Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Book Review- Violet Wings

Last night I finished reading Violet Wings by Victoria Hanley for a review for TeensReadToo.

From Goodreads:

Orphaned fairy Zaria Tourmaline has always been told that her parents were killed by humans after taking an ordinary portal to Earth. Three years after their disappearance, Zaria finally turns twelve, and her inborn magic rises into being. But no sooner does she catch her first glimpse of the human world through a fey scope than she is Earth-struck! She wants nothing more than to go to Earth herself, despite the dangers. Zaria and her friend Leona sneak through a portal, and right away things begin to go wrong. First, they allow themselves to be seen by humans, which is a crime. They are caught and punished, but this doesn’t stop them from visiting Earth again. Leona’s wand is stolen by a human, and in helping to get it back, Zaria forms an acquaintance with a boy whose father is missing. Back in Feyland, she discovers she is one of the most powerful fairies alive—and others want her magic. She even begins to suspect that the mentor assigned to her—the beautiful and manipulative Lily Morganite—is behind her family’s disappearance. Lily uses enchantments to turn Zaria’s friends against her, and Zaria must seek help from a double-crossing genie, only to find herself bound by unbreakable troll magic. Betrayed and alone, how can Zaria free herself, save her friends, and find out what really happened to her lost family?

This was a cute fairy story.  I think the younger YA audience will enjoy it.  And it's a different take on the Fey world.   Here, fairies are human-sized, have certain levels of magic (but they only have a certain amount they can use), and they have wands. 

I enjoyed reading about Zaria.  She was a cute character who had some pretty good morals.  But she had a backbone too.  Her friends were pretty much the same way.

This was a light quick read.  I feel like a lot was left unanswered at the end though.  I want to know more about what happened to Zaria's family, and where Lily went.  I'm not sure if there is going to be a sequel or not, but I hope there is.

I gave this book a rating of 3.5/5.

This book fulfilled an item in the following challenges:
2010 100+ Reading Challenge: 111
2010 Young Adult Reading Challenge: 80
ARC Reading Challenge 2010: 77

*FTC Disclosure: I was given this book for free by Jen from TeensReadToo for an honest review.

1 comment:

  1. I don't think this book would be for me. Thanks for the review! Now I know!