Thursday, July 14, 2011

Review: Haunting Violet by Alyxandra Harvey

Haunting Violet
by Alyxandra Harvey
Publication Date: June 21st, 2011
Publisher: Walker & Company
Pages: 352
ISBN: 9780802798398
Source: Banned Book Tours

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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? -Goodreads
When I started reading Haunting Violet, I really didn’t know what to expect. I knew it was a ghost story, and I have yet to read a ghost story that I really loved, until now. This book was awesome! It was also my very first read by Alyxandra Harvey, but it won’t be my last.

I love the main character, Violet. She’s just a very likeable young lady. Although her life is far from perfect, she’s still a very strong, conscious character. Her mom is a fraud, and although Violet hates this, she has to go along with it. Colin has lived with them since he was a young boy. He is a wonderful character as well. While he teased Violet some in the book; he really cared for, and was quite protective of her as well. I thought he was super sweet, and is a perfect match for Violet. Elizabeth, Violet’s best friend, was very likeable as well. She had me laughing quite a few times. I loved their friendship, and thought they were also a great pair. There were a lot of really great secondary characters in this book, but also quite a few that you will love to hate.

I loved the plot for this book; I thought it was really creative take for a ghost story. The writing was simple, and the book was very fast paced. I really loved reading about the historical time period in the book. The descriptions were well written, I almost felt as if I were there.

Overall, I really loved this book, and I can’t wait to get my own copy. It will definitely be a welcome addition to my collection!


  1. This sounds like a really good read! I do love a good ghost story! I love when books are so descriptive you feel like you are right there. Great review!

  2. Glad you loved it! Thank you for reading.


  3. I'm so glad to know that you loved this one! Ghost stories are just so awesome!

  4. Hum, sounds good! There's something about a book that has likeable characters, characters you can root for. Plus, ghosts? I'm there.
    Happy reading,
    Mary @ Book Swarm

  5. I can't wait to read this book! I love anything set in the Victorian era.

  6. I haven't read this oen yet, but having read your review it definitely sounds like one to get! :)

  7. This one sounds really cool! I've been hearing about it recently. Your review makes me want to read it, for sure!

  8. I have this on my shelf! I might just pick it up now :D


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