Saturday, October 7, 2017

Book Review: Violet Grenade by Victoria Scott

Violet Grenade

Violet Grenade by Victoria Scott

Violet Grenade is about a seventeen year old girl named Domino Ray. She lives in an abandoned house with her person, Dizzy. Together they steal what they need to survive and rely on each other. But under her vibrant wigs, tattooed skin and piercings, Domino has a secret living inside her, a deadly secret. When times get harder than expected, Domino has to come up with money she doesn’t have as a teen on the run. Then enters Madam Karina, a pretty older woman with a smile that promises hope and a home.

Madam Karina offers Domino a place in her home for girls and a job. Domino accepts, being in need of the money, but when she gets there she realizes that this house of hope for girls is a house of secrets and imprisonment where nothing is free and the cost is high. Then there’s Cain. The sweet, quiet boy who lives in the basement of the home for girls.

Why would he live in her basement? And why don’t any of the girls go into town? Domino knows a lot is off about this girl’s home and so she decides to leave as soon as she has the money, but it won’t be easy. Madam Karina doesn’t like when her girls leave her. But Madam Karina doesn’t know about the secret living inside of Domino. She doesn’t know about Wilson.

WOOOO! I LOVE THIS BOOK! It’s my kind of weird and suspenseful. (Okay one of my kinds of weird)  This book does deal with super heavy topics, though. Wilson is hands down my favorite character. Domino is fabulous, relatable and interesting. Victoria Scott did a really great job at being inside the mind of a teen with mental issues and baggage.

Recommended age:

On to the ratings!

0 = None 10 = Tons

Emotional factor:
This book had emotions for sure, I felt bad for characters, hated some and rooted for others.

There is a good bit of fighting and bullying. This is your official trigger warning. If self-harm, bullying or the topic of mental illness triggers you then please don’t read. Some scenes may be too much for some readers.

Sexual content:
Kisses are shared with, some wanted and some unwanted. At one point a character is nearly raped. Again here’s a trigger warning.

Crude language:
Several of each major and minor “curse” words are used.

Other elements/comments:
Self-harm, drugs and underage drinking are present along with human trafficking. These topics are heavy and I personally think warnings should be on this book.

Over all it was interesting and had me hooked on what would happen next.


- Sarah