March 15, 2014

The Violet Hour Blog Tour: Dream Cast, Review + Giveaway

Welcome to my stop on the official blog tour for The Violet Hour! Today I have the author's dream cast for the book along with my review - don't forget to enter the awesome tour wide giveaway! To follow the rest of the tour, click on the banner above.

The Violet Hour
Author: Whitney A. Miller
Genre: YA Thriller/Dystopian
Release Date: March 8, 2014
Publisher: Flux


The voice inside me is breaking free. I can't stop it.

Some call VisionCrest the pinnacle of religious enlightenment. Others call it a powerful cult. For seventeen years, Harlow Wintergreen has called it her life.

As the daughter of VisionCrest's patriarch, Harlow is expected to be perfect at all times. She must be considered a paragon of integrity by the other Ministry teens and a future leader in the eyes of the world.

Despite the constant scrutiny Harlow is keeping a dark and dangerous secret, even from her best friend and the boy she loves. She hears a voice in her head that seems to have a mind of its own, plaguing her with violent and bloody visions. It commands her to kill. And the urge to obey is getting harder and harder to control....

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Dream Cast

I find myself virtually incapable of answering this question inside the constraints of actors and reality. So I’ll go ahead and disregard both and give it a shot anyway.

Harlow Wintergreen, our fearless heroine. I always imagined her looking something like Kristin Kreuk. I mean, KK is like thirty, and playing a teen when you’re thirty only works if you’re Luke Perry on 90210. So she would be played by KK in a world where time travel is not off the table. 

Adam Fitz, our tortured and tattooed loverboy. Played by this nameless gentleman from Pinterest. 

Dora Elber, everybody’s favorite sidekick. Step right up, Mae Whitman!

Mercy Mayer, nemesis and covergirl. Total Sky Ferreira. 

Hayes Cantor. The athletic boy with a crooked smile and pure intentions who just might steal Harlow’s heart. When I see Hayes, I see Ansel Elgort. He’s 1000% adorbs plus I’m pretty sure there’s some kind of contractual requirement that if you make a YA book-to-movie adaptation, Ansel has to be in it. So. 

The Violet Hour is a gripping dystopian thriller that follows Harlow Wintergreen as she continues to fight the voice inside her head. The voice that isn't hers and tells her to do terrible things, like to kill. She's kept the voice a secret her entire life - even from her father and her best friend. Her father, one of the most powerful men in the world called the "Patriarch" is the head of VisionCrest - one of the fastest growing religions (or cults) ever known. With her reputation as the Patriarch's daughter and the perfect child of VisionCrest, Harlow must work tirelessly to keep the voice contained - but now the voice is growing stronger and Harlow doesn't think she can keep it silent any longer.

This book was a really great mix of several genres, especially dystopia and thriller. The plot was very original and I haven't read anything quite like it before. I loved learning the backstory behind VisionCrest - it's history, leaders, beliefs, etc. Harlow proves to be a fantastic main character with her obvious flaws - most notably a murderous voice in her mind - but she also is a devoted friend and daughter who tries her hardest to live up to expectations and keep the voice at bay. Harlow's voice inside her mind, along with her origin story are quite intriguing and at the center of the plot and the mystery of the story. I found the rest of the characters to be well written, if not a bit predictable at times. There's the best friend who's loyal and quirky; the loner boy who is mysterious and tattooed and obviously is the love interest; and don't forget the arch-nemesis - the stuck up popular girl determined to make the heroine's life hell. Aside from these small predictabilities, the rest of the story was well written with lots of enigma and twists that kept me reading until the story was over. The author wrote with great attention to detail and a quick pace, which kept me eagerly turning pages to see what was going on and what was going to happen next. Overall, this was a unique and interesting novel that fans of several genres will enjoy getting their hands on - highly recommended!

Whitney A. Miller lives in San Francisco with her husband and a struggling houseplant. She’s summited Mt. Kilimanjaro, ridden the Trans-Siberian rails, bicycled through Vietnam, done the splits on the Great Wall of China, and evaded the boat police in Venice, but her best international adventures take place on the page! 

 You can purchase The Violet Hour at the following Retailers:
  (1) Winner will receive The Violet Hour tote bag with a signed ARC
and swag (tattoos! stickers! bookmarks!)
(1) Winner will receive a $50 Amazon gift certificate from Whitney A. Miller.  

Must be 13+ to Enter / US Giveaway


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