Trope: Mystery, Magical Realism
Pub Date: 7.5.2022
Star Rating: ☆☆☆☆☆
“Nearly a decade ago, iconic magician Violet Volk performed her greatest trick yet: vanishing mid-act. Though she hasn’t been seen since, her hold on the public imagination is stronger than ever. While Violet sought out the spotlight, her sister Sasha always had to be the responsible one, taking over their mother’s hair salon and building a quiet life for her beloved daughter, Quinn. But Sasha can never seem to escape her sister’s orbit or her memories of their unresolved, tumultuous relationship. Then there’s Cameron Frank, tapped to host a podcast devoted to all things Violet, who is determined to finally get his big break–even if he promised to land an exclusive interview with Sasha, the one person who definitely doesn’t want to talk to him.
As the ten-year anniversary approaches, the podcast picks up steam, and Cameron’s pursuit of Sasha becomes increasingly intrusive. He isn’t the only one wondering what secrets she might be keeping: Quinn, loyal to the aunt she always idolized, is doing her own investigating. Meanwhile, Sasha begins to experience an unsettling series of sleepwalking episodes and coincidences, which all seem to lead back to Violet. Pushed to her emotional limits, Sasha must finally confront the most painful truths about her sister, and herself, even at the risk of losing everything.”
For me, Margarita Montimore is an auto-buy author — after reading Oona Out of Order in 2020, I can’t get enough of Montimore’s writing style. I love a story that makes me think outside of the box. I want to read a book that challenges me to see the world through different eyes; that is just what this book did for me.
Acts of Violet may end up being my favorite audiobook of 2022 (thank you, Libro.Fm for the ALC). I started listening to this book as my physical copy hadn’t arrived yet, and I am SO glad I chose to listen over reading. I can see where people who read the book didn’t love the formatting (think Daisy Jones and the Six). But, me? I devoured this book and loved every.single.moment. The narration was perfect. I am a sucker for a full-cast narration, and I think the format of Acts of Violet was perfect for that type of audio. I felt like I was listening to a true crime podcast and not a work of fiction.
Acts of Violet is part mystery, magical realism, part family drama; absolutely everything I needed to read this month. I genuinely did not want the story to end.
Honestly, I think this would be a phenomenal movie. All the concepts brought up throughout Acts of Violet were fascinating; stories of Houdini, leylines, energy hotspots, and the luminal vortex. I was constantly reaching for my phone to look up the accuracy of what I was hearing.
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🪄 World of magic
🔎 Part mystery & family drama
📦 Out-of-the-box thinking
😭 That ending
In case you didn’t know, I loved Acts of Violet, and I hope you do as well. I highly recommend listening to the audiobook to get the full effect of the story — use my code ‘BookendListens’ with Libro.FM!
Format: 336 pages, hardback
Published: July 2022
ISBN 9781250815064 (ISBN10: 1250815061)