Monday, August 1, 2011

Haunting Violet by Alyxandra Harvey

Publisher: Walker Books
Age Group: YA
Rating: 4/5
Source: Publisher

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?

My interest for HUNTING VIOLET came from the idea of ghosts in this book. Lately, I have been loving books with ghosts in them and I haven't been able to get enough. I thought this book was going to be in present day, but it wasn't. It is set in the 1800s and I think that gives the book a creep factor.

At first, the book was a bit slow for me and I couldn't wait until Violet was seeing the ghosts and until they were asking her for help. Violet is a very strong character. She wants her way and that's what I liked about her. She doesn't depend on others - she can take care of herself. Also, she was being dragged into marrying someone rich, when all Violet wanted to do is marry someone she actually loved, not just for money.

Also, the whole ghost seeing thing is a family business. Now that grabbed my attention. I was waiting to see secrets unveiled. This book is great with all the murder mystery involved in it. It was also good to read a stand alone book with a very satisfing ending.

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