Monday, March 25, 2013

Review & Giveaway: Vengeance Bound by Justina Ireland

Author: Justina Ireland
Title: Vengeance Bound
Publication: April 2, 2013
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Source: ARC from Publisher/Author via ATOMR
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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.


Cory is furious, literally. She has two Furies living in her head and she barely manages to have a normal life but they have a deal as long as she feeds their hunger for blood, they won't interfere in her life. Yet, when Cory meets Niko something changes and she may not have as much power as she first thought. Cory's worried that one day she'll lose complete control and then the Furies will be in charge. She'll just be in the background, lost in their blind lust for blood and justice. The Furies know that as long as she harbors rage towards finding the person she holds responsible for the death of her grandmother, they have her. Cory must decide if the chance at love will ease the burning fury within or will she succumb to her rage?

This is Ireland's first book and it's really good. Mythology has always been one of my favorites subjects, so any book that incorporates it is a must read for me. I like how the author went about making the Furies apart of Cory and her struggle to cope with these new inhabitants in her head is fascinating. It makes Cory crazy but the fact that she tries to do what is right when they want chaos makes her a relatable heroine. The writing and action flow well. The characters are interesting, there's this one character that I found to be quite unbalanced, who befriends Cory at her new school. The chic is crazy but she makes the story entertaining. Overall, I liked how the story moves and this is a good read. I think this may be a series or trilogy because the ending seemed open for another book. I look forward to more!

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.

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  1. Sounds like an exciting book!

  2. Pati~ I really want to read this book and review give me more hope! I hope this is a series too!!

  3. it sounds interesting. I am sure that it will have a lot of fans, but I am do not think that I will one of them. It is not really my type of book:( Despite the fact that I don't think I will ever read it, I do believe that it will catch the attention of many - my unbiased opinion.

  4. I love mythology too! It sounds like and interesting book, thanks for sharing!

  5. Thanks for the giveaway! I have a friend who loves all types of mythology. She is always looking for new books on the topics. I'll have to share this one with her. Also I may check it out too. The Goddess test meets Dexter...I had to read it twice before I got the Dexter comment- the HBO show Dexter. I used to watch it and it is a pretty gruesome/dark show.

  6. I liked the way this book sounded and have been looking forward to it. Glad to see you enjoyed it, I've been seeing some mixed reviews.

    Vyki @ On The Shelf


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