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A DAZZLING NEW NOVEL FROM NATIONAL BESTSELLING AND GMA BOOK CLUB PICK MARGARITA MONTIMORE, AUTHOR OF OONA OUT OF ORDER “[A] twisty, genre-defying family drama…Reminiscent of Taylor Jenkins Reid's Daisy Jones & the Six.” --Shelf Awareness (starred review) Nearly a decade ago, iconic magician Violet Volk performed her greatest trick yet: vanishing mid-act. While Violet sou A DAZZLING NEW NOVEL FROM NATIONAL BESTSELLING AND GMA BOOK CLUB PICK MARGARITA MONTIMORE, AUTHOR OF OONA OUT OF ORDER “[A] twisty, genre-defying family drama…Reminiscent of Taylor Jenkins Reid's Daisy Jones & the Six.” --Shelf Awareness (starred review) Nearly a decade ago, iconic magician Violet Volk performed her greatest trick yet: vanishing mid-act. While Violet sought out the spotlight, her sister Sasha, had to be the responsible one. But Sasha can never seem to escape her sister’s tumultuous orbit. Then there’s Cameron Frank, determined to finally get his big break hosting a podcast devoted to all things Violet—though keeping his job hinges on an exclusive interview with Sasha, the last person who wants to talk to him. As the ten-year anniversary approaches, the podcast picks up steam, and Cameron’s pursuit of Sasha becomes increasingly intrusive. Meanwhile, Sasha begins to experience an unsettling series of sleepwalking episodes and coincidences, which all 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. Alternating between Sasha’s narration and Cameron’s podcast transcripts, interspersed with documents that offer a tantalizing peek at Violet herself, Acts of Violet is an utterly original, propulsive story of fame, deception, and forgiveness that will make you believe in magic.


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A DAZZLING NEW NOVEL FROM NATIONAL BESTSELLING AND GMA BOOK CLUB PICK MARGARITA MONTIMORE, AUTHOR OF OONA OUT OF ORDER “[A] twisty, genre-defying family drama…Reminiscent of Taylor Jenkins Reid's Daisy Jones & the Six.” --Shelf Awareness (starred review) Nearly a decade ago, iconic magician Violet Volk performed her greatest trick yet: vanishing mid-act. While Violet sou A DAZZLING NEW NOVEL FROM NATIONAL BESTSELLING AND GMA BOOK CLUB PICK MARGARITA MONTIMORE, AUTHOR OF OONA OUT OF ORDER “[A] twisty, genre-defying family drama…Reminiscent of Taylor Jenkins Reid's Daisy Jones & the Six.” --Shelf Awareness (starred review) Nearly a decade ago, iconic magician Violet Volk performed her greatest trick yet: vanishing mid-act. While Violet sought out the spotlight, her sister Sasha, had to be the responsible one. But Sasha can never seem to escape her sister’s tumultuous orbit. Then there’s Cameron Frank, determined to finally get his big break hosting a podcast devoted to all things Violet—though keeping his job hinges on an exclusive interview with Sasha, the last person who wants to talk to him. As the ten-year anniversary approaches, the podcast picks up steam, and Cameron’s pursuit of Sasha becomes increasingly intrusive. Meanwhile, Sasha begins to experience an unsettling series of sleepwalking episodes and coincidences, which all 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. Alternating between Sasha’s narration and Cameron’s podcast transcripts, interspersed with documents that offer a tantalizing peek at Violet herself, Acts of Violet is an utterly original, propulsive story of fame, deception, and forgiveness that will make you believe in magic.

30 review for Acts of Violet

  1. 5 out of 5

    Melissa (LifeFullyBooked)

    So disappointed. What I liked: I was intrigued by the story from the beginning. It's the story of magician Violet Volk, who disappeared mid-act ten years previously, and no one knows what happened to her, not even her sister Sasha. Podcaster Cameron Frank is exploring the circumstances surrounding her disappearance, and won't stop until he uncovers the truth. I love the podcast angle, and as I listened to the audiobook version of this, the production value is stellar. There are multiple narrators So disappointed. What I liked: I was intrigued by the story from the beginning. It's the story of magician Violet Volk, who disappeared mid-act ten years previously, and no one knows what happened to her, not even her sister Sasha. Podcaster Cameron Frank is exploring the circumstances surrounding her disappearance, and won't stop until he uncovers the truth. I love the podcast angle, and as I listened to the audiobook version of this, the production value is stellar. There are multiple narrators and different effects used for the podcast, telephone interviews, etc. This made the book come to life and I was truly intrigued and captivated...for the first 75%. What Didn't Work This is a very slow unraveling, very slow. It's more of a character study of Sasha and the effects Violet's career and disappearance have had on her life. We go around in circles for a long time with Sasha's sleepwalking, anxiety, and everything going into the troubles she's having in her life. This would not have been so awful had the payoff in the end been worth it. But it WAS NOT. The ending sucked big time. The "closure" is not satisfying to me in the least, and I honestly couldn't figure out what the author was going for here. (view spoiler)[ If you've read any of my reviews you know how little tolerance I have for paranormal/supernatural BS. And this book seems to indicate that Violet has been transported/transported herself to another plane?dimension?multiverse? and that Sasha has always been able to transport herself in some supernatural way as well. I didn't get it and didn't buy it. I wanted a logical explanation for what happened to Violet and whether she was alive or dead in the REAL WORLD. (hide spoiler)] Lots of people have really enjoyed this book, and for the production value, I really liked it too. The plot just went in a bizarre direction that I didn't care for at all and couldn't justify a higher rating with that nonsense. It felt like a huge waste of my time. I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book, all opinions are my own.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Nilufer Ozmekik

