Review: Violet Grenade

Violet Grenade CoverIf you like beautifully dark books that make you think…”What did I just read?”, read on.

Synopsis

DOMINO (def.): A girl with blue hair and a demon in her mind.

CAIN (def.): A stone giant on the brink of exploding.

MADAM KARINA (def.): A woman who demands obedience.

WILSON (def.): The one who will destroy them all.

When Madam Karina discovers Domino in an alleyway, she offers her a position inside her home for entertainers in secluded West Texas. Left with few alternatives and an agenda of her own, Domino accepts. It isn’t long before she is fighting her way up the ranks to gain the madam’s approval. But after suffering weeks of bullying and unearthing the madam’s secrets, Domino decides to leave. It’ll be harder than she thinks, though, because the madam doesn’t like to lose inventory. But then, Madam Karina doesn’t know about the person living inside Domino’s mind. Madam Karina doesn’t know about Wilson.

Length: 300 Pages

Publisher: Entangled Teen

Release Date: May 16, 2017

ABOUT THE AUTHORVictoria Scott Author Photo

Victoria Scott is the author of eight books including FIRE & FLOOD, THE COLLECTOR, and VIOLET GRENADE. Her latest novel for young adults, TITANS, received two starred reviews, and FIRE & FLOOD was selected as a 2017 Spirit of Texas Reading Program book. Victoria’s novels have been translated into nine foreign languages. The author lives in Philadelphia, and loves hearing from readers. You can find Victoria on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Read an Interview I did with Victoria a couple of months ago HERE.

REVIEW

Wow, what a crazy ride this was. If you like dark books with complex characters and insane endings, you have come to the right place. This was kind of a messed up version of Annie…and I loved every minute of it.

I loved Domino from the beginning. She is broken, alone, and can’t help but cling to anyone who will give her love and attention. Aren’t we all that person at times? Unfortunately, this makes her more vulnerable than is safe and she ends up in the house of a woman who calls herself Madam Karina.

Madam Karina is also broken, alone, and clings to anyone who will give her love and attention. But since she is the one in power, she also has the ability to punish those who distance themselves from her. She was one of those characters you love to hate.

And then there is Wilson. He is the devil on each of our shoulders, begging you to give up your self-control– to rule by passion. And in Wilson’s case, it’s usually the violent kind. He is what made this book so mind-boggling awesome. He is the darkness in all of us, and he shows up uninvited at the worst of times.

Victoria Scott wove a dark tale that kept me wanting more. She created characters that we could root for, and yet never want to meet. (Though, to be honest, you’ll despise 90% of the characters…but I wouldn’t want it any other way) The pacing was perfect, and the ending was totally insane–and I mean that in the best way possible. I am giving Violet Grenade 5 out of 5 stars and a place in my Top Hits.

WARNING: There is bullying/hazing, sexual assault, and vulgarity in this novel. If any of these could be a trigger for you, this book may not be for you.

AVAILABILITY

Violet Grenade is available both digitally and in hardback. Click on the image below to read more review and/or to purchase it. And as always, HAPPY READING!!!

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