Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Haunting Violet Blog Tour- Review + Giveaway

Title: Haunting Violet
Author: Alyxandra Harvey
Published: June 21st 2011 by Walker Childrens

Summary: 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?

Thoughts:Haunting Violet is a beautifully written, well crafted novel that's part historical fiction, part ghost story and part romance.

Violet does not believe in ghosts. Why would she? Ever since she was a child, she has helped her mom scam people into believing that her seances are real, when they're nothing more than mere parlor tricks. And now that she's older, her mother wants to showcase her as a lady, hoping to snag Violet a nice rich lord. But the thing is, Violet isn't interested in any lords, not even the wealthy, handsome Xavier. Though Violet knows (especially with the class differences) Colin is off limits, she can't help herself from stealing kisses from him. They've grown up together, her mother has taken him under her wing and Colin has always been there for Violet. How could she not fall in love with him?

As if romance, relationships and potential wealth isn't enough to deal with, Violet begins to see ghosts. No, not the fake spirits her mother creates, but a real, actual ghost. And apparently, where one appears, others will follow. Violet must then begin to figure out why these spirits are here, how they got there and help them in any way she can. Worst of it, if these spirits were murdered, then she has to figure out who the culprit is before the killer strikes again.

I'll be perfectly honest. I've never been a huge fan of historical fiction, nor ghost stories in general. What first drew me to Haunting Violet was the cover. I mean, it's beautiful but also adds a sort of hint that something cryptic yet enticing may be in store. Well, kudos to the cover designer because she/he nailed it! From the pacing to the plot, every little piece of the story fits perfectly together and weaved this story that I ended up liking more than I thought I would.

One thing I loved is the fact that while the story is set in the 1800s, it doesn't READ like a historical fiction novel. Even the dialogue read like actual people talking rather just the fancy "this is how the people in the 1800s speak." I think the way historical fiction is written is what normally draws me away, but luckily, this wasn't the case with Haunting Violet.

I adored Violet as the main character. So many female characters nowadays make such silly, idiotic decisions that make me want to scream and pull my hair out. Not Violet. She's strong, has morals, and while she knows that what her mother does is wrong, she also knows that family is important.

Also, I think I'm a sucker for forbidden love, especially when it involves something like class. From the minute Colin was a child, I was immediately drawn to his character. His kindness, quirkiness, charm and overall presence is just a breath of fresh air. And the relationship he builds with Violet? Wow. Every time they kissed, I felt like my heart melted into a pile of goo. Swoon? You betcha!

Overall, I found the Haunting Violet to be a fun, different read that I really enjoyed. At times, the pacing can be a bit slow, but that never lasts long. If you're a fan of a good mystery novel, with a beautiful Victorian yet Gothic setting, and well developed characters, I would recommend checking out Haunting Violet. It's so much more than just a pretty cover!


Giveaway Time:

*To win a copy of Haunting Violet, leave a comment below and tell me one of your favorite ghost story/novels is.
*Be sure to leave a way for me to contact you (i.e. email address).
*You must be 15 and up.
*Open to US participants only (unless you have a US address I can ship the book to).
*+1 for tweeting, spreading the word, etc.
*Ends July 19th.

Good luck! :)

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  1. One of my favorite ghost novels is Bad Girls Don't Die by Katie Alender.

  2. Oooh one of my FAVS is The Near Witch!


  3. My favorite ghost story is Heart Shaped Box by Joe Hill. It's spine tinglingly creepy and the writing is fantastic.


  4. I loved Hereafter by Tara Hudson. It was creepy good!


  5. I'm going to have to go with Heart Shaped Box as well. It was an awesome book!


  6. I haven't read a lot of ghost stories, I tend to avoid them. But I did read Hereafter by Tara Hudson and loved, loved, loved it. So maybe I need to get over this ghost story phobia and read more of them. Hmm.

    Thanks for the giveaway.


  7. One of my favorite ghost stories is Shade by Jeri Smith-Ready. I'm actually reading Shift right now and loving that one too.

    findjessyhere at gmail dot com

  8. I recently read Bad Girls Don't Die, and it's my new favorite YA ghost story.

    whatinabox at gmail dot com

    +1 Post: http://bookishinabox.blogspot.com/2011/07/giveaways-week-of-73.html

  9. Hereafter.. it was so amzing. Loved it!

  10. I haven't read many ghost stories but I really loved Deception: Haunting Emma by Lee Nichols last year!

    bookbutterfly9 at gmail dot com

  11. I love historical fiction and ghost stories! So even though you don't like those but loved this book, I know for a fact that I will love it! Thanks for a great review and a great giveaway:)

    jwitt33 at live dot com

  12. Whoops! I forgot to mention that I tweeted!

    Thanks again! jwitt33 at live dot com

  13. kinda girly, but I love the Mediator series by Meg Cabot :) thanks for the giveaway, please count me in!


