Sunday, 13 November 2011

Book Review - Haunting Violet by Alyxandra Harvey

Haunting Violet by Alyxandra Harvey
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Release Date: 4th July 2011
Genre: YA - Paranormal/Historical Fiction

Summary (Amazon):
Violet Willoughby doesn't believe in ghosts, especially since her mother has worked as a fraudulent medium for a decade. Violet has taken part in enough of her mother's tricks to feel more than a little jaded about anyhting supernatural. The ghosts, however, believe in Violet and she's been seeing them everywhere. One ghost in particular needs Violet to use her emerging gift to solve her murder ...and prevent the ghost's twin sister from suffering the same fate.

I love a good historical fiction and this one definitely didn't disappoint. It was a very different style for Harvey, but it had to be with it being set in a different time and country, and she did it so well. If you'd given me this book and My Love Lies Bleeding with no author name on it, I'd never have known it was the same person.

 You meet Violet when she's first taken to a seance that her mother will be holding and realise quite quickly why Violet wouldn't believe in ghosts. Then fast forward a couple of years and Violet's on her way to a major seance with her mother, which is about the time she now starts to see ghosts. She tries to ignore them, but there's one in particular that wants her attention.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The story worked, Violet was a good, strong character and I adored her interactions with Colin. It was nice to read a story where the most scandalous thing was a stolen kiss, which was a big no-no for the time. It was all so innocent and respectful. I should've been born in those times.

I highly recommend this to anyone who likes ghost stories and historical fiction.

No comments: