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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...more
Hardcover, 342 pages
Published June 21st 2011 by Walker Childrens (first published May 24th 2011)
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Jessica
Recently I read a writer's blog challenge about stakes. The stakes in a novel must be high to encourage a reader to want to finish the novel. Obviously, low stakes make for a boring novel. Most of the stakes presented were in the following format: so-and-so must do ______ OR ELSE ______ happens. Well, let me tell you about the "stakes" in this novel. Violet must find out who murdered Rowena or else... Well, I'm not really sure what will happen if she doesn't. Obviously, a murderer walks free, bu...more
Amanda
There is this thick culture in my home country that places deep respect and almost blind obedience upon members of family - especially one's parents.

I lived next door to a girl and her younger brother. Every day, she was made to do all the household chores, help her mother with the cooking and tend to their little shop. One breath out of line and she was beaten by her father. Her younger brother, on the other hand, spent his days running about God knows where from morning 'til night, never made...more
~Tina~
Already a huge fan of Alyxandra Harvey's Drake Chronicles, I was eager to see how she tackles something totally different. I'm happy to say that she doesn't disappoint.
Haunting Violet was everything I was hoping for and more.

I loved this book! Yes, it's a historical, which most of you know I don't particular like, but the way Harvey writes feels like I've been swept off my feet and transported. I love how vivid her setting is. It's rich and lavish, right down to the fashion and the food, the ele...more
Stacia (the 2010 club)
I've had great luck with my Halloween picks this year. This book was a great little find. I haven't read this author's Drake Chronicles series yet, but I'm now interested in checking it out after reading Haunting Violet.

Normally I don't like to write summaries for book reviews, but since the actual summary doesn't really clue you in to what's going on, I'm going to break it down for you.

1. It's a historical. I was surprised, but in a good way. The setting was perfect for adding to the creepy vib...more
Angelc
4.5 Stars

This is a great YA historical with a spooky, supernatural element, not to mention a sweet romance!

I've always been fascinated by the seances in the Victorian era, including all the tricks that mediums and con artists used to make people think they were communicating with ghosts. The book really portrays Violet's mother as taking advantage of people at their worst. We get to see all of the ways she tricked them in detail.

Sometimes, I wanted Violet's mother to be just little more of a sym...more
Kelly
(3.5 stars) It’s Victorian England, and Spiritualism is all the rage. Violet Willoughby’s mother Celeste is a phony medium, using parlor tricks to scam her way up the social ladder. Now, the Willoughbys have been invited to the palatial estate of Rosefield for a grand house party. On this trip, Violet learns something shocking: she is a medium. A real one. And the ghost of a girl from the next estate over, who drowned mysteriously the previous year, is haunting Violet and demanding she solve her...more
Delilah V
Review for Haunting Violet By Alyxandra Harvey

Haunting Violet by Alyxandra Harvey is one of my all time favorite books! I loved it! It had such descriptive language in it at some parts you thought you were actually in the story. It on the edge of your seat wondering what would happen next. Haunting Violet pleasantly surprised me by being so good because I usually do not read thrilling books like this but I would recommend this book to anyone.

The book Haunting Violet takes place in the 1800's...more
Rebecca
Sixteen-year-old Violet Willoughby doesn't believe in the supernatural after being forced to assist her mother, a fradulent medium, since she was a little girl. Violet resents her mother for forcing her to participate in tricking many grieving people out of their money. Invited to the estate of Lord Jasper, a wealthy and prominent Spiritualist, Violet is angry that she must once again help perpetuate her mother's fraud. At the same time, Violet's mother is trying to push her into marriage with a...more
Ruby
This review was first posted on http://www.rubysreads.com.

I'm afraid I didn't enjoy this book as much as I enjoyed the Drake Chronicles. It's a period piece, which tends to bring out the nitpicker in me. I'm one of those people who is irritated when an author gets titles wrong. It's not that I consider myself a history buff--quite the opposite, in fact--but that's my point, really. If an ignoramus like me knows that the Earl of Bladiblah generally has several lesser titles in addition to the one...more
Kristi-The Book Faery
The Faery’s View

Haunting Violet is such an apropos name for Alyxandra Harvey’s break –away from The Drake Chronicles! It is full of ghosts, thrills, romance but it’s also a murder mystery that will keep you guessing until the very end. The most surprising aspect of Haunting Violet is that it is not only a paranormal romance but it is also, in my opinion, a very accurate historical paranormal romance set in the year of 1872.

