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Friday, August 19, 2011

Review: Hunting Violet by Alyxandra Harvey

Author: Alyxandra Harvey
Titel: Haunting Violet
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Genre: Young Adult
Publish Date: July 4th 2011 (UK)
Rating: 5 of 5 Stars
Summary (author's website)1872, London, England 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?
That's on of the books I bought last week during the kindle books sale. 72% reduction, I felt bad, almost. The boom tells the story of fifteen year old Violet in victorian London. She grows up poor and her mother supports them by posing as a medium. As she can't contact any ghost they use every trick possible to convince their customers of the supernatural. After inheriting some money from a loyal client their life-style  improves. They are even invited to an house party in the countryside. And that's the place where Violet encounters real ghost for the first time. Terrified she realises that one of them won't go away until she solves the mystery of a murder which happened the year before. At the same time she has to conceal her abilities so that her mother can't use them and her anymore than she already does. When Violet's mother is revealed as a fraud thing go downwards. But Violet still has an angry ghost hunting her...


This book is the perfect mix of an historic romance, mystery story and young adult. Violet is a very lovely heroine which tries to find her way in a cruel society. Her mother is as self-centered, superficial and opportunistic as it comes and doesn't care about Violet. If it wouldn't be for Colin, an irish orphan, which serves the family, Violet would be completely on her own. I liked Colin a lot. He is gentle and understanding but at the same time still a bit cocky and overly curious as young men are. Violet knows him since years and though he fills the position of a brother she isn't sure that her feelings are mere sisterly. At the same time Violet is courted by a young rich man from a society accepted family. He could be her chance to get away from her mother. But she realises that he doesn't know her at all, he only sees the surface. 
This book is written fast paced and I got drawn into it immediately. I loved Violet, hated her mother and wanted to know who the murderer is. I'm not the one to solve mysteries in movies or book the first but I still think that the story line is well written and unpredictable. The portrait of a young girl in the victorian period who has to fight for a place is very accurate and touching. And in addition there is the paranormal part of the story in form of ghosts which are a bit spooky and exiting.




On a side note. The Cover shown on the top is the UK Kindle cover. I personally like the american cover a lot more. Which cover do you prefer?

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5 Comments:

At Aug 19, 2011, 10:11:00 PM , Blogger The Norwegian BookGirl said...

I have just ordered this book. Can't wait to read it. I like your blog :)

 
At Sep 5, 2011, 8:00:00 PM , Blogger Jennifer said...

Both covers are pretty. But i agree i find the US one very nice. It's hauntingly beautiful.

I've been curious about this book. I like reading about ghosts and i like YA. But i'm not overly crazy about historical.

IT sounds interesting though.

 
At Sep 7, 2011, 8:46:00 PM , Blogger brendajean said...

I like both covers quite a bit, but I like the American cover best. I love a historical romance- thanks for the review:)

bchild5 at aol dot com

 
At Sep 8, 2011, 9:10:00 AM , Blogger Gwen said...

I prefer the American version :D
I have seen this book many times in the bookstore before
I always want to try this out because of the nice cover !
By the way , I seldom read books about supernatural before .
The only one I read was Deception , Haunting Emma :DD

 
At Sep 30, 2011, 3:37:00 PM , Blogger Angelica Joy said...

I love Alyxandra Harvey, so I'm glad that she has written something beyond The Drake Chronicles. Looking forward to reading this book, thanks for the intriguing review.

 

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