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Violet Grenade

3.81  ·  Rating details ·  727 ratings  ·  242 reviews
Her name is Domino Ray.

But the voice inside her head has a different name.

When the mysterious Ms. Karina finds Domino in an alleyway, she offers her a position at her girls’ home in secluded West Texas. With no 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 woman’s approval…and falling for Cain
Hardcover, 366 pages
Published May 16th 2017 by Entangled Teen
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Victoria Scott Hmmm....not really. It's much, much more about bullying, manipulation, and revenge. It reads a little like a fantasy even though it's a contemp. Confu…moreHmmm....not really. It's much, much more about bullying, manipulation, and revenge. It reads a little like a fantasy even though it's a contemp. Confused yet? ;) (less)
Heather Definitely! Cain is Domino's love interest.…moreDefinitely! Cain is Domino's love interest.(less)

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Ashley Nuckles
Mar 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
Well that went fast XD

Thanks so much to the publisher and author and her assistant for sending this ARC to me through NetGalley!

Very very addictive & very dark, Violet Grenade was a really fast paced, great story! I'd definitely recommend this to anyone who loves dark thrillers!

I'm also going to put a trigger warning for sexual assault here just in case. It doesn't get all the way to rape, but assault is assault and that doesn't change.

The one thing I'd say that stopped me from giving it 5 st
Apr 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017-releases
4 stars. Probably Scott's best yet!

***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog***

Violet Grenade by Victoria Scott
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Publication Date: May 16, 2017
Rating: 4 stars
Source: eARC from NetGalley

Summary (from Goodreads):

DOMINO: A runaway with blood on her hands.

CAIN: A silent boy about to explode.

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 ent
Mariah Smith (Vibin With Books)
Dec 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
This was so perfect in so many ways that I CAN'T EVEN DEAL.
Violet Grenade was gritty and dark, engaging and romantic. Domino was an incredibly strong and smart heroine who was that perfect middle-ground character: she knew when to keep her mouth shut, but could whip out a witty one-liner or threat in an instant. She was fearless and loyal, overcoming a horrific past, struggling to come to terms with not only herself, but her demons.
There wasn't a damn moment to breathe in this book. The plot t
Victoria Scott
Feb 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
The concept for this YA psychological thriller started with a spark for two different book ideas. On one side of my brain, I was playing with the vision of a girl getting attacked in an alleyway. The mugger believes her to be the perfect victim to rob, or kidnap, or kill. What he doesn’t know is she’s twice the terror he is, though looks would tell you otherwise. I’ve always liked the idea of a land mine of a human being. Someone who could explode at any moment, but absolutely no one would suspe ...more
Christy LoveOfBooks

C'mon, as if I wouldn't read this book. First of all, the cover = ♥. Second of all, the blurb completely won me over. I will say that the original blurb made it sound more sordid and dark than the current one does. Honestly, I'm not sure if this one would've pulled me on board the way the first one did. Nonetheless, I'm so glad I did read Violet Grenade, because it's really good!

I am unapologetic about being drawn to female characters who have violent tendencies, so I was prepared to love Domino
Kariny 'Books of Fandom'
*I received a free ARC from Entangled Teen in exchange for an honest review*


For some reason i thought this book was taking place in the Victorian era and that it was a fantasy novel but it's actually a contemporary PSYCHOLOGICAL YA THRILLER. 

Domino has been homeless for awhile and she lives with a friend named Dizzy. But when Dizzy gets taken in by the police a
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VIOLET GRENADE is aptly named as this story felt much like a bomb. It starts out small, feels almost familiar even if you've never held it before, but cannot be contained by it's packaging once the fuse is lit. And what happens after, in the wake of the explosion, is almost.. too much to process. That's this book in a nutshell.

