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Title: Vengeance Bound
Author: Justina Ireland
Release date: April 2, 2013
Publisher: Simon and Schuster Books for Young Readers
Book description: 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.
My Thoughts: I love stores about Greek mythology, especially when they occur in a modern day setting, so I was very intrigued when I saw that this book was going to be about furies, something I haven't read too many books about. Seventeen-year-old Cory Graff is the main character and heroine in this novel. She has been on her own since she was 15 years old, since escaping from the mental facility where she was institutionalized after a traumatic event and was subsequently taken advantage of by a not so upstanding doctor. This all occurred after Cory made a deal of sorts, which resulted in two furies, Tisiphone and Megaera, taking up residence inside Cory's head, only appearing to hand out what they believe is justice to men, never women. Cory is always aware that they are there, and try as she may to control them, when their blood lust becomes too strong she knows she must give in and let them out. They are only visible when she lets the out, and they know how to play on her emotions to encourage this. Cory finds herself moving from place to place, trying to live a normal life by day, then at night, when the furies demand justice, she often finds herself in the middle of a blood bath as the furies seek revenge on males they have determined are guilty and need punishment.
Now in a new place, Cory starts a new school going by the name Amelie, and for the first time finds herself actually having friends. One boy in particular, Niko, captures her attention and they end up falling for one another. Meanwhile, the furies are getting harder and harder to control, and her other new friend Amber, who isn't all that mentally stable, is very upset about Niko and Amelie. Amber has a crush on Niko, even though he has made it clear they are only friends, which intensifies the drama even further. Between things with the furies getting further out of hand, the evil doctor making an appearance, her relationship with Niko, and an unstable Amber, things climax into something Cory never saw coming, but will she survive, and will she even have a relationship with Niko after all is said and done?
I enjoyed Vengeance Bound. It is dark and very intense at times, with brutal murder justified as violent acts of vengeance, and twists and turns that I didn't see coming. Cory is a strong character and because of her circumstances, is much more mature than most 17-year-old girls. The furies themselves are something else. They are manipulative and hellbent on vengeance, and it was interesting seeing how they interacted with Cory, the inner struggles she went through while dealing with them, as well as seeing how they interacted with one another. I enjoyed the romance between Cory and Niko, which was sweet, but satisfying, and little unstable Amber really surprised me towards the end. Overall, I enjoyed this book, and if you are a fan of Greek mythology with a little murder, mystery, and romance mixed in, then Vengeance Bound is something you might want to check out.
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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