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Violet Grenade Hardcover – May 16, 2017
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"An utterly unique, utterly wicked read!"
-Lindsay Cummings, #1 NY Times Bestselling Author
"Dark, twisted, and devastatingly gorgeous, Violet Grenade will keep you up all night turning pages to see what happens!"
-Julie Cross, NY Times Bestselling Author
"Domino's trenchant, colloquial voice makes a great, grounding foil for Wilson's threat."
"Authentic and raw."
-School Library Journal
"Violet Grenade is a heart-stopping rollercoaster ride with perfect plot twists and brilliant characters."
"Victoria Scott wrote an amazing book that kept me on the edge of my seat the whole way through."
-Night Owl Reviews, Top Pick!
About the Author
Victoria Scott is the acclaimed author of eight books including Titans, Fire & Flood, Salt & Stone, Hear the Wolves, Violet Grenade, and the Dante Walker trilogy. She is published by Scholastic and Entangled Teen, and is represented by Sara Crowe of Pippin Properties. Her most recent release, Titans, received two starred reviews, and Fire & Flood has been selected as a 2017 Spirit of Texas Reading Program book. Victoria's novels are sold in fourteen different countries, and she loves receiving reader emails from at home, and across the world.
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I’ve been a big fan of Victoria Scott ever since Dante first came onto the page! He was a fun kind of hero, who’s a bit bad and yet still lovable! Violet Grenade almost seems like it wouldn’t be my type of read, because where’s the paranormal? Where’s the fantasy? Where are the chills that thrillers so often pull from me? Well, in a way this book sort of works as a thriller in some sense, but not in the way you would usually think. All I can say is that I loved it!
Violet Grenade is a very dark kind of book, let me warn you, in case that isn’t your thing. It’s dark. Very dark. But it is still YA, so it’s not all slash and guts or anything! Domino is a runaway, she’s been on the streets for a few years now having escaped a life she longs to forget. Its past that’s too dark for her even to try to remember. Even if she wanted to, she couldn’t, because she also has Wilson living in her head. Yup, you heard right! Wilson is Domino’s protector you could say. He shields her from all the bad things that happen so she doesn’t have to remember them all and he was also there when she had to live through them, but that comes about later on.
When Domino’s friend is arrested, she’s determined to pay his bail, but how’s a homeless girl without a high school diploma supposed to get a job. Those required background checks and social security numbers and since Domino ran away, she doesn’t want to be found again. Then in walks Madam Karina. An older woman with flare. She sees potential in Domino and offers her a job at her house, in her establishment. She would be able to make money and help out her friend. Domino is very artistically talented and it’s what drew Madam Karina’s eye to begin with. Seeing no other option, Domino agrees.
Here is where things start to get a little bit darker. Madam Karina runs a particular house. I wouldn’t call it one for prostitutes, though it’s pretty close. Here is a house filled with young women, girls like Domino, who entertain their customers in whatever way possible. With jokes, music, art, you name it. There’s a structure of hierarchy involved and Domino is bottom rung, but she soon will climb to the top. She will make the money she needs to help her friend and to help herself. What she wants most is a home of her own. But she’s soon going to learn that things aren’t always what they appear to be.
This book was dark. I don’t know if I’ve ever read a book that had this level of darkness. I’m not saying that it’s a bad thing either. I really enjoyed this book! I loved Domino’s character and how she was brave even without Wilson. She knows that her alter ego has a dark side and does terrible things. She tries to fight him on taking control even when she’s suffering at the hands of others who have no care for her being. The things that these girls did to Domino, that they would do to each other, is kind of sick. But I get it, despite all that. I just can’t believe that they would actually have camaraderie with one another when it seems everyone wants to become Top Girl.
I really liked the fact that despite the evil that was nearly all the girls, Domino is able to make friends with one, Poppet. Yeah, there are no ordinary names in this one, and I honestly liked that too! Poppet is sort of the simple girl, yet she’s the only one who shares a lick of kindness to Domino and is very genuine. Then there’s Cain, he works at the house too, but more as a serving boy instead of entertainer. He too has a dark past and it seems only warranted that he and Domino are drawn to one another. The romance was very subtle and hardly there, which I felt like was the right move for this particular story. Besides it makes those few small moments even more powerful.
The ending to this one was absolutely freaking perfect! I loved how explosive it was! And though the very end leaves a few things left unsaid, you can pretty much imagine what might happen next in those areas. While I would’ve loved to know what truly happens, I feel fine with the way things ended here. Violet Grenade is truly one of a kind! It’s one of the most exciting reads I’ve read this year and is sure to end up on my favorites list for the year too! This is one read you won’t want to miss!
Overall Rating 5/5 stars
I can't say too much about this without giving things away but I can say it was not anything I expected, but I could not put it down. There is pretty much a lot of things you do not expect but the only reason I did not give it 5 Stars is that I am a confirmed "revenge junkie" and as good as it was it fell a bit short of the 5 Star revenge ending I wanted, seems the author slightly less blood thirsty than me .
4 Stars and Highly Recommended reading
Violet Grenade follows the story of Domino Ray, who is a runaway living life and surviving the best way she knows how. When Domino’s best friend is arrested and she is offered at job from Madam Karina, Domino jumps at the chance to earn the money to bail her friend out of jail. But it doesn’t take Domino long to learn that everything is not as it seems in Madam Karina’s home. Then again, everything is not as it seems with Domino either. She’s hiding a dark secret and the things that go on at this house could cause her to loose what little control she has.
The best thing about this book was Wilson. Oh my gosh, how I loved him! I’m not quite sure if I was supposed to like Wilson considering all the bad things he’s done, but I just couldn’t help myself. I loved him. I’m not sure if it makes me morbid that the parts with Wilson were my favorites but oh well *shrugs*
Other characters that stood out to me were Cain, Poppett and Angie. Each for different reasons but each of them were equally important. I’m not sure what would’ve happened to Domino had it not been for these three. The friendship and loyalty between Poppet and Domino, the care that Angie and Cain showed towards Domino was inspiring.
I do want to say that this book is very dark, especially when it comes to Wilson, so if books that deal with dark topics are not for you then I would skip this one. But if you don’t mind going to the darker side then you should definitely pick this one up.
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