    Black smoke coming out from my overcooked brain cells: can you smell it? Nope, only people I have meeting right now who stare at me when I secretly read the last chapter of the book can smell it! ( I always mix pleasure with business and reading is my one of the best pleasures) I’m a little dizzy, dazzled, confused after this readathon ( I couldn’t stop reading and I’m out of breath and grey cells right now) But this is so obvious to suffer from those side effects after reading second book of “ Black smoke coming out from my overcooked brain cells: can you smell it? Nope, only people I have meeting right now who stare at me when I secretly read the last chapter of the book can smell it! ( I always mix pleasure with business and reading is my one of the best pleasures) I’m a little dizzy, dazzled, confused after this readathon ( I couldn’t stop reading and I’m out of breath and grey cells right now) But this is so obvious to suffer from those side effects after reading second book of “Oona out of order” ! She likes to push the buttons, exploring unseen, taking us sci-fi tours, forcing us to use our brain parts that we never use before! This book is not only mystery of missing magician or is not about magic! It’s also not only about parallel universes, astral travel, liminal vortex! It’s about sisterhood, love, resentments, rivalry, regrets, family, self growth, second chances! This is one of the best mash up of different genres. It starts as a family drama, mystery and speculative sci-fi, fantasy, historical fiction ( true history of magicians) genres involve into equation. The writing style was fascinating. Instead of Sasha’s POV, we follow up the background stories and characterization of Violet V via Cameron Frank’s podcasts, the letters of Sasha and her husband Gabriel written for Violet, the articles, the website emphasizing Violet’s a big fraud, the emails between Cameron, the studio representative who pushes him to convince Sasha for interview and Cameron’s other correspondences with a mysterious guy who gives important and top secret information about Viola’s disappearance and Quinn’s ( Violet’s niece) emails: she’s digging out to find out what her parents Sasha and Gabriel keeps from her about her eccentric aunt! Let’s take a quick look to this brilliant and unconventional plot: Sasha inherited her mother’s hair salon, staying in the same town, living in the same house, keeping the same phone number with the hope of reconnecting with her sister: the famous Violet Volk who vanished in mid-act at the theater ten years ago without a trace. There are theories that she was running away from dangerous people or she’s involved in illegal activities. Some people still think she planned this all to be immortal. But her sister Sasha keeps secrets about her for years, rejecting to talk about sister even though Cameron Frank-the famous podcaster making special ten episodes for the anniversary of her sister’s disappearance pushes harder to make an interview with her. Sasha’s daughter Quinn who is about to leave the house for college acts suspicious about her mother’s actions. She’s sure her mother doesn’t tell her everything about their family. As we read more: we learn so many new things about eccentric Violet Volk: she’s attention seeker. She knows how to impress people. She’s diva. The people think she’s the pure magic. She’s relentless, straightforward, provocative, volatile! She is not ashamed of who she is. But that brings out the biggest question: who is the real Violet Volk? Did she recreate herself? Is she an illusion? Is she big fat liar, a fraud? Or is she a person trying too hard to find her place in the earth? I loved polar opposites sisters love-hate relationship!! I loved the gripping, mysterious, engaging story telling! Even though my head hurts, the book absolutely earned five fantastic sci-fi, magical disappearance stars from me! So many thanks to NetGalley and Flatiron Books for sharing this amazing digital reviewer in exchange my honest opinions.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Kaceey

    3.5* A magician that disappears!? Beat that, Houdini!🎩🐇🪄 Violet Volk was a famous magician. Picking up magic tricks as a child she was immediately hooked! Creating magic was her passion and performing her tricks gave her the chance to do what she loved the most. Until the day she vanished…. It’s now the ten year anniversary of her disappearance and Cameron Frank is hoping his podcast featuring the disappearance will give him the boost he needs in his career. If only he can get Violets’ family to get 3.5* A magician that disappears!? Beat that, Houdini!🎩🐇🪄 Violet Volk was a famous magician. Picking up magic tricks as a child she was immediately hooked! Creating magic was her passion and performing her tricks gave her the chance to do what she loved the most. Until the day she vanished…. It’s now the ten year anniversary of her disappearance and Cameron Frank is hoping his podcast featuring the disappearance will give him the boost he needs in his career. If only he can get Violets’ family to get on board. I’m split down the middle on this one. What worked: * loved the large cast of narrators. The more the merrier. (imo) * I thought the podcast sections were well done and had a completely different sound quality with real depth. What fell short: * I thought it was too long. And moved at a crawl. * Let down by the ending. I think anyone who enjoys multiple narrators and a podcast format will enjoy this audio 🎧 Thank you to NetGalley and Macmillan Audio

