Monday, July 11, 2011

Haunting Violet by Alyxandra Harvey

imageViolet 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?

Haunting Violet was a thrilling and mysterious novel that many people will enjoy! I didn’t like Haunting Violet as much as I liked Alyxandra Harvey’s previous novels (Hearts at Stake and the other novels in the Drake Chronicles), though I did still like it. Alyxandra did a good job writing the characters- I think they were all well rounded and true to themselves. The plot was interesting and the writing was superb.

However, I am personally not a big fan of historical novels*. Because of this, when reading a historical, it takes even more to impress me. I did like how Haunting Violet was set in Victorian England, because it is probably one of my favorite time periods. At times I found Haunting Violet to be confusing. It lacked details in some places and was overwhelmed with them in others.

Overall, I think that Alyxandra wrote an intriguing novel that I’m sure many people will enjoy. However, I don’t think it is the novel for me. If you have read Haunting Violet and didn’t like it, or it doesn’t sound like your type of book- I strongly encourage you to pick up Alyxandra’s other novels that are a part of the Drake Chronicles.

FTC- Publisher.

*If anybody wants to try and make me a historical fan, feel free to tell me what YA historical books I should check out.

1 comment:

rlexie said...

Love the cover! I'm not that big into historical books either.