Violet Grenade by Victoria Scott

Violet Grenade

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...

Title:Violet Grenade
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ISBN:1633756874
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:366 pages

Violet Grenade Reviews

  • Mariah Smith (Vibin With Books)
    Dec 23, 2016

    This was so perfect in so many ways that I CAN'T EVEN DEAL.

    Violet Grenade was gritty and dark, engaging and romantic. Domino was an incredibly strong and smart heroine who was that perfect middle-ground character: she knew when to keep her mouth shut, but could whip out a witty one-liner or threat in an instant. She was fearless and loyal, overcoming a horrific past, struggling to come to terms with not only herself, but her demons.

    There wasn't a damn moment to breathe in this book. The plot t

    This was so perfect in so many ways that I CAN'T EVEN DEAL.

    Violet Grenade was gritty and dark, engaging and romantic. Domino was an incredibly strong and smart heroine who was that perfect middle-ground character: she knew when to keep her mouth shut, but could whip out a witty one-liner or threat in an instant. She was fearless and loyal, overcoming a horrific past, struggling to come to terms with not only herself, but her demons.

    There wasn't a damn moment to breathe in this book. The plot took off like a gun shot and there was always SOMETHING happening.

    Madam Karina and her Crusty Ass Home for Burgeoning Entertainers was refreshing and creepy, both a home for these lost girls and also an absolute hell hole. The girls were vindictive and cruel, willing to push and shove and claw their way to the top. There were a few good gems (aka Poppet, the greatest human being on earth) but most of them were literal trash. While I'm not usually one to condone girls constantly hating each other and getting into fights (lord knows there is too much of that in our every day lives) I couldn't help but it enjoy it. There was something about that house that just seemed so raw, so universally good AND bad that you couldn't help but want to stay. Or maybe I was just in the mood for a book that was a little violent and bloody. EITHER WAY, I loved the viciousness. It just made the revenge that much sweeter.

    And speaking of revenges and viciousness... I loved Wilson with my entire body and soul. Just sayin'. (Wilson is here, Wilson is here, WILSON IS HERE.)

    Oh, and Cain too. And Poppet. Seriously, it's rare for me to like ALL the secondary characters in some shape or form, yet here we are.

    DO YOURSELF A FAVOR AND READ THIS.

  • Candace Robinson
    Dec 18, 2016

    This book was freaking awesome!!! Domino has been homeless for about a year and finds herself in a situation when her best friend is arrested, and she has no money to bail him out. She happens to run into this lady named Madam Karina who offers her a position at her home. Things aren't what they seem. There is a person inside Domino's head that has been restless for quite some time. His name is Wilson, and he was one crazy fellow! Was I supposed to like Wilson? I don't know, but I did!!!! I also

    This book was freaking awesome!!! Domino has been homeless for about a year and finds herself in a situation when her best friend is arrested, and she has no money to bail him out. She happens to run into this lady named Madam Karina who offers her a position at her home. Things aren't what they seem. There is a person inside Domino's head that has been restless for quite some time. His name is Wilson, and he was one crazy fellow! Was I supposed to like Wilson? I don't know, but I did!!!! I also loved Cain, Poppet and Angie. There were twists and turns and this book was awesome! Go. Read. It!!! Full review on my blog

  • kariny
    Jan 25, 2017

    *I received a free ARC from Entangled Teen in exchange for an honest review*

    *I received a free ARC from Entangled Teen in exchange for an honest review*

  • Hollis
    Feb 07, 2017

    VIOLET GRENADE is aptly named as this story felt much like a bomb. It starts out small, feels almost familiar even if you've never held it before, but cannot be contained by it's packaging once the fuse is lit. And what happens after, in the wake of the explosion, is almost.. too much to process. That's this book in a nutshell.

    While this story is weird, filled with unusual characters and a completely unique premise, it's not beyond scope. It'll feel almost like something you've read before and y

    VIOLET GRENADE is aptly named as this story felt much like a bomb. It starts out small, feels almost familiar even if you've never held it before, but cannot be contained by it's packaging once the fuse is lit. And what happens after, in the wake of the explosion, is almost.. too much to process. That's this book in a nutshell.

    While this story is weird, filled with unusual characters and a completely unique premise, it's not beyond scope. It'll feel almost like something you've read before and yet totally turned on it's head. Scott's writing is heartbreaking and beautiful and out of this world amazing. The themes are dark and yet hopeful. The mystery compels you even as the journey to get there is fraught with conflict and uncertainties. And when everything comes to a head.. you cannot look away.

    For all the unreality of the setting, I'm sure in some ways it's very real. And that's how this book felt. It's a contemporary that seems almost fantasy, or maybe just fantastical, and yet so grounded and raw. I loved the characters, Cain most of all, but Domino was just.. something else. Being in her head was an experience and you won't be the only one in there with her! But that's all I'll say about that.

