Vendetta (Blood for Blood Series, #1) by Catherine Doyle

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Vendetta by Catherine Doyle

Publisher: Chicken House Books

Publication date: January 1, 2015

Genre: Crime, contemporary

Category: YA


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 drawn into a criminal underworld governed by powerful families. But with a fierce rivalry raging between two warring crime families, falling in love is the deadliest thing Sophie could do. 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.

Blood will spill and hearts will break . . .

Italian mobsters, murders, love, mystery, twists and turns and an ending that has you on the edge of your seat. If this sounds like your type of book, you will not be disappointed! A seductive read that is gripping from the early chapters, Vendetta is the first in a trilogy of books by Catherine Doyle, a writer from the West of Ireland.

Sophie is a teenager whose world has been turned upside down. She lives with her mom – her dad had recently been sentenced to prison – and she has an uncle who watches out for her. She is a regular teen who works part time in her dad’s diner, she goes to school and has a best friend, Millie. Although, there is a sense that something is absent in Sophie’s life, a missing piece of the puzzle that is blurring the true identity of Sophie Gracewell.

When the Falcone family moves to town they bring an eerie sense of danger and mystery, something that Sophie is drawn to. Soon, love sparks between Sophie and Nic, the youngest of the five Italian brothers. However, this sparking romance rises tension with the rest of the Falcone family, especially Luca, Nic’s older brother. “Blood will spill and hearts will break” when secrets the Falcone family try so hard to protect begin to unfold but what will Sophie do?

Even though the beginning of this book took off a little slow, there was not a long wait until the plot became dangerous, fast-paced and leaving you wanting more. The middle intensified with each page, the only way to describe it is that you will be reading until 2 a.m. If you think the book starts off a bit slowly, the ending is most certainly worth it.

I personally liked how the author wasn’t afraid to get Sophie hurt towards the end of the book. How unconvincing is it when the main character is always safe – like how James Bond in the older movies never seemed to get injured? Vendetta doesn’t favour any character, they are all in more danger than they think.

Doyle is a realistic writer and it merits her work. The book flowed well from one chapter to another making it an easy and enjoyable read. This book is suitable for young adult around 15 +; however, don’t let YA fool you, if you enjoy romance, danger and suspense this book is for you!



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