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{July 23, 2010}   Bleeding Violet by Dia Reeves

Plot: Hanna has been diagnosed with many different things over the years; at the moment she’s manic-depressive. She’s fine most of the time but when she doesn’t take her meds she sometimes does bad things: like hitting her aunt in the head with a rolling pin. She runs away to the small town of Portero where her mother lives. But she isn’t welcomed with opened arms and Portero is even stranger than her hallucinations. Here she can see, not only hear, her dead father and the inhabitants have grown used to monster attacks. Hanna is desperate to prove to her mother that she can fit in and survive.

This was a truly unique urban fantasy. I wasn’t sure it was an urban fantasy before I started reading it; I picked it up mainly on the recommendation of Cindy Pon (author of Silver Phoenix) because I was looking for some good ya staring women of color. In a market flooded with urban fantasy, finding one that approaches the subject in a new way is a treat. Hanna’s mental disorder frames the narrative in an interesting way for one; at times it is hard to tell what is her delusion and what is simply fantastical. The characters are also very complex and interesting; ultimately the monsters simply exist to move forward the human drama of the piece. Ultimately it is a book about duty, loyalty, family and love and the different ways people understand and live these things.

There is romance too but it is not the same tired “fated love” story that I’ve read so often. Hanna’s love affair with Wyatt is bumpy to say the least, in part because both of them have other priorities. Ultimately, the main relationship in this book is the one between Hanna and her mother Rosalee; it is Rosalee’s love she is trying to win and Rosalee’s life she would sacrifice anything (even her relationship with Wyatt) to save.


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I found your entry interesting do I’ve added a Trackback to it on my weblog :)…

I’m reading her second book now. I’ll have to read the first too.

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