Review: Haunting Violet by Alyxandra Harvey

“A ghost story with all the mannerisms one would expect from the Victorian Era.”

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Title:Haunting Violet
Author:Harvey, Alyxandra
Publisher:Bloomsbury
Pages:352

From 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?

I have read every book that Alyxandra Harvey has written and I have enjoyed them all. I wondered how it would read coming out of the world of the Drake Vampires and into a Victorian ghost story. Harvey has a certain snarkytacular style that I adore, and I was afraid it would be lost in Victorian mannerisms.

Violet was full of snark and feminism and was a fabulous character to follow through a ghostly murder mystery. She stands proud as her mother pulls sham after sham on the peerage and only starts to truly lose it when she begins to exhibit symptoms of actually being able to see and communicate with ghosts. Her mother must never know else she would add Violet to her charade for more theatrical effect.

When her mother is exposed for the charlatan she is, Violet loses her only chance to marry out of the shamble of her home life. Just as things seem to be broken for good another of her mother’s scandals opens a door for Violet’s escape. However there is still the matter of the ghosts, and what they want from her.

This book is so amazingly creepy, well written and just fabulous to read. Everyone will love the time period, the theatrics of the seance and Violet’s quest to truly find herself.

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5 Responses so far

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    This book sounds very creepy. I do love ghost stories, so I might give this one a try. It sounds like it might be similar to the books by Leanna Renee Heiber.

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    Yeah, so my new favorite word is “snarkytacular”. Pretty super. This looks really good but the cover totally creeps me out.

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    I think I’ve finally decided to add this to my TBR. Thanks for the review!

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    Snarky Victorian murder mystery? This sound perfect. Yet another book I need!

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    I really enjoyed this one as well.

    However, I enjoyed Wrapped by Jennifer Bradbury a little bit more. Not about Victorian seances, but rather about the obsession with Egypt. It’s also a great historical mystery with feminist ideals as any good historical YA should be. Have you read it?

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