Violet Grenade by Victoria Scott
Hardcover, 366 pages
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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.
Her name is Domino Ray.
But the voice inside her head has a different name.
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.
This was an amazing book, I have never read anything by Victoria before and I am glad I had the chance to read this for a blog tour. When I first read the synopsis months ago I knew this was a book I’d have to check out.
Domino is an extremely strong but broken girl. Her story starts off as being homeless squatting in an abandoned house with another homeless guy named Dizzy. Dizzy and Domino go out one night for some fun, but Dizzy is arrested and Domino makes a run for it. Domino finds out that she doesn’t quite have the funds to get Dizzy out of jail; she is determined to do anything to get him out. As an odd twist of timing Domino meets Madame Karina, who offers Domino a roof over her head, a bed to sleep in, food to eat all for a job. Domino agrees to help, but she jumps in blind. Once arriving at Madame Karina’s Home for Burgeoning Girls, she finds out that there is more to the offer than she ever expected.
There are ranks for the girls, the higher up the rank the more money you get to keep and the more privileges there are offered. After her first night of “entertaining” Domino finds out how exactly cut throat this environment is and she is determined to do anything to work her way up the ranks in the shortest amount of time. Domino figures out what makes Madame Karina tick and uses that to her advantage throughout the entire book.
There are a number of flashbacks from Domino to understand how she ended up in the situation she did with Wilson. Wilson does have his shining moment near the end of the book, and oh boy does he go all out and scare the living crap out of you. I learned to never get on Wilson’s bad side.
By the end the title makes allot of sense, and I did smile when it got to that point, and boy does the grenade go off and make quite the impact.
There are a few side characters that kept my interest. Cain, Poppet and Wilson, like Domino they are all broken in their own ways. This made them all the more relate able and likable.
I don’t know if there will be a second book or not, I do hope there will be. Want to see more of Domino, Wilson, Cain and Poppet.
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Signed paperback of The Collector, a signed paperback of Titans, and a signed galley of Hear the Wolves.
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.