reivew: haunting violet

05 July 2011

book info:
pages: 352
ages: 12 and up
grades: 7 and up
on sale: now
copy from: Walker & Company (Bloomsbury) Thank you!

title: Haunting Violet
author: Alyxandra Harvey
stars: 2.5

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.

"I was 9 years old when my mother decided it was time I took part in the family business"

my thoughts:

Don't you just love Alyxandra Harvey's Drake Chronicles? I do. So obviously, Haunting Violet has to be just as good! wasn't nearly as amazing as My Love Lies Bleeding, but it was fun.

characters: Violet, I guess, was okay. She was...normal. Her mother had more character than she did. Colin is sweet and has character as well (I love Irish guys!) All in all, the characters were a 'no' for me. Sadly.

theme: A girl in London whose mother is a medium discovers her own power to see and communicate with ghosts and uses it to solve a murder.

plot: Not very interesting.

style: Alyxandra's usually evident and creative style of writing wasn't present in this novel. 

overall: A library read, I'd say. Not highly recommended. I would, however, recommend the Drake Chronicles for you.

3 thoughts:

  1. I so want to read Haunting Violet. Thanks for your review :D

  2. I have read so many mixed reviews, I'm just going to have to find out for myself. Great review

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