Friday, March 29, 2013

Haunting Violet by Alyxandra Harvey (REVIEW)

Haunting Violet

Author: Alyxandra Harvey
Category: YA Supernatural Historical Fiction Mystery Romance
Suitable for: Teens+
My Rating: 5 Stars
Format Read for Review:  Kindle
Pages: 368

Description: Violet is a 16 year old girl forced to help her wicked mom who is a fraudulent medium. Violet doesn’t believe in ghosts until she starts to see them every where. She meets the ghost of a girl who died one year ago and starts to investigate her murder with the help of her friends. 

In Short: This book is a wonderful blend of genres. A young adult book set in Victoria Era England with a supernatural themed plot driven by romance and a murder mystery. This book sucks you into its world and the imagery gives you the feel of watching a spooky movie with brilliant special effects. This book is a unique and fun read!

Pros: I love the way the book is written. It is narrated by the main character who is funny and clever and is always saying and thinking witty things. I thought the main character was very likable. I really enjoyed that she was the one to solve the mystery and she didn't need a love interest to save her. Because of the way things are worded you can clearly picture them. The ghostly scenes are creative and scary. The romance elements were natural and believable. The book is really well paced and I thoroughly enjoyed reading the entire thing. 

Cons: This isn't really so much of a criticism but this book had a lot of big words that I didn't know (like laudanum and flibbertigibbet). Luckily reading this on my kindle app on my iPad means I can just poke the word for a dictionary definition. So on the plus side I learned a few new words. The only bad part of that was if you don’t have a dictionary handy a lot of times the sentence the words were in didn't give you any clues to their meanings so you might feel like you are missing out. 

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