Forgotten Violets by Martin Niewood is a YA Fantasy story of a girl arrested after being found in the middle of a tundra and the addictive fruit that begins to haunt her.
“At eighteen, Meadow Noone has endured more horror than most people witness in a lifetime. After escaping her captor’s cellar, she realizes that this was not the end of her problems; it was the beginning. Rescued from the lifeless tundra, she is arrested for a crime she didn’t commit. Feigning amnesia, she is determined to hide her secret, a secret too terrible to reveal.
In a place where nothing is as it appears, her trial in Thornbridge is unnerving, as the formidable interrogator, Quinn Cerpen, knows more than he is letting on. Pursued by real and legendary demons, Meadow’s enemies are closer than she could imagine for Aiden Rose, the monster of the tundra, is always watching.
With no one to turn to, she relies upon her friends, Parker and Elizabeth, to retain her sanity. Overwhelmed by anxiety she succumbs to Elsyn, a mysterious and addictive fruit. She wonders if the Elsyn is powerful enough to free her from the past that haunts her. Before long, she realizes that there is more to this sinister plot than her abduction and that the Elsyn is part of the puzzle.
Forgotten Violets is the story of Meadow’s journey through a psychological landscape of deceit and betrayal that causes her to question her relationships and beliefs. She knows that she is changing but changing into what?”
I was not a fan of this book.
The writing style was harder to follow, and I quickly felt lost in this world. There wasn’t a ton of world building, and the story felt like it was flat and on fast-forward without much explanation of what was going on.
I thought the concept of the mysterious drug-like fruit was an interesting and brought a fun twist to the story, but other than that, I wasn’t impressed with this book.
I tend to gravitate towards darker stories, so going into this synopsis, I thought I was going to enjoy it. But in the end, it wasn’t my cup of tea. I gave this one 2 out of 5 stars.
Published: 14 October 2017
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
How I Read It: eBook from NetGalley
*Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. All of my reviews contain honest opinions only and are not influenced in any way.*
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