Saturday, September 28, 2013

Blue Violet by Abigail Owen (Svatura, #1)

Blue Violet
by Abigail Owen

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Series: Svaturi, Book 1
Publication Date: August 19, 2012
Publisher: Abigail Owen
ISBN: 1479161942
Page Count: 252
Genre: YA Paranormal Romance/Fantasy
Available to Purchase from: Amazon / Barnes & Noble

2013 Bronze Medalist for Best Sci-Fi/Fantasy/Horror eBook at the Independent Publisher Book Awards (IPPYs)

 When Ellie Aubrey leaves her only remaining family and moves to Colorado, she knows she's risking her life. But she can't ignore the possibility of what she might find there. What she didn't expect to encounter was a bewildering connection to one smolderingly sexy Alex Jenner. But when Ellie's worst nightmare comes true and threatens to destroy everything she holds dear, she must fight to save those she loves most. Even if it means sacrificing herself by revealing a terrible truth... sometimes not all monsters are make believe.

Exceptionally imaginative and magically romantic, Blue Violet delivers equal parts fantasy, romance, and suspense.

My review:
Blue Violet by Abigail Owen is a refreshing YA paranormal romance on the light and slightly innocent side. The first book of the Svatura Series, isn’t overly violent or full of tons of angst and tears, perhaps because, while looking like teens, the main characters are actually part of a supernatural race that ages very slowly. Ellie looks like a high school senior, but she and her brother Griffin are over two hundred years old. They are quite possibly among the last surviving Svaturi, so Ellie is determined to find and protect a group she has discovered living in a small town in Colorado. What she didn’t plan on was meeting Alex Jenner, or facing off against the powerful Vyusher clan, who were responsible for the slaughter of so many Svaturi, including her parents.

Abigail Owen has done a remarkable job creating a world that blends myth, magic and fantasy while creating characters that are truly “nice” in spite of their potential to be deadly if needed. Relying on integrity as opposed to might, using intelligence instead of rushing off half-cocked to “save the day,” Ms. Owens gives her readers positive role models for teens and any reader who enjoys urban fantasy. The romance was another well done subplot as there was no rush of passion, but a savoring build up that is meant to stand the test of time. Refreshingly, no triangles, no angsty clinging, no overbearing alpha male stuff, best saved for more adult reading.

This is a wonderful, relaxing read for all ages, with just the right amounts of fantasy, conflict and romance that makes this well-paced novel a joy to read and this series one to watch. I’m even recommending Blue Violet to my grand daughter!

I own this book, but am re-reading it as part of the Abigail Owen Crimson Dahlia Book Tour & International Giveaway stopping at Tome Tender October 4th!

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