Bleeding Violet

Bleeding Violet

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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 make a place for herself, she discovers dark secrets that would terrify any normal soul. Good thing for Hanna, she's far from normal. As this crazy girl meets an even crazier town, only two things are certain: Anything can happen and no one is safe.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 464 pages
  • 142.24 x 208.28 x 40.64mm | 521.63g
  • Simon Pulse
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 1416986189
  • 9781416986188
  • 317,143

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Poor Hanna has had a seriously rough adolescence. It s hard enough for her to accept the death of her beloved father and to manage her escalating mental illness, but when she shows up in the hometown of her mother (whom she s never met), she discovers that her mother wants nothing to do with her. What s more, the town itself has doors that open between worlds, often releasing evil forces onto the residents. Since Hanna has nowhere else to go, her mother agrees to let her stay, if she can prove that she can fit into this guarded, hostile town that considers outsiders merely fresh meat for monsters. Reeves immediately establishes a mysterious, disorienting perspective by allowing Hanna (who hallucinates conversations with her father but, as far as the reader is permitted to know, can also conjure up a swan whose actions impact the actual world) to be the only narrative voice describing the town of Portero and Hanna s efforts to settle into it. The resulting novel is wonderfully baffling, and as lush, warm, and conflicted as Hanna herself. Hanna is a ref reshingly unbalanced protagonist unafraid of gore or her own sexual power while also being terrified of any loss and unable to handle simple high-school power negotiations. Her struggles are wrenchingly genuine and often even life-threatening (both against horrors released through the portals and the unrelenting clamor and chaos lurking in her own brain chemistry), and readers will likely literally sigh with relief when Hanna finally captures a bit of good to balance her world. -- "BULLETIN, "March, 1, 2010, STAR"
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5,221 ratings
3.62 out of 5 stars
5 30% (1,579)
4 28% (1,444)
3 24% (1,275)
2 10% (527)
1 8% (396)

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First, lets hear about the plot. Hanna Jarvinen is just your average teenager?that is if all teenagers were bipolar, obsessed with purple, and happen to live in the monster-filled town of Portero, Texas. That?s right, monsters. Not your standard werewolf or vampire, I?m talkin? six foot leeches that hide in the bushes, among other things that ?go bump in the night?. Not to mention Wyatt, a young initiate in the demon-hunting group called the Mortmaine, who happens to be an amazing hottie! The first thing that drew me to this book had to be Hanna. She?s crazy. Literally. She stumbles upon Portero after learning that it?s where her long-lost-mother lived. She just walked right up to her mother?s house and basically says ?Hi, I?m your daughter and I?m here to stay?. She also can communicate her dead father?s ghost. Not kidding! This girl has guts and was out to prove herself in the black-clad, small-town that was Portero. I can honestly say I?ve never seen such a unique character in any other book! But be warned, I didn?t instantly love her, either. After reading the first chapter, I was scared out of my wits by Hanna?s strange mind. But I couldn?t stop reading. The second thing I loved about this book was it?s one-of-a-kind plot. It should be in a category all by its self! We?ve heard of the whole ?demon hunting, out to save the world? groups, but the Mortmaine are on the next level. Plus, there are so many unique monsters, portals, and haunted houses, that your head will be spinning after the first couple of chapters. I also found this book VERY funny, at times. I actually laughed out loud in certain scenes in the book. Especially during a conversation between Hanna and Wyatt?s mother (definitely not ?gonna spoil that one!). Add a little mystery to this crazy concoction , and you?ve got yourself one awesome book. Now, as a note to any younger readers, this book is not for the faint of heart. There is plenty of blood, guts, and sex, so this book is really more suitable for older teens. Other than that, I found this a great read and found myself swooning at the sizzling-hot Wyatt and Hanna moments!show more
by Jessica M A Lopes Nunes
Hanna is what some people would call insane. After bashing her aunt on the head with a rolling pin, she runs away to Portero, hoping to find her mom. Once there, she quickly learns that dark things are everywhere. Mysterious events continually occur, with people vanishing and dying. Sometimes, even more mysterious than the events, are Portero's residents. Hanna must earn her place in this twisted town and prove her worthiness. Dia Reeves has unabashedly created a world of complete insanity and oddness, sucking the reader in from the start. Her storytelling and characterization will hook readers and have them flipping pages. I devoured this 464-page story in a single day, unable to put it down. Hanna is clinically crazy, but compared to the rest of Portero, she's fairly normal. When first introduced to the story, it may seem hard to grasp and confusing. That, however, was what drew me in. I was utterly confused as to what was going on, but I had to find out more. Hanna's insane antics added excitement to the plot and kept me guessing. I literally never knew what to expect. Living wooden swans, glass people, what next?! This book could have been terribly off in many ways, but because Ms. Reeves presented it in such a convincing, laid-back manner, the oddness became cool. The characters in Hanna's life were each individual and had some of the best characterization I've seen yet. Her mother was harsh, depriving Hanna of a real relationship. Even so, Rosalee is a compelling character who has her motives for being cold. Wyatt, Hanna's love interest, was totally bad ass but not a bad boy. He had a sweet job of taking down the evil entities in Portero, but he still had a fun personality. Wyatt is definitely one of the most enjoyable love interests in Young Adult fiction these days. I loved almost every aspect of this book. The oddities, the real characters, all of it was amazing. I was slightly turned off by the casual approach to sex and nudity, however. For some characters, mainly Rosalee, this laid-back approach was almost a defensive mechanism. It added to her persona in some ways. With Hanna, though, I was irked about her casual manner. I really can't place why I felt differently towards her. It was just off. Sorry, but there's really no way to explain why I was bothered by it. For those who have read it, the lake scene with the nerdy boy? Birthday suits were not necessary, in my humble opinion. Another part of this book was its gruesomeness. I've got a sturdy stomach and am never affected by books' descriptions of blood and gore, but there was one particular scene that really got to me. I actually got woozy and a little nauseous. I caution those with weak stomachs. Regardless, though, this is one of the best books of 2010 - a must-read. It was insane, but enjoyably so. I recommend it to anyone and everyone.show more
by TeensReadToo
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 make a place for herself, she discovers dark secrets that would terrify any normal soul. Good thing for Hanna, she's far from normal. As this crazy girl meets an even crazier town, only two things are certain: Anything can happen and no one is safe.show more
by Megan
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