Friday, October 19, 2012

Blog tour, review + giveaway: The violet fox by Clare C. Marshall

I am so happy to be part of Fairy ink press blog tour for the book The violet fox and I am happy to introduce to you the lovely and talented author behind this book:

Author Clare C. Marshall

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.

Here's some of Clare´s social media/author information:

This blog tour stop will include a Review of The violet fox and a giveaway!

Blog tour hosted by Fairyinkpress
Author: Clare C. Marshall
Title: The violet fox
Series: The violet fox series #1
Genre: Young adult, fantasy, romance
Purchase: Amazon  
My rating: 4/5 stars


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 imprisioned 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?

My thoughts:

When  I first started to read this book, I have to be honest with you, I wasn't all that excited. The cover is not a favorite. However this is a perfect example of how stupid it can be, to judge a book by it's cover. And if I am to be honest, I do. Very often I do. 
This book was an amazing, great read and I am happy I said yes to this review because I was hooked after the first chapter. It was well written and fun. Marshall was great at describing her world and it was easy to visualise it with the large underground caves and the beautiful castle above ground.

The main character of this book is a very strong female, maybe a little to strong or rather a bit to full of herself. She really believed in herself, so much that I was a bit annoyed with her at the beginning of this story. But she will be a tiny bit more humble as the story goes and she falls for the one person she should not. I love when you read a book and the author throws in things in the story you do not expect and that happens a few times in The violet fox and I love that. It gives you surprises and keep you on your toes. 

The only thing I have that could possibly bring this book down a tiny bit is that I felt like to much happened in the end. I felt like the book didn´t have to have such a clean ending when there will be more books in this series. A cliff-hanger would have been great here but other than that this is a great read with lots of humour, love, excitement. And where our heroine has identity crisis and loyalty issues to deal with on almost a daily basis. 

I can´t wait for the next book in this series and what will happen to our very brave heroine then?

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Clare said...

Thanks for participating in the blog tour!

I think what you mentioned about clean endings brings up a good point. Personally, both as a writer and an editor, I prefer my endings to have most of the plot resolved, even in books in a series. Why? Because I would rather my readers read my following books not because they were driven to by a cliffhanger, but because they like the characters and the world I've created. The power of a cliffhanger can be strong, though!

Also! Fun fact: this was never intended to be a series until I was almost finished writing, and I realized that the characters and the world had more stories that I could share.

Glad you enjoyed it! :)

Elisabeth said...

It can be so darn hard not to judge a book by it's cover. What am I talking about? It's ALWAYS hard! :(

Beck Valley Books said...

I love it when a book your not excited about turns out to be fantastic, the same happened with me a few months back. Thanks for hosting the giveaway and for popping over to our weekly book blog hop this week, now following you xx