Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Review: Haunting Violet by Alyxandra Harvey

Hardcover: 342 Pages
Release Date: June 21, 2011
Publisher: Walker Childrens
Author Info: Website | Twitter
Buy the Book: Amazon | IndieBound

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?
I might as well admit it, I don’t like historical that much. I LOVE watching it in movies, but in books the language is usually so dull and drab and removed and sexually repressed (yeah, I said it). Haunting Violet was a victim of the #10pagetrial because of that very reason. I don’t even think I knew it was historical when I got it. I was a victim of the pretty cover.

So what saved it in its #10pagetrial? Perhaps it was the Irish boy Colin (that right there is a HUGE argument). Maybe it was the NOT dull and drab writing. Or maybe cause it was a ghost story (I haven’t realized until fairly recently that I seem to like these...) AND a murder mystery. I do love a good mystery!

It basically became like a modern day murder mystery ghost story, only with more dresses, courtiers, propriety-perfectly-paired-with-scandal, Old World British slang and with the rather independent and feisty female protagonist, Violet. Perfect. Oh, and there’s Colin Lennox. I don’t think I’ve actually EVER read a book with an Irish main character. It makes my heart happy. And then there’s the BFF (amazing how much BFFs end up noted in my reviews) Elizabeth, who is good and proper on the surface, but loves a good intrigue like no other. Love her!

I am officially going to call this a Historical For Those Who Don’t Read Historical. There’s catty, social-class drama that isn’t too far out of the realm of a high school setting, all topped off with ghosts and mystery. What could be better?! So, if you are one of those people, I seriously recommend you get this book in your hot little paws!


  1. I LOVE historical books and I loved this one. Great review.

  2. I've only read one or two historical books and haven't really liked them that much. But after your review, I think I'll try this one out. :)