Overall Score: 8/10
Genre: YA Contemporary
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Release Date: May 16, 2017
Source: I received a free copy of this book from the publisher through Chapter by Chapter in exchange for an honest review
Book Summary (From GoodReads)
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 was dark, twisty, and wonderful. The author does an absolutely fantastic job of slowly building the world around you and then revealing it be to even darker than you could have ever expected. Definitely not for the weak of heart, this psychological YA thriller was one of the best I’ve read recently.
Domino was such an intriguing character, She was fiercely loyal and determined. While I never quite understood the connection between her and Dizzy, the friendship between her and Poppet was natural and entirely believable. Their friendship was truly the emotional heart of the novel. Domino’s interactions with both Poppet and Cain allowed the reader to see the damaged and healing girl beneath the rock-hard armor. The author did a fantastic job with Wilson, he was one of my favorite characters in the novel. The more I found out about him, the more I appreciated what he was and what he did for Domino.
When the story opens, Domino is a runaway attempting to survive on the streets. After her friend is taken to jail, Domino accepts Madame Karina’s invitation to join her Home for Burgeoning Entertainers out of desperation to earn enough money to post his bail. As she rises higher through the ranks, she starts to learn that not everything is as it seems and that the secrets she uncovers may come with a price. I can’t say much more about the plot without spoiling it but I was absolutely engrossed in the story. The beginning portion was the weakest part for me but once the action truly started, the story became amazing.
I would recommend this one if you enjoy a dark psychological thriller. While this one is technically young adult, I think that most thriller readers would like Violet Grenade. It was a very unique book that stayed with me long after I turned the final page. I’m definitely going to be looking up the author’s other works given how much I enjoyed this one.
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.