Book Review: Bleeding Violet by Dia Reeves

Publication Date: January 5th 2010 by Simon Pulse

Summary: 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.

Review Overview:

  • Fascinating and unique world of Portero
  • Actually gave me the creeps!
  • Unable to relate to main character and the romance lacked chemistry

Hanna arrives in Portero, a town where everybody wears black, in a splash of purple. Fleeing from her aunt who threatened to send her to a mental institution, Hanna escapes to the home of her mother Rosalee, whom she had never met before. At Portero, Hanna is an outcast and she is about to find out exactly how normal she is amongst the others in town. BLEEDING VIOLET is unlike any other paranormal book I’ve read. Reeves crafted a unique world that immediately sucked me in. Reeves is a fantastic writer who was able to give me chills and hope that I did not get any nightmares.

While Reeves’s world-building kept me on my toes for the first 2/3 of the novel, I did start losing interest in the last 1/3. My struggle came to be the weakness of the story arc. I wasn’t propelled to find out what happened at the end. The hook that got me reading up to that point was the novelty of this paranormal town, but it got old after a while. Towards the end, the eccentricity just killed it for me. I just kept thinking to myself, “Wait, what?!” and not exactly in a good way.

Also, there was no motivation on my part to finish the story because I could not relate to Hanna. I couldn’t root for her victory. Characters are important to me as a reader, and unfortunately, it was very hard to connect with Hanna. I understand that all she wants is her mother’s love and acceptance, but the way she strives to get it is really sick and twisted. I did like some of her quirks, such as the fact that everything she wears and owns is purple. However, Hanna was just too insane – literally – to my liking. While the town of Portero fascinated me, I guess I just could not understand the way these people lived.

I was not a fan of the romance as well. Hanna and Wyatt were constantly fighting, then getting back together again. It easily felt like insta-love and I really didn’t feel chemistry between them. I don’t think that either of them genuinely liked the other. Friends with benefits, maybe? :/

Overall, BLEEDING VIOLET was enjoyable up to a certain point. I loved the fact that Dia Reeves has crafted such a unique world, but I was disappointed with my inability to connect with the characters.


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