Violet, the illegitimate daughter of a charlatan Spiritualist, has known...more
Eden
The cover:

Lilies and water are a bit cliché, but both have to do with the book, so it can be forgiven. The colours are also an iffy choice: the shades of purple and white complement each other, but it ends up looking like a monotone cover. What bothers me most is the girl -- is she Violet or Rowena? I suppose it doesn't matter, but it seems like a weird positioning of the model for either of them.

The book:

Haunting Violet reminded me very much of Distant Waves by Suzanne Weyn. And let me tell you...more
Charlie
4.5 Stars
Behind the Victorian curtain lurks a secret fascination with the after-life. The science and seance of mediums, performance, magic and paranormal are invited into the drawing rooms of elite society and pray on the grief stricken and bored. The Gothic darkness paired with the proper etiquette of the era makes for a scandalised mixture that is both historically interesting as well as mesmerizing. The macabre halls, hauntings and visual images are authentic and remind me of The Castle of O...more
Jessica
This is a fascinating look at the mania for Spiritualism and seances in Victorian England. Violet's mother is a medium, and a total fraud. All her life, Violet has assisted her mother in swindled the bereaved by faking ghostly messages and visitations. But what if a real ghost wanted to make contact?

This book was wonderfully done, with plenty of detail about fashions, etiquette, and Spiritualism (real and fake). Violet was a great character, and so was everyone else, from her theatrical mother t...more
Lauren
Jun 27, 2011 Lauren rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: own
Ever since I saw the beautiful cover and the intriguing synopsis for Alyxandra Harvey’s Haunting Violet, I have been dying to read it, as if there is one thing I love its well-written historical fiction, especially if it involves something supernatural as well. Thankfully, this book perfectly fit the bill!

For Violet Willoughby, she is starting to become sick of the life she has been given. She cannot stand watching her mother constantly trick people into giving their money over for her so-called...more
Krystal
Violet Willoughby doesn't believe in ghosts. She's sat through one two many of her mothers fake séances to believe in the spirits. But, on a trip to great country house where her mother is trying to pull off her greatest con, ghosts all of the sudden start appearing to Violet. One ghost in particular is quite insistent that Violet help her catch her murderer before he has a chance to kill her sister. Violet reluctantly starts to investigate the death along with her eager friend and childhood par...more
Jan
4 1/2 stars. In Victorian London, Violet has been helping her mother stage fake seances for years. She does not enjoy it, but she has no where to go so she does it, despite guilty feelings. So there really is no bigger skeptic than Violet. But on a trip to a country house for a set of seances at a country house, Violet starts feeling and seeing creepy things. Once at the estate, it only gets worse as Violet starts seeing ghosts all around her and one in particular, the desperate ghost of a young...more
♥Rachel♥
Set in Victorian England, Haunting Violet is fun, suspense, mystery, and romance all wrapped into one amazing book!

Violet's mother is a "Medium" who fools people out of money by holding phony seances and readings. Violet and her mother's assistant, Colin, must participate in the charades to earn a living.

They are invited out to the country estate of Lord Jasper and suddenly Violet starts seeing ghosts. Mostly the ghost of a girl who drowned the summer before at a neighboring estate. Her death wa...more
TheBookSmugglers
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First Impressions:

Ana: I love ghost stories (even if I am scared of them) and I love novels set in Victorian times, so reading Haunting Violet was pretty much a given. The potential was even greater considering that the heroine and narrator is a con artist who finds herself having to solve a very real murder with the added bonus of a sweet romance between childhood friends. And you know… I really enjoyed reading Haunting Violet...more
Inge
3.5 stars

Oh no, I’ve become one of those reviewers that write a review a month after they’ve read the book! That’s bad, because obviously I can’t remember all the details. And I’m not one to take notes while reading a book, because I’ve already got a short attention span. What I do remember is that Haunting Violet was refreshing in many ways for me.

Basically, Violet’s mom is a scam artist. She pretends to be psychic and in contact with the ghost world, so she organises séances. Violet and her be...more
Book Angel Emma
Brilliant detail on spiritualism. Fab protagonist and brilliant romance *swoon.