While this story is weird, filled with unusual characters and a completely unique premise, it's not beyond scope. It'll feel almost like something you've read before and y
Nenia ✨ I yeet my books back and forth ✨ Campbell
Not me reviewing all this older YA that everyone else has half-forgotten about*

*LOLJK, it's totally me, your pink-haired Aunt Trashcan
Taylor Knight
Mar 19, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: arcs
I've seen almost exclusively positive reviews for Violet Grenade so I feel like I'm the odd one out for not loving it. I'd read one of Victoria's other books, Titans, and I loved it so I was really pumped to explore her other books.
I can't really put my finger on why this book wasn't for me but it just hit me the wrong way. Right away, there was something about the main character and writing that felt off to me. I can't really explain it but it felt almost... fragmented. Like a rough draft or s
Booktastically Amazing
Real Rating: 4.8
Eeeeeekkkkkk! Oh my goodness on a flying witches broom, I cannot with my life. I just can’t. I loved this. I loved WILSON! Seriously, when I’m capable of thinking clear I’ll write a full review. Jeebus on a cracker, just wow. Wow.
May 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc
Why have I not heard of Victoria Scott before this book??? Boy does she know how to write some amazing, yet slightly bizarre characters and a very spine-tingling story with one hell of a twist. This book was way more than I anticipated it to be.

I really don't want to give too much away on this book because it's just so good going in totally blind. This story is very unique in that the characters are different and have their own "quirks." I was pulled into this story because it was different than
Melissa (YA Book Shelf)
Mar 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Seriously, Violet Grenade is brilliant. It has an underlying dark humor that had me laughing out loud throughout the book, even though that isn't always the case with those kinds of comedic elements. It is also as creepy af - both while Domino is living in and working up the ranks in Madam Karina's Home for Burgeoning Entertainers and in flashbacks and memories of her past. You'll always have a sinking suspicion of where these elements will be heading, but there are twists along the way that you ...more
*Source* Publisher
*Genre* Young Adult Fiction / Romance
*Rating* 3.5-4

*My Thoughts*

Victoria Scott, author of books such as Fire & Flood, and Salt & Stone, returns with Violet Grenade, a story that is dark, gritty, & engaging. It is a story that is stunning brilliant in the way the author interweaves her story between Domino Ray, and Wilson, a character who will have you on the edge of your seat wondering what will happen next. 17-year old Domino Ray lives on the streets. She desperately wants wan
Lisa Mandina
May 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
Violet Grenade is definitely a psychological tale. There is the constant wonder in your head as you read it about just what caused Domino to have this very violent person living inside of her. The one that she doesn't want to let out no matter what, because his answer to all things is violence, not caring who gets hurt, or rather enjoying when others get hurt. Domino's life has been a hard one, and it is with that past that she is able to do her best to find her way through the new world she fin ...more
Apr 14, 2017 rated it it was ok
I found 'Violet Grenade' to be very confusing, there is a lot of stuff in here, and I'm not sure if meshing them all together was overall successful. I really love Scott's 'Fire & Flood' but this book didn't have any of the same engaging characters and fast-paced plot. In fact, I thought the relationship dynamic between Domino and Cain was very similar to that YA I was read five years ago, books written by Becca Fitzpatrick, Lauren Kate, and Katie McGarry. It's very misguided girl meets bad boy, ...more
Violet Grenade is probably one of the best books that are coming out this year. It's a contemporary psychological thriller with an original idea behind it, compelling characters (most important of them all is Domino who is a kickass heroine, she was easy to connect to), an awesome story, and great writing on top of all. I had a hard time putting it down, I was too intrigued and needed to see what happened next. ...more
Feb 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
“Violet Grenade” is the unique story of Domino, a young runaway who lives in abandoned houses in Detroit with her friend (and crush) Dizzy. Domino spends a lot of time hiding herself from the world, covering in wigs and thick makeup- and also trying to stay away from Wilson. Domino has dissociative identity disorder, due to traumatic experiences when she was younger, and Wilson is the personality that allows her to separate herself from those memories. Domino and Dizzy are out decorating a wall ...more
Jan 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2017
I received an e-ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Review can be found on *Milky Way of Books*

I was truly excited for the chance to review this book! Victoria Scott has become quite one of my favorite authors since the day I read about her "bad boy" Dante Walker. Needless to say, the first blurb of the book had caught my attention long before the cover reveal.

