Review: Violet Grenade by Victoria Scott || Bonnie and Clyde with some Split Personality Disorder

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Her name is Domino Ray.

But the voice inside her head has a different name.

When the mysterious Ms. Karina finds 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 woman’s approval…and falling for Cain, the mysterious boy living in the basement.

But the home has horrible secrets. So do the girls living there. So does Cain.

Escaping is harder than Domino expects, though, because Ms. Karina doesn’t like to lose inventory. But then, she doesn’t know about the danger living inside Domino’s mind.

She doesn’t know about Wilson.

Publisher: entangled teen

Publication Date: may 16th 2017


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My Review 4

Trigger Warning



Attempted Assault, Abuse, Bullying, Death Murder

“I was born with my eyes open. When I slid form my mother’s womb, my eyes were open. I see everything. I don’t always pay attention, but I see it.”

“Do you see me?” he asks

“Yes, you,” I answer. “One day, you may wish I didn’t.”

I wasn’t planning on reading this. It was less than six dollars for Nook and I thought ‘Why Not?’ I didn’t know too much about this one, either. BUT I AM ALIVE RIGHT NOW. SIGN ME UP FOR ANYTHING VICTORIA WRITES NEXT.

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We’re going to keep this short because I need to discuss my feelings. Domino, living on the streets for a while with her friend Dizzy, gets an offer to work in a house for entertainment  after Dizzy gets arrested for shoplifting. It is here where she can work her way up through the ranks, earning more and more money on the way. But, she soon realizes that something’s up with this place and Madam Karina. She also has to deal with the voice in her head, Wilson, who helped her through some tough things that happened to her in her past, who is getting out of hand.

Now, before you say anything: no, she wasn’t raped; she’s never had sex. It’s still pretty bad, though.

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Madam Karina was done so well. Her manipulation reached me: I wanted her to be genuine, to love Domino the way Domino wanted her, too. But we knew she was no good. Anyway, let’s talk about my beautiful child Domino. I LOVE HER SO F*CKING MUCH. She was badass, cunning, smart, ALL THESE THINGS WRAPPED UP IN ONE. Her split-personality disorder is never called by its name, which is realistic since Domino has never been diagnosed. She has these thick walls that hold people at bay, but I feel this quote sums up a part of her pretty nicely-

“It’s something I hate about myself. How easily I fall for people. It’s why I have to keep my walls strong. It’s for other peoples safety. If they’re too encouraging, I’ll cling and never let go. Even after they left me, even after they’ve told me I should move on too- I’ll still love them.

Because they cared.”

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Getting to the house, she didn’t plan on moving up into the ranks, but she needs the money and her ranking isn’t getting her anything. Her and Poppet move up together, getting hate from the other girls. When we first meet Poppet, I didn’t trust that her and Dominos’ friendship wouldn’t last. She had this optimism about things that Dom just didn’t last. BUT YA GIRL PULLED THROUGH. After everything the other girls did to them, you’d think Poppet would ditch her, but nope. 

I know I mentioned Wilson briefly, but HE’S ON THE SAME LEVEL AS AIDEN. I love them both, though unlike AIDEN, I was wary. Was he for himself? I know Wilson is Domino, but he could have taken a turn for the worse. It was kind of hard to remember he was another side of Dom. He had his own attitude, voice, mannerisms. But, you could see how much he cared for her and his protective nature for her. I loved when he took over; he was ruthless and it was amazing. 

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Cain, though a side character, easily captured my heart. He’s huge, yet is skittish in the beginning. But, Domino and the reader see they are the same. His past is just as harsh as hers, but he has a sense of justice and is a good person. Of course, there is a romance between them and I LOVED IT. Both have walls up, but they see each other and they are both so loyal to each other.

The last third was the best part of this book… I was grinning like a fool, yelling with excitement. I was hyped up. The end was so action packed; Dom and Cain were like Bonnie and Clyde which I was screaming that out loud… not embarrassed at all. And the end… I will admit, a tear escaped my eye. It made me sad, but the end was bittersweet. Overall, I will recommend this to EVERYONE. GO READ THIS NOW.

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