Saturday, February 20, 2010

Bleeding Violet by Dia Reeves

Title:  Bleeding Violet
Author:  Dia Reeves
Genre: Young Adult
Publisher:  Simon Pulse
Publication Date: January 2010
Stand alone or series:  Stand Alone
Book Length: Ebook (not all that reliable for page number)

Favourite Quote:  'Usually my hallucinations made sense: a whispering voice in my ear, a room full of birds only I could see.  Nothing like this randomness.'

Synopsis (taken from Booksamillion website)

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.

My Thoughts
Bleeding Violet is totally different to what I've read.  Hanna comes across as a crazy nutcase but she is such a unique character I couldn't stop reading.

The story has been written in first person, from Hanna's point of view.  Hanna runs away from her Aunt, in search of her mother, who doesn't exactly welcome her with open arms.  The deal is if Hanna can last two weeks and fit in with the town folk then she can stay.  Peace of cake, so Hanna thinks.  Until the next day she is sent to school.  Things aren't as easy as they appear and Hanna is filled with a mission of not only fitting in with her peers but also determined to earn acceptance and love from her mother.

Dia Reeves has created unique and captivating characters and the setting is quite fitting for the story.  What kept me most interested was the developing relationship between Hanna and Wyatt and the unknown threat that inhabits the town.  But in saying that, Bleeding Violet is not some fluffed up fairytale but a dark and slightly disturbing story where you can't help but be drawn in.  Plus the fact that Hanna's stuffed animal Swan comes to life.  Now who wouldn't want that in real life!




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