Friday, July 29, 2011

Haunting Violet Blog Tour!!

Author: Alyxandra Harvey

Summary: (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?

From: Publisher

Review: Haunting Violet is an excellent read for those who enjoy ghost stories and tales of the London seasons. I'm sure some of you know by now that I am not a huge fan of scary stories, so I was wary that this book would really haunt me later. And in a way it has since I really like it and would re-read it.

The premise of this story is a little bit different from what the usual ghost story entails. In Haunting Violet, the main character doesn't believe in ghosts not because she has never seen one, but because her mother's occupation as a fake spiritualist has erased Violet's faith in the supernatural. When Violet does end up meeting a ghost, she is shocked just the right amount. Harvey's writing made it possible for me, as the reader, to believe Violet's story.

Another interesting detail is that Violet may associate with high society, so we do hear about balls and debutantes and the exquisite food. But that she herself isn't part of the Peerage is wonderful because I got to understand a little bit of how non-peers were treated. Haunting Violet has a cast of many different characters in different rungs of the societal ladder and this variety made for a more complete story.

Violet's thoughts are well explained by Harvey as to how she grows up in love and in her reactions to the people around her. She realistically thinks through her situations and isn't naive, although sometimes rash. Overall, she was a strong character and offered a different perspective for this ghost story.

And of course, the mystery. I love mysteries and I certainly loved how this one worked out although it was a tiny bit obvious a while into the story. Haunting Violet is an amazing paranormal read that had me not wanting to come back to the real world for a long time.

Rating: 1 2 3 4 5

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Waiting on Wednesday 16?

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill at BreakingTheSpine on the books we cannot wait to read as soon as they come out. Check out her site to join in on the fun!

Title: Dark of the Moon

Author: Tracy Barrett

Summary: (goodreads) Ariadne is destined to become a goddess of the moon. She leads a lonely life, filled with hours of rigorous training by stern priestesses. Her former friends no longer dare to look at her, much less speak to her. All that she has left are her mother and her beloved, misshapen brother Asterion, who must be held captive below the palace for his own safety.

So when a ship arrives one spring day, bearing a tribute of slaves from Athens, Ariadne sneaks out to meet it. These newcomers don’t know the ways of Krete; perhaps they won’t be afraid of a girl who will someday be a powerful goddess. And indeed she meets Theseus, the son of the king of Athens. Ariadne finds herself drawn to the newcomer, and soon they form a friendship—one that could perhaps become something more.

Yet Theseus is doomed to die as an offering to the Minotaur, that monster beneath the palace—unless he can kill the beast first. And that "monster" is Ariadne’s brother . . .

My Thoughts: Yay! Finally a book-related post for you guys! I am also going to be holding a contest really soon so stay tuned to that. And endlessly surfing AMAZON is how I came upon this book and many, many others to put on my wishlist.

I went through a huge mythology obsession awhile ago (don't we all?) so this book sounds amazing in the regard that it is a new spin on a very old story. The story of the minotaur is probably one of the most fascinating for me and I'm very excited to see how the author resolves such a difficult conflict in the end since loyalty can rip a person apart. The whole goddess thing sounds like lots of fun as well. And that cover is really cool too!

What are YOU waiting for?

Monday, July 25, 2011

Hey there!

So I am back from vacation. And I have a new computer now. WOOHOO! We were going to try to get the old one fixed, but the guy we took it to told us that everything in the hard drive that restores the computer was gone and we would need system recovery disks and that would take a couple weeks and then we might have to buy a new hard drive anyway and yeah...I decided it would be better to just get a new one. The old computer had already broken down twice before :( Hopefully this one lasts a little longer.

Anyway, I shall be writing a couple of reviews this week since I haven't been reading anything really new. Maybe I will post a reaction on the Harry Potter books 1 and 2 which I HAVE been re-reading. I'd forgotten how much I loved them! How much I loved Harry Potter! Haha. I would like to thank you for sticking with me, so I will be making a post with pictures from my Vegas trip also to share.

I have been indulging in my guilty pleasure lately as well: Korean Dramas. Just finished watching "Can You Hear My Heart" today. Cried a bunch, but am ready to move on to another one. Thinking of starting "Heartstrings" not only because it has CN Blue's Yong Hwa in it...ok so maybe that is the only reason. But I promise to focus more on actual book reviews since that is what this blog is supposed to be about!

Have a lovely day fellow book-lovers (it is overcast here :( yay summer.) and read lots and lots and lots of wonderful books!

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Where I've been...

Hey guys! So I haven't been posting in a huge while. It is because my computer stopped working about three weeks ago and then I have been on vacation for the past week without much access to the internet. Just wanted to let you guys know that I didn' abandon my blog or something like that. I should have a computer up and running in about another two weeks depending. Hopefully...Well there is always the library anyway...

Where have I been for a week and a half? In Vegas! Some of you may know that summers are usually spent in Mexico, but not this year. Although I am underage and can't gamble and such, Vegas has still been really fun and truly does have something for everyone. Okay so I will be back soon more consistently and I have been reading. That means that I do have reviews written out, but they haven't been typed yet unfortunately.

That's all I have for you guys right now and I will be more involved in the blogosphere as soon as I have my computer that I miss oh so much!!! Peace out fellow readers! :)