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You know you've read a good book when you turn the last page and feel a little as if you have lost a friend. ~ Paul Sweeney

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Review: Bleeding Violet by Dia Reeves

Tags: YA, urban fantasy, mature, dark

Ratings: 4 out of 5


Love can be a dangerous thing....

Hanna simply wants to be loved. With a head plagued by hallucinations, a medicine cabinet full of pills, and a closet stuffed with frilly, violet dresses, Hanna's tired of being the outcast, the weird girl, the freak. So she runs away to Portero, Texas in search of a new home.

But Portero is a stranger town than Hanna expects. As she tries to make a place for herself, she discovers dark secrets that would terrify any normal soul. Good thing for Hanna, she's far from normal. As this crazy girl meets an even crazier town, only two things are certain: Anything can happen and no one is safe.


I learned about this book from the Tenners, a group of authors whose books are being published in 2010. I was so amazed by the premise and the title, that I searched the web continuously until I found out all I could about the book.

And then I saw the cover. Normally, I don't judge a book by the cover but I have to admit that it is certainly gorgeous. The way the colors swirl together, the way the title looks like it will slip away if you don't have a firm grip on it.

I had to read this book.

A week ago I had the chance to.

Honestly, I could not put this book down. As soon as I got home from school, I continued to read and when I finally finished the book today, I was like wow!

This truly was a great book. Not only is the book great, but it's certainly unique. I have never read anything in the vein of Bleeding Violet. Seriously, people are going to have a hard time comparing this book to Twilight.

Is it me, or doesn't every book that comes out where a girl falls in love with a supernatural boy eventually get compared to Twilight? It might just be me, but I'm telling you this book will not be compared to any other book out there.

First off, this is not your typical girl-meets-boy love story. The relationship between Hanna and Wyatt is real and honest and complicated. It's like a rollercoaster. It goes up and down, up and down, and just when you think they're going to crash, something happens and really, I've never read a love story like that.

Wyatt is a character with many different angles. You want to love him and you want to hate him. He has so many emotional battles and throughout the story he changes from this timid boy to a strong man.

As for Hanna, she is one of the craziest main characters I have ever encountered. She can seriously hold her own and some of the things she does in the novel will make you cringe.

She is wild and free and crazy and the way Miss Reeves constructs Hanna's character is amazing. At times you may be afraid of her and other times you really feel sorry for her.

Bleeding Violet may be a Young Adult novel but it is not for the faint of heart. I would suggest this book to more mature teens because of the nature of some of the things Hanna does and because of the amount of sexual tension in the book.

Otherwise, it was a very thrilling read. The prose was beautiful. Dia Reeves has a very poetic, dark way of writing and there are so many twist in turns in the novel that will keep you on the edge of your seat.

I gave this book a four out of five because I felt that some of the minor characters could have been developed better, and at times too much was going on that it was hard to figure out what was happening, but at the end everything tied together and I really enjoyed reading Bleeding Violet despite it's minor flaws.