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Bleeding Violet

(Portero Universe)

3.62  ·  Rating details ·  5,452 ratings  ·  752 reviews
Love can be a dangerous thing...

Hanna simply wants to be loved. With a head plagued by hallucinations, a medicine cabinet full of pills, and a closet stuffed with frilly, violet dresses, Hanna’s tired of being the outcast, the weird girl, the freak. So she runs away to Portero, Texas in search of a new home.

But Portero is a stranger town than Hanna expects. As she tries to
Hardcover, 454 pages
Published January 5th 2010 by Simon Pulse (first published December 14th 2009)
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SummerLily It's a standalone in the sense that there is no sequel, but it has a companion novel, Slice of Cherry, which takes place in the same town at the same …moreIt's a standalone in the sense that there is no sequel, but it has a companion novel, Slice of Cherry, which takes place in the same town at the same time, but with different characters, plot, etc. (less)

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Dec 16, 2009 rated it did not like it
I have no idea how the hell to classify this book. I didn't like it but I kept turning the pages at a feverish pace, granted that was more so in shock. Think train wreck that you can't stop staring at. This book is just a hot mess despite its gorgeous cover art.

Let's begin with the plot before trying to explain the insanity that is the characters. This book is about Hannah who shows up in her mother's home town of Portero, Texas. This town is overrun with evil creatures, magical doors that are
Wendy Darling
Jun 30, 2011 marked it as will-never-read
Shelves: young-adult
Taking this off my list for good.
Aug 08, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is such an uniquely interesting and odd book that isn’t going to appeal to everyone’s taste, but I’m glad that I’d became aware of it through Teen Creeps Podcast.

Sixteen year old biracial Hanna struggle with mental illness takes the decision to move to Portero and start a fresh.
Whilst in this crazy town Hanna soon realises that she might just be the sanest person there.

If Reeves chaotic narrative was a way for readers to experience the symptoms of bipolar, then she certainly succeeded.
Oct 30, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy, ya
Well, that was a hot mess of crazy overwrought people doing things that made no sense in an entirely implausible setting.

But, I have to admit it was moderately entertaining if you didn't try to think too hard. There was plenty of action and colorful descriptions. Reeves is definitely imaginative (so much so that lots of the ideas were pretty much wasted, which is frustrating to me) and it is always nice to get a book that isn't identical to all the others in its genre.

So, that rating is 2 stars
Michelle Rebar
Jul 23, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: lovers of the absurd
WHOA. And I say that as if I am Keanu Reeves and have just entered The Matrix, because I'm pretty sure my mind will never be the same after reading BLEEDING VIOLET. It is without a doubt the craziest and most original book I've ever read. It is absolutely insane, wildly imaginitative and quite possibly the work of a mad genius. I guess the best way to describe the experience would be, well, have you ever woken up from a dream and you want to go back to it so you force yourself to go back to slee ...more
Apr 01, 2010 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: audrey hepburn
Recommended to Mariel by: stray cat strut
Short review: A girl-version of the cat from Breakfast at Tiffany's chases after her mom (they support themselves in the same way, anyway). There's no room for crazy cats. Shoo! She rubs up against everything. Whomever said that cats don't beg for affection like a dog were dead wrong. If you ignore them they do just that. This girl is determined to rub against all who ignore her. And kitty got claws.

Long review: The narrator of Dia Reeve's Bleeding Violet is crazier than a shithouse rat, as we l
I had to wait a while to review this, because otherwise I would have snarled my way through a glowing review powered on my sheer fucking outrage over the crap people say about this book. Did you guys know that sixteen-year-old girls who are confident and sexually active are sluts? Oh, and people with mental illness should not be the protagonists of young adult fiction because it’s “upsetting”? That’s right, being exposed to people with disabilities is really unpleasant, and it shouldn’t happen t ...more
Dec 06, 2009 rated it did not like it
I gave up after 250 pages, I just can't be bothered anymore. I don't get why everybody likes this book, I'm sorry.

Maybe I gave up too soon, but right now I'm feeling too annoyed to give it another try.

