Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Review: Haunting Violet

Title Haunting Violet
By Alyxandra Harvey
Genre YA Supernatural/Paranormal
Rating ⭐️

Violet's mother has been masquerading as a medium Violet's whole life. They've worked their way up to being invited to a country estate for a spiritualist party. But when Violet starts actually seeing ghosts she wants nothing to do with them. The ghosts won't leave her alone, though and Violet finds herself dragged into the mystery of a murdered young girl.

First Sentence
A lady does not dance more than two dances with the same gentleman.

Oi! This one has been on my shelf for a long time. I finally decided to pick it up and proceeded to be incredibly disappointed.

I'm not sure if it was a mood thing or what but I had zero patience for the amateurish feel of the writing in this one. I actually thought it was a debut novel, it felt so unpolished, but, nope, the author has written lots of other books. Several of which were published before this one. Could have fooled me.

I also think I was expecting a more modern day setting but this takes place back in Victorian times. Maybe Edwardian times. I'm not sure. That little detail escaped my notice, like most of the details in this one. Yay! Maybe I won't remember how bad it was for long.

Filled with all the YA cliche's of its day I found this one trite and boring and had to give up half way through and skim to the end. Even the skimming was bad. I should have just set this one down 20 pages in when I could tell we weren't going to get along. Oh well.

Should you read it
I think my dislike of this one is personal. So go ahead and give it a shot if you think it's your cup of tea. Just don't expect me to show up to that tea party. 


  1. Ooh, sorry you didn't like this one. I didn't think it was that bad. I know it's not a perfect read, but I liked the characters and the ghostly visitations, even if they weren't all that scary.

    1. Yeah, I tried. I think I just wasn’t in the mood for it or something.

  2. Yikes. This one obviously was not a fit for you.

    1. I was trying to be funnier than mean but I guess I just came off bitter. Sigh!

  3. OK, so I'm not in a hurry to read it. Probably when the mood calls for it. :p

  4. Hmmm I'm kind of torn on this one! What you say about the amateurish writing would definitely bother me (unpolished novels are the bane of my existence) but the cover and that first line intrigue me! Maybe I'll just put it on my list to read if I ever run across a copy. Lovely review, Jenny!

    Laura @BlueEyeBooks

  5. The premise sounds interesting, but I think I'd be bugged by the "amateurish writing" as well. Oh well, I've already got a million books on my TBR list!

  6. Sorry this was so disappointing. I hate books like that. :/