The Violet Hour: August 7, 2011

Monday, August 8, 2011

Teaser Tuesday (20) & Tune In Tuesday (6)

Only TWO DAYS left to enter my giveaway for an ARC of THE NIGHT CIRCUS!! Just fill out this form, and submit. Easy =)

Grab your current read.
Open to a random page.
Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page.
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You don’t want to ruin the book for others!).
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This week's teaser is from Divergent by Veronica Roth.

Review – The Poisoned House

The Poisoned House by Michael Ford

Published August 2nd 2010 by Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
ISBN 1408804506 (ISBN13: 9781408804506)
Source: eARC from publisher and NetGalley
Purchase from Amazon here

Goodreads “The year is 1856, and orphan Abigail Tamper lives below stairs in Greave Hall, a crumbling manor house in London. Lord Greave is plagued by madness, and with his son Samuel away fighting in the Crimea, the running of Greave Hall is left to Mrs Cotton, the tyrannical housekeeper. The only solace for the beleaguered staff is to frighten Mrs Cotton by pretending the house is haunted. 

So when a real ghost makes an appearance – that of her beloved mother – no one is more surprised than Abi. But the spirit has a revelation that threatens to destroy Abi’s already fragile existence: she was murdered, and by someone under their very own roof. With Samuel returned to England badly wounded, it’s up to Abi to nurse him back to health, while trying to discover the identity of the killer in their midst. As the chilling truth dawns, Abi’s world is turned upside down.”

The Poisoned House is an eery tale based on the real life documents of a girl in 1855 that were found in an attic. That was initially what caught my attention. I love stories set in this time period, and it proved to be a delightfully engrossing and entertaining read.

While the storyline isn’t exactly what I’d call original, the execution was fantastic. Robert Ford built a world so vivid it was easy to picture each occurance, and understand each emotion of our leading girl, Abigail. Secrets, betrayals  and suspense were all expertly delivered in Ford’s smooth writing style. The depth and purpose for each character were fleshed out well. We learned just enough about each to make them solid and real, then they faded in and out as was needed. 

I thought the ending needed a little more spookiness to balance out the rest of the story. Maybe some kind of supernatural exit would have tied everything up nicely, and made a more spectacular finish. The momentum Ford established was solid throughout, with no slow spots or what I call ‘dead zones’, where there is simply nothing happening but lots of description of menial things. I found myself having devoured this story in a short amount of time.

I recommend this book to any and all ghost story lovers looking for a new haunting tale

Sunday, August 7, 2011

In My Mailbox (15)

This meme is hosted by The Story Siren, and is a great opportunity for bloggers to show what books they bought, received in the mail, or borrowed from the library/friend.

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