I really wanted to like this, but this is just a bunch of random crap. It makes me feel like there is something wrong with my head for not getting the joke.
Feb 25, 2010 rated it liked it
Bleeding Violet by Dia Reeves is a very strange book indeed. I would say if this book were made into a movie, it would be a cross between Tim Burton's Beetlejuice and Guillermo del Toro's Pan's Labyrinth. Trippy is the word that comes to mind while I read the adventures of Hanna Jarvinen. Hanna is a biracial teenager born from a Finnish father and a black mother, who may or may not be a professional escort, and never wanted her to begin with. Hanna not only is manic-depressive, hallucinates, and ...more
Haley Willis
Dec 21, 2009 rated it it was amazing
I don't believe there are words to describe BV, but I guess I'll have to settle for "actual words". Usually, I would wait a couple of hours to really let a book sink in, but with BV I want to bounce up and down and tell everyone about her freakishly awesome novel. I saw a few comments by some that claimed they found parts confusing, weird, and many other things that I laughed at. If your not the type of person who loves the strange, the freaky, and the interesting, then you will not fall for Ble ...more
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You are not welcome to Portero, Texas, unless you have a thick skin and you are here to stay. With hidden doors that open to other worlds (the Latin word for door: Porta) spread all over town and with all sorts of creatures (like leeches with tentacles for example and ghosts that live in the river and grant wishes if you can manage to breathe underwater enough to make the wish) crawling out or sucking you into them , Portero is definitely Weird Central of America. Its residen
May 02, 2009 rated it really liked it
This book was so wickedly strange.... yet completely awesome. If I had to describe it with only word one, I think unique would describe it perfectly, or maybe crazy.. that would work too!

Hannah was unlike any other character that I've encountered in YA.... actually unlike any I've encountered in any genre. She's very nonchalant.... about everything! She could have killed her aunt, totally not a big deal. She hears her dead fathers voice in her head, oh and she sees him too... not a big deal. Pos
Karen Keyte
Feb 02, 2010 rated it did not like it
Shelves: teen-paranormal
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Dec 08, 2009 rated it really liked it
I've read my fair share of paranormal books. I like my paranormal books. But, Bleeding Violet tops it off all the other paranormal books, with a screaming bang!!!

You could tell the author really likes her horror and had a freaken blast writing, -masterfully I might add- her own version of horror.
The things I've read before this book is chocolate pudding in comparison.
Maybe I'm over exaggerate a bit, maybe it's because I'm a chicken sh*t and tend to stay away from horror books, or maybe this bo
Rachel Hartman
Apr 01, 2012 rated it really liked it
Very interesting. You know the book I want to compare this to? Imaginary Girls. Not that the writing was anything near as haunting and lyrical, but because they both employ magic realism (though it's closer to fantasy here)(or maybe even SF - are those alternate universes, or what?) in a psychologically symbolic way, and both deal with uncomfortably intense family relationships.

This had some severely grotesque moments, and there's one scene that I want to say crossed a line for me, and yet I kep
Mar 07, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya-paranormal
This book is weird. Delightfully, unabashedly weird.

Take a bipolar and hallucinatory 16-year old and drop her into the only town on the planet where the paranormal activity out-weirds anything her troubled mind can think up, and you have the setting of this novel. Hanna battles her own inner ghosts while dealing with the very real monsters of Portero, Texas. However, none of this compares to her struggle to obtain the love of a mother that abandoned her as an infant.

This novel is very dark and g
Heather G Gentle
Jan 04, 2010 rated it it was ok
I can't in good concious give this book more than 2 stars. Probably 1.5 would be more realistic. The ideas and "world" created were really unique and interesting....the creatures, the technology, the doors.
And I did laugh once when the author wrote "Everyone seemed stunned to realize that the Mayor had gotten her ass kicked by a necklace".

Otherwise-- I spent most of the time feeling very uncomfortable reading this book. I was wondering who this was written for?
12-17 year olds? I'm willing to b
Jan 01, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ya-urban-fantasy
As soon as I read the first few pages, and saw Hanna talking to her father, who wasn't there, I was hooked. This book is just brilliant, and absolutely mental, but in a really good way!

Portero is crazy, really just so odd! With every new occurance, and each new creature that made an appearance, I was thinking "Are you serious?!" with a huge grin on my face. I've reviewed a fair amount of urban fantasy novels, and so I'm used to reading about strange creatures and happens, but Bleeding Violet is
Steph Su
Jul 08, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own, best-of-10, debs10
Not since I read Holly Black’s TITHE five years ago have I encountered a story as unique and fascinatingly compelling as Dia Reeve’s debut novel, BLEEDING VIOLET. Indeed, BLEEDING VIOLET defies adequate description and categorization, blending snark, relationship issues, and the supernatural into a sexy paranormal read that will be hard to forget.

