Author: Victoria Scott
Publication Date: May 16th, 2017
Publisher: Entangled Teen
DOMINO: A girl with blue hair and a demon in her mind.
CAIN: A stone giant on the brink of exploding.
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 entertainers in secluded West Texas. Left with few 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. But after suffering weeks of bullying and unearthing the madam’s secrets, Domino decides to leave. It’ll be harder than she thinks, though, because the madam doesn’t like to lose inventory. But then, Madam Karina doesn’t know about the person living inside Domino’s mind. Madam Karina doesn’t know about Wilson.
The first book that I read by Victoria Scott was Hear the Wolves, and I thought it was a really engaging and interesting book – I haven’t read her other novels yet, although I have heard nothing but amazing things about them so far. When I saw that she was writing Violet Grenade, it instantly became one of the books I was most excited for for summer. Between that pretty cover and the story that sounds like it would definitely be one to grab you and pull you in, I was definitely not disappointed with this amazing read!
Violet Grenade is home to several unique and enjoyable characters, including Domino, Cain, and Madam Karina. The story begins with Madam Karina taking Domino in, offering her a place to stay in her home full of entertainers in Texas. Since Domino really has no where she can go or anyone else who would let her stay with them, she takes Madam Karina up on the offer, and moves into the entertainer home. Even though she is bullied by the others who are living there, she still fights to do what she can in order to gain approval of Madam Karina, and she even figures out some Madam Karina’s most deep, dark secrets while staying there. Eventually, Domino has decided that she has had enough and tries to leave, but Madam Karina doesn’t want her to – after all, it’s costing her if Domino leaves. But what happens if Domino stays and the demon inside her mind comes out, threatening to wreak havoc on everyone around her?
The whole premise for Violet Grenade is a great one that I honestly couldn’t have imagined not reading now. I loved every character and the dark story line that came with it. It was a fun thrill ride of a book, wicked and enjoyable from the very first page. The more I read the book, the more I got swept up in the mysteries and the incredible story that is offered, and I more or less read the whole book in a single day because I couldn’t put it down.
Violet Grenade is way more than I expected it to be. I’ve seen it labeled as an urban fantasy, and it really does have a lot of those elements, but it is so much more than that. So much is going on in this book at any given time, and there’s never a dull moment to be found.
If you’re looking for a great read to kick off your summer, do not miss out on Violet Grenade. It’s fun, it’s original, and it’s everything you want in an amazing read!
Note: I received an eARC of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest reivew – Thank you!
Victoria Scott is the acclaimed author of eight books for young adults. Her novels are sold in fourteen different countries, and she loves receiving fan mail from across the world. Victoria loves high fashion, big cities, and pink cotton candy. You can find her online at VictoriaScott.com.
Signed paperback of The Collector, a signed paperback of Titans, and a signed galley of Hear the Wolves.