05 October 2011

Review: Bleeding Violet - Dia Reeves


Bleeding Violet by Dia Reeves
dark fantasy, ya, published 2010
bought my copy

Sixteen year old Hanna has just arrived in Portero, the town where her mom lives. Hanna doesn't have a close relationship with her mom, but she craves her love. And after a violent encounter with her aunt, with whom she lived before, Hanna feels that she needs to take a chance with her mom.
Hanna soon realizes that Portero might be just as crazy and messed up as she is. And she realizes that dark and dangerous things are going on. But she is determined to stay and to use her chance to build up a good relationship with her mom.
Will Hanna survive long enough in Portero to achieve her goals?

When I bought "Bleeding Violet" I knew that this book would be totally crazy and I hoped that the craziness would work for me. And omg, it did so perfectly. 
The first thing I loved about "Bleeding Violet" was the author's writing style, it was very engaging and captured my interest completely. 


The second thing I loved about the book were the messed up and unique characters. Hanna for example is at times violent, she talks with a dead person, she is sometimes self destructive and depressive, she has a weird obsession with the colour violet and sex is for her something she uses to get her way or when she is bored. Add to this Hanna's totally messed up mom and pretty much everyone else in Portero and you have one extraordinary set of characters. 
The third thing I loved about the book was the setting in Portero and the monsters who haunt this town. Everything is possible in Portero and life there can be deadly. I never knew what to expect of the town and the people in it, and I want to read more about the life there. 

The fourth thing I loved were the complicated relationships and everything that had to do with Hanna. I enjoyed reading about everything she did, even when it was disturbing, crazy or dangerous. 

Because this book is so extraordiary, weird, crazy and disturbing it might not work for every reader but it's definitely worth a try because there are not many books out there like ""Bleeding Violet".

cover
I love the violet on the cover but the girl should have looked more messed up and special.

final appraisal
Wow! This book and all the weird, crazy, twisted, disturbing things that go on it worked perfectly for me. The author's engaging writing style, her messed up characters and the extraordinary world she created are fantastic and I will definitely go on with reading books by Dia Reeves.
I would recommend this book to all readers who like dark fantasy. This is a very special book so it will not work for all readers however of course I hope that you will love it.

4 comments:

  1. I have this one sitting on my shelf. I need to make time to read it!

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  2. @ Linda: Hope you will enjoy it as much as I did!

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  3. Even though you obviously love the book, this put me totally off:
    Hanna for example is at times violent, she talks with a dead person, she is sometimes self destructive and depressive, she has a weird obsession with the colour violet and sex is for her something she uses to get her way or when she is bored.
    She is only 16!

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  4. @ Aurian: And still everything fit together perfectly for me. It's hard to explain but this book and all the weird things in it just worked for me.

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