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Bleeding Violet by Dia Reeves
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Jul 23, 2009

it was amazing
Recommended for: lovers of the absurd
Read in January, 2010

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 sleep and pick up where the dream left off, except when you do, it's not the same as it was before and it's kind of messed-up-crazy and it's even more amazing than it was originally? That's what BLEEDING VIOLET is like. WHOA.

Hanna is crazy. Really crazy. She only wears frilly, homemade purple dresses and has always been a weird girl. She takes a multitude of pills for her mental illnesses and she has hallucinations. She even hears her dead father's voice in her head. When she thinks that her aunt wants to put her away in a hospital, Hanna runs away to live with her estranged mother, Rosalee, in Portero, Texas in hopes of starting a new life. When she arrives at her mothers door, she is shocked to discover that she is not wanted, but Hanna will not back down. She is determined to prove that this can work and she will somehow fit into her mothers life. Little does Hanna know that she has just moved to the one place that is even more insane than she is. Crazy is about to take on a whole new meaning.

On the first day at her new school, Hanna notices that everyone is dressed in black and they are not very friendly. Oh, and the windows are trying to lure people to their deaths. That's a big problem. Along comes Wyatt, a boy dressed in green who seems to know how stop whatever is happening. Hanna is intriguied and impressed by him and muscles her way into his life. It turns out that this little town in Texas is overrun with monsters and Wyatt is a member of the Mortmaine, a group of hunters that protects Portero. All the madness that was once inside of Hanna's head is becoming reality. Portero is the only place that has ever out-crazied her, and it's getting weirder and more dangerous by the minute. It's literally a fight or be eaten situation. With mosters, ghosts and evil sprits on the loose, it's a wonder how Hanna and Wyatt find the time to fall in love. This love could be what eventually saves Hanna's life, but being a badass helps a lot. Hanna is definitely a badass. A crazy badass in heels and a bloody, violet dress.

You never know what will happen next in BLEEDING VIOLET. At times it is brutal, but has it's share of touching moments. There are also moments that are bizarre, wild and absurd. This is definitely a head trip that is not for the faint of heart. It is brilliantly original and I can say with certainty that I never have and never will read anything else quite like it. At least not until Dia Reeves opens up her mind again. The only things that have ever come close would be some of the more freaky anime out there (like MELODY OF OBLIVION, FLCL, ELFEN LIED or SHADOW STAR NARUTARU). The longer I think about BLEEDING VIOLET, the more I love it. My mind is changed forever. There is no spoon (Matrix reference).

*I recommend this for readers over 16 because of the more mature relationship between Hanna and Wyatt. There's also quite a bit of blood that gets spilled.
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 Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books) Awesome review, Michelle. You just made this book irresistible to me. :)

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Amber Casline great review...
can u read books on this site? lik actually read the books?

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