Iron Hearted Violet

Iron Hearted Violet

Book - 2012
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"Princess Violet is plain, reckless, and quite possibly too clever for her own good. Particularly when it comes to telling stories. One day she and her best friend, Demetrius, stumble upon a hidden room and find a peculiar book. A forbidden book. It tells a story of an evil being--called the Nybbas--imprisoned in their world. The story cannot be true--not really. But then the whispers start. Violet and Demetrius, along with an ancient, scarred dragon, may hold the key to the Nybbas's triumph . . . or its demise"--Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, 2012
Edition: 1st ed
Description: 424 p. : ill., maps ; 20 cm
ISBN: 9780316056731
Branch Call Number: j Barn
Additional Contributors: Bruno, Iacopo

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JCLChrisK Aug 16, 2017

Kelly Barnhill is now definitely at the top of my list of favorite writers of original fairy tales. Complex, eloquent, and stellar.

sorenkrane Jan 10, 2015

I don't know why, but I got serious "The Princess and the Gobin" vibes. It read very much like an old-world fairy tale. Not exactly immersive, yet relateable.

Unfortunately, I did not connect to any of the characters. That does not mean I did not connect to the story. In fact, there were many elements that I did like. It began simply, then blossomed to complex. I admire what Barnhill was writing.

The ending was satisfying and flowed much more quickly than the beginning. I did feel as though the book could've been shorter...

All in all, a solid fairy tale.

HanakoGal Jan 01, 2013

Violet is not like the beautiful princesses in stories but she is a real princess and she is the one they need the most. I loved this new world and mythology of a Mirrored Sky and a dragon missing it's heart. It was fun to read and I look forward to more by this author.

ChristchurchLib Dec 26, 2012

Kids' Books December 2012 Newsletter http://www.nextreads.com/Display2.aspx?SID=5acc8fc1-4e91-4ebe-906d-f8fc5e82a8e0&N=584592

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blue_cat_7869
Jun 10, 2015

blue_cat_7869 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 11 and 14

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joycemas
Jul 07, 2014

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joycemas
Jul 07, 2014

In most fairy tales, princesses are beautiful, dragons are terrifying, and stories are harmless. This isn't most fairy tales.

Princess Violet is plain, reckless, and quite possibly too clever for her own good. Particularly when it comes to telling stories. One day she and her best friend, Demetrius, stumble upon a hidden room and find a peculiar book. A forbidden book. It tells a story of an evil being--called the Nybbas--imprisoned in their world. The story cannot be true--not really. But then the whispers start. Violet and Demetrius, along with an ancient, scarred dragon, may hold the key to the Nybbas's triumph...or its demise. It all depends on how they tell the story. After all, stories make their own rules.

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AMELIE FETHER
Dec 23, 2013

Princess Violet is not like the princesses in the stories she is ugly, at least on the outside, plain, reckless and quit possibly to clever for her own good especially when it comes to telling stories.

Her and her best friend Demetrius have been exploring the castle since they met. Finding hidden passageways and secret rooms but some secrets are better left un-found unnoticed and un-thought.

There world was created to fail, created to hold what must not be released. Can Voilet save there mirrored world. Or will they all be enslaved like has happened before.

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JCLChrisK Aug 16, 2017

There's no such thing as complete when it comes to stories. Stories are infinite. They are as infinite as worlds.

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