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Haunting Violet [Kindle Edition]

Alyxandra Harvey
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (83 customer reviews)

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Book 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?

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Praise for My Love Lies Bleeding: 'Harvey builds an engaging world of vampire cultures balanced with a smart mix of darkness and humor' Publishers Weekly 'Witty, sly, and never disappointing ... Fun, funny, and a relief from Twilight wannabes, this first instalment in the Drake Chronicles has lots to offer for savvy readers and gives vampire addicts a nice twist on their usual fare' Booklist Praise for Haunting Violet: 'I loved this ghostly romp through Victorian high society, from the author of the vampiric Drake Chronicles. Plenty of romance and a sexy, sassy heroine' Fiona Noble, The Bookseller 'Strong female characters, great period detail and plenty of ghostly goings on' The Bookseller

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Praise for My Love Lies Bleeding: 'Harvey builds an engaging world of vampire cultures balanced with a smart mix of darkness and humor' Publishers Weekly 'Witty, sly, and never disappointing ... Fun, funny, and a relief from Twilight wannabes, this first instalment in the Drake Chronicles has lots to offer for savvy readers and gives vampire addicts a nice twist on their usual fare' Booklist Praise for Haunting Violet: 'I loved this ghostly romp through Victorian high society, from the author of the vampiric Drake Chronicles. Plenty of romance and a sexy, sassy heroine' Fiona Noble, The Bookseller 'Strong female characters, great period detail and plenty of ghostly goings on' The Bookseller

Product Details

  • File Size: 783 KB
  • Print Length: 351 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 080279839X
  • Publisher: Walker Childrens; 1 edition (June 21, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0052LYEFO
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #257,304 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars 3 1/2 Stars July 20, 2011
Format:Hardcover
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I really wanted this book to be a great read; something that pulled you into the characters' world and wouldn't let you go. After all the rave reviews I read about it, I thought for sure it would be great. While I won't deny that Haunting Violet was a good book, in my opinion, it just wasn't that great.

The premise of the book, a 17-year-old girl in Victoria Era England who starts seeing ghosts and has to solve a year old murder mystery, had me intrigued. I am a complete sucker for the supernatural. The mystery and supernatural aspects of the book were done very well. Not only am I a sucker for the supernatural but I am also a romance junkie, and that's where this book let me down.

I'm the type of person who likes to see a romance grow between two people, how else is the reader supposed to appreciate and understand how the hero and heroine feel about each other? The romance between Colin and Violet just...was. It was very abrupt. There was no build up, no explanation of their feelings about each other before they suddenly realized they loved each other. It was like the author was too busy writing the mystery that she didn't focus enough on the romance part. We also didn't learn much about Colin's past, which I was curious about.

All in all, it was a good read with a few flaws. Violet was a very likeable character, as was her friend Elizabeth. There were scenes that made me laugh and some that freaked me out. Although this book didn't exactly pull me in, it was a good ghost story and I would recommend Haunting Violet to a friend.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Something different... June 29, 2011
Format:Hardcover
I loved Haunting Violet. It was an amazing paranormal mystery that I just loved. Something that the summary doesn't mention is that it takes place in the 1870's, which makes it historical fiction, but it really worked well and I loved it. Violet is a really unique girl. She was strong and smart. She was always reading too, which made me like her more. Her mom was a crock and she kept on coming up with new schemes and ideas for what to do. Colin was such an awesome guy. He was such a sweet guy and wanted the best for Violet. He was definitely swoon worthy. Elizabeth was a smart girl too and a good friend to Violet. The plot of Haunting Violet was quick paced and full of mystery. There were several creepy scenes in the book from the ghosts as Violet tracked the murder. Harvey's writing was gorgeous. I enjoyed every moment of this book. Harvey really knows how to write and I am excited to read more from her in the future. I highly suggest that you read this book as soon as possible.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An Enjoyable Read June 27, 2011
By Lauren
Format:Hardcover
Ever since I saw the beautiful cover and the intriguing synopsis for Alyxandra Harvey's Haunting Violet, I have been dying to read it, as if there is one thing I love its well-written historical fiction, especially if it involves something supernatural as well. Thankfully, this book perfectly fit the bill!

For Violet Willoughby, she is starting to become sick of the life she has been given. She cannot stand watching her mother constantly trick people into giving their money over for her so-called séances, which are the definition of fake, as well as dragging poor Violet and Colin, her mother's young assistant, along for the ride. Better yet, she is also tired of her mother constantly telling her to marry a rich man when all Violet really wants to do is find someone she truly loves, someone who will let Violet be Violet. However, everything changes when Violet and her family are called to Lord Jasper's house to help conduct séances for his guests's entertainment. Soon enough Violet is involved in a murder mystery involving a snobby, elitist society girl and her dead twin sister who Violet is actually able to see. Will Violet be able to save the day before someone else is killed? Or will Violet soon become shark's bait herself? And will Violet ever be able to get out of her mother's plans for the future? Only time and more pages can tell in this mystery that will have nearly any reader thinking, "Who did it?"

