Author: Alyxandra Harvey
Source: Blog Tour through I Read Banned Books
Pub Date: June, 21st 2011
Publisher: Walker Children’s
Rating: 3 Birds
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?
Such a beautiful cover, and such an intriguing blurb! The combination really grabbed me and sucked me in, and that’s why I applied to be on the book tour through I Read Banned Books. What I wasn’t expecting when I opened the book, because you see, I don’t read reviews of books I haven’t yet read myself for fear of spoilers – I’m weird like that. Well, what I wasn’t expecting is that the book would be a Historical Fiction set in the Victorian era.
I very seriously almost put the book down a moved on. Oh, don’t judge me! I am sure you too have a specific genre you can’t bear to read no matter how wonderful it all may seem. Historical fiction (okay and Steampunk) is mine. And it’s not even that I can’t bear to read it, it’s more that I know because of the setting I won’t fully enjoy it and that’s a very unfair way to rate a book, in my opinion.
Luckily for me, Harvey has a part of this book much like a murder mystery, and that combined with ghosts grabbed me enough to keep me hanging on and intrigued. Quite a neat little combo of things I had never seen before (and work) in a book…Victorian era, Murder Mystery and Paranormal.
I am especially thrilled with the way the character's were written, and not just the main character's either, all the supporting cast was very well detailed and as I’ve mentioned before in other reviews this is very important to me because too often a person pops up for a paragraph then falls off the face of the world until the end where the reappear and are expected to be important to the story.
In the end I’m going with 3 Birds. The Victorian Era was difficult for me and did hinder it, but the spooky and mysterious tale with in it was still well worth the read.
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