity seemed to push me through the struggles, but once the story slowly came together it was lacking the emotional pull that would accompany a great read. Overall, I can say after concluding the book that was mildly entertained, but this is not a story that I would care to revisit.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted August 26, 2011
Oh My Gosh..... I fell in love with this book along with its sequel Emerald Destiny. It is so easy to fall in love with the people in the book. It Is a curl up for a while and read book. I Very Highly Recommend every one to read these wonderful books by Allie Burke. There will be one more in this series and It is highly anticipated by me. Check her books out. You won't regret it.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted July 31, 2011
Oh. My. Gosh. I LOVED Violet Midnight! Allie Burke creates a fantastic world that I'd love to live in. I appreciated how strong Jane was, even in her weaknesses. Elias is just . . . delicious.
The aura color themes of the different types of Enchanters were great. I liked how each type of Enchanter had their own element, as well as aura. I also really liked how Jasmyn Lake seemed almost like a person complete with emotions.
Even if you don't like fantasy, you would probably like The Enchanters series. I highly recommend it.
Posted June 2, 2011
A fascinating and intriguing read. I've always enjoyed books that dealt with the elements, and this will be another to add to my favorites shelf. Jane is an Enchanter. But she's special, she is The Enchanter. One of a kind, with the ability to control all of the elements. Elias Lindin is an artist who is mourning the death of his twin brother. When the two finally meet......It is just magic. *~*~*~*~*~* Usually I don't read romances. It's just me. But this one was so adorable. I particularly loved that she had been dreaming about him for so long, and that when he finally saw her, he was just awed. Although their relationship does progress rather quickly, I didn't feel that it detracted from the story. And the love scenes...well.... =D *blushes*.... super sexy...... I do wish that some elements of the story had been elaborated more on, i.e. the mob involvement, and why the other Enchanters were after her... but there are two more books, so hopefully those questions will be revealed for me. What I loved best about this book were the amazing descriptions Allie gives. Everything is so detailed, I felt like I was right there in Jasmyn Lake. I also loved the fact the Jane's aura was violet, but it changed color when it rained. Super awesome! Great story with steamy love scenes and a few twists that I didn't see coming.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted May 29, 2011
This novel had a very interesting concept, and the idea of the enchanters manipulating the elements made me really want to read it, but as I read I found that, for me, there seemed to be a lot of disconnect and more questions arose than answers. I think the novel was a little too fast paced for me. It jumps from scene to scene and was confusing. Elias and Jane fall in love much too quickly for my taste, overnight it seems; I like a little more background information and development in my stories, and I'm sorry to say that I personally didn't find it in this novel.
I felt like a few random ideas were strung together within the novel, creating a choppy flow, such as the mob involvement, the enchanter war, Elias' parents, and some risqué sex scenes. I'm still not sure why the mob was referenced, or even why the enchanters were at war; to me it just seemed that the story skipped around between different aspects of the characters lives, but they weren't connected or explained to the point that I easily understood. I did reread half of the novel to make sure I wasn't just missing vital information, but unfortunately I did not come across anything that I previously missed, so I have to say that, personally, this novel just isn't for me.
Yet, even though the novel's story didn't draw me in, I must say that Burke is a beautiful writer. Her descriptions and writing style are superb, and I believe that she is a very talented writer and that many readers will enjoy her novels as she refines her stories, though I personally struggled with the novel. Two stars.
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Posted July 16, 2011
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