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eBook Haunting Violet ePub

by Alyxandra Harvey

  • ISBN: 080279839X
  • Category: Science Fiction and Fantasy
  • Subcategory: Teens
  • Author: Alyxandra Harvey
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Walker Childrens; 1 edition (June 21, 2011)
  • Pages: 352
  • ePub book: 1655 kb
  • Fb2 book: 1925 kb
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  • Rating: 4.7
  • Votes: 395

Description

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?

Comments

Hellstaff Hellstaff
It's Victorian England, and Spiritualism is all the rage. Violet Willoughby's mother Celeste is a phony medium, using parlor tricks to scam her way up the social ladder. Now, the Willoughbys have been invited to the palatial estate of Rosefield for a grand house party. On this trip, Violet learns something shocking: she is a medium. A real one. And the ghost of a girl from the next estate over, who drowned mysteriously the previous year, is haunting Violet and demanding she solve her murder.

Haunting Violet is both a spooky mystery and a coming-of-age tale for Violet. She is constrained both by her cruel mother and by the strict rules of Victorian society, where even if you save the day, you'd better not be inappropriately dressed while doing it. Violet's development is compelling as she tries to determine who she wants to be and what kind of life she will live, in a time when young women were not supposed to decide these things for themselves.

There's a romantic element, too. Violet's mother is pushing her to marry the wealthy but boring Xavier, but Violet is falling for her childhood friend, Colin, an Irish-born orphan. The choice between Mr. Wrong-but-rich and Mr. Right-but-poor is not new, really, but it works -- and Colin makes a great match for Violet. They've got loads of chemistry, and he always has her back and wants her to be happy.

Alyxandra Harvey creates a cast of characters who come alive on the page. In addition to Violet and Colin, some good examples are Celeste, who's fascinating to read about even though she's a horrible person; Violet's friend Elizabeth, who's simply fun; and the ghost characters, who provide many moments of warmth and comic relief in addition to chills. Seriously, I love the ghosts. The lady with the blackberries. The pirate, with his comment about his own death. Lord Marshall's wife! The schnauzer!

I do wish Violet had solved the murder before I did. The mystery in Haunting Violet bears a resemblance to a very famous story, and once I saw that story's ghost beneath the surface of this one -- pardon the pun -- I knew who had done it, and I was right. But even setting that aside, there are a couple of major clues that readers will probably catch but that Violet misses. It's actually another character who correctly interprets the most significant clue. It would have been much more satisfying if Violet had been the one to figure this out.

These issues with the mystery brought Haunting Violet down a bit in my eyes, as did a distracting error that was repeated several times: "passed" used in place of "past." On the whole, though, I found it charming, and I enjoyed reading it. Sometimes you just need some goosebumps and a sweet love story on a dark and stormy night.
Akelevar Akelevar
Description: Violet is a 16 year old girl forced to help her wicked mom who is a fraudulent medium. Violet doesn't believe in ghosts until she starts to see them every where. She meets the ghost of a girl who died one year ago and starts to investigate her murder with the help of her friends.

In Short: This book is a wonderful blend of genres. A young adult book set in Victoria Era England with a supernatural themed plot driven by romance and a murder mystery. This book sucks you into its world and the imagery gives you the feel of watching a spooky movie with brilliant special effects. This book is a unique and fun read!

Pros: I love the way the book is written. It is narrated by the main character who is funny and clever and is always saying and thinking witty things. I thought the main character was very likable. I really enjoyed that she was the one to solve the mystery and she didn't need a love interest to save her. The book is really well written and the way things are worded you can really imagine them. The ghost scenes are creative and scary. The romance elements were natural and believable. The book is really well paced and I thoroughly enjoyed reading the entire thing.

Full review at ODbookreviews.blogspot.com
Dominator Dominator
Rowena Wentworth didn't drown. She was murdered. And until her killer is revealed and admits their guilt, her spirit will not rest. And as a restless spirit she is angry and she fears for her sister Tabitha's safety. She wants justice.

So when she sees someone who possesses the gift of sight, she is determined to make them solve her murder and she will not leave them alone until they do.

Violet Willoughby never wanted to follow in her mother Celeste's footsteps - someone who claimed to have the ability to connect with the spirit world. But she knew her mother was a fraud, that she only sought the profit and attention that being a medium afforded. She was well aware of all her mother's tricks. And she knew that spirits didn't really exist.

But when her mother is invited to Rosefield by Lord Jasper to perform a séance, Violet quickly learns just how wrong she's been. That there really are such things as spirits. That she can see them. And that if she doesn't figure out who Rowena's killer is, she might never be left alone.

Because a sixteen-year-old girl with psychic abilities is no match for an angry spirit dead-set on finding her executioner.

***

Haunting Violet is a bewitching and utterly delightful murder mystery with a twist set in the Victorian Era. It is a clever, fun and incredibly entertaining story that will keep readers guessing as to the identity of the killer and why they committed this crime.

The story has all the right elements to make up the perfect murder mystery. There are a number of characters who are behaving suspiciously, with hidden motives and many secrets they do not want revealed. There is a reluctant but capable "detective" and a charming and lovable "sidekick." And it has an ideal setting - a large manor in the English countryside where the guilty party can easily remain hidden amongst the crowds.

But there is more to Haunting Violet than just a mystery. A whole new dimension is added to the story with the supernatural element and Violet's ability to communicate with Rowena and other pleasant and not so pleasant spirits.

Violet and Elizabeth make a charming crime-solving duo. And with a love story developing in the background, Haunting Violet is an extremely engaging book.

Alyxandra Harvey's ability to craft an enchanting story extends beyond the realm of the vampire in Haunting Violet, her novel that is part mystery, part ghost story and part love story. And she has created a group of characters that are incredibly entertaining and simply delightful to get to know.

Haunting Violet is not only a must read for fans of historical young adult fiction or supernatural murder mysteries, but for readers who enjoy a captivating, well-written story told from the main character's perspective who is a very likable albeit reluctant heroine.