  14. I generally don't like that many ghost stories, but love Shade and Shift by Jeri Smith-Ready :D Thanks for the giveaway, this book looks awesome :)
    I tweeted: http://twitter.com/#!/ramen_addict/status/88386534448959488


  15. I don't read that many ghost stories, but I loved Hereafter by Tara Hudson. Thanks for the giveaway!


  16. I haven't read many ghost-centric stories. The only one I can think of is Evermore by Allyson Noel.

  17. My favorite ghost story is A Certain Slant of Light by Laura Whitcomb. Thanks for the giveaway!

    erinberry12 at charter dot net

  18. I loved A Certain Slant of Light! I think my favorite ghost story is Bad Girls Don't Die
    by Katie Alender.
    +1 spread here http://www.goodreads.com/event/show/124172-haunting-violet-blog-tour-review-giveaway

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  19. I'm so glad you loved this book too! Really nice review :)

    (Don't enter me in the giveaway, I was just stopping by to see your thoughts on the book)

  20. I really enjoyed Through Her Eyes by Jennifer Archer

    +1 spread here

    deadtossedwaves at gmail dot com

  21. Hereafter by Tara Hudson is really good!


    mittens0831 at aol dot com

  22. My favorite ghost story is "The Haunted" by Jessica Verday :D

  23. favorite ghost story...hmmm, that's a hard one...probably Bad Girls Don't Die, but thta's really more like a demon book huh... oh well, that's all I got. Haven't really read any ghost stories. I need to get on that then huh...



  24. You know, I wasn't planning on reading this one since I'm not all that into ghost stories. But when you said that there was forbidden love, I knew I just HAD to read this one. I love historical fiction so I think I might enjoy this one.

    My favorite ghost story is Haunted by Meg Cabot.


  25. I'm not sure I've read a ghost story yet. I have many on my shelves. I guess the closest I've come is Kelley Armstrong's series (both adult and YA) in which there is a necromancer who talks to ghosts. My favorite of those, of course, is No Humans Involved.

    +1 for tweeting

    aine dot onetwistedpixie at gmail dot com

  26. Right now, I like The Ghost and the Goth--Alona's such a strogn heroine. :-)


    I retweeted Andrea's tweet!

  27. My favorite ghost book is Terrier by Tamora Pierce. Pigeons, the god's servants, carry the souls of the dead who are unwilling to let go of life and loved ones, and who were murdered, and Beka is one of the few who can hear them. She listens to those who died and as a Puppy training to be a Dog, their form of police, she tries to solve the mystery and catch the crook killing innocent people. I love it :D

    Thanks for the chance to win Violet! I don't read a lot of books about ghosts, and I'm trying to try some this summer.

    gingerrodent AT aol DOT com

  28. Of course as soon as you ask me to list my favourite ghost story I can't think of one. But I am currently reading Heartless by Gail Carriger that has ghosts as characters in the story so for now I'll stick with that.

    Twitter: http://twitter.com/#!/whitewolfreads/status/90641252093140993

    whitewolfreads AT gmail DOT com

  29. Right now my favorite ghost story is A Ghost Of A Chance by Minnette Meador. Its an awesome book! I love this book! Its great!

  30. i love the mediator series by Meg Cabot. Suze and Jessie just rock

    thanks for the giveaway.


  31. Not technically a ghost story...but there are many of them in it! The Harry potter series (maybe I just have that on my mind this week!!)

    mk261274 at gmail dot com

  32. I haven't really read many ghost stories recently, but I really want to start reading more, since I used to LOVE them as a kid! My favorites as kids were Time for Andrew by Mary Downing Hahn and Out of the Dark and The Dollhouse Murders both by Betty Ren Wright.

    basicallyamazingbooks [at] gmail.com

  33. I like Shade by Jeri Smith-Ready. Thanks so much!


  34. For YA - Shade
    For Adult - Heart Shaped Box

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