Haunting Violet by Alyxandra Harvey
Publisher: Walker Books for Young Readers
Release date: June 21, 2011
Summary: Violet’s mother is a medium who travels all over the country to sit for the most influential members of society. Unfortunately for Violet, her mother is a hack—she can’t really talk to ghosts, so she relies on Violet to help pull off her stunts. When a dripping wet girl with bruises around her neck appears at one of Violet’s mother’s sittings, Violet discovers that she, unlike her mother, can actually see the dead. And this dead girl wants Violet to expose her murderer.
My thoughts: Haunting Violet is a spellbinding historical fantasy about ghosts, false mediums, and navigating the social classes in the nineteenth century. Alyxandra Harvey’s writing is fabulous, and has a thoroughly fancy, old-timey feel to it. She leaves the reader in much suspense—as soon as the ghost girl makes her appearance, the story kicks into gear and doesn’t stop until the final pages. Guessing Rowena’s murderer is near impossible (I had a prediction, but was completely wrong), which makes for a great mystery.
Violet is a protagonist I easily warmed to. She’s trapped in a horrible situation, but she can still see humor or irony in almost anything. Her distaste for high society is nothing new in terms of historical fantasy, but Violet’s quips and whispers to her friend Elizabeth (an equally, if not more fun character than the protagonist) are very amusing. And as for the boys in the story…there is an obvious choice for Violet, but he is a sweet, respectable type who is instantly endearing. The accent doesn’t hurt, either.
Overall, Haunting Violet is a fantastic historical fantasy. I fell in love with its lush setting, fun protagonist, and intriguing mystery. Fans of the paranormal and murder mysteries will delight in the book’s excellent display of both.
If you’re looking for a book to put you right on the edge of your seat, it is a perfect choice.
At the moment I am thinking about what to read next, do you have any ideas, guys? If yes, let me know in the comments below where you’re welcome to leave your opinion as well. See you soon!
Don’t forget to make some tea and read a few pages before going to bed. Now, guys, go and have a nice day! Remember it is always good to read a cool story but it’s better to live it!