Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Review: Haunting Violet by Alyxandra Harvey

Haunting Violet 
Author: Alyxandra Harvey
Release date: June 21, 2011
Published by: Walker Children's
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Violet’s mother is a fake medium who works to gain clients in the upper class of Victorian England. Violet’s mother is no one’s idea of a loving mother; in fact, she is often angry, harsh, and violent towards Violet and Colin, the boy her mother brought from the streets to work for them. These séances have made Violet immune to the idea of the supernatural…until one day a ghost visits Violet.

This ghost will not leave Violet alone until her killer is caught, but first Violet has to unravel the secrets behind the ghost’s death. Unfortunately, the killer is also lurking about, and as Violet’s gets closer and closer to the truth, danger creeps closer as well.

My Thoughts: Okay, I consumed this book—all 344 pages. The murder-mystery element is so creepy with the addition of a ghost who drowned and cannot speak—water pours from her mouth when she tries to talk! Violet has to overcome a mother who is just awful and a ghost who causes her to make embarrassing mistakes in order to come out on top after a horrible scandal, a killer on the loose, and class lines to cross. Plus, there are two boys who like Violet and pull her in two different directions. I loved, loved, loved this story.
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