Haunting Violet

Harvey, Alyxandra

Book - 2011
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Haunting Violet
Sixteen-year-old Violet Willoughby has been part of her mother's Spiritualist scam since she was nine, but during an 1872 house party in Hampshire, England, she is horrified to learn that she can actually see ghosts, one of whom wants Violet to solve her murder.

Publisher: New York : Walker, 2011
ISBN: 080279839X
Branch Call Number: y HARVEY 2011
Characteristics: 344 p. ;,22 cm


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Sixteen-year-old Violet Willoughby has been part of her mother's Spiritualist scam since she was nine, but during an 1872 house party in Hampshire, England, she is horrified to learn that not only can she can SEE ghosts, but now one wants Violet to solve her murder.

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Dec 19, 2014

This book was absolutely amazing! "Haunting Violet" , by Alyxandra Harvey is such an eerie, addicting story, that is sure to keep you turning pages. Set in the 1800's, Haunting Violet follows 16 year old Violet, who is forever burdened by her mother's lies and tricks to convince to public that she can see spirits. All Violet wants is to get away from her mother's trickery. But how can she do that when she realizes that she herself can actually see ghosts and spirits...for real. With the help of the ghosts, Violet sets out to solving a creepy murder mystery, and uncovers lies that have been buried long in the past. I will admit that the first few chapters of the book are quite boring; they progress very slowly and mostly tell of Violet's past. A lot of the book feels very repetitive and mediocre at the beginning. However, once the suspense starts drawing in, it's almost impossible to stop reading. Suddenly, all of the repetitiveness makes sense and it leaves you wanting more with every page. The characters in the novel are teenagers themselves, and are faced with real life issues, such as relationships and parental pressures. These elements add something for the reader to relate to. The style of the book is great as well. Even though the book is set in an older time period, the style is still current and easy for teenagers, as well as any other reader to understand and get engaged to. I’d recommend this book to anyone above the age of 13, who'd like a good mystery/supernatural read, to keep them thinking all night.

Jul 10, 2014
  • kamne rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

An interesting book but there are too many details in the beginning of the book that made it a bore at first.

Jul 27, 2013
  • Maria1592 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

fantastic book, the ending was really great

Feb 03, 2013

I love the author. Her books always seen to be my most favorite ones ever.

Dec 05, 2012
  • LoxAndKeys1235 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Hands down best book i have ever read!!! Colin and Violet were some of the best characters i have ever read about! A great and captivating read!

Nov 05, 2012

This is a must see haunting book about a 16 yr old named Violet Willoughby.

Sep 08, 2012
  • shazzle rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I really LOVED this book because the author really knew how to write this book!! :)

Apr 26, 2012
  • gvlee rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

The premise is so promising and the tagline on the cover of the book (Violet doesn't believe in ghosts...but they believe in her.) is so intriguing. But the actual story doesn't deliver on the promise. The writing is mediocre and amateurish. Don't waste your time on this one.

Apr 24, 2012
  • ally19 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

This book had all what I love in a good book mystery, romance, horror and an inspiring character. I loved the relationship between Colin and Violet because they were always so loyal to eachother and would trust eachother with their life. I also enjoyed the many unexpected twists in the novel such as Violet meeting her father and him rejecting her and my favourite, the fact that Violet had the gift not her mother. I know this was an excellent book as it had me attached to it and the author made you feel like you were there, as if you were Violet. As well a good mystery always has the murder as someone you least expect.

Apr 24, 2012
  • zxcvb6655 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

i liked this book, it was a good pace and had a creative plot, and characters

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Feb 03, 2013

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Feb 29, 2012
  • Dark288 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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Apr 09, 2012

Violet Willoughby doesn't believe in ghosts, especially since her mother has worked as a fraudulent medium for a decade. Violet has taken part in enough of her mother's tricks to feel more than a little jaded about anyhting supernatural. The ghosts, however, believe in Violet and she's been seeing them everywhere. One ghost in particular needs Violet to use her emerging gift to solve her murder ...and prevent the ghost's twin sister from suffering the same fate.


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