"Violet Grenade" is the story of Domino a runaway girl who tries to survive in the streets of Detroit, along with Dizzy,
Apr 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya
Ooooh buddy! I mean, what can I say about this awesomely awesome story without giving anything way. Seriously, Victoria Scott has written one creepy, chilling, young adult novel that will leave you on the edge of your seat right up until the last page. Sadly, everything that is awesome about this story are things that you find out within the story. So I don’t want to ruin it because you will get goosebumps and hold your breath when these moments come, and I would never ruin that moment for you. ...more
May 12, 2017 rated it liked it
Everyone is weird. Some people just hide it better than others. It's true. And pretty clearly demonstrated in this book.

Domino can't face the pain from her past. She hides in plain sight with her make-up and her fun colored wigs. She's not quite real and she truly not whole. The author does a good job of demonstrating the way people compartmentalize things to deal. Clearly not stable and clearly in pain, this homeless girl tries to fit in and tries to be seen. Abandoned and betrayed, she needs t
Apr 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
Wow. I am not sure what I was initially expecting from this book to be honest but man was I given a ride. This book is dark and filled with the dark pasts of the characters within it. It's a solid reminder that anyone can have some skeletons in our closets but it's all in how you act because of them. Domino was stronger than she gave herself credit for. She went through a lot in her life and she came out as best as she could, minus Wilson. I thought it was great to see her grow more confident in ...more
Apr 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
Explosive. Unique. Addictive.

Sometimes you pick up a book and you're not really sure what you're getting yourself into. With Violet Grenade, you may think you know what you're getting into but nothing will prepare you for the ride you're in for.

He's my person. Not that I need one.

Domino has been through A LOT of shit. Victoria Scott did not shy away from her rough past and how that leads her to Cain, Madam Karina, and Wilson. And just when you think she's had enough, Victoria pushes her further.
Kimberly (Book Swoon)
May 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
Violet Grenade by Victoria Scott is dark, edgy, and the kind of twisty that keeps you glued to the pages.

Violet Grenade is unique and quite unlike any of Scott's previous work that I've read before, and I've read nearly all her books. With its unforgettable characterization and writing, Violet Grenade is a great choice for those looking for a new young adult psychological thriller.

The story follows Domina who is living on the streets when she receives and an offer by Madam Karina to join her hou
Lisa (lifeinlit)
Apr 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: e-arc, favorites, 2017
As most of you probably already know, I ADORE Victoria Scott! I've read (almost) everything she's written, and I've loved them all!! So when I first heard about Violet Grenade, I immediately added it to my give-me-this-immediately-i-need-it-nowwwww list. Just recently I saw a video of Victoria discussing Violet Grenade, and how it was unlike anything else she's ever read. She said it was dark and twisted... and that's EXACTLY what it was!! This book was nothing at all like her other books... but ...more
Jessica (Jessabella Reads)
Dec 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arcs-i-have
May 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
I'm still not sure what star-rating to give this. For stars? Five? I really enjoyed it. Deliciously dark and violent. ...more
Apr 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
Violet Grenade is not what I was expecting at all. I received a free copy via NetGalley and Entangled Publishing. There literally seems to not have been a time when this book lets the reader relax. Domino is seventeen and has been living on the streets since she was sixteen. She is sharing a squat house with her buddy Dizzy for the last year. They look out for each other and do most things together until one night they get separated and Dizzy ends up in lockup. Domino does not have the money or ...more
Katelyn Egan
Apr 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed reading this book. It had a very unique story line & I really enjoyed it.
Elizabeth Mathis
Domino: A runaway with blood on her hands.

Cain: A silent boy about to explode.

Madam Karina: A woman who demands obedience.

Wilson: The one who will destroy them all.

Her name is Domino Ray.

But the voice inside her head has a different name.

When Madam Karina discovers Domino in an alleyway, she offers her a position at her girls’ home in secluded West Texas. With no 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’
Jessica (a GREAT read)
Jan 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I received this ARC from the publisher, via Netgalley, in exchange for a voluntary and honest review. I was in no way compensated for this review.

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
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Victoria Scott is the acclaimed author of nine novels including FIRE & FLOOD, THE COLLECTOR, and ​TITANS. Victoria’s books have been YALSA-nominated, have appeared on the prestigious Spirit of Texas ​Reading ​Program​, and have been included on Bank Street College of Education's Best Books of the Year list. ​Her stories have been translated and sold in fourteen countries​, and FIRE & FLOOD is curr ...more

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