Bleeding Violet by Dia Reeves
Hanna has never really fit in. She is distractingly beautiful, uses sex as a weapon, has been diagnosed as manic depressive, and hears her dead father in her head. After bashing her aunt in the head and leaving her for dead, she heads to the home of her mother whom she has never even met. But Rosalee is cold and aloof, nothing like the mother that Hanna pictured. Rosalee gives her two weeks to see if she can fit in with the other people in town, or she will have to leave. Hanna heads to school and immediately finds herself surrounded by bloodthirsty monsters, glass statues that used to be people, and other teens who dismiss her as a transient. But Hanna is determined to find a place for herself in this odd town that just might be even more strange than she is.
Hanna is a character who is easy to dislike immediately, but throughout the book readers get to see beyond her outer shell and to the girl who is desperate for a mother who cares for her and for a place where she belongs. Reeves writes with a flair for horror. This book glories in gore, is filled with eye-widening moments, and will have readers turning the pages breathlessly. This horror is right in your face and almost tangible. The pacing is also done very well, with moments of stillness nicely contrasted by frenetic action scenes. The world Reeves has created will remind readers of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, but Hanna as heroine takes the novel in a different direction.
I must also mention after so many questions about YA covers and protagonist’s skin tones, that Hanna is bi-racial. The is half Finnish and half African-American. On the cover, her skin is a caramel which is just right.
Get this into the hands of Buffy and Twilight fans and they will be delighted with a new heroine who isn’t afraid to get her hands bloody. Appropriate for teens aged 14-18.
Reviewed from copy received from publisher.