I am a huge fan of Alyxandra Harvey's vampire series The Drake Chronicles, so I was very excited to read anything else by her, more so after reading the synopsis. I have to say that Haunting Violet has tipped the scales sending me into super fan girl mode. The book is superbly well written with dramatic atmospheric tension from the beginning.

I do not want to go into too much detail about the plot as you really NEED to...more
Kirsty (Amethyst Bookwyrm)
This and my other reviews can be found at http://amethystbookwyrm.blogspot.co.uk/

Violet has never believed in ghosts and people who can see them because of helping and living with her charlatan spiritualist mother. However, when Violet, her mother and Colin, an Irish orphan who helps out her mother and Violet has been getting strange feeling for him, visit Lord Jasper’s country estate, Violet keeps seeing a drowned girl everywhere she goes. Now with the help of Colin and her friend Elizabeth hav...more
Rachel
Jun 24, 2011 Rachel rated it 5 of 5 stars
Shelves: arc
Rowena Wentworth didn’t drown. She was murdered. And until her killer is revealed and admits their guilt, her spirit will not rest. And as a restless spirit she is angry and she fears for her sister Tabitha’s safety. She wants justice.

So when she sees someone who possesses the gift of sight, she is determined to make them solve her murder and she will not leave them alone until they do.

Violet Willoughby never wanted to follow in her mother Celeste’s footsteps – someone who claimed to have the ab...more
Laura
Since Harvey's Drake Chronicles is one of the better recent vampire series, I was interested to see how she did in another genre. This is still within the paranormal continuum, but it's historical fiction and Spiritualism, not modern vampires. And it's not bad.

Violet's mother is a Spiritualist, holding seances and "reuniting" the living and the dead. Of course it's all a hoax and the tricks she uses are described with some loathing by Violet (but if you've ever wondered, it's interesting to lear...more
Andrea
3.5 out of 5 rating

At first I had a little bit of a hard time getting into the story. I don't really enjoy historical fiction and that's what this book was (somehow I didn't realize this before I started the book). But I quickly realized that it was more of a ghost story and mystery and I quickly forgot the whole "historical" part of the story.

Haunting Violet had a good plot to it. I definitely didn't figure out the mystery at all, which is always good. And there was a nice romance subplot to th...more
Srividya
If you are in a mood to read about spirits, spiritualism, murder and mystery, this is definitely the book for you.

Violet Willoughby is a sixteen year old girl who despite participating in her mother's scam as a medium for spirits, does not actually believe in them. However, the ghosts believe in Violet. While attending a house party in Hampshire, England, Violet can no longer ignore her ability or the fact that she is being pestered by the ghost of a girl, Rowena, who had supposedly died in a dr...more
Ozana
Sep 25, 2011 Ozana rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: ya
It's rather rare now days to write a book without follow ups and to be interesting. There are few characters in the book but they are so well described,like Violet emotions and innocent belief in people and also sarcastic description of the Mother. Fable is building slowly for such a "short" book but it's interesting.If only the ending wasn't so predictable but from the Violet's POV, as a young girl is, understandable. ”
Samantha
Not exactly what it could have been, I was expecting more from this author. Although I've only read her YA paranormal series about vampires, I was excited to see the author switch gears and head into Victorian England. I was happy with the world building and I even liked the main characters, especially Violet and Colin, but something was missing. I think there were too many times certain themes were repeated throughout the story, like yes, I get that Colin teased Violet when they were children,...more
Wendy Darling
3.5 stars
Natalie
Review will be posted on the blog 6/27.

In a Sentence:Haunting Violet is an entertaining blend of history and fantasy with likeable characters and just the right dose of romance.

My Thoughts

I've heard many great things about Alyxandra Harvey's Hearts at Stake series, but Haunting Violet is my first actual encounter with her writing. If her first series is anything like her latest novel, then I can definitely see the appeal. In Haunting Violet, Harvey seamlessly weaves history and fantasy togethe...more
Jessica B
From shutupimreading.blogspot.com

I always have fun when reading Harvey's Drake Chronicles, so I was really excited to read a new novel by her. Sadly, it fell a bit short of my expectations.

Haunting Violet starts off strong. Usually historical fictions start slow for me, but this novel starts with a bang. But about halfway through, it gets slow and begins to read like a drawn-out game of Clue.

Though Haunting Violet did have it's strong points despite it's awkward pacing, like Violet. I can't put...more
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