Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Haunting Violet by Alyxandra Harvey

Book Summery (Via Goodreads): 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. Can Violet find a way to help this ghost without ruining her own chance at a future free of lies?

Book Review:
I've had this on my TBR shelf for YEARS. I wanted to read something scary for October/Halloween. John and I went to a few of the local libraries and were a bit underwhelmed with their October/Halloween displays and/or recommendations. I knew I had several scarier books on my TBR shelf waiting to be read and this was one of them. Haunting Violet knocked it out of the ballpark for me. This had everything I love about a good ghost story. The ghost that was haunting Violet had a purpose and a story to tell. I LOVED the historical setting. It added so much to the overall plot. The characters were flawed and real. I found Violet, Colin, and Elizabeth very easy to relate to. The pacing was superb. I had a very difficult time setting this book down. I will definitely be reading more books by Harvey in the future!

Cover Art Commentary:
I don't feel this cover does this book justice. I get the concept. A violet-y purple in honor of the main character, Violet. And this is the main "vision" that Violet sees over and over, but somehow, it's not like the image I imaginied while reading this story.


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