Title: Violet Grenade
Author: Victoria Scott
Genre: Mystery/Thriller, Romance, Young Adult
Publication date: May 16th, 2017
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 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’s approval…and falling for Cain, the mysterious boy living in the basement.
But the madam has horrible secrets. So do the girls in the house. So does Cain.
Escaping is harder than Domino expects, though, because the madam doesn’t like to lose inventory. But then, Madam Karina doesn’t know about the danger living inside Domino’s mind.
Madam Karina doesn’t know about Wilson.
“I was born with my eyes open. When I slid from my mother’s womb, my eyes were open. I see everything. I don’t always pay attention, but I see it.”
HOLY CRAP YOU GUYS! I literally knew nothing about this book, just only that it was a psychological thriller and that the cover was gorgeous, but I have to say I’m completely and utterly surprised by what I’ve just read. It’s weird, and dark, and twisted and I just loved it.
I don’t know if you guys know the movie Suckerpunch, but I was obsessed with that movie back then, and I wanted to find a book that was similar to that movie. And this totally reminded me to that. They are not completely the same, but they both have that oddness and darkness surrounding them, and also most of the things happened in the same place. So I’m super happy I’ve finally found something quite alike.
“We’re alike, you and I. Seeking a place, or maybe a feeling, we never really had.”
I don’t want to talk a lot about this book because I feel it’s one of those stories where it’s best if you start without knowing anything, but I will talk about some of the characters and what I think about them and the novel in general.
Domino is one of the most unique characters I’ve ever encountered. She has a very dark past and at the beginning of the book she was quite dependent and looking for solace, but throughout the book she grew strong and didn’t let anyone lead her. Her development was one of my favourites.
Another thing I loved was the frienship between Domino and Poppet. Even though at the beginning Domino didn’t really want to make friends and was that lonely misfit, the bond they created was such a joy. They took care of each other and didn’t leave the other behind, even for their own benefits.
I also felt a bit instatisfied with everything Wilson related. Even though we got to see a bit more about him with his perspective, I wanted to learn more about him.
“Me, the girl who needs someone to cling to, and he, the boy who’s desperate for someone to protect.
What would the two of us overcome together?
There is also a very cute romance (well.. if you forget about all the sick stuff going on it is actually a sweet romance). It is problematic, having both characters their own dark past and demons, and being where they were, BUT I SOMETIMES SHIP PROBLEMATIC ROMANCES. I can’t help it. They respect each other so freaking much, and it was not insta love (thank god!). You can see the progress of their relationship and how they start becoming comrades and friends. It’s a blast when a book doesn’t have insta love. Sorry, I said it.
It’s a very fast page read, and actually very very addicting. I was engrosed reading it, and even though I felt it was more a mystery than a psychological thriller as it was supossed to be, it was a quick but definitely twisted read.
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