This story is beautifully strange, I couldn't put down. 16 yr Hanna is half American half Finnish, half Black half White and 100% out there, I loved her. To honor her dad's memory Hanna wears only purple. When Hanna doesn't take her pills, she can still speak to her dad.
The story opens with Hanna arriving in her mom's home town of Portero, Texas for the first time. The two have never meet. After an incident with her aunt Hanna needs a new place to call home. She has her mind set on Portero. Hanna's mother, Rosalee does her best to discourage her daughter, it doesn't work. Hanna quickly learns Portero is a far from normal town. Students are turned into statues, and monsters can take people right off the streets. She fits right in.
Hanna has her eye on Wyatt. He is a member of Mortmaine, they protect the town from creatures. Some girls would turned off by what Wyatt can do, not Hanna. She wants to go on a midnight hunt to get the full experience. She also wants to prove to her mother she's strong enough to handle life in Portero
Reeves quickly established Hanna's voice and writes wonderful dialogue. One of the things I loved about this book, the author doesn't depend on the unexplainable in Portero to carry the story. Reeves writing is strong from beginning and only gets better.
This novel is out there from page one, as it continues it dances around the line of over top. I loved that dance and all the weirdness that was Portero. Ages 16up
I didn't do Bleeding Violet justice, so just read the excerpt