  4. 5 out of 5

    Darla

    I had high hopes for this one. The title is clever and I looked forward to the audiobook with its stellar cast. And it was a fabulous production. The combo of podcast and other media like emails and text messages with the narrative from the past and present was compelling. What happened to Violet Volk??? Unfortunately the story itself is lacking and the end is much too abrupt and just weird. If I had read this in print, I would have awarded just three stars. The audio production earns an additio I had high hopes for this one. The title is clever and I looked forward to the audiobook with its stellar cast. And it was a fabulous production. The combo of podcast and other media like emails and text messages with the narrative from the past and present was compelling. What happened to Violet Volk??? Unfortunately the story itself is lacking and the end is much too abrupt and just weird. If I had read this in print, I would have awarded just three stars. The audio production earns an additional star. A big thank you to Macmillan Audio and NetGalley for a digital ARC in exchange for an honest review.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Natalie Jenner

    ACTS OF VIOLET is fresh, fun and fascinating escapism about the ultimate escape artist--I couldn't put it down as I tried to stay on top of Montimore's authorial sleight of hand. As with her bestselling debut, this is another skillful blend of genres, from moving family drama and twisty thriller to insightful social commentary on fame, feminism, magic and media. Smart, suspenseful and always tantalizing, ACTS OF VIOLET will be your perfect summer read. ACTS OF VIOLET is fresh, fun and fascinating escapism about the ultimate escape artist--I couldn't put it down as I tried to stay on top of Montimore's authorial sleight of hand. As with her bestselling debut, this is another skillful blend of genres, from moving family drama and twisty thriller to insightful social commentary on fame, feminism, magic and media. Smart, suspenseful and always tantalizing, ACTS OF VIOLET will be your perfect summer read.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Dee

    2.75 rounded up... I can't even believe I finished this & probably shouldn't have - I kept reading to find out what happened to the title character & was so, so very disappointed by the ending. Most of the characters were rather unlikeable and this just kept dragging on & on. Can't recommend at all... 2.75 rounded up... I can't even believe I finished this & probably shouldn't have - I kept reading to find out what happened to the title character & was so, so very disappointed by the ending. Most of the characters were rather unlikeable and this just kept dragging on & on. Can't recommend at all...

  7. 4 out of 5

    Stephanie Wrobel

    Intricately woven and masterfully paced, Acts of Violet is the story of a world-famous magician gone missing. Creating characters that are simultaneously self-absorbed and endearing might be a tall order in a lesser writer’s hands, but Montimore rises to the challenge and then some. I read the whole thing in forty-eight hours, so desperate was I to solve this hypnotic, striking mystery. This one is not to be missed.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Elle Samuels

    Okay, firstly, I listened to the audio and it was fantastic! Very entertaining with noise effects and all sorts of different people narrating! This story follows the disappearance of Violet Volk, a female magician of famed notoriety, both for her astounding magical abilities and her off-stage antics. After nearly a decade of her being gone, we start the story with Sasha, her sister. Sasha lived on the fringes of Violet’s spotlight her whole life, and loved her little family and quiet life. This Okay, firstly, I listened to the audio and it was fantastic! Very entertaining with noise effects and all sorts of different people narrating! This story follows the disappearance of Violet Volk, a female magician of famed notoriety, both for her astounding magical abilities and her off-stage antics. After nearly a decade of her being gone, we start the story with Sasha, her sister. Sasha lived on the fringes of Violet’s spotlight her whole life, and loved her little family and quiet life. This story is told back and forth in time through a series of interviews, podcasts, articles, emails, letters, and from Sasha’s long suffering perspective. I really enjoyed all of the different perspectives! It takes quiet a while to get there, but by the end of things, despite finding Violet to be deeply unlikeable and finding Sasha to be a martyr and self-pitying, I did eventually enjoy the conclusion. Having said that, if I read this instead of listening to the audio, I doubt that I would have stayed so entertained. I highly recommend listening to the audio if you read this, it really helped with the pacing and being pulled in to the story that I would have found the hard copy lacking!

  9. 5 out of 5

    BookNightOwl

    If you can get the audio book of this book I would highly recommend. It has an array of different characters and since it’s based on a podcast and a disappearance I was highly invested in this read. This will be a book that either you will love or you will not but I really enjoyed it.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Kelly Hooker

    What a pleasantly magical surprise! Heading into ACTS OF VIOLET I wasn’t sure what to expect, but I’m glad I decided to pick this one up. Violet Volk is notorious for her successful career as a magician, but the circumstances surrounding her mysterious public disappearance has left her fans utterly baffled. Violet’s life is an enigma to those who followed her career, but even her own family can’t fully grasp who the real Violet is. Much like Montimore’s debut novel, OONA OUT OF ORDER, her latest What a pleasantly magical surprise! Heading into ACTS OF VIOLET I wasn’t sure what to expect, but I’m glad I decided to pick this one up. Violet Volk is notorious for her successful career as a magician, but the circumstances surrounding her mysterious public disappearance has left her fans utterly baffled. Violet’s life is an enigma to those who followed her career, but even her own family can’t fully grasp who the real Violet is. Much like Montimore’s debut novel, OONA OUT OF ORDER, her latest release is uniquely fresh and this genre-bending novel is difficult to peg down. While there is a solid mystery with elements of magical realism, at its heart this is a story of sisterhood and the repercussions of living in the limelight. If you’re looking for an audiobook for those summer strolls, ACTS OF VIOLET will certainly deliver. The story truly came alive with a full cast audio recording. The podcast transcripts and background sound effects added so much to the story. I’d highly recommend this format! ACTS OF VIOLET raises some interesting questions and aspects are left up for interpretation making this a fantastic summer book club selection! RATING: 4/5 PUBLICATION DATE: July 12, 2022 A big thank you to Macmillan Audio and NetGalley for an ALC in exchange for an honest review.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Carlene Inspired

