Series: Blood for Blood #1
Published on February 24th 2015
Published by Chicken House Ltd
When it comes to revenge, love is a dangerous complication.With a fierce rivalry raging between two warring families, falling in love is the deadliest thing Sophie could do. An epic debut set outside modern-day Chicago.
When five brothers move into the abandoned mansion in her neighbourhood, Sophie Gracewell's life changes forever. Irresistibly drawn to bad boy Nicoli, Sophie finds herself falling into a criminal underworld governed by powerful families. As the boys' dark secrets begin to come to light, Sophie is confronted with stinging truths about her own family, too. She must choose between two warring dynasties - the one she was born into, and the one she is falling in love with. When she does, blood will spill and hearts will break.
Honestly, nothing makes me more happy than reading something refreshing and unexpected. And that’s exactly how I feel about this book and more.
While the Mafia theme isn’t anything new, but there is just something about this book that I feel separates from other novels that shares the similar theme. I think it has a lot to do with the story setting and the pace of the book, which is fairly steady, careful constructive, and the slow building suspense that eventually leading to the revelation really have me enthrall. Also, since I am one of those people that don’t always do well describing how I feel in words, therefore whenever I read a book that does so well doing that, I just find it very inspiring.
I feel each of the characters are distinct and clearly descriptive, though I am a little surprise being a YA genre some of the violent scenes are a little graphic. But the romance, however, I think is pretty standard YA, where the heroine (Sophie) and hero (Nic) develop feelings for each other in a short period of the time, even though they don’t know much about each other and didn’t spend much time with each other, but they do shares a very intense connection in the book. In this case, the romance feels a little like Romeo and Juliet, though it isn’t quite the same. There is no triangle love yet, but the possibility is there.
Aside from the Mafia theme, what draws me in to read this book is the brothers. Each of the five brothers has very distinct characteristic, with one brother particularly that stand out for me is Luca. You know the old saying about the first impression, by the end of the book, Luca’s character really turn out to be a surprise. It seems there is a lot more that we don’t know about Luca, other than that smug he seem to always wear. Of course you’ll want to read the book and find out yourself, since I would be risking spoiler if I say more.
With Sophie, I kind of go back and forth with her character. Sophie is quite young, 16 going 17, she is portrayed as a normal girl with a good heart, and has normal, realistic problems. She is innocent, and can be very native at time, she is also seeing the world in black and white, but her belief of morality will be challenged when she finds out the truth about Nic, his family and her family. In general, I really like Sophie the way she is, and I can’t wait to see how she will grow from her experiences in Vendetta.
Sophie’s friends probably bothers me the most in this book, I didn’t particularly like them very much, I feel there are situations that can be avoided, but her friends would turn out to be incredibly irresponsible.
Overall, I don’t think I read a Young Adult novel quite like this one before, with the complexity of the story, the dynamic of a mafia family, and the realism of the story plot, I can say I really enjoyed reading Vendetta. After reading this book I am quite excited about the series, I love reading a book that easily kept me up all night, because I just couldn’t put it down. I can’t wait to read the next installment and see the changes in Sophie’s life, and what will the bothers be up to next.
Happy Reading!! XO