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Bleeding Violet Paperback – December 7, 2010
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An original plot, a unique protagonist, and plenty of weirdness makes Reeve's first novel a satisfying read for older teens. Hannah Jarvinen is a beautiful, birarcial teen looking for someone to love her. She speaks the Finnish language and cooks Finnish cuisine. She wears only purple to honor her dead father, whose ghost speaks to her. She is strong-minded, wild, lonely, and very troubled. She is also bipolar and suffers from halluncinations and fits of violet mania. When her aunt tries to put her in a mental institution, she takes a rolling pin and travels to Portero, Texas, to find her mother. In addition to her mother, she finds a town of black-clad people living in fear of strange monsters called "lures" and a group of monster hunters known as the Mortmaine. Portero contains doors to a dark world that can be opened with "keys" fashioned from bones. Being used to the strange, Hannah is not scared off, and instead becomes determined to prove to her mother that she can be accepted in a town where outsiders are called "transies" (or transients). She falls in lust with popular Wyatt, or Mortmaine. When she helps him to defeat five of the lures, she is hailed as a hero in the town and is compelled to learn more. She becomes Wyatt's lover, and soon she is by his side hunting demons. Her relationship with her mysterious mother, however, does not come as easily. She soon realizes that her mother has her own strange dark connections to Portero and the Mortmaine.
This teen novel is not for the faint of heart. There is plenty of blood, gore, violence, sex and bad decisions. The main character would make many parents cringe. Teens who crave all those things and a dose of the dark arts will love this novel. Although Hannah is not a character to emulate, she is interesting. The plot can be a bit confusing at times, and some situations just do not make sense. For instance, Hannah suffers no consequences for violently assaulting her aunt. Nevertheless it is a fantasy, so some suspension of disbelief is required when reading this interesting debut from an author to watch.
----VOYA April 2010 --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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That's because Portero is far weirder than Hanna could've imagined. It contains dangerous monsters and many doors between worlds. Portero is hardly the place for Hanna to fall in love and get to know her mother better, but Hanna is nothing if not determined to get what she wants, in spite of both human and inhuman obstacles.
Not since I read Holly Black's TITHE five years ago have I encountered a story as unique and fascinatingly compelling as Dia Reeve's debut novel, BLEEDING VIOLET. Indeed, BLEEDING VIOLET defies adequate description and categorization, blending snark, relationship issues, and the supernatural into a sexy paranormal read that will be hard to forget.
From page one, Dia unapologetically yanks readers into a dark and twisted world where monsters and mental illness are simply Hanna and Portero's way of life, confused people be damned. While this total immersion in the world of Portero may be initially jarring, once I began figuring things out, I felt like I had been let in on a terrific secret, and I LOVED being in Hanna's world. It's brutal and shocking, and not for one second can you look away.
Hanna is a protagonist like no other, with her crazy thoughts and her way of looking at the world. She's slightly disturbing yet inexplicably alluring, the kind of girl you know you should stay away from but who part of you almost wants to be.Read more ›
Hanna may sound a bit bloodthirsty, but she is pretty much the only "normal" one when she decided to live in Portero, Texas where her mother is. Hanna ends up on her mother, Rosalee's doorstep and has this fantasy that she will be welcomed with open arms. Rosalee does anything but, and is bit wary of her daughter, probably due to the fact that Hanna may have killed her aunt but hitting her head with a rolling pin. Hanna shrugs it off, and is more concerned that she didn't get all the bloodstains out of her dress. Hanna pleads with Rosalee to let her stay and is given two weeks where she must try and fit in. Hanna thinks this is a piece of cake, but Rosalee thinks Hanna is doomed to fail since Portero is not your normal, everyday American town.
The first day of high school for Hanna is very weird, to say the least. The whole school wears earplugs and the majority of the student body is in black while Hanna wears purple. She doesn't just stand out because of the way she looks, (she loves to wear long dresses and high heels) but because she's a transy.Read more ›
The characters were well done, -loved Wyatt- the writing was really good and the plot was... um, original. I felt that the world she created was hard to believe at first, but then I found myself wrapped in it and mesmerized. Plus, the cover, is breath-taking. I mean, it looks so good in your shelf. Sigh. Overall, its a really interesting read that explores love and acceptance. It has some supernatural elements even though I don't think it relates to any other book. So if you are looking for something different, this is definitely it!
Hanna is bipolar which was a trait that helped define who she was but what I really enjoyed was how she was not only depressed which is the part of this disorder that tends to be focused on. She very much was more manic prone, going so far as to have hallucinations, the delusions of grandeur where she could do anything, and many other negative, dysfunctional features of this disorder. Reeves did a fantastic job tying in this part of Hanna with the events of the story. She also did a great job using Hanna's medicine to keep things "normal" or let the hallucinations run wild, especially with Hanna's ability to see her dead father. Hanna's character was fantastically done and despite being bipolar and a whack job, she did have her own development but more defining than her mental instability was how desperately she wanted her mother's love. Most everything revolved around that fact without it ever being overbearing or the point shoved down a reader's throat.
Wyatt's character was also very interesting and I felt he was a great match for Hanna. He knows the truth about the town and faces it down regularly. I often could easily understand his motivations and rationalizations and enjoyed Hanna's interactions with him.Read more ›
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No matter how many books I have read, this is no doubt my favorite. This creepy, cute somewhat a brain scratcher/ comedy book is one I'm glad I bought all those years ago. Read morePublished 8 months ago by ~A.C.E ~
I had no expectations with this book. The author was unfamiliar, but it looked interesting and good value at the price.
Was it ever. Read more
Dark and twisty, with a tinge of black humor, somewhat along the lines of Joe Hill. A great read, highly recommended.Published 22 months ago by Sage
Ms. Reeves has a great voice - her characters are believable and sympathetic and the plot, though fantastic, is never beyond the realm of what could work in the universe. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Cynthia Potts
Bleeding Violet is a original, interesting work of dark fantasy. As manic-depressive teenager Hanna Järvinen moves to the town of Portero, Texas, she discovers a strange new... Read morePublished 22 months ago by Dylan
ten times better than slice of cherry
weird when you know about what is happening, but still a great book.
My first impression of this book and the main character, Hanna, blew me away. And I'm not talking about the "Wow, this book is amazing" kind of way either. Read morePublished on February 2, 2014 by Jump Into Books
I love this book so much I bought it twice! I read this book three years ago. It's hard for me to find a sci-fi book that I can really get into. Dia Reeves is an amazing author!!! Read morePublished on November 19, 2013 by Lady Z
The first thing you should know about this book is that it's twisted. Incredibly and beautifully twisted. It's not for the faint of heart. Read morePublished on August 15, 2013 by Cristi