Genre: YA, Contemporary, Romance, Action
Source: purchased physical copy
Romeo and Juliet meets The Godfather in the second installment of Catherine Doyle’s Blood for Blood series. Sophie’s life has been turned upside-down, and she’s determined to set things right. But Nic, the Falcone brother who represents everything she’s trying to forget, won’t give up on their love – and it’s Luca’s knife she clutches for comfort. Soon another mafia clan spoils the fragile peace – and with her heart drawn in one direction and her blood in another, Sophie’s in deeper than ever.
It’s no surprise that I absolutely adored Inferno considering I loved Vendetta (as you can tell from my review here), which I picked up as a recommendation. When I finished Vendetta, I immediately wanted more and then I found that I would have to wait a month before the sequel was published. Luckily the month flew by!
When Inferno finally arrived, I happened to be in the middle of a very stressful and time-consuming essay so I didn’t want to ruin my experience of the book by starting it then, but as soon as the essay was finished – literally, the instant I uploaded it, which happened to be around midnight – I made the fantastically idiotic decision to start Inferno just before bed.
I read 100 pages…
Then I obviously had to finish the whole book.
I read for 3hrs straight, barely pausing to blink. My vision went fuzzy and I was exhausted yet all I could think was I want more. Seriously, if I had the next book I would have started and finished it then and there (sleep is for the weak anyway). The characters were even more fantastic than I remembered; Sophie and Millie’s friendship is still one of my favourite thing about this series, and it was interesting (by interesting, I mean hilarious) seeing how Millie reacted once she found out the truth about the Falcone brothers. Although the brothers’ secret was revealed in the first book, they were just as mysterious as ever and poor Sophie went through a hell of a lot in this book.
The plot picked up from where the first book had left off – with Sophie in hospital – and I was gripped from the very beginning. In Inferno, Sophie deals with PTSD after what went down in Vendetta and I remember thinking how real it felt. I have read a lot of stories where the protagonist is thrown into a stressful and deadly situation and they come out of it unscathed, which obviously isn’t at all how a normal human being would react. But not in Inferno, Sophie’s reactions are real and human and this helps the reader to connect with her more as a character.
Let’s not forget the epic romance. Ugh, all I have to say is that if I wasn’t Team Luca before, I definitely 100% without a doubt am now! We get to see more of the Falcone brothers in this book and so we learn a lot more about them and their individual personalities. There are a few swoony moments among all of the action and I love it!! Once again, Catherine Doyle did not disappoint. The action in Inferno was just as exhilarating and heart-stopping as Vendetta – if not more so, Sophie just as stubborn and impulsive (never change, Soph), and there is this major plot twist that will seriously make you question your entire existence.
I’m not joking… it’s mind-blowing. I had to reread it a dozen times (almost as many times as the aforementioned swoony kiss scenes).
The only regret I have is reading Inferno all in one sitting because I woke up with the biggest book-hangover and am yet to get into another book! It doesn’t help that book 3 seems so far!