    Find this review and others at Carlene Inspired and on bookstagram. I just don't think it's possible for me to give this a normal review, because I just want to buy 100,000 copies of the audiobook of Acts of Violet and give it to everyone I know. While the book itself is just phenomenal, an instant 5 star for me, the audiobook takes it into the ten star category. It's like listening to an actual podcast, one that I would have instantly subscribed to and waited impatiently for. Violet Volk is a fa Find this review and others at Carlene Inspired and on bookstagram. I just don't think it's possible for me to give this a normal review, because I just want to buy 100,000 copies of the audiobook of Acts of Violet and give it to everyone I know. While the book itself is just phenomenal, an instant 5 star for me, the audiobook takes it into the ten star category. It's like listening to an actual podcast, one that I would have instantly subscribed to and waited impatiently for. Violet Volk is a famous, elusive magician and Sasha is her normal sister. Only, nothing is normal about the Volks, not since Violet performed her final magic trick, disappearing into thin air, never to be seen again. The ten year anniversary of her final trick is coming up, it's a time that Sasha dreads and Violet's fans, included Sasha's daughter, look forward to with endless hope for her return. With the anticipation heightened and the date looming, someone has started a hashtag that alludes to Violet's return and it brings up all the feelings Sasha has long buried. With a podcast covering her disappearance and the search for her after, Sasha must confront her feelings about the past and the magic within her she's long denied. Acts of Violet was one of the most joyful audiobooks I have ever had the pleasure of listening to. There's music, multiple narrators, and, of course, Margarita Montimore's incredible story at the heart of it all. The plot is unique, the characters fully developed, and the storyline told through multiple formats, which kept me engaged from start to finish. Switching between present, past, podcasts, and emails, Montimore takes readers through a memorable journey about Violet, told by those closest to her. We see the everlasting impact she's left on their lives and the hole that her leaving has left. While it seems quite ominous, the heart of the story is what really moved me as I read and it's one you must discover yourself. With lighthearted humor and familial relationships that moved me to tears, Acts of Violet is a multifaceted story that I will never forget. It's the kind of book that feels like you could read again and again, it could never get old. Even better, for those, like me, who want something fresh and new, Montimore has done that with Acts of Violet. It's realistic and fantastical, with incredible references to slight of hands and magic tied in with the real life magic of self, love, family, and friendships. I cannot say enough good things about this book, I am just so flabbergasted by how fun it was. Acts of Violet is impossible to forget, impossible not to love, and a truly standout 2022 release. ARC provided.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Laura • lauralovestoread

    I was so excited to read ACTS OF VIOLET after reading author Margarita Montimore’s previous novel, Oona Out Of Order and having it become a favorite book of 2020 for me. While I didn’t have the physical copy, I listened to the audiobook and loved that it featured a diverse cast of narrators that really brought the story to life, including Brittany Pressley, Amy McFadden, Dan Bittner, Fred Berman, Hillary Huber, Johnny Heller, Katharine Chin, Ramon de Ocampo, Suzanne Toren, and Alejandro Ruiz. The I was so excited to read ACTS OF VIOLET after reading author Margarita Montimore’s previous novel, Oona Out Of Order and having it become a favorite book of 2020 for me. While I didn’t have the physical copy, I listened to the audiobook and loved that it featured a diverse cast of narrators that really brought the story to life, including Brittany Pressley, Amy McFadden, Dan Bittner, Fred Berman, Hillary Huber, Johnny Heller, Katharine Chin, Ramon de Ocampo, Suzanne Toren, and Alejandro Ruiz. The audiobook was completely immersive and took the reader on quite the journey, making it a great escape read once again. *many thanks to Flatiron/Macmillan Audio and Netgalley for the gifted copy for review

  13. 4 out of 5

    justine marie ♡

    a very different book for me and I’m so happy I took the chance on it 😄 full review to come 🥰

  14. 5 out of 5

    Rachel | rachelturnsthepage

    this book is truly MAGICAL!! seriously confused by the low-ish goodreads rating? i can see how some aspects may not be everyone's cup of tea, but i drank it up! Violet Volk wasn't your average magician, she was a superstar! but her greatest act was the last one she performed, when she disappeared during a live show, never to be seen again. set in the 90s and early 2000s, this story follows multiple characters and timelines surrounding Violet to discover what actually happened to her. was this par this book is truly MAGICAL!! seriously confused by the low-ish goodreads rating? i can see how some aspects may not be everyone's cup of tea, but i drank it up! Violet Volk wasn't your average magician, she was a superstar! but her greatest act was the last one she performed, when she disappeared during a live show, never to be seen again. set in the 90s and early 2000s, this story follows multiple characters and timelines surrounding Violet to discover what actually happened to her. was this part of an illusion for her to leave the spotlight? was there foul play? was it another illusion gone wrong? or does she possess actual magic? this book touches on grief, sisterhood, limelight, family, rivalry, and so much more. the author did a fabulous job infusing multiple genres and creating an utterly unique story that will leave you wanting more. if you are able to, i HIGHLY recommend listening to the audiobook.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Ady

