Violet Grenade by Victoria Scott

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Violet Grenade by Victoria Scott

Published: May 16th 2017 by 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.

Note: I received an ARC copy of this via Netgalley in return for an honest review. This in no way influences my opinion.

I had really high hopes for this book. I absolutely LOVE the cover and the blurb was really interesting. However, this book fell short for me to the point that I actually DNFed it. I think this book just wasn’t my kind of thing – and you guys should definitely still pick up this book if it is on your TBR because you might still like it!

I found the book, what I read of it, relatively slow. I never really got into the story and the little hints of mystery behind Wilson and her parents etc. was not really enough for me to continue reading. I struggled to pick the book back up after putting it down and I often put it down in order to do something else. I wasn’t particularly compelled by the plot, despite it being a relatively unique concept for a YA book (I don’t want to give too much away).

I also struggled to empathise with the characters. I am not sure what it was, but I didn’t feel that bond as a reader to these characters, which meant that I didn’t really care whether Dizzy stayed where he was or what happened to Domino. I didn’t want to know because I wasn’t invested. I often found it difficult to tell the voices apart because the characters were similar and it kind of confused me when I eventually picked the book back up because I couldn’t remember where I was or what the characters themselves were doing.

I also feel like the house itself held too much mystery. I didn’t feel like, after the way Domino is portrayed, that she would actually take the offer that she was given – which meant that, for me, the story didn’t flow because I didn’t feel like it made sense. I didn’t feel like the characters would do the things they were doing because the were portrayed to be something different.

All in all, this book just wasn’t my kind of thing. I really wanted to love this book, but I just didn’t I gave this 1/5 stars.

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4 thoughts on “Violet Grenade by Victoria Scott

  1. Beth (Reading Every Night) says:

    Oh I’m really sorry you didn’t enjoy this book much Lauren, I agree the blurb does sound really interesting and the cover is pretty as well. It seems like the last few books you’ve read have ended up being ones you didn’t enjoy, I hope the next book you pick up is better for you.
    Still great review for this one. 🙂

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