Love can be a dangerous thing....
Hanna simply wants to be loved. With a head plagued by hallucinations, a medicine cabinet full of pills, and a closet stuffed with frilly, violet dresses, Hanna's tired of being the outcast, the weird girl, the freak. So she runs away to Portero, Texas in search of a new home.
But Portero is a stranger town than Hanna expects. As she tries to make a place for herself, she discovers dark secrets that would terrify any normal soul. Good thing for Hanna, she's far from normal. As this crazy girl meets an even crazier town, only two things are certain: Anything can happen and no one is safe.
First person. Hanna aka main character extraordinaire.
Okay first off let me just say that I really wanted to like this book. I really did. It sounded quirky and crazy and fantastic, but at the end of the day, it was a hot mess.
What I Liked:
I really liked the concept of this book:
Crazy girl+ Crazy town+ Letting the madness ensue= My cup of hot peppermint tea
Hanna visits the town of Portero, Texas in search of her mother -a cold woman who Hanna had never before met. However, Portero is a town full of crazy stuff that her mother fears is a less than safe town for her manic depressive daughter.
Portero itself is a truly fascinating place. Invisible doors litter the whole town and only those marked with a special symbol -a group of people called the Mortmaine- can see and enter them. These people go around trying to keep anything unholy and disgusting from reaking havoc on the Portero civilians.
I also really liked Hanna's father, or the ghost of him. He had died before the beginning of the book and would show up announced as a figment of her imagination. (Or is he?...Please tell me...'cause I wasn't really sure...)
MY FAVORITE PART OF THIS BOOK WAS WHEN HANNA'S BF'S LITTLE BROTHER'S CRAZY-ASS LIVING TEDDY BEAR. HE WAS ONLY IN ONE OR TWO SCENES BUT I WANTED TO ADOPT HIM AND LOVE HIM FOREVER.
I loved this concept, and the first 4th of the book. I thought it was different and crazy and I really liked it...
However, to my great dismay, all good things must come to an end.
What I Didn't Like:
First off, let it be known that there is a HUGE difference between crazy and random, and a hot pot of crazy and random things melted together into a big glop of crandom. That's right, crandom. This book was so crandom it make my brain itch.
As I mentioned earlier, the concept for this book was fantastic. Unfortunately, the world/town is not developed. At all. Hanna is thrown into it and we, as the readers, are given scarce amounts of information, or at least the info we are given cannot keep up with the stuff being thrown in our faces.
Hanna is a manic depressive (something I have just recently learned about) so, that said, some of her bipolar-ness and sexual promiscuity is forgiven. But not really, for the main fact that her mental issues WERE BARELY MENTIONED. Once in a while her pills would be referenced or blurbs of manic depression would be scattered here and there, but it wasn't enough to defend all that was wrong with Hanna.
1) She got angry so quickly and randomly.
*"I love you Hanna."
"I love you too!"
"But this task is not safe for someone with no previous experience."
"OH HELLLL NO. I HATE YOU NOW." *Storms off in a cliche fit of rage*
Yeah, it's that bad. And it happens CONSTANTLY. I wanted to strangle her.
2) Wayyy to promiscuous. I mean seriously. This book was not romance, it was sex.
3) BIGGEST. MARY-SUE. EVER. Girl comes to new town, at first people shun her, then she does something heroic and gains the adoration of all. Plus she seemed to have a bit of an obsession with how absolutaly gorgeous she was. Please excuse me while I barf into a purple and glittery trashcan.
4) The romance between Hanna and Wyatt, or should I say lack of. It was boy meets girl, they hang for a day, have tons of sex, and are instantly in love. (Plus girl can't seem to fathom that her boyfriend might not be over/still cares for his ex). I felt nothing for them, and in the end could have cared less if they ended up together.
The biggest issue I had with the book was the end. Now, this review is all smiles and is spoiler-free, so let's just say this:
All in all this book had so much potential but just kinda fell flat. It did have it's moments, but at the end of the day, Hanna should have never left that mental institution.
2.5/5 or a Dandelion
*Note that this quote is from my own brain and not Bleeding Violet itself.
PS: The book smells purple. I swear, it's bizarre.