Friday, 14 February 2014

Book review: Violet is Blue - Tawny Stokes

Pub. Date- Jan 13th 2014 Publisher- Indie Ink Pages- 106 

Series- Hothouse series  Genre- Contemporary/New Adult  Rating- 4 Stars

I received this courtesy of Indie Ink through Netgalley
 in return for an honest review.  

Violet is Blue

For the past four years, 18 year old, Violet Taylor has lived her life like her deceased father would've wanted. Perfect grades, perfect friends, the perfect boyfriend from the right family. Except now at the end of high school, she realizes that she’s never fully lived, has never taken risks, has always taken the safe and secure road. That all changes when she breaks up with her boyfriend, takes notice of the bad boy who she once shared a kiss with, and starts receiving gifts and phone calls from a mystery guy who makes her quiver with a need she never knew she possessed…
But what started as innocent turns dark and twisted, and Violet finds herself faced with a horrible secret that could destroy everything she once knew and loved.

Recommend for readers 17+ contains adult content.

 Feel like reading something intriguing, a little bit nuts, short but still a interesting, then this could be the book for you. Violet is Blue is the first book in Tawny Stokes new adult 'Hothouse series'. Its follows Violet an 18 year old girl who is struggling with what to do next in her life. Her father pasted away four years earlier and her Mother remarried his business partner Mark who is someone Violet has come to rely on.

The story centres around Violets struggle with a secret admirer come stalker who starts messing with her life causing her to be terrified all the time. Violet is a very refreshing lead character, she follow's none of the common cliché that when reading New Adult you come across all the time, she isn't amazingly beautiful, the super smart ugly girl that's so beautiful on the inside it hurts. She is absolutely none of those, she is just an average girl that makes so stupid choices. And lets face it who doesn't do dumb things when trying not to disappoint their parents, while being completely terrified. Violet is also never whinny which makes her an A+ character, there's nothing worse then trying to get past a character that is all 'woe is me' when its a situation of their own making.

For a book with intrigue and mystery elements to it, I for once found myself not really knowing who was the bad guy right up until the climax. There where so many character's who could fit the stalker character arc that it made it really complex and interesting each time one got shot down to try and pin the blame on the next. My only criticisms on the whole book were that the editing could have been better, some of the sentences could of had better structure or a smoother flow to them. Also just a few minor cliché that could have been avoided would have put the cherry on top of the cake.

All in all this was a really good read, that I found really interesting. I continue the series when the sequels are published.

Have you read this? Or will you be adding it to your tbr?



  1. I really like the way that you describe Violet... we need more female characters like her in books! Adding to my tbr based just on that alone!!!! :)

    1. I'm glad you liked it! I find whiny characters the worst to read so I really wanted to get how relatable she was. I 100% agree on the needing more normal female characters.

  2. I'm certainly intrigued by this book, Katie! Definitely adding it to me ever-growing TBR list!

    1. I'm glad to get some revenge on you then, nearly every book you review I add to my TBR.


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