Author: Dia Reeves
Published: January 2010 by Simon Pulse
Genre: Young Adult, Paranormal/Fantasy, Coming of Age
Overall Rating: (3.5 out of 5 Butterflies)
Synopsis: 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 actually read this book in January of this year, drawn into it by its elaborate violet cover. That, and the title, Bleeding Violet. It pulls at all my curious strings, forcing me in the direction of the flowing words within. It was written by author Dia Reeves as her very first novel. Reeves is a 2010 debut author who tends to be a little more happy to talk about death and the crazy things in life versus the opposite. This is what makes this book a brilliant example of what happens when a computer and crazy get together.
I do enjoy a healthy dose of crazy on a regular basis. I think it most definitely lends to a unique story line and very interesting characters. Such as the main character, Hanna, who has a special wardrobe....violet dresses. Only violet dresses.
There must be some reason for the insanity of it all. For wearing nothing other than purple every day. And what pray tell is this book about other than this girl who is obsessed with this specific color? Well, it has a lot to do with abandonment, death and some seriously wild hallucinations. Yes, hallucinations and to go with them, a very large pill cabinet. Now, take in mind that this book is a paranormal young adult novel, so what is the twist? What is going on in the small little town with this total schizophrenic? My lips are sealed on that account as it doesn't give anything away too fast and I don't want to spoil your fun. However, it was something I'd never even thought about before and it was a clever story of fun and doom. I think people who are a bit insane write the best stories and for that matter movies. Case in point, Tim Burton. Insane, but genius.
So this totally crazy girl who sees things and wears the color purple is also our heroin. All she really wants to be is loved and not feel like she is alone in the world. Mostly, she just wants to be loved by her mother, Rosalee. She also wants to live to see the day when her mother will love her like a daughter, but who knows if that is possible with the things going on in Protero. But our heroin won't give up easy, on life or on her mother. Plus, she has Wyatt to help her along the way, the tough fighter working for the Mortamaine. Who are the Mortamaine you ask.... well lets just say that they are tough and could probably rip your head off your neck with their bare hands.
This book was so brilliant and lovely, but it is definitely not for anyone who cannot think out of the box. The characters are original and their personalities take you for a roller coaster ride of oddity, causing possible shrieking throughout.
All that being said, there were a couple things that I did not like about this book. First off, it talked about sex like it was no big deal for a teenager to do. And not just with one person, with like the whole male student body. Example, Hanna attempts to sleep with the male student body in the order of A-Z, she gets bored after the A's. HUH?
Second, it says the "F" word a lot. Yes, teenagers really do say it a ton, I know, I have younger siblings. However, is it really necessary to say it constantly in a book? Already have to hear it everywhere else.
So, since this is my review and therefore my feelings. I would have given it 4 butterflies, but it gets marked down 1/2 a star for the things I did not like about it.
But, if those things don't bother you, give this book a try. It is truly an amazing story with fascinating plots and characters and it even has a couple dead fathers as well as a wooden swan with a personality you won't believe.
"Indecisiveness is a very unattractive trait in a man, especially when he's just a boy."
"How did you get out of the suicide door?" Her disbelief was a living, pettable thing.
Her eyes narrowed. "There is no magic."
"Maybe not for you. But I'm from out of town."
"If I can't, then I'll paint the walls of her house red with my blood."
3.5 out of 5 Butterflies