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Bleeding Violet by Dia Reeves
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Feb 07, 2011

liked it
bookshelves: ya-fantasy, ya-realistic-fiction, ya-science-fiction

Would give a 3.5 rating if I could. This is a bizarre, fascinating book that I read mostly because of its being chosen as the title for the African-American Read-in hosted by a few blogs I follow. Hanna is a dynamic main character that I really believed in, although I think her mental health issues were played up a bit much at the beginning - I was expecting her to be a really unreliable narrator, but she really seemed clear-headed throughout. I was impressed with Reeves' willingness to go for broke in terms of the violence and sex - I think this one eventually will be at the very top of most banned/challenged lists, but a lot of the moments that will cause censors to wave the red flag are moments that made the book (and characters) more real to me. A lot of stuff going on plot-wise, and some very strange and possibly superfluous bits ruined it for me somewhat (I'm looking at you, heroic swan necklace) Overall, though, a solid and unique debut.

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