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{ [ HAUNTING VIOLET - GREENLIGHT ] } By Harvey, Alyxandra (Author) Jun-21-2011 [ Hardcover ] Hardcover – 21 Jun 2011

4.4 out of 5 stars 67 customer reviews

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  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Walker & Company (21 Jun. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 3.2 x 21.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (67 customer reviews)

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Harvey, Alyxandra

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By Bookinda VINE VOICE on 21 Jun. 2011
Format: Paperback
*4.5 Stars*

I'm a big fan of Alyxandra Harvey's Vampire series, The Drake Chronicles. The second book in the series (Blood Feud) is my favourite though. I loved the historical flashbacks to the French Revolution injected between the main story, and in my review remarked that Alyx should think about writing historical when she was done with the Drakes . Little did I know she already had one in the pipeline, Haunting Violet, which went immediately on my must read list as soon as I became aware.

Haunting Violet is set in quite probably my most favourite time in history to read about, Victorian, and centres around the fascinating spiritual medium world, which was extremely popular then. So already I'm sold on this story. And it doesn't disappoint at all; Evocative of its time, eerie and spooky, genuinely mysterious and with that trademark Harvey wit and strong female lead - it's a winning combination.

I loved the character of Violet. Despite being bullied and used by her fraudulent and resentful single mother, she remains a strong character willing to fight back. She has a modern outlook while still fitting in with her era, which makes her both interesting and relatable. Compassionate (if at times grudgingly so to the ghost who desperately needs her help) and intelligent she rocks big time. I thought the plot between the two potential love interests was extremely well done, cringing at her mother's attempts to marry her off to a wealthy gentleman and championing the underdog. There are both very funny and touching scenes in the book, captured in a style unique to this author.

The mystery was also fantastic. What can be more thrilling than a haunted country mansion and a party of nobility and gentry with a murder suspect firmly hidden amongst them.
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I have to say I was not a fan of Alyxandra Harvey and was one of the few people I knew who didn't carry on with her vampire series. This meant I approached this book very warily. However I shouldn't have been worried because I really enjoyed Haunting Violet and would definitely recommend it to others.

The thing that did it for me with this book was the setting. It is set in Victorian England and I felt that you got a real sense of the time period whilst reading it from the surroundings and the customs followed and it really felt like the author had done her homework to ensure every little detail was just so.

I loved Violet as a character and felt that the author did a brilliant job of making her modern and easy to relate to as well as fitting her in with the time period she belongs in. I particularly enjoyed seeing how she got to grips with her new found powers and how she balanced in her use of them compared to her mother who claimed to use similiar ones fraudality.

I loved Colin (never thought I'd swoon over a man named Colin ... I suppose there is a first for everything) and his continually changing relationship with Violet. I'm not going to say much about how it all turns out but needless to say I loved it.

The story itself is based around a murder mystery involving a victim whose spirit appears to violet. Again I loved this take on things and really enjoyed following the story as violet started to find out what happened.

All in all a brilliant book which I really enjoyed
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My sister gave me a Kindle for Christmas and I browsed through the ebook section on Amazon looking for some titles to download. This caught my eye and I'm very glad it did! It's very well written - pacy in style so the boredom factor is pretty much absent - and the story line, whilst a bit far fetched, was intriguing enough to hold my interest. If you want a mixture of ghosts, a bit of horror, a murder and whodunnit and a bit of romance thrown in, then this is surely the book for you!! I've already downloaded a couple more books by the same author and am looking forward to reading them.....
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Haunting Violet was a great read! It is centred around the character of Violet Willoughby, a girl who has a new-found talent for seeing the dead. For years her mother has swindled grieving patrons at fake seances. Violet's mother was a brilliantly horrible piece of work: one of those characters you could thoroughly enjoy loathing!

Violet herself was great. I always like characters who love the books I love, and Jane Eyre is one of my all-time favourites! I'm not usually one for historical settings, but the nineteenth century setting of this novel provided the perfect atmosphere. I loved the parlour tricks the group used to simulate the visiting spirits, and the bitchy guests at the manor were brilliant little caricatures.

The romantic element of the book was predictable, but sweet. It was a bit of a shame that the fella's name was Colin, though. Poor dab. Much more enjoyable and dynamic was the friendship between Violet and her plump and energetic friend, Elizabeth.

I think, in a lot of ways, this was a brave book. The Victorian English setting, the old fashioned names and customs, as well as the "murder mystery" aspect of the narrative, are all things which probably should alienate a lot of younger readers. However, Harvey manages to balance these things with relatable, fairly modern characters, a healthy dose of paranormal intrigue, and a sweet romantic element.

Thoroughly enjoyable! Oh, and I love the dress the girl on the book cover is wearing. He he. Four stars!
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