Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Vengeance Bound Blog Tour: review of Vengeance Bound by Justina Ireland + GIVEAWAY

Hi guys, and welcome to my stop on the Vengeance Bound blog tour, hosted by AToMR tours! You can check out the full schedule HERE!

Goodreads rating: 4.04
ebook, 320 pages
Published April 2nd 2013 by Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers
Source: Edelweiss

The Goddess Test meets Dexter in an edgy, compelling debut about one teen’s quest for revenge…no matter how far it takes her.

Cory Graff is not alone in her head. Bound to a deal of desperation made when she was a child, Cory’s mind houses the Furies—the hawk and the serpent—lingering always, waiting for her to satisfy their bloodlust. After escaping the asylum where she was trapped for years, Cory knows how to keep the Furies quiet. By day, she lives a normal life, but by night, she tracks down targets the Furies send her way. And she brings down Justice upon them.

Cory’s perfected her system of survival, but when she meets a mysterious boy named Niko at her new school, she can’t figure out how she feels about him. For the first time, the Furies are quiet in her head around a guy. But does this mean that Cory’s finally found someone who she can trust, or are there greater factors at work? As Cory’s mind becomes a battlefield, with the Furies fighting for control, Cory will have to put everything on the line to hold on to what she’s worked so hard to build.


I'm not really sure where to start with this review. While I enjoyed the book, there was so much violence, not only outwardly, but also in the things that the other Furies said to our main character, Cory, in her head. The bold print at the top of the synopsis is really only right in one way. It's a lot like Dexter, because if Cory doesn't kill someone bad (thought it's always a man, not a woman) in intervals to keep the other two Furies sated, then they'll take over her body and go on a killing spree. The only way it's really like The Goddess Test is that there's Greek mythology, and that Cory didn't know what was going to happen when she accepted the Furies into her soul. Now that she's escaped from this insane asylum that she was in after her parents saw the kind of person she was becoming, she's on the run. But she's not just running from the authorities. She's underworld-bent on killing the doctor that basically made her into a zombie just so that he could get rich. We also find out that he would have done anything to keep Cory there, and still will. Meanwhile, the Furies seem more blood-thirsty than usual, all while Cory is trying to have a normal life. A lot of her wanting to stay has to do with a guy, of course, named Niko.

I loved Niko. The last time Cory kissed a boy that she liked, she almost killed him because of the Furies. She doesn't want that to ever happen again, but Niko is different. The Furies are quiet around him. I wish this had been explained more. There should be a reason, something about who Niko is (like maybe he's also connected to Greek mythology and the Furies or something), but there was nothing. I made myself get past that, and really enjoyed watching Cory struggle against the Furies for him, and Niko battling his own demons. But as they grow closer, Cory begins to realize that the Furies would never allow it. I actually really liked this part of the book. It's more than just inner turmoil. The Furies may be in her head, but since they're always thinking of killing and she's obviously not, it's really difficult for Cory to shut them up. That's what Niko is for! There were some steamy moments between these two that I loved, but I can't decide if I was happy with the ending where these two are involved. I'm pretty sure this is not a series, but I'm really curious about another epilogue. I'm not going to say anymore than that.

Another thing that's keeping Niko and Cory apart is Cory's new friend. She's very nice, but super insecure and she has the biggest crush on Niko, which he has tried not to return. I guess the last time he kissed another girl, and this friend found out, she flipped. Like, tried to kill herself flipped. She's always crying and is somehow more naturally unstable than Cory is even with the Furies in the back of her head. My biggest pet peeve about this book was all the violence. At times, I really felt like I was being so overwhelmed by it that the novel wasn't holding its appeal anymore. I get that the author had to prove how awful the Furies are, but at the same time some of the more violent scenes could have been cut down a bit to make it more manageable. I guess the lesson is that, when they say it's like Dexter, they're not lying. Final thing: the cover bothers me only by the fact that Cory is a blonde, not a brunette. So, while I found the book entertaining the and writing was good, there was too much violence. Still, worth a read, especially for a debut!

About the author

Justina Ireland enjoys dark chocolate, dark humor, and is not too proud to admit that she’s still afraid of the dark. She lives with her husband, kid, and dog in Pennsylvania. Vengeance Bound is her first novel.

(2) Hardback copies of VENGEANCE BOUND plus a Swag Pack - US/Canada Only 
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1 comment:

  1. Pati~ Great review filled me in ona lot of things! That hair color thing i can see the bothersome in it.


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