From page one, Dia unapologetically yanks readers into a dark and twisted world where monsters and mental illness are simply Hanna and Portero’s way of
Jan 14, 2010 rated it it was ok
Hanna is a manic-depressive. She is 17 years old and never met her mother, when her father dies, she decides to show up on her mom's door steps for better or for worst. For worst, her mom doesn't want her here and would do anything to get rid of her, so they made a deal. If Hanna fits in within 2 weeks she gets to stay, if not, she goes back to her aunt. Portero is more than she bargained for though, can she handle it?

As much as I wanted to like this book, I didn't. Let me explain why. First of
Jun 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book could not have been more fun! It was dark, twisted, violent, and funny. The world is so ridiculously imaginative that the story was completely unpredictable. I'm feeling like I wrote the exact same review for the author's other book "Slice of Cherry" and they have a very similar feel. They are both set in the same strange town of Portero and the author has built an incredible world that I was dying to get back to. I sincerely hope that these two books aren't all we see of Portero and i ...more
Sara Grochowski
Oct 07, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed
I'm kind of in love with this book. Every time I try to write my review though, I can't find the words. I think I've been left speechless. Or there are too many words and feelings bouncing around in my head. BLEEDING VIOLET pullled me in by its jagged teeth and I read it at a breakneck speed and with wide eyes. I'm not sure I've ever read such a strange tale; it was completely unique.

As I was getting ready to read BV, I kept hearing comments about the book. Other reviewers kept mentioning that i
Apr 11, 2010 rated it did not like it
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Jan 31, 2017 rated it it was ok
2.5 stars
I like weird books, but this was just way too odd. The characters were all unlikeable and I could not connect with them at all. Which is weird because I'm from Finland just like Hanna was "supposed" to be. As a Finn, I just didn't find it believable. It felt like the author just Googled "Finland" and added some random things she found into the story to make it a little different. Like bear meat sandwiches? I've never (personally) even tasted bear meat and the author made it sound like
Aug 22, 2015 rated it liked it
I wasn’t sure what kind of read Bleeding Violet was going to turn out to be. I’d been searching for some PoC-centric horror, and when I came across a list with Dia Reeves’ name, I was surprised to find her work categorized as YA. I’ve heard almost nothing about either of her books, despite being subscribed to half a dozen diversity-in-YA accounts on Tumblr and Twitter, where charts of minority-written and -starring books come down the feed almost constantly. Why aren’t more people trying to get ...more
Katieb (MundieMoms)
WoW! This is the craziest book I've ever read. Think MI meets bio-polar/schizophrenia and you've got Bleeding Violet. My mind is still processing what I just read yesterday. I don't even know where to begin.
I don't know if I didn't like it or if I did like it. I sat down to start it, not planning to finish it in a sitting and before I knew it I was done. That was the most insane reading coaster I've ever been taken on. I found I wanted to put the book down a few times and then other times I cou
Jun 12, 2011 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: Nobody
B-O-R-I-N-G! Do you know what that spells? BORING as in this-book-totally-sucked and please-don't-read-this. I hated this book. I rarely hate ANYTHING! I am a peppy girl and mildly optimistic so for me to say that I actually hated a book is big.

Bleeding Violet just had nothing up for it. It built up so much promise that I couldn't help but feel disappointed after the first 3 pages. That's right, within the first 3 PAGES, I almost fell asleep. But I have read books that have had terrible beginnin
Sep 18, 2009 rated it liked it
I just love the title of this book, don't you? Bleeding Violet. Haha. Sounds so... dark and twisted. And the cover is not bad too! And for the majority of this book there are a lot of good parts to it but thena lot of bad. So they void each other out to become a regular like.

Hanna is, well, crazy. She has no remorse about the fact that she may have in fact killed her aunt and thinks about the most weirdest things. She goes out and gets what she wants when she wants and to hell with whatever come
Anastasia Garcia
Jan 07, 2010 rated it it was amazing
This book was definitely one of a kind. It surprised me at every turn, from the very beginning. It had enticing starting chapters and immediately threw me into the story. I HAD to continue turning the next page.

Hanna, the main character, is a very disturbed individual. I say "individual" because I've never stumbled across a character like hers anywhere. She's quick-witted, helplessly romantic, amazingly smart, unique, and die hard. Although, the story isn't one you would have imagined for such
Dec 13, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Read this in the summer, and I just finished re-reading it about 2 minutes ago. I never expected to love a book more by reading it again. This book blew my mind.
The story is mainly about Hanna adjusting to the strange town of Portero and trying to fit in.
I found Hanna to be a very relatable character considering that her favorite color is purple, like me, and she loves Swans. I LOVE SWANS! How much better could her character get? Hanna is also manic depressive, and sometimes she hallucinates. O
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