Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Bleeding Violet by Dia Reeves Review

Book: Bleeding Violet 
Author: Dia Reeves
Age: Young Adult (I would recommend 14+)
Pages: 464
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.
Review: Bleeding Violet was intense, unique, and completely crazy (in the best way possible).

The tagline Crazy never looked so beautiful is definitely right. I've never read a novel quite like Bleeding Violet, and now I want more. Initially, I was afraid I wouldn't be able to connect with Hanna, because let's face it, she's got a few loose screws in her head. Yet, I found her to be a very enjoyable narrator, one who's tough and not afraid to take risks. She's crazy, but she's also sweet at times, and all she really wants is her mother to love her back.

The plot goes from normal, to weird, to insane, to WTF, to completely shocking and surprising. Be prepared for some serious description every now and then about blood, killing, sex (which is done tastefully). Reeves kept me guessing and completely absorbed in the story.

Highlights: The characters in this novel were amazing, as well as the description. I also really enjoyed how imperfect the relationships all were. Each character really seemed to be their own person, and truly unique. I loved how Reeves really took a chance with doing something crazy and something different when it comes to Bleeding Violet.

Lowlights: There were a few moments where I was going "Wait, I don't understand", so I had to back it up a few paragraphs to reread again. Other than that, it was awesome.




  1. Great review. I was skeptical becasue this covers some intense subjects, something like this needs to handled carefully. I am very excited to read it. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Amazing review, it makes me want to go get if off my shelf right! lol :)

  3. Brilliant review! I have been dying to read this, though I have to admit that the cover looks a bit like a cross between The Dark Divine and Eclipse ;)

  4. Wonderful review - I need to pick this one many people have such mixed reviews - though the same was true for Fallen and I loved that one, so I should just give it a try LOL

  5. Great review! I have been wanting to read this one!

  6. This book sounds crazy, I'm still on the fence.

  7. I can't decide if this book is going to be just too crazy for me. I'm on the side of not reading this but it is fab to hear how much you enjoyed it and embraced the insanity. Great review.

  8. This book looks really good but kind of different and I don't know if I would like it but I loved your review. And maybe I should try it out because you gave it a really good rating.

  9. Sounds very very interesting! I'm going to have to check it out!

  10. i have this one. Alot of reviews said it was a little weird. But it still sounds great!

  11. Great review of Bleeding Violet! I thought it was odd when I read it, but it definitely makes you think. After I finished it, I thought about it for days afterward. Reeves' descriptions were well written and her characters really thought out.

  12. Great review! I just bought this book this past weekend, and your review has made me want to read it even more. :)

  13. i LOVED LOVED LOVED LOVED LOVED (and so on...) this book. Seriously, i was craving for something different to read, and the whole idea that she was manically depressed is simply awesome, that's what made me buy the book. The best thing about it: it's unique.