May 24, 2017

[REVIEW] Violet Grenade

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title: Violet Grenade
author: Victoria Scott
genre: young adult, contemporary, thriller
publish: May 16, 2017 by Entangled Teen
purchase: Amazon | B&N | Book Depository
rating: 3.5 / 5 stars
DOMINO: A girl with blue hair and a demon in her mind. 
CAIN: A stone giant on the brink of exploding. 
MADAM KARINA: A woman who demands obedience. 
WILSON: The one who will destroy them all. 
When Madam Karina discovers Domino in an alleyway, she offers her a position inside her home for entertainers in secluded West Texas. Left with few alternatives and an agenda of her own, Domino accepts. It isn’t long before she is fighting her way up the ranks to gain the madam’s approval. But after suffering weeks of bullying and unearthing the madam’s secrets, Domino decides to leave. It’ll be harder than she thinks, though, because the madam doesn’t like to lose inventory. But then, Madam Karina doesn’t know about the person living inside Domino’s mind. Madam Karina doesn’t know about Wilson.
a dark novel about broken people and facing their demons.

I've read great things about this book. I read that it's dark. I like dark. Don't you? Also, that blurb? It's very intriguing -- Wilson's very existence especially. So you know, despite what it looks like or how the title sounds like, let me tell you this: Violet Grenade is a young adult, contemporary psychological thriller.
Wilson takes my hand, and I am him and he is me. -loc1728; eARC

Domino, a young adult who lives in the streets, found herself needing money to bail her friend, Dizzy, out of jail. Madam Karina offered her a job as an entertainer for Madam Karina's Home for Burgeoning Entertainers. However, Domino discovered certain things that makes her doubt Madam Karina and the whole existence of Madam Karina's Home for Burgeoning Entertainers. Something felt off...

Violet Grenade pushed me to keep reading because I was curious. I was hella curious as to what's going on; at what's up with Madam Karina's Home; at how will Domino get out of this mess she got herself into. Then there's Wilson -- the person who resides in Domino's mind. He's Domino's 'dark' side -- the one who carries all dark things she did in the past.

For the first time, I realize the madam and I aren't so different. Maybe we've both been abandoned. Maybe we're both cautious to love, and yet desperate for it all the same. -loc2026; eARC

In my opinion, Violet Grenade is an even paced novel. It doesn't feel slow but it's also not fast or suspenseful. It spanned for a two, three, or four weeks, I think and the first half of the novel focused on Domino's rise inside Madam Karina's Home  as well as the establishment of Wilson's character -- his mind, his part in Domino's mind. It was, at times, boring but at the same time highly intriguing because these things made me interested to know where the story will go, what will happen when Domino gets Top Girl (aka the highest rank on Madam Karina's Home).

Domino is a young adult with a past -- a dark, dark, dark past she'd rather forget. Her past was slowly revealed and it was unbelievable (okay, believable if you're reading a YA psychological thriller) and I felt sorry for what happened to Domino -- for what her mother made her do.

"You want to know my secret? Here it is. I'm dangerous. I'm a fault line beneath your feet. An asteroid barreling toward the earth. A bomb fuse begging to burn." -loc2426; eARC

The second half of the novel where Domino finds things out and tries to escape Madam Karina's Home. It was the thrilling and graphic side of the novel. It involves so much escaping, running, violence, and hurting people. This is the part of the novel (part 4 particularly) where Wilson fully takes over Domino -- we see him in action, his violence, and how he shuts down all emotions. He acts with a particular goal in mind. 

OVERALL, Violet Grenade is a contemporary thriller that involves a main character with a dark past and hidden personality. It's a intriguing novel about broken people and facing their demons.

about the author 

Victoria Scott is the acclaimed author of eight books for young adults. Her novels are sold in fourteen different countries, and she loves receiving fan mail from across the world. Victoria loves high fashion, big cities, and pink cotton candy. You can find her online at
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