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Haunting Violet by [Harvey, Alyxandra]
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Length: 351 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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“Harvey brings together with aplomb all the quintessential elements of a classic Victorian gothic: the beautiful but fortuneless heroine looking for a better life, the rambling estate with too many secrets, the suspicious-looking death of yet another beautiful girl, and, finally, the promise of a sultry and forbidden romance… The ghosts are genuinely creepy, the leading men are deliciously swoonworthy, and the ending is appropriately happy, making this a perfect accompaniment to a stormy night and a nice spot of tea.” ―The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

“Harvey (the Drake Chronicles) delivers a fun adventure in the form of a Victorian mystery novel that captures the feel (and the flaws) of the age… Harvey's writing is witty and brings headstrong, irreverent Violet to life.” ―Publishers Weekly

“Harvey keeps the narrative moving smoothly and well as she weaves romance, suspense and even a bit of comedy into the story…. A well-paced, clever and scary supernatural-suspense story.” ―Kirkus Reviews

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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: 1384 KB
  • Print Length: 351 pages
  • Publisher: Walker Childrens; 1 edition (June 21, 2011)
  • Publication Date: June 21, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0052LYEFO
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #487,898 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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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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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.
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I purchased this for .99 and thought it looked interesting. After reading for only a few pages, I really started getting into the story and enjoying her writing style. The overall plot is pretty good, but what held me captive was the way the author made all of the characters so vivid and remarkable, especially the ghost Rowena. She was such a tragic character you couldn't help but pull for her and hope that Violet, Elizabeth and Colin would find her murderer. I also liked Mr. Rochester, the little ghost dog (so cute). I look forward to reading more from this author.
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