Genre: YA, Contemporary, Romance, Mystery (sort of)
Source: purchased physical copy
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.
The story focuses on Sophie and a new family that’s moved in to town. From the start, she’s drawn to this family (seriously, from the moment they move in) and as the story develops we find that she’s actually linked to this family in a way that’ll surprise you. Something begins to bloom between her and Nic, the youngest of the five, but it gets… difficult almost straight away and that’s when things start to get interesting.
This story was fantastic! I have to say that when I picked it up, I wasn’t too sure how I felt about it and I was in the middle of a reading slump but I got through this in about two days (would’ve been one but uni got in the way) and I still can’t stop thinking about it. I even ended up reading a little during my lecture, shh. Seriously, Vendetta surpassed expectations and it got me out of my reading slump.
The story was full of small twists, the characters were great – I especially loved Millie, Sophie’s best friend, and the brothers. There were five of them and yet they all brought something unique to the table and were so fleshed out that they made the story what it is. I seriously don’t blame Sophie, from the very beginning I was drawn to them also as they carry this sense of mystery that makes you want to get to the bottom of it, and I couldn’t put it down until I found out what was going on.
I think the story was wonderfully written, and though there were some cliché parts, who doesn’t like a romance trope done well? There were definitely some surprising twists, I mean, a new family moves in and they’re all part of a Mafia? I seriously didn’t see that coming, and there are so many other twists that I wont spoil. But overall, Vendetta was such a fantastic read bursting at the seams with mystery and action, and obviously romance. There is the potential of a love triangle in the next book and though this specific trope gets a lot of heat (including from me) it can add to the story if done well so I can’t wait to see what happens in the next book!
I think it’s safe to say Vendetta was my favourite read of November (tying with Throne of Glass) and I absolutely cannot wait for Inferno (Blood for Blood #2) which comes out 7th January! (Less than a month away, eek!!) This has definitely joined my ‘favourite series’ list.