    I read Oona Out of Order in 2020 and loved it. It was exactly the escapist fun that I needed at the time. When I saw that Margarita Montimore had a new book coming out, I knew I had to read it. Special thank you to Flatiron for an advanced listening copy in exchange for an honest review. Acts of Violet was FANTASTIC. The format is a family drama story interspersed with podcast episodes, newspaper headlines, and interviews. It’s a bit like Daisy Jones… but less VH1 Behind the Music and more True I read Oona Out of Order in 2020 and loved it. It was exactly the escapist fun that I needed at the time. When I saw that Margarita Montimore had a new book coming out, I knew I had to read it. Special thank you to Flatiron for an advanced listening copy in exchange for an honest review. Acts of Violet was FANTASTIC. The format is a family drama story interspersed with podcast episodes, newspaper headlines, and interviews. It’s a bit like Daisy Jones… but less VH1 Behind the Music and more True Crime podcast. The writing is compulsively readable. To me, Montimore’s writing is the kind of writing that pulls me out of a reading slump and doesn’t let me put it down. She is now an auto buy author for me. I enjoyed this book a lot! The ending threw me a bit, but it didn’t change the reading enjoyment. Rounding up to 5 stars.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Kellye

    Part mystery, part family drama, Acts of Violet is all magic. Best selling author Margarita Montimore brilliantly combines first person narrative, podcast transcripts, personal letters, and more to create a story that’s impossible to put down about what happens when the world’s most famous magician vanishes and leaves her sister to deal with the aftermath. Much like one of Violet’s magic tricks, you’ll find yourself in awe until the final reveal.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Michelle

    The best books are written in a style that pays homage to their subjects...a con man book written like it's running a con, a mystery written mysteriously...or in this case, with the flourish of a magician pulling off a trick you can't quite figure out. Almost nothing can be said about this book without giving something away, so I'll just say this...I was GLUED to the pages of this in a way I haven't been caught up in a mystery in so long I can't remember the last time. Most mysteries, no matter t The best books are written in a style that pays homage to their subjects...a con man book written like it's running a con, a mystery written mysteriously...or in this case, with the flourish of a magician pulling off a trick you can't quite figure out. Almost nothing can be said about this book without giving something away, so I'll just say this...I was GLUED to the pages of this in a way I haven't been caught up in a mystery in so long I can't remember the last time. Most mysteries, no matter the genre they're in, I just don't...care that much about which way they turn out? This, I cared about deeply, compulsively. And more than that, I wanted to know Violet, the way you want to know a beautiful girl on a first date where you get a glimpse of a little...something about her. And you're desperate to know more. The twist at the end is a thing of beauty. Because it twists in the way you expect, then the way you don't expect, and then it blasts them both out of the water and leaves you staring, bare and raw, into the face of your own assumptions about power and feminism. It's a trick. It's real magic. This book is both.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Morgan Hamel

    I really like how this is formatted, with podcast episodes woven throughout the story. I also like the premise of a magic act gone wrong and found the description as well as the beautiful cover to be huge draws to the novel. The story consists of a lot of build-up to a reveal at the end, a style that I find works best with a lot of suspense and a killer finale. I felt myself checking out a little bit during the book, but a great ending would’ve won me back. Unfortunately, the conclusion left a l I really like how this is formatted, with podcast episodes woven throughout the story. I also like the premise of a magic act gone wrong and found the description as well as the beautiful cover to be huge draws to the novel. The story consists of a lot of build-up to a reveal at the end, a style that I find works best with a lot of suspense and a killer finale. I felt myself checking out a little bit during the book, but a great ending would’ve won me back. Unfortunately, the conclusion left a lot to be desired and made me roll my eyes so hard. I listened to an audiobook of this novel. I liked the little sound effects that were used to distinguish podcast episodes from narrative parts and thought the narrators did well. It sounded like one of the narrators had a slight echo that made it somewhat difficult to comprehend their speech above 1.25x speed. Also, the warped voice used for an anonymous guest on the podcast was near impossible to understand. I received an ARC for free and am leaving this review voluntarily.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Shelley Lawrence

    3.5 stars Violet Volk is a charismatic, cryptic, cunning magician who is always in the spotlight for one reason or another. No one can deny her showmanship and magical abilities, but who truly knows Violet? Certainly not her family. When she disappears during a stage show, the world is set agog. Upon the eve of the 10 year anniversary of her disappearance, her mystery is still a hot topic; the public sensationalist reaction one that her sister and family could do without and were hoping put behin 3.5 stars Violet Volk is a charismatic, cryptic, cunning magician who is always in the spotlight for one reason or another. No one can deny her showmanship and magical abilities, but who truly knows Violet? Certainly not her family. When she disappears during a stage show, the world is set agog. Upon the eve of the 10 year anniversary of her disappearance, her mystery is still a hot topic; the public sensationalist reaction one that her sister and family could do without and were hoping put behind them. But the mystifying nature of Violet’s disappearance is haunting her sister Sasha, who is struggling with not only her traumatic and estranged relationship with her sister, but also her own bizarre occurrence of some form of sleepwalking. This unusual magic realism story is rather unorthodox in its plot. It’s part family drama, part mystery with fantastical elements, with sci-fi flourishes mixed in. I listened to this story courtesy of NetGalley and MacMillan Audio and the assortment of voices really made for a realistic and impactful listening experience. The format of the book provides podcast episodes, newspaper articles and interviews, in addition to multiple points of view. I did find the pace a bit slow at some points and wasn’t personally a fan of the amount of expletives and ample discussion of sexual orientation. I found some characters to be rather frustrating and didn’t fully understand Sasha’s stubborn reticence to any discussion with her adult daughter about Violet, especially when it was causing a rift between them. The plot raises various questions and issues, but ultimately is leading up to a grand final reveal. Unfortunately, I found the conclusion to be rather abrupt, unbelievable and somewhat unsatisfying. The story was undoubtedly creative and unique, but also bizarre without much rhyme or reason. It was entertaining, but could have been so much more.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Sonja

