June 16, 2011

REVIEW: Haunting Violet by Alyxandra Harvey

Hardcover, 352 pages
Expected publication: June 21st 2011 
Walker Childrens

Violet Willoughby doesn't believe in ghosts. But they believe in her. After spending years participating in her mother's elaborate ruse as a fraudulent medium, Violet is about as skeptical as they come in all matters supernatural. Now that she is being visited by a very persistent ghost, one who suffered a violent death, Violet can no longer ignore her unique ability. She must figure out what this ghost is trying to communicate, and quickly because the killer is still on the loose.

Afraid of ruining her chance to escape her mother's scheming through an advantageous marriage, Violet must keep her ability secret. The only person who can help her is Colin, a friend she's known since childhood, and whom she has grown to love. He understands the true Violet, but helping her on this path means they might never be together. Can Violet find a way to help this ghost without ruining her own chance at a future free of lies?

This was a nice change for me. It's a historical YA with a paranormal twist to it. I normally don't read historical, but this one I enjoyed a lot!

Violet and Colin have been friends since forever. They both deal with Violet's mother's nasty temper and her little schemes. Her mother is a con-artist who pretends she can see and speak to the dead. All of Violet's life has been pretty much doing anything and whatever her mother says. Colin who isn't related to them at all just sticks around.

Being so used to her mothers "seances" and knowing what part she has to play it in all, Violet doesn't really see anything in her life changing anytime soon. Well, except maybe that her mother is trying to marry her off to a rich young man. They are off to another show and when they arrive Violet did not expect visiting the ghost she begins to see. The ghost wants Violet's help in finding her murderer.

At times I felt so bad for Violet. Her mother really didn't care about her unless it would somehow benefit her. She used Violet and Colin for her own pleasure and money. She knew how to pick pockets, and at such a young age Colin and Violet learned how to pretty much survive on their own.

The romance in Haunting Violet was a nice change for me. Colin and Violet have been close since they were little, and as they got older slowly begin to have feelings for each other. Colin was always there for her like a big brother and best friend. He wasn't over whelming or to controlling. It was perfect! THEY were perfect for each other. Colin made sure he did whatever he could to help her and protect her.

Haunting Violet is very sad and suspenseful, but with a happy ending. I really enjoyed it and I hope Alyxandra Harvey gives us some more of Colin and Violet in another book. A great read!

4 out of 5 Stars!

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