Haunting Violet

Hardcover, 352 pages
Published:  June 21st 2011 by Walker Childrens
ISBN:  080279839X
ISBN13:  9780802798398
Primary language:  English
Original title:  Haunting Violet

Summary: (from Goodreads)
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?

My Thoughts:

Either I have been really clueless lately or I have been reading some really great books.  I know that I am going to enjoy a book when there is a character I can’t stand.  Violet’s mom was that said character.  I really didn’t like her from the beginning.  I wished ugly things on her, you know, for Violet’s sake.  She is not a nice person and as the book progressed, I liked her less and less.  Some would think that would be a reason to stop reading and put the book down, but I feel it is quite the contrary.  I really disliked the way that she treated those around her.  Her fits toward Violet were just unbearable and quite frankly I was hoping Violet would have some insane gift to torture her mother with.  Well, I guess she kind of did, but would have like to see it more pronounced and fun :) .

Violet was such a likable character and her mother’s ill treatment of her just made me want to continue to read on.  I figured there would be a point at which she got what she deserved.  And boy was I glad when she did.  There were so many events that I wasn’t able to predict throughout the story.  Most especially the ending.  I felt like I was playing a literary game of Clue.  Much like my Clue playing skills, I wasn’t able to really piece it all together until it was unraveling in the end.  Which translates into, “it was a really good book”!

I know I have focused a bit on the way Violet’s mom treated her and not so much the ghosts, but I really enjoyed the mother/daughter dynamic and what it did to the story.  Speaking of the ghosts, how cool would it be to be able to communicate with spirits like that?  I can see the fear in it, and I would really hate to find an angry ghost, but to speak with all the “Caspers” out there, that would be pretty darn awesome.  Of course, to use the gift as Violet did and help someone, that would be even better.

I really enjoyed Haunting Violet, for many reasons.  It had numerous relationship issues going in it and I really enjoyed the various dynamics and how so many were connected.  It had an resolved murder, young love, redemption and ghosts.  Makes for a great story, don’t you agree?

So, let me ask you a question…If you had the ability to communicate with spirits, how would you use that ability?

Thanks again to Jennifer at I Read Banned Books for including me on another great ARC tour!  I am always grateful for her generosity!

Cheers!

Cici ♥

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