Tuesday, July 6, 2010
Hanna is crazy beautiful in BLEEDING VIOLET by Dia Reeves
Don't get me wrong, I love weird. Bleeding Violet by Dia Reeves is a welcome relief from the swooning damsels, vampires, and werewolves plaguing the paranormal YA world.
Hanna talks to her dad everyday, even though he's been dead a year. Hanna is bi-polar and has the stash of pharmaceuticals to prove it. When threatened with hospitalization, Hanna beats her Aunt over the head with a rolling pin and flees to find her long lost mother.
When Hanna shows up on her mom's door step in Portrero, Texas, Rosalee is anything but happy to see her. Hanna is determined to stay in Rosalee's house and make Portrero her home, no matter how many times Rosalee say she doesn't want her.
They strike a deal. If Hanna can survive two weeks in Portrero--a town stranger and more dangerous than any of Hanna's hallucinations--then Hanna can stay.
Hanna encounters monsters lurking in the windows of her school, flying leeches on a walk home, and a man possessed by a serial-killing ghost while on a date. Instead of running and screaming, Hanna decides she needs to hunt down a monster to prove her worth to Rosalee. Hanna enlists the help of Wyatt, the cute boy sworn to protect the town and who is even freakier than Hanna.
I love Hanna's character in this book. Her wild mood swings are fun and she's not easily rejected, no matter how many times her mother tells her she doesn't love her.
Hanna narrates the story through her girlish voice and overly simple view of the world. And that's where it got weird. These characters curse, have sex, and rip people's arms off, and it's all narrated in this childish tone.
The amount of blood in this book became so surreal that I stopped being concerned each time a character opened a vein.
But that didn't stop this from being a really fun read. I whipped through the pages. I enjoyed losing myself in Hanna's warped head and I stopped guessing what would come next.
Bleeding Violet is a great summer read.