Friday, January 15, 2010

Bleeding Violet by Dia Reeves

Characters: 19/20
Plot: 18/20
Originality: 19/20
Writing: 18/20
Recommendation: 19/20
Overall: 93/100 or A
Source: Publisher
Hanna Järvinen is an unusual girl. Her head is full of hallucinations, her medicine cabinet are full of pills, and she will only wear a violet dress, which her closet is full of. She has everything that she could ever want, but love. Mothers are full of love, right? Hanna is sure that she can reconcile with her mother that abandoned her as a baby. Unfortunately, her mother lives in Portero, Texas. This town has doors that lead to other worlds with flesh-eating creatures and parasitical spirits. It is not an ideal place to win a mother's love. Hanna refuses to let anything interfere with her plans. She'll flirt, lie, bleed, and even kill to get what she wants. Hanna rather live with monsters and mayhem, then to die without any love.
Hanna is a whimsical character. I lived how she was such a free spirit and honestly didn't care what anyone though. Her interactions with other's were amazingly original. The awkwardness with getting to know her mother was realistic, because I have seen someone meet a parent for the first at around the same age and saw both the resentment and the longing for love. Reeves captured both concepts. Hanna is also disturbing with her many hallucinations and her unusual actions, you want to stay away from her and also get to know her. Wyatt was also interesting. He had this honorable job, but wanted nothing but a simple life. Wyatt and Hanna's romance was well developed. It was honest and sweet at times.
Reeves made a stunning plot. I fell in love with Hanna's world immediately and found it to be amazing. I could totally picture this happening and loved every aspect of the story. I also loved how original this book was. It blended both a contemporary story with a paranormal setting, which I rarely see in books. Reeves is a stunning writer. She created a compelling book that I am sure is to capture many unique readers. It is a bit dark, but I feel that it tells a story that anyone can all relate to, because it is first off a story of love. I highly recommend this book.


  1. Is Wyatt also of mixed descent like Hanna or is he white?

  2. Is Wyatt also of mixed descent like Hanna or is he white?

  3. Good review. I didn't like it as much as you but I agree with you about Hanna and Wyatt's relationship. Oh and I did love how really we really got inside Hanna's you said.


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