Thursday, January 08, 2015
REVIEW: Vendetta by Catherine Doyle
So Vendetta is told from the point of view of Sophie, this teenage girl who has had her life changed quite drastically recently when her father is sent to prison. But despite that, Sophie is pretty determined to get on with her life, hang out with her best friend, and work in her family's diner. But her normal life is again shaken up by the arrival of a new family in town and Sophie finds herself irresistibly attracted to one of the five hot brothers.
Getting to know Nicoli and his brothers means being pulled into something much bigger than a teenage crush and it has far reaching repercussions for both her and her family. One of my only real complaints I had when reading this book was the slow start. I felt like things took awhile to get moving for no real good reason. Plus, I knew beforehand (from the book summary) that this book would be about warring families and the mafia and it just needed to get there quicker.
I really loved diving into this book and getting to know these characters though. I loved seeing the different sides to how both families are run and discovering all these massive secrets. There were a few gasp-worthy revelations and it really kept things interesting for me. I felt like maybe 2 of the brothers were unnecessary however and unless major things happened in future books only 3 were needed for the plot of this book. Still.
I think with any Romeo and Juliet retelling the love and romance elements of the book have to be at the forefront of any book. And I found myself feeling quite a lot about pairings that don't happen in this book. Sophie does some really great kissing with a hot boy in this book but I'm really looking forward to these pairings possibly changing throughout the course of the book. I live in hope.
All in all, Vendetta was a brilliant debut book. It was exciting and addictive and I feel really emotionally invested in these characters and their lives and relationships. I can't wait to see what happens next...