Tuesday, November 6, 2012

The Violet Fox Blog Tour: Review & Giveaway

Today, I'm excited to be the next stop on the The Violet Fox Blog Tour. The Violet Fox is now available from Faerie Ink Press!!!

The Violet Fox
By: Clare C. Marshall
Publisher: Faery Ink Press
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Source: e-ARC provided by author
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?

About the Author
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.

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My Thoughts:
I loved The Violet Fox! Clare really blends the popular genres, Dystopian and Romance, well together. 

At times it felt like I was reading Grave Mercy by LaFevers, the world Clare has created for Kiera is very similar to the one Ismae inhabits. However, I enjoyed The Violet Fox so much more the characters were all relatable and their actions, understandable. I find that Clare keeps a certain realistic tone in her unrealistic/fantastical writing. She's created a society of US versus THEM, or Freetors versus Marlenians.

I enjoyed Kiera as a character. She embodies all the attributes a YA heroine must; courage, brains, strength, wit, modesty (well in MOST cases at least haha) and she has a good heart. We see her bravery as she undertakes the mission to save her people, Freetors, from those who live on the surface, Marlenians by joining forces with said enemy. 

The action in this story is non-stop. Kiera's always getting herself into some sort spectacle whether she's Kiera or the Violet Fox. There are many fight scenes in this book, which should please those who enjoy strong action in their YA, but I think what I really enjoyed the most, was the interplay between the characters. I loved the sibling bond that Kiera and her brother, Rordan shared. Clare does a great job of showcasing the commitment these two share for each other and their Freetor people, through their courageous and selfless actions throughout the book. I will admit that there is a scene in this book that had me in tears because I didn't want to believe what I was reading was actually happening. I will say this about Clare's writing, she keeps it real. Sometimes not every story will have a happy ending and I can appreciate this, but the fact that I was crying for these characters just goes to show how well-developed her characters truly are. You feel their pain and loss, just as you feel joy for their victories.

On a happier note, I LOVED Prince Keegan! He's the dashing Prince Charming that every girl dreams of, even Kiera. I couldn't help but fall for this man as he relentlessly chased after Kiera, who refused to acknowledge his advances. The witty dialogue between these two kept me flipping the pages and had me crossing my fingers that they'd end up together. (Do they? Well you'll just have to read to find out :)). The star-crossed romance between these two, gives The Violet Fox a Cinderella-like vibe, in an environment closer to that of Katniss. Haha can you imagine Katniss as Cinderella? As funny as that sounds, it totally works with this book- there's even an evil step-sister character (who's not really a step-sister but you get my drift). 

I can't wait for the sequel, The Silver Spear. With the way things are left off in The Violet Fox, vengeance is on the mind, the only question is, WHO will get the revenge they seek?

Cannot recommend this one enough to any fan of YA, it's amazing and I will be re-reading it over and over! Thanks so much Clare!

Happy Reading!!!

BUT WAIT!!! There's more, Clare has goodies for a select few lucky winners. Be sure to fill out the Rafflecopter below to enter!
Good luck to you all!

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  1. Thank you for having me on your blog, I'm glad you enjoyed The Violet Fox! ^_^