Author: Victoria Scott
Genre: YA Contemporary/Thriller
Release Date: May 2, 2017
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Domino: A runaway with blood on her hands.
Cain: A silent boy about to explode.
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 at her girls’ home in secluded West Texas. With no 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…and falling for Cain, the mysterious boy living in the basement.
But the madam has horrible secrets. So do the girls in the house. So does Cain.
Escaping is harder than Domino expects, though, because the madam doesn’t like to lose inventory. But then, Madam Karina doesn’t know about the danger living inside Domino’s mind.
Madam Karina doesn’t know about Wilson.
Violet Grenade is a bombshell of a YA contemporary thriller that will leave readers begging for more. I've been a huge fan of the author since the Collector trilogy, so I was overly excited to read this book. I have to admit that I had pretty high hopes and expectations going in - and this novel far surpassed them all. I absolutely loved every single thing about the story and wouldn't change a thing. Every aspect was well thought out and perfectly executed - from the characters to the setting to the plot.
Domino is a really unique main character and loved her right from the start. She's very complicated, as we learn throughout the story. She's fierce, brave, strong, smart, and determined - but she's also deeply flawed with lots of demons and secrets. I liked getting to know her during the book - learning about her past, uncovering her secrets, and watching her change and grow. She undergoes a huge transformation, and it was both inspiring and heartbreaking to watch. The secondary and even the lesser characters were all equally interesting with distinct personalities and secrets of their own. I loved learning everything about each of them - including their dirty secrets - as well as watching how their relationships with one another grew and changed. There had to be a bit of romance thrown into the mix, and I liked seeing Domino and Cain get to know (and fall for) each other. And then there's Wilson. I don't think I can really describe him properly. He was a fascinating addition to the story and definitely added a whole new level to the story.
The plot was awesome. It was original, unconventional, dark, and deliciously twisty - all the things that make an amazing story. It's definitely unlike anything I've read before, and easily sets itself apart from any other novel out there. I don't want to spoil anything, and you get a pretty good idea from the description itself. I'll just say that there are tons of juicy secrets that come to light - and most of them aren't pretty. They're actually messed up and jaw dropping. There's a definite mystery inside the plot - figuring out what's actually happening at Madam Karina's as well finding the truth behind all the secrets and lies. If you're in the mood for something fresh and dark - you need to read this one. I can't recommend this book highly enough!
Victoria Scott is the acclaimed author of eight books for young adults. Her novels are sold in fourteen different countries, and she loves receiving fan mail from across the world. Victoria loves high fashion, big cities, and pink cotton candy. You can find her online at VictoriaScott.com.
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