Violet Grenade by Victoria Scott

Violet Grenade by Victoria Scott is dark, edgy, and the kind of twisty that keeps you glued to the pages.

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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. 

Book Details

Violet Grenade by Victoria Scott
On Sale Date: May 16, 2017
Hardcover, 300 pages
Young Adult Fiction, Romance
Entangled: Teen, Macmillan
Source: Publisher
My Rating: 4/5 Stars


My Review

Violet Grenade is unique and quite unlike any of Scott's previous work that I've read before, and I've read nearly all her books. With its unforgettable characterization and writing, Violet Grenade is a  great choice for those looking for a new young adult psychological thriller.

The story follows Domina who is living on the streets when she receives and an offer by Madam Karina to join her house of "flowers" in a home to many such runaway girls who are then used as private entertainers.
Set in secluded West Texas, Domina finds herself fighting to the top of the ranks to gain the madam's approval. Along the way, she encounters the madam's dark secrets, deceit, and bullying in a dangerous world, one where once you enter it, you can never leave.

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What they don't know about is the person living inside Domino’s mind. Madam Karina doesn’t know about Wilson. 

Violet Grenade, like all Scott's novels, has such compelling characters in it with unique voices that just grab your attention.

Domino’s story slowly unfolds and as readers begin to understand her history and who Wilson is, the story becomes incredibly heartfelt and intense. Madame Karina makes a fabulous villain and there are plenty of mean girls to make you want to protect Domino. But Domino is smart and resourceful and she has the unexpected Wilson on her side. 

I loved how the story was written, full of rough edges and grit, but also of unlikely friendships and even a touch of sweet romance.

At times, the story takes on an almost surreal quality, like a hazy, smoke-filled room, where we can see what is happening but it's strange and filtered. Then smack, the reader is back at Madame Karina's and we see Domino and Wilson in a whole new, kick-ass, light. 

Violet Grenade is a gritty, fast-paced, twisty psychological thriller with unique characters I won't soon forget. So far it's a standalone book but these are the kind of characters you read about and can't help but hope for more.