Haunting Violet by Alyxandra Harvey

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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?
 

About Alyxandra Harvey

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ALYXANDRA HARVEY is the author of Haunting Violet, Hearts at Stake, Blood Feud, and Out for Blood. She studied creative writing and literature at York University and has had her poetry published in several magazines. She lives in an old Victorian farmhouse with a few resident ghosts, her husband, hawk, and two dogs. www.alyxandraharvey.com www.thedrakechronicles.com
 
Published June 21, 2011 by Walker Childrens. 351 pages
Genres: Horror, Young Adult, History, Travel, Romance, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Sixteen-year-old Violet has learned to pick pockets and set up rooms for fake séances, but she knows she’ll be stuck in poverty if she doesn’t marry a wealthy man.

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Rather than meeting a handsome, rich, possibly suspicious stranger and falling desperately in love with him despite that whole “possibly suspicious” thing, Violet finds herself involved in a love triangle.

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I also loved the descriptions of the fake séances and the tricks with Violet, Colin and her mother used to convince people of her mother's gift – ingenious and a great insight into Victorian charlatans.

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Teen Reads

I knew I would like Violet right away when, in the Prologue, she decides at age nine that she wants to be either a female writer or "a goblin-fighting pirate queen."

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Sixteen-year old Violet doesn’t believe in ghosts.

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Historical Novel Society

When Mrs. Willoughby takes Violet and Colin to Lord Jasper’s estate for a reading, Violet is stunned to discover that she can see real ghosts, particularly the ghost of a teenage girl, Rowena, who drowned the previous year.

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Curled Up With a Good Kid's Book

Let that be your dowry!” Colin clearly likes Violet and tries to dissuade her from going along with her mother’s plans to marry Violet off to Xavier.

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