REVIEW: Violet Midnight by Allie Burke

The Blurb: He knew she was gone the second her cool touch withdrew from his arm. He never saw her but had felt her disappear into some cold, dark place. He perceived the black emptiness where she had been summoned, her deep anxiety filling his heart. But he couldn’t reach her. He didn’t even know her name.

Elias moved to Hazel Grove, California to get away from the rain, his parents, and everything that was taken from him in Hayward, Washington. But he thinks he may be going crazy when he starts seeing purple glitter in the air, the scent of rosemary is everywhere, and he is hearing a beautiful voice.

Jane is content in her life of solitude in the quiet town of Jasmyn Lake, but when her special magic sends her on a journey to meet the man she has been dreaming about for months, she cannot resist.

Look into the world of The Enchanters, where water has a sense of humor, trees scare people, and love – is destiny.

The Short Stick: One of the many reasons we need literary agents.

The Goods: There were pieces of great storytelling in this book. For instance, the blurb is rather good, and draws me in. I was quite excited about the Jasmyn Lake bits and Jane finding herself, and Elias finding her and them falling in love. I was looking forward to all of it. Until . . .

The Not So Goods: The writing style. I couldn’t get into this one, I tried and tried, and then tried some more, and got through most of it. I’m not gonna lie, I didn’t end up finishing it, but once I got through the punch lines I was like, okay this is anti climactic, and far fetched and also poorly done. The thing that makes a book magic is the writing and even if the plot is decent and the characters are real, if the writing style is clunky, amateurish or out dated, it’s not going to draw the readers in.

I recently went through this with one of my WIP’s, a developed a style a la 1980’s and I thought I could attract readers by writing with this style. By golly I was wrong, and the same goes for Allie Burke here. Her writing style needs to catch up about 30 years and she also needs to grow as a writer before putting her books out there.

It’s not nice, but then, I’m going to write truthful reviews.

Rating: 2/5

Other Stuff:
Pinocchio Factor: Pass.
Jace Factor: Pass.
Bella Swan Factor: Pass.
Potter Factor: Fail.
Bible Factor: Pass.
Primrose Factor: Pass.
Temperature: 90 degrees, hot, but not hot enough.

Recommendation: Read it if you’ve got some time. Skip it if your TBR pile is miles long.