Monday, July 22, 2013

Book Review: Vengeance Bound by Justina Ireland

Vengeance Bound
Author:  Justina Ireland
Publisher:  Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Publication Date:  April 2, 2013

From Goodreads:
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.

Great premise, very unique and original.  But how was the book? 

Although the plot was interesting and the book was well written, the characters bothered me so much!  Super insta-love and it really made no sense.  Why did Cory/Amelie like Niko?  We hardly ever find out anything about him.  Why in the world did Niko like her?  In the beginning, he says she's "different."  Uh...okay.  That's a reason.  

And the rest of Cory/Amelie's "friends."  Totally and completely awful.  There was not one single likable character in that group.  Amber:  awful.  Mindi:  I'm not even going to comment.  Jocelyn:  awful.  Adam:  starts out ok and then is also awful.  Tom:  have no clue, don't even know anything about him other than his name.  

The ending?  A cop-out, although possibly it's setting up another book (but it's not a cliffhanger).

So, in the end?  I really wanted to like it but it was...disappointing.

Posted by:  Pam

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