    Thank you to NetGalley & Macmillan Audio for the audio version of this book. This book is not one I would normally pick out and read for myself. However I fell in love with the book cover and the name of the book. I am so happy I received the audio version of the book. I was able to really get the full experience the author was going for. I am impressed with the book and the sisters point of view and then the podcasters point of view. I highly highly recommend listening to the audio version of t Thank you to NetGalley & Macmillan Audio for the audio version of this book. This book is not one I would normally pick out and read for myself. However I fell in love with the book cover and the name of the book. I am so happy I received the audio version of the book. I was able to really get the full experience the author was going for. I am impressed with the book and the sisters point of view and then the podcasters point of view. I highly highly recommend listening to the audio version of this book it really pulls the entire book together and makes it one of the best books I have listened to!!

  21. 4 out of 5

    Kim Lockhart

    This is a reasonably good story, but it's not anything close to approaching the tremendous creative imagination reflected by the author's previous novel: Oona Out of Order. I gave it 4 stars, but it's probably closer to 3.75 stars rounded up. This is a reasonably good story, but it's not anything close to approaching the tremendous creative imagination reflected by the author's previous novel: Oona Out of Order. I gave it 4 stars, but it's probably closer to 3.75 stars rounded up.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Danielle Kaitlin (daniallreads)

    The author of "Oona Out of Order", Margarita Montimore, is back! Her new book is nothing short of magic. I was lucky enough to be gifted an advanced reader copy of Montimore's new novel "Acts of Violet" and I was very surprised how quickly I fell in love with this story. Composed of letters, podcast episodes and emails we get a story of the mystery that surrounds the magician, Violet Volk's, disappearance. Everyone seems to know about a little piece of Violet that consistently adds to the surpri The author of "Oona Out of Order", Margarita Montimore, is back! Her new book is nothing short of magic. I was lucky enough to be gifted an advanced reader copy of Montimore's new novel "Acts of Violet" and I was very surprised how quickly I fell in love with this story. Composed of letters, podcast episodes and emails we get a story of the mystery that surrounds the magician, Violet Volk's, disappearance. Everyone seems to know about a little piece of Violet that consistently adds to the surprising mystery that no one can seem to crack but are the darkest secrets about the missing starlet hidden deep within her family? I loved this book! The fantasy was easy to consume. The story focused on a complicated relationship between sisters which instantly grasped my attention. The nods to the pseudoscientific and mystical (what I like to call "woo-woo" things) beliefs including numerology and spirit animals intrigued me and wrapped me deeper into the mystery of Violet. It's a beautifully written fantastical story that makes you believe in the little moments in life that make you feel a sense of magic and a reminder that the ordinary can be just as extraordinary as the whimsical. What I Loved: ✨ All the "woo-woo!" Numerology, Spirit Animals, Dreams. ✨ The epistolary format. ✨ Unreliable characters ✨ A unique enemy to love story ✨ The LGBTQIA+ characters ✨ The ending twist Thank you to Flatiron Books and Margarita Montimore for the gifted copy of "Acts of Violet." This is a great book for people who are looking to dive into the fantasy realm! Don't miss out on any of the magic and mystery of "Acts of Violet" by getting your copy tomorrow!

  23. 4 out of 5

    Heather Adores Books

    4⭐ for originality. I am a big fan of magicians, so I was excited for this one. Violet is a famous magician that mysteriously vanished during an act. Was it intentional or did something sinister happen? Now it's the 10 year anniversary of her disappearance and people want answers, well most people. Her estranged sister, Sasha, isn't too keen on learning what happened to Violet. Nor is she keen on speaking to Cameron, the podcast host. Can he convince her to be interviewed and maybe solve this mys 4⭐ for originality. I am a big fan of magicians, so I was excited for this one. Violet is a famous magician that mysteriously vanished during an act. Was it intentional or did something sinister happen? Now it's the 10 year anniversary of her disappearance and people want answers, well most people. Her estranged sister, Sasha, isn't too keen on learning what happened to Violet. Nor is she keen on speaking to Cameron, the podcast host. Can he convince her to be interviewed and maybe solve this mystery together? The podcast transcripts of what fans and haters thought of Violet was my favorite part. I am so glad I listened to this one! I enjoyed everything about the audio, especially the extra sound effects that made the story come alive. Fabulous performance by Brittany Pressley, Amy McFadden, Dan Bittner, Fred Berman, Hillary Huber, Johnny Heller, Katharine Chin, Ramon de Ocampo, Suzanne Toren, and Alejandro Ruiz. I love when there are multiple narrators because it makes the story flow along nicely. A pretty long listen at 11 hours and 9 minutes and easy at 2x. Definitely listen to this one if you can. Overall, I was really invested in the story and I just had to know what happened to Violet. I am happyish with how it all played out. I'd be excited to read/listen to more work from this author in the future. *Thanks to Macmillan Audio USA, Margarita Montimore and NetGalley for the advance audiobook. I am voluntarily leaving my honest review* More reviews here ➡ Heather Adores Books

