Last night I finished reading Haunting Violet by Alyxandra Harvey for an Around the World ARC Tour.
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?
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 the book as well.
I really liked Violet, Elizabeth and Colin. Elizabeth, Violet's friend, is someone that I probably would be friends with in real life! And Colin just sounds yummy.
So if you're like me and just don't get into the whole historical fiction thing, I would still give this one a try. I bet you'd be surprised!
I gave this book a rating of 3.5/5.
Haunting Violet will be released on June 21, 2001.
This book fulfills items in the following challenges:
2011 100+ Reading Challenge: 33
2011 ARC Reading Challenge: 28
2011 Young Adult Reading Challenge: 25
*FTC Disclosure: I was given this book for free for an honest review as part of the Around the World Tours.