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Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Haunting Violet by Alyxandra Harvey: Mini Book Review

Haunting Violet
by Alyxandra Harvey
Bloomsbury Publishing
ISBN: 978-0-8027-2795-4
Buy from Indigo

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?

The Good Stuff
  • Wonderful love story intertwined with ghost story - perfection!!!
  • Ghosts - thank you, I love me good ghost stories and there are so very few these days
  • Gothic feel, reminds me of  those fabulous Victoria Holt novels I read when I was a young teen - this is a compliment, those books made me fall in love with reading
  • Perfect for reading on a dark and stormy night
  • Enjoyed the relationship between Violet and Lord Jaspar
  • Violet is an absolutely delightfully likeable character. I fell in love with her immediately
  • Fabulous dialogue 
  • Hooked me in from the very first paragraph - kept me up till 1 am reading.  I was very hard pressed to put the damn thing down
  • Please Alyxandra, write more of these, there are so very few well written Gothic ghost stories
  • Perfect uses of humour
  • There was a ghost dog, how can you not love a story that has a ghost dog
 The Not So Good Stuff 
  • Wanted more
  • No redeeming qualities in Violet's mother - she felt more like a caricature than an actual fully fleshed character
Favorite Quotes/Passages

" I'd made her angry and vulnerable and I didn't need to be told she wouldn't forgive me for it. I knew girls like Tabitha - I'd been raised by one. She would need some kind of revenge."

"I wandered through the huge room with its towering  walls of books. There were so many to choose from. It was better than chocolate cream biscuits, better than Xavier's kiss-and nearly as good as Colin's."

"You look lovely, and more importantly, you're positively glowing with ectoplasm."

4 Dewey's

I picked this up at Forster's Book Garden Ltd in Bolton after meeting Alyxandra at OLA 

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