Book Review: Bleeding Violet by Dia Reeves

Posted July 22, 2011 by Kara in Uncategorized / 3 Comments

Publisher: Simon Pulse
Release Date: Jan. 25th, 2010
Pages: 454
Genre: Young Adult Paranormal

Bleeding Violet Bleeding Violet by Dia Reeves
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Goodreads Summary:

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.


Bleeding Violet was a very strange book. But it was also a fantastic book! I don’t have a lot to say about this one, it was just a very demented read. It was gory, bloody, and very suspenseful. A lot of the plot events that occurred, sometimes didn’t even have a reason for occurring. Some of it didn’t even make a whole lot of sense.

At first I wasn’t sure if I was going to like it. I think it took me about 80 pages for me to decide I was going to finish it. I am glad I made that decision.

This was one of those books where you couldn’t really trust the narrator. Because Hanna was nuts. Or at least she used to be. But is she still? She comes to the town of Portero to find her mother. And her mother is nuts too. And all of the hallucinations that Hanna was suffering from come to life. And then suddenly they aren’t hallucinations anymore. Because there are some strange things that go on in this town. There are monsters and ghosts, and what I couldn’t figure out is, if  this is such a dangerous and crazy town to live in, then why don’t people just leave? That question was never answered by the way.

It was a good book, it just wasn’t mind-blowing. It was definitely different. In a genre where plots are getting tired, and there really isn’t a lot of uniqueness left, the author managed to find some. She’s got another book, and I intend to read it at some point. I think she’s a great author, I just wish I understood her motivations for writing so strangely.

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3 responses to “Book Review: Bleeding Violet by Dia Reeves

  1. Thanks for the review. I just got this one from the library, and I’m looking forward to reading it. I love Stephen King, so Bleeding Violet sounds like it’s probably right up my alley.

  2. I heard vague things about this book. I had no idea it was so offbeat and gory. I own it but I think I’ll have to move it up in the pile. I’m interested in what you think about Slice of Cherry, which I believe is the other book by the author.

    Your review has me intrigued!

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