Sunday, 1 February 2015

Book Review: Vendetta by Catherine Doyle

We were so excited when a copy of Vendetta by Catherine Doyle appeared through out letterbox, it's always a joy to support Irish authors and at just 24 year's old Catherine is making literary waves. From the first chapter we were hooked, Vendetta is surprising, enigmatic and utterly addictive.

The book blurb reads:
VENDETTA is a contemporary Romeo and Juliet story set in present-day Chicago against the murky morality of the Mafia underworld. Gritty, real and totally compelling, it's the story of Sophie Gracewell who is faced with some very difficult choices when five brothers move into the abandoned mansion next door. Sophie is thrown into an unknown world of danger, love and revenge - can she decipher right from wrong and ultimate choose whether to follow her head or her heart? Or can she do both?

The story centres on Sophie, a young girl living in the shadow of a crime committed by her father. Abandoned by all of her friends but one, the hilarious and effervescent Millie, Sophie's life revolves around working shifts in her father's diner - now managed by her uncle Jack. At home, Sophie's mother is struggling to keep things together since her husbands incarceration and she is only further exasperated by the continued erratic presence of her husband's brother Jack in their lives.

We don't have to wait long before Sophie's daily monotony comes to a shuddering halt when a mysterious family, which includes five Italian teenage brothers, move in to the long abandoned house near her home. 

The characters of the five brothers are brilliantly written, particularly Nic and Luca who are an addictive mix of sinister yet alluring, frightening but also strangely ...comforting. We did see a couple of the plot points coming a few chapters beforehand, which we suspect is intentional, but the big twists towards the end left us reeling. 

What's brilliant is that the author pushes the characters further that you would expect in a young adult novel, completely obscuring the lines between good and bad beneath layers of loyalty, promises, revenge and love. This is the kind of book that will send fangirls wild, and deservedly so, it's a fantastic debut novel and we can't wait to get our hands on the rest of the Blood for Blood series set to be released in 2016 and 2017. 

To find out more about author Catherine Doyle and her debut novel Vendetta check out our interview with the young author here. Catherine can also be found on Tumblr, Facebook and Twitter! 

Vendetta is best suited for ages 14+ and is available for purchase now. It is published by Chicken House and retails for around €8.99.

Huge thank you to Laura for sending us this book to review :-)

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