From start to finish, I adored and rooted for several characters in Haunting Violet including Violet, of course. Strong yet sweet, Violet is a girl who has her head on her shoulders but yet isn't afraid of letting her heart lead her way sometimes.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A little different then I expected July 12, 2011
Format:Hardcover
My First Impressions: I really wanted to review this novel because I love historical fiction, ghost stories and anything paranormal. This novel promised all of that plus more, so I decided to give it a go.

The First 50 Pages: Alyxandra Harvey does a fantastic job setting the scene with great attention to historical detail. It was obvious to me that the writer did a great amount of homework to prepare for this book. Despite that, I felt as though the first 50 pages were a bit dull. It contains so much scene work, a bit too much for my taste. There were some points where I just wanted to pull my hair out and scream, "Just get on with it already!" But it is definitely full of mystery and even though it dragged a bit, it was intriguing enough I wanted to stay with it.

Style of Writing: The author has a unique style of writing which I found hard to get into at first. I'm actually not sure what to call it. If I had to put a name on it, it would be past-tense, first person writing. Everything is told through the eyes of Violet, but in past tense. It was almost as if Violet was telling the story as a much older Violet. At least that was my impression of it. I'm not a huge fan of the First-Person style, but with this particular book, I think it works once you get use to it. I had more of a problem with the author modernizing some of the language. Some of the language used was way too modern for a Victorian Era setting. That really irked me a bit.

Characters: The author has the tendency to throw all of the characters in your face without explaining all of them, who exactly they are, details about them, and any background information the reader needs to know. There is a lack of character development a more experienced author wouldn't have missed.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Hoping for More!
I am hoping that this will grow into a series. I note that there is one novella written after this one, but I am hoping Ms. Harvey will continue on with Violet's story.
Published 2 months ago by Renee Quail
3.0 out of 5 stars Very Cute Book
This was a very fun book that I enjoyed reading. I read it in a very short time frame and when I had to put out down, I looked forward to coming back to it.
Published 2 months ago by SCL
4.0 out of 5 stars Loved it!
Well written, held your attention to the end. If there's a sequel to what happens to Violet next - I would love to keep reading!
Published 3 months ago by T. Haddox
4.0 out of 5 stars A Fantastic Historical YA
Another very enjoyable read! I'm happy to have discovered Alyxandra Harvey, and though I'm not quite so sure about her others books and their subject matters I'm very impressed... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Auggie
4.0 out of 5 stars This was a hauntingly romantic, witty and excitement filled paranormal...
It was a hard one to put down as I started to read and get entranced into this world set in the late 1800’s. Read more
Published 5 months ago by YA Book Lover
5.0 out of 5 stars Deliciously Spooky!
This may very well be my most favorite YA paranormal novel. Set amidst England’s lush and foggy countryside, this is perfect atmospheric gothic romance for a blustery winter’s... Read more
Published 8 months ago by J. Sinn
2.0 out of 5 stars Too Slow, Too Much Detail--Not Enough Story
I ordered this book without realizing it was YA. However, I believe a good book can be enjoyed by readers of all ages, so it's not unusual for me to read well-written books for... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Sea Laughing
4.0 out of 5 stars A haunting read
This is a good story about a fraudulent medium and her truly "gifted" daughter, with all the jealousy and lies and of course haunting that goes with it.
Published 10 months ago by Pam M.
4.0 out of 5 stars A quick easy enjoyable read
This was light reading but very good. No real surprises but well written and I liked the characters very much.
Published 12 months ago by Beth A. Mcdonald
4.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't put this one down!
I loved this book! The Victorian setting was perfect for this ghostly tale of murder, deceit, and betrayal. Read more
Published 14 months ago by WhatTeacherSaid "Vicki"
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More About the Author

Alyxandra Harvey lives in a stone Victorian house in Ontario, Canada with a few resident ghosts who are allowed to stay as long as they keep company manners. She loves medieval dresses, used to be able to recite all of The Lady of Shalott by Tennyson, and has been accused, more than once, of being born in the wrong century. She believes this to be mostly true except for the fact that she really likes running water, women's rights, and ice cream.

Among her favourite books are 'The Wood Wife' by Terri Windling, 'Jane Eyre' by Charlotte Bronte, and of course, 'Pride and Prejudice' by Jane Austen. Elizabeth Bennet is her hero because she's smart and sassy, and Mr. Darcy is, well, yum.
Aside from the ghosts, she also lives with husband and their dogs. She likes cinnamon lattes, tattoos and books.

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