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Iron Hearted Violet – tekijä: Kelly…
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Iron Hearted Violet (vuoden 2012 painos)

– tekijä: Kelly Barnhill (Tekijä), Iacopo Bruno (Kuvittaja)

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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"--… (lisätietoja)
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Teoksen nimi:Iron Hearted Violet
Kirjailijat:Kelly Barnhill (Tekijä)
Muut tekijät:Iacopo Bruno (Kuvittaja)
Info:Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (2012), Edition: 1, 432 pages
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Iron Hearted Violet (tekijä: Kelly Barnhill)

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Näyttää 1-5 (yhteensä 13) (seuraava | näytä kaikki)
This book started out fine, and the premise of an unpretty princess who knows that all the princesses in stories ARE pretty was enough to keep me reading. And the more I read the more interesting and sad and wonderful the story got. But it didn't totally win me over until the ending. Violet won me over at the ending.

I think kids will enjoy the story and the adventure and the way fairytale elements get presented, but as an adult this book had an unexpected effect on me. Part of this story is about being a girl that people love (a smart girl, a funny girl, an adventurous girl) even as they acknowledge that she's not pretty or beautiful (and probably won't ever be). It's a story about what happens to a girl who thinks that when things go wrong it's because she doesn't look the way she's supposed to.

This might be a middle grade book, but this part of the story absolutely tore me apart. I couldn't help but compare Violet's story to contemporary girls confronted with a host of media telling them that if they lose that 10 pounds, dye their hair the right color, wear the right outfit, etc. etc. etc. their life will be perfect. The idea that your appearance will affect your happiness is so huge, and it's pushed so hard at girls. This book hit all the right notes for me on this issue. It explores stress, grieving, and growing and how appearance, and your perception of your own appearance, play into all those issues. Also, it's an adventure about dragons and gods and kingdoms.

It may start a little bit slow, but this book is absolutely worth the read. ( )
  bookbrig | Aug 5, 2020 |
Collleen (are 7) rated this 5 stars. I was a little more lukewarm on it and might have just rated it 3, but split the difference. ( )
  livingtech | Mar 18, 2020 |
My reader lost my highlights after I finished reading the book, which felt like an incredible loss. This book had amazing and beautifully written insights and I would have loved to read more of it. Both the world building and the narration were also amazing. My favourite part was how it was filled with instances of people just being nice that weren't remarked upon, but rather just shown as something completely natural and ordinary, to the point that people being bullies was a huge sign of something being off and not just a natural occurrence. ( )
  Dreklogar | Jan 13, 2020 |
Here is a story that held such promise for me, and didn't live up to what I was hoping for. Still, Iron Hearted Violet did have a lot that made me smile. Princess Violet is a different than your normal fairy tale princess. With mismatched eyes, unruly hair, and a sharp wit, she's the girl you wish all other princesses were! I loved how Kelly Barnhill put emphasis on the fact that beauty isn't only outward, but more on that later.

The world that is built here is also interesting in its own right. Violet comes from a place created by multiple gods, both good and evil. The "mirrored sky" looms over head, and stories are the main source of entertainment. As the synopsis says: "After all, stories make their own rules." I liked that stories played such a big part in Violet's life, and that she was so good at telling them. It really brought it all to life.

What pushed me away was the way that the story was told and illustrated. Our narrator is rather unreliable, and slightly wimpy if I'm being honest. Then there were the illustrations. I don't think the illustrator got the message that Violet wasn't supposed to be a perfectly drawn princess. It drove me crazy each time I saw her image and it looked like the exact opposite of what she was being described as. New illustrations please!

As I said, I was on the line when it came to this story. I was looking for a fairy tale and I got it. It just wasn't quite what I was hoping for. Still, I see a lot to love here, especially for younger readers! This would be a great book for a bed time story over a few weeks. All I know is that I would love to see more characters like young Violet. Bring them on. ( )
  roses7184 | Feb 5, 2019 |
Read more reviews like this at The Literary Phoenix.

Violet wants to be the best princess for her people.

Violet is not a beautiful princess. Not a "proper" princess. This is made abundantly clear to her in whispers and misspoken quips. It eats away at the girl, whose hair is not shiny and whose eyes are not symmetrical. Her father is bold, her mother is kind, and Violet is just... Violet. She accepts this with a princess' grace, but still, it eats away at her. She tries to distract herself with her friend, Demetrius, and exploring their mysterious castle.

Our course, the castle has more than meets the eye, and some passages have more secrets than others.

This ought to be a classic children's story.

Listening to Iron Hearted Violet was like experiencing classic children's tales like The Never Ending Story or Dragonheart. There's a richness to this story that is positively enchanting. It is narrated by a storyteller, and contains an imperfect protagonist who means well but does not always make the best choices. The fantasy world is accepted and gentle - not loud and in your face. Really, most everything in this book is perfectly fine.

Until it isn't.

Violet is sweet and well-intentioned.

The protagonist is not your typical sort. First of all, she's ugly. She's not described as "pretty enough" or "plain" - she's flat-out described as ugly. Second, she's not particularly brave or snarky. She's just... Violet. That's why I like her. She is just doing the best she can and that makes her incredibly relatable. She wants people to like her and she wants to do the right thing.

I also really enjoyed how the story starts with everything alright, rather than in the thick of things. One tiny thing shifts out of place, and another shifts into place, and then we have our conflict. A lot of books I've been reading it's pretty clear that any exposition serves just so you know the character's names before anything BIG happens.

I really liked this book.

This is the sort of tale I would have loved as a child, and I intend to add it to my personal library. It was, simply put, charming! It teaches children to appreciate who they are and the gifts they are given, but it's not written so childishly that a teen or adult could not enjoy it. It makes fun of traditional fairytales and is interesting enough to keep you reading. ( )
  Morteana | Oct 7, 2017 |
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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"--

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