  24. 5 out of 5

    Amy

    3.5/5 I really enjoyed the fresh concept here, I’ve not read many books about magicians and definitely not many about one that disappears, and NOT as part of their act. So this one had me interested before I even started listening and it kept me engaged initially, but my interest waned as things progressed. Let me back up and speak to the audio version because it was really outstanding. You have a full cast narrating and since there are podcast episodes those were really well done. I think this f 3.5/5 I really enjoyed the fresh concept here, I’ve not read many books about magicians and definitely not many about one that disappears, and NOT as part of their act. So this one had me interested before I even started listening and it kept me engaged initially, but my interest waned as things progressed. Let me back up and speak to the audio version because it was really outstanding. You have a full cast narrating and since there are podcast episodes those were really well done. I think this format on audio really served to reel me in and as my lack of interest in the plot itself continued to decrease, I was so impressed by the narrators performances I felt like I had ti keep listening. In the end I struggled with wanting more, I was left feeling unsatisfied and that’s never the way I want to feel when I finish a book. So overall mixed feeling here, if you decide to try this yourself I highly recommend going the audio route!

  25. 5 out of 5

    Jamie

    Magician Violet Volk disappeared nearly ten years ago while performing a show, and now that the decade anniversary is coming up her sister Sasha isn't holding it together as well as she'd like. This novel sucked me in and became a one-sitting read. Sasha both hates and loves her sister, and there are clues that maybe Violet actually did possess magic. But maybe Sasha is the one with the real powers. I loved the way the book mixes in podcast transcripts, emails, newspaper articles, etc along with Magician Violet Volk disappeared nearly ten years ago while performing a show, and now that the decade anniversary is coming up her sister Sasha isn't holding it together as well as she'd like. This novel sucked me in and became a one-sitting read. Sasha both hates and loves her sister, and there are clues that maybe Violet actually did possess magic. But maybe Sasha is the one with the real powers. I loved the way the book mixes in podcast transcripts, emails, newspaper articles, etc along with the narrative, and I love how you never know who you can trust: the pushy podcaster, the husband, other magicians, even Sasha herself. There's a lot of spark in this novel; whether Violet or Sasha have powers, the reading of book is certainly something magical.

  26. 5 out of 5

    The Bookend Diner

    Acts of Violet || Thank you, Booksparks and Libro. Fm, for the perfect reading experience! Genre: Fiction Trope: Mystery, Magical Realism Format: 🎧 Pub Date: 7.5.2022 Star Rating: ☆☆☆☆☆ 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 || Thank you, Booksparks and Libro. Fm, for the perfect reading experience! Genre: Fiction Trope: Mystery, Magical Realism Format: 🎧 Pub Date: 7.5.2022 Star Rating: ☆☆☆☆☆ 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. ‼️ Listen to the audiobook 🪄 World of magic 🔎 Part mystery & family drama 🫣 Creepy/Unreliable narrator 📦 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! ______ Follow me on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thebookend.... Follow my blog: https://thebookenddiner.com/ Follow me on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/thebookendd... Follow me on StoryGraph: https://app.thestorygraph.com/profile...

  27. 5 out of 5

    Claudia

    Ok so this is a tough one for me to mentally pin down because I loved a lot of bits of it but it just didn’t end up working for me entirely. I absolutely loved the mixed media format of storytelling, we get letters, emails, a podcast script, news reports as well as a more traditional narrative interwoven together. It made for a really interesting listen and I very much enjoyed the voice acting from the audiobook that made the podcast interviews sound like interviews and all the different charact Ok so this is a tough one for me to mentally pin down because I loved a lot of bits of it but it just didn’t end up working for me entirely. I absolutely loved the mixed media format of storytelling, we get letters, emails, a podcast script, news reports as well as a more traditional narrative interwoven together. It made for a really interesting listen and I very much enjoyed the voice acting from the audiobook that made the podcast interviews sound like interviews and all the different character voices. It was super fun that way. However, something just didn’t quite mesh for me and unfortunately, I think it was just that I didn’t end up liking Violet herself so couldn’t really care about her disappearance in any way. Acts of Violet follows the ten year anniversary of the disappearance of Violet Volt, a popular stage magician who went missing right in the middle of a show. Violet left behind a sister with her own family and many fans who speculate about what might have happened to the seemingly magical woman. We are mostly following the story from the sister’s point of view. She is a regular person who wasn’t on the best terms with Violet when she disappeared and now finds herself harassed for her method of grief and seeming inaction and non-support in finding her sister. She’s a likable if kind of dull main character. I think however, we are supposed to be fascinated and intrigued by the stories of Violet and I just wasn’t. She seemed completely unlikable to me in almost any scenario she was in and maybe its because I hate toxic family, but I just couldn’t deal with her. I hated that her sister wouldn’t speak ill of her so strongly to her own daughter that her daughter turned on her. Like you can talk bad about bad people. There is a reason you kept them apart just tell your daughter. I really don’t want to get into spoilers and what not so I will avoid talking about the general plot too much but it was pretty interesting in a vague way but well telegraphed to me at least what would be happening. The format definitely kept the mystery more interesting though so I really did enjoy that. I will also say this: it's, I guess, pretty minor but I noticed it and found it kind of weird: Montimore included some diversity in this book with LGBT+ relationships which is nice. However, her Bi/Pan characters all have terrible relationships that include non-monogamy. All of them. While the one straight relationship at the center was healthy and monogamous. This isn’t the best representation or really what I want to see exclusively for my LGBT rep. Not a big issue but maybe do better next time! Otherwise, I still found the story pretty interesting but I just didn’t quite love it. There were tons of elements I should love but didn’t all connect the dots. I think if you loved Oona out of Order you could love this and I think its worth a shot if you like the style and the premise. The audiobook was great with multiple narrators. Thanks to Netgalley for a copy of this audiobook in exchange for an honest review!

