Tuesday, October 25, 2011
Bleeding Violet by Dia Reeves
Wow, how I wish I could scream and rant about how amazing and unbearably good this book was, but woah! I just can't.
This is probably your classic example of "don't judge a book by the cover". Oh why cruel fate???? It was so pretty! :(
I am such a sucker for pretty covers...
Young, gorgeous and completely wacked Hanna Järvinen (that 'J' is pronounced as a 'Y')is simply looking for somebody to love her. Never mind that still sees her father, who died a while back and that she bashed her aunt’s head in with a rolling pin whilst escaping, she was simply collateral damage...
After tracking down the mother she's never known, Hanna is led to Portero, a small remote town.
There are certain rules down rules in Portero that are essential to ones' survival:
Keep you head down, don't attract attention and maybe, yes, maybe you won't be killed. Too bad Hanna doesn't have any plans to keep a low profile... Armed with a completely violet wardrobe, dozens of different medicines for her hallucinations, and an all consuming attitude, Hanna sticks out like a sore thumb.
Portero hides sinister secrets that would make any sane person run for dear life, but Hanna's desperate for her mother’s affections, besides... sanity is overrated.
**sniff** I'm still so sad... who'd have thought that such a pretty book would be so disappointing???
To be fair, Bleeding Violet had such potential... The plot idea was so very original!
So, obviously I've got some problems with the book.
Firstly if I had a dollar for every time the book mentioned how beautiful or pretty Hanna is, Yes, I heard the first 50 000 times how beautiful she is. (Slight exaggeration)
And Hanna, woah! What a **word far too inappropriate** geez, she's so obnoxious and arrogant. Ugh!
"Damn I was pretty",
Of course! what a heroine! When in the face of danger, complement yourself. **disapproving face**
Then we have how courageous Hanna is, oh she's so brave. The story often hints and I'm pretty sure outright states how brave she is, and Hanna even goes out of her way to do supposedly "brave" things. Right now I'm not too sure if it was because of her irresistible urge to impress Rosalie, her mother, or if she was just downright crazy, which she is.
Hanna, despite being jam packed with courage **extreme sarcasm**, seems to want to commit suicide every two minutes, I'm pretty sure there were about 3 or more attempts to kill herself. I'm sorry she's impulsive and always wants to take the easy way out!
Despite this, Hanna still has very admirable qualities, she's so nonchalant about everything, bashing her aunt’s head in, and then repeating that with her mum... hahaha
This was one of the factors that I actually liked. It was just so entertaining.
She's also a very different character, definitely not your typical heroine. I reckon with some tweaking she'd be awesome. Her determination and twisted interpretation of love is also quite cute. The book idea was so unusual and different; it was just so twisted, in a good way of course.
Rosalie and Hanna's relationship is just so fake. Hey mum, haven't seen you since you ditched me as a baby... so can I stay??
Gosh it weird! I just can't get over how weird their relationship is!
START OF SPOILER!!!----Wyatt and Hanna's relationship. Ugh. Is Wyatt completely desperate or infatuated? Hanna is such a **repeat of previous inappropriate word** yet it doesn't even faze him, but then again he doesn't seem so pure **cough cough** and she once again speaks so nonchalantly about the fact of her **inappropriate word**. Then he finds out what a user she is... she uses her male "acquaintances" to get what she wants and once again his undying love for her prevails. She completely takes advantage of him, and betrays him in so many ways, but still he'll be her knight in shining armour. ----END SPOILER!!!
Dang it. This is just how I found the book; I really hope it wasn’t that offensive and I sincerely apologize if I did, there are tonnes of people who love this book. But I just didn't like it... I wish I did...
I might try Slice of Cherry, which seems promising...