    This book is messed up and bizarre and tragic and whimsical and horrifying and yet even when you doubt you understand what's going on, even if you question pushing on, you will. Because when you hit that 50% mark you won't be able to put this down. VIOLET GRENADE will sink it's teeth into you and will not let you go. And you'll love the pain of the bite.

    4 "wilson is here" stars

    ** I received an ARC from NetGalley and the publisher (thank you!) in exchange for an honest review. **

  • Ashley Nuckles
    Mar 16, 2017

    Well that went fast XD

    Thanks so much to the publisher and author and her assistant for sending this ARC to me through NetGalley!

    Very very addictive & very dark, Violet Grenade was a really fast paced, great story! I'd definitely recommend this to anyone who loves dark thrillers!

    I'm also going to put a trigger warning for sexual assault here just in case. It doesn't get all the way to rape, but assault is assault and that doesn't change.

    The one thing I'd say that stopped me from giving it

    Well that went fast XD

    Thanks so much to the publisher and author and her assistant for sending this ARC to me through NetGalley!

    Very very addictive & very dark, Violet Grenade was a really fast paced, great story! I'd definitely recommend this to anyone who loves dark thrillers!

    I'm also going to put a trigger warning for sexual assault here just in case. It doesn't get all the way to rape, but assault is assault and that doesn't change.

    The one thing I'd say that stopped me from giving it 5 stars was one scene in the beginning of the book. Domino first gets into the house and the girls who are already there basically haze her. I absolutely cannot stand hazing; I just don't understand it. But despite that one scene, the rest of the book was actually really good!

  • Taylor Knight
    Mar 19, 2017

    I've seen almost exclusively positive reviews for Violet Grenade so I feel like I'm the odd one out for not loving it. I'd read one of Victoria's other books, Titans, and I loved it so I was really pumped to explore her other books.

    I can't really put my finger on why this book wasn't for me but it just hit me the wrong way. Right away, there was something about the main character and writing that felt off to me. I can't really explain it but it felt almost... fragmented. Like a rough draft or s

    I've seen almost exclusively positive reviews for Violet Grenade so I feel like I'm the odd one out for not loving it. I'd read one of Victoria's other books, Titans, and I loved it so I was really pumped to explore her other books.

    I can't really put my finger on why this book wasn't for me but it just hit me the wrong way. Right away, there was something about the main character and writing that felt off to me. I can't really explain it but it felt almost... fragmented. Like a rough draft or something. The main character, Domino, was just weird. I couldn't connect to her at all and she felt unnatural. It was never really acknowledged that Domino seemingly had a mental illness (I thought she had schizophrenia) and her illness was more of a plot device.

    The plot was predictable and unengaging to me and I just couldn't get into it.

    Overall, this book wasn't for me. I've seen tons of great reviews for Violet Grenade so maybe I'm just being overly critical. However, if you're triggered or sensitive to schizophrenia or mental illness not being completely addressed in a book, I would recommend not reading Violet Grenade.

  • Alyssa
    Apr 09, 2017

    4 stars. Probably Scott's best yet!

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  • Christy LoveOfBooks
    Apr 13, 2017

    C'mon, as if I wouldn't read this book. First of all, the cover = ♥. Second of all, the blurb completely won me over. I will say that the original blurb made it sound more sordid and dark than the current one does. Honestly, I'm not sure if this one would've pulled me on board the way the first one did. Nonetheless, I'm so glad I did read

    , because it

    s

    good!

    I am unapologetic about being drawn to female characters who have violent tendencies, so I was prepared to love Domino

    C'mon, as if I wouldn't read this book. First of all, the cover = ♥. Second of all, the blurb completely won me over. I will say that the original blurb made it sound more sordid and dark than the current one does. Honestly, I'm not sure if this one would've pulled me on board the way the first one did. Nonetheless, I'm so glad I did read

    , because it

    s

    good!

    I am unapologetic about being drawn to female characters who have violent tendencies, so I was prepared to love Domino. Oh, I like her, alright. She's a runaway just trying to survive life in Chicago. When shit goes down, she finds herself accepting an offer from Madam Karina to make money at her home for girls. Sounds seedy, right? It isn't what you think. Or, is it? Maybe, just maybe, it's worse. Domino is a fighter and soon begins to claw her way to the top, but the closer she gets, it becomes clear there's a lot off about the people and the place.

    takes us on a crazy ride that's a tad on the darker side, which I love. As the story progresses, Domino's secrets and past unravels, and ... well, it's not pretty. This brings me to Wilson. I freaking love Wilson! I'd get giddy when he would show up, because it meant things were about to go down. Oh, and is it ever fun.

    I love how I couldn't fully trust anyone and had to keep my guard up. However, despite all the cruelness and shadiness, there's a wonderful story of friendship and loyalty that surprised me.

    This book really impressed me with the standout characters, twisted plot, and touch of oddness that kept me glued to each page. It's a quick read and a total page turner! Read it!

    Side note to Domino: Having "a little more meat on your bones" doesn't have anything to do with being a "real woman". You're fine the way you are.

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