“Takes readers on a dark, delicious thrill ride ... This gripping debut establishes Whitney Miller as an author to watch.” Gwenda Bond, author of The Woken Gods
The Violet Hourby Whitney A. Miller
Some call VisionCrest the pinnacle of religious enlightenment. Others call it a powerful cult. For seventeen years, Harlow Wintergreen has called it her life. As the adopted daughter of VisionCrest’s patriarch, Harlow is expected to be perfect at all times. The other Ministry teens must see her as a paragon of integrity. The world must see her as a future leader. Despite the constant scrutiny, Harlow has managed to keep a dark and dangerous secret, even from her best friend and the boy she loves. She hears a voice in her head that seems to have a mind of its own, plaguing her with violent and bloody visions. It commands her to kill. And the urge to obey is getting harder and harder to control . . .
It all comes together in the end in this exploration of a cult, but readers may wonder where this story is going until that point. Seventeen-year old Harlow is the adopted daughter of the Patriarch of VisionCrest, a new religion so successful it claims one-quarter of the world's population as followers. More interested in punk rock than religion, Harlow believes her father has simply invented the whole thing. As the story progresses, Harlow begins to understand that her father, if anything, has toned things down. As the presumed goddess that began it all decides to reassert herself, Harlow keeps hearing a female voice telling her to kill and has horrible visions of massacres all around her. As the leaders of the cult, along with Harlow and her friends, travel from Tokyo to Beijing, Harlow begins to realize that her father may not be in control. Worse, as she fights to find the secret source of the cult's power, she ends up learning more about herself than she wanted to know. Miller presents an interesting, if gruesome, premise and leaves readers with a nifty ending that may just make the whole thing worth it. The path to that point seems a bit slippery, though, as she never really immerses readers in the cult, leaving readers without a solid anchor to the story. It takes a while, but this should please horror fans. (Horror. 12 & up)
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- 12 - 17 Years
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Whitney A. Miller (San Francisco, CA) lives in San Francisco with her husband and a struggling houseplant. When she's not having international adventures, she's dreaming or writing about them. The Violet Hour is her debut novel. Visit her online at http://www.whitneyamiller.com/.
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'The Violet Hour' is a gripping dystopian thriller that follows Harlow Wintergreen as she continues to fight the voice inside her head. The voice that isn't hers and tells her to do terrible things, like to kill. She's kept the voice a secret her entire life - even from her father and her best friend. Her father, one of the most powerful men in the world called the "Patriarch" is the head of VisionCrest - one of the fastest growing religions (or cults) ever known. With her reputation as the Patriarch's daughter and the perfect child of VisionCrest, Harlow must work tirelessly to keep the voice contained - but now the voice is growing stronger and Harlow doesn't think she can keep it silent any longer. This book was a really great mix of several genres, especially dystopia and thriller. The plot was very original and I haven't read anything quite like it before. I loved learning the backstory behind VisionCrest - it's history, leaders, beliefs, etc. Harlow proves to be a fantastic main character with her obvious flaws - most notably a murderous voice in her mind - but she also is a devoted friend and daughter who tries her hardest to live up to expectations and keep the voice at bay. Harlow's voice inside her mind, along with her origin story are quite intriguing and at the center of the plot and the mystery of the story. I found the rest of the characters to be well written, if not a bit predictable at times. There's the best friend who's loyal and quirky; the loner boy who is mysterious and tattooed and obviously is the love interest; and don't forget the arch-nemesis - the stuck up popular girl determined to make the heroine's life hell. Aside from these small predictabilities, the rest of the story was well written with lots of enigma and twists that kept me reading until the story was over. The author wrote with great attention to detail and a quick pace, which kept me eagerly turning pages to see what was going on and what was going to happen next. Overall, this was a unique and interesting novel that fans of several genres will enjoy getting their hands on - highly recommended! Disclosure: I received a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.