Review of Violet Grenade by Victoria Scott (plus a Giveaway!)

Today we’re featuring Violet Grenade, a YA psychological thriller by author Victoria Scott. This blog tour is presented by Entangled Teen via Chapter by Chapter and runs until June 9th.

Read on to know more about the book and check out my thoughts on the book! Don’t forget to enter the blog tour giveaway and check out the other tour stops!

About the book

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.

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Interesting YA thriller

I always say that I’m not into YA books – I tend to get pretty annoyed with the teenaged characters (I know, I’m an old fart) – but I do try to keep an open mind, especially when a book intrigues me. And Violet Grenade definitely intrigued me when I first read the blurb. Right off the bat I could see that there was something dark and sinister about the story. I didn’t love everything about this book, but it did not really disappoint. It was an interesting and entertaining read.

The main character Domino is something else. She’s intriguing, quite damaged, strong in her own way, vulnerable in many ways and determined all at the same time. The other characters are also interesting enough and I would have loved more backstories about them. The book didn’t really explicitly say much about Wilson, but I guess you can assume just what or who he is. For me, the story took a while to develop and though the last few scenes were crazy, I thought the ending was a bit lacking. It wasn’t bad really, but I don’t know, I just wanted more.

I have to say though that I like the author’s writing style. This is my first Victoria Scott book and I love her way with words. I love how she describes things and emotions. I mean, check this out:

“The sound rushes inside me like I’m a stray cat who’s happened upon a birdbath. I lap up the noise thirstily and long for more.”

“There I go again with my attachments. Someone so much as looks at me and I want to snare them with my octopus arms, suck on their salty skin, and pull them underwater.”

Anyway, overall, I still thought this was a good read. If you’re into YA that’s a bit on the dark, gritty side, you might enjoy this one!

I received a copy of this book for review. All opinions expressed are my own.

About the Author

Victoria Scott is the acclaimed author of FIRE & FLOOD, SALT & STONE, TITANS, HEAR THE WOLVES, the DANTE WALKER trilogy, and VIOLET GRENADE (May 2017). She is published by Scholastic and Entangled Teen, and is represented by Sara Crowe. Her latest novel, TITANS, received two starred reviews, and FIRE & FLOOD is a 2017 Spirit of Texas Reading Program selection. Victoria’s novels are sold in fourteen different countries, and she loves receiving reader emails from at home, and across the world.

Connect with Victoria Scott on her Website, on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Goodreads.

Giveaway

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