Author: Alyxandra Harvey
Details: Hardcover, 353 pgs.
Published: June 21st, 2011 by Walker Books
Reading Level: Young Adult
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?
This was a preorder for me and being as it's not from a series or anything that tells you how excited I was for the book. I think the whole description makes it sounds exactly like my kind of book. And I wasn't disappointed! It may have even been better then what I was hoping for. I really wanted the whole feel and behind the scenes of the deception of the fraudulent medium. How she really pulled it off. And we got that 100%! I loved it! It was a historical fiction but without heavy or lengthy descriptions. I still saw everything clearly in my head and loved the setting.
I really liked Violet. She was stuck in a tough situation. She hated what her mother was doing but if she outed her then they would be hated and well, they would lose everything. So she had to go along with the deception. Times were different then and you can see how it was definitely a hard place for her to be in. I also loved that when she was determined to figure out who the killer was of this ghost she was seeing that she was incredibly brave. She was scared, but she stuck with it knowing that was what was right.
When Violet starts seeing ghosts I loved how she described them. These ghosts were how we imagine them, at least sometimes. Sometimes they look more real, other times they are terrifying looking and most of the time they are the whispy white things that are the most commonly described ghosts. They seemed just a tad bit on the spooky side, especially when they put visions in her head or did things like making water run down walls, etc.
The romance in this book is amazing! I really felt the connection between them and was rooting for them to figure things out so they could be together. In the meantime Violet's horrible mother is trying her hardest to set Violet up with a well-to-do (well, they are in trade, but still fairly wealthy) man. It was interesting watching things play out and although I think it was fairly predictable it didn't ruin the story in any way for me.
Now the romance aspect may have been predictable, but the mystery in this story that Violet is trying to solve is not predictable. Or maybe I'm just an idiot. Because I really did not see it coming! The murderer, I mean. I had some guesses, but I was very wrong! I was a little irritated on how slowly the 'investigation' came along though. I felt like she should have figured at least one thing out (I can't share, it would be spoilery!) and the whole time I was screaming at her to just talk to that guy! If she had it would have been solved much sooner. But then the whole story would have played out differently. So see, this is why I'm not the one writing it.
Overall this was a fabulous and unique book. I've never read anything like it!
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