  28. 4 out of 5

    Shannon

    I think I may have just listened to my new favorite book of the year!! Without a doubt it's definitely going to be a hard one to beat! EXCELLENT on audio (and I HIGHLY recommend it be digested in that format), this is a story about the strained relationship between two grown sisters and a mother and daughter when famous magician Violet Volk goes missing mid-act. Nearly ten years since her famous sister disappeared, Sasha is still constantly hounded by the media for interviews, when all she wants I think I may have just listened to my new favorite book of the year!! Without a doubt it's definitely going to be a hard one to beat! EXCELLENT on audio (and I HIGHLY recommend it be digested in that format), this is a story about the strained relationship between two grown sisters and a mother and daughter when famous magician Violet Volk goes missing mid-act. Nearly ten years since her famous sister disappeared, Sasha is still constantly hounded by the media for interviews, when all she wants to do is move on and live her life in peace. No one is a bigger fan of the "find Violet fan club" though than Sasha's daughter Quinn, who is determined to figure out what exactly happened all those years ago and what caused the terrible rift between her mother and aunt. The audio production quality of this book was 10/10 AMAZING with a full cast of extremely talented narrators. Brittany Pressley voices Sasha and is one of my very favorite audiobook narrators when it comes to mystery and suspense stories. Much like the Good girl's guide to murder books, this novel is told as a series of interviews and podcast episodes that jump back and forth in the past and present timelines. Slowly we get to piece together what happened in the past and follow along with Quinn and Sasha as they uncover new truths about just where Violet disappeared to. Recommended for fans of magicians/mentalists and true crime podcast books like The night swim, If I disappear or This might hurt by Stephanie Wrobel. I couldn't get enough of this book and can't believe the author was able to deliver such a strong follow up to her debut, Oona out of order. Fans of that book will find a similar magical realism style that plays on time and place in a unique way. I'm definitely going to be thinking about this one for a long time to come! Much thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for my advance listening copy!!

  29. 5 out of 5

    Jordyn Roesler

    I really liked this! First of all, a mystery about a female magician is so up my alley. I was immediately hooked and invested in the mystery of Violet Volk (who btw I was picturing as the daughter from the incredibles because like… girl named Violet who disappears lol). It was surprisingly easy to keep all of the POVs straight even though there were a lot, told through podcast interviews, letters, and the present-day narrative. I’d definitely recommend going into this expecting a slower-burn mys I really liked this! First of all, a mystery about a female magician is so up my alley. I was immediately hooked and invested in the mystery of Violet Volk (who btw I was picturing as the daughter from the incredibles because like… girl named Violet who disappears lol). It was surprisingly easy to keep all of the POVs straight even though there were a lot, told through podcast interviews, letters, and the present-day narrative. I’d definitely recommend going into this expecting a slower-burn mystery and being open-minded towards the “magic” - especially considering this author’s previous book had the unexplained magical/sci fi time travel element. While it was a litttttle slow at some parts and I wasn’t completely satisfied with the ending, I had such a fun time reading this that I already know I’ll pick up whatever this author puts out next. THANK YOU to Flatiron Books for the ARC copy of this book allowing me to read and review it early!!

  30. 4 out of 5

    Rebecca

    Thanks to the publisher, via Edelweiss, for an advance e-galley for honest review. I love, love, love Margarita Montimore's writing. This whole story was wonderfully crafted and written. I loved the inclusion of a podcast that explored the history and theories about the disappearance of Violet Volk, as well as letters to Violet from her sister and brother-in-law, as it worked so well to give the backstory without traditional flashbacks. I think the ending will be the place some readers struggle w Thanks to the publisher, via Edelweiss, for an advance e-galley for honest review. I love, love, love Margarita Montimore's writing. This whole story was wonderfully crafted and written. I loved the inclusion of a podcast that explored the history and theories about the disappearance of Violet Volk, as well as letters to Violet from her sister and brother-in-law, as it worked so well to give the backstory without traditional flashbacks. I think the ending will be the place some readers struggle with, but what I loved about it is that, just like the rest of the book, it didn't go exactly as I expected. This is fresh, vivid, and a must read.

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