Living Violet Review

Living Violet
By Jaime Reed
Published by Dafina
Published on December 27, 2011
Source: From Publisher for Review

Summary taken from Goodreads:

He's persuasive, charming, and way too mysterious. And for Samara Marshall, her co-worker is everything she wants most--and everything she most fears. . .

Samara Marshall is determined to make the summer before her senior year the best ever. Her plan: enjoy downtime with friends and work to save up cash for her dream car. Summer romance is not on her to-do list, but uncovering the truth about her flirtatious co-worker, Caleb Baker, is. From the peculiar glow to his eyes to the unfortunate events that befall the girls who pine after him, Samara is the only one to sense danger behind his smile.

But Caleb's secrets are drawing Samara into a world where the laws of attraction are a means of survival. And as a sinister power closes in on those she loves, Samara must take a risk that will change her life forever. . .or consume it.

Ok, I will be honest when I say, I thought this was going to be a copy cat of Twilight or some other YA vampire book.  I will start by saying- this book is not about vampires.  It is not a copy cat of Twilight either.  
Samara Marshall is a fun and different heroine. She is feisty, opinionated, and sure of herself.  She is not the meek or mild heroine that seems prevalent in YA paranormal romances.  Samara works at a local bookstore where she meets and gets to know Caleb Baker.  Caleb feels like a realistic teenage boy- he doesn't have all the answers.  He is strong, but isn't perfect.  The characters are what really shine in this book. Even the minor characters and friends have vivid and realistic personalities.

I was a little unsure about this book.  Although demons seem to be popular in YA fiction, I hadn't really read much about incubus and succubus demons inhabiting bodies.  This was a different way to take the demon trend and one I appreciated.  I will say, the book NAILED the last few chapters- it really built drama steadily and at the end wowed me with an amazing action sequence and a twist that blew me away.  I am really looking forward to reading the next book in this series!

Do you want a chance to read Living Violet?  Go check out my giveaway here to win yourself a copy!

(Thank you to Kensington for providing a review copy and also a giveaway copy.)

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