Living Violet By Jamie Reed
Paperback, 304 pages
Published December 27th 2011
By Dafina (Kensington Publishing)
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.
I've seen this book floating around goodreads for quite some time and it looked so good, I just had to read it. Though I love books about vampires, werewolves and witches, this one doesn't have one. And I must say I'm not disappointed. This was refreshing and completely different. Plus it's not often when you read a paranormal book in which you can relate a bit with the character on a personality level. The main character had a real spunky, funny, sarcastic attitude. I loved her personality.
I like that Reed incorporated the real way teens (and some adults) talk these days. That's what makes the characters more realistic and interesting. I loved Samara's humor. She had me laughing quite a few times throughout the book. I love the reality of her situation, her having to work and earn things she wanted. Her personality and attitude was the best part of the whole book if you ask me.
I can seriously go on, on how much I liked this book. But let me point out what I didn't like. Here's what I didn't buy. Though Samara at first showed hesitance with Caleb, she quickly let it go because he seemed to intrigue her. To me, Caleb wasn't the "jump his bones" kind of guy. I felt she didn't really consider too much of the dangers in Caleb's lifestyle. So for Samara to just jump right into it feet first wasn't a win for me.
Overall Living Violet is a definite page turner. I'm happy I was given the chance to read and review and I will definitely be following this series through. I hope that Samara continues to grow throughout the series. I'm looking forward to see where Reed will go with the relationship between Samara and Caleb. I give this book a 4 out of 5 stars and I consider this book a Good Choice for Reading!