Friday, 6 January 2017

Review: Vendetta by Catherine Doyle

Blood for blood. Literally. Vendetta is not one of your usual YA tales. Yes, there are cute guys, a sort of love triangle, and lots of family drama, but this book is so much more than any of that.

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.

Vendetta is the story of what happens when the good girl meets the bad guy, except that the bad guy is the son of a mafia boss; a deceased mafia boss that is, one who was killed by her father. That son also has four brothers and a largely pissed off family. Not so simple, right?

That's the life of Sophie Gracewell.

Nicoli Falcone is an anomaly when he walks into her father's diner; handsome beyond belief, suave, but he and his brothers are hiding dark secrets, and as soon as Sophie meets him her life spirals in directions she scarcely imagined. Her own secrets come to light. Then there's Luca - the older Falcone - who's even more a mystery than Nic himself.

Vendetta is an explosion in your hands, a tale of family, blood, and the price one is willing to go to protect, or to avenge. The Falcone's are both enchanting and menacing, where to read even a single page is to be pulled into a story you'll want to continue to the end. Sophie makes a wonderful heroine, so innocent to the world she is being pulled into and yet so determined to make it her own. Fast paced, with scarcely time to take a breath, Vendetta is full of twists and turns that will have you pulled one way and then the other. It receives a well deserved 5 stars.

If you haven't started this trilogy I urge you to do so, with the final instalment - Mafiosa - out today. At the risk of sounding cheesy, don't miss the ride of a lifetime.

If you have read Vendetta, do peruse my review of book 2, Inferno, here and also let me know your favourite Falcone in the comments below.

As always, do feel free to leave a comment below, or @ me on Twitter, and thanks for reading!

Holly @The_Arts_Shelf


  1. Ooh this looks SO good!! I love exciting, creepy, dangerous kinda stories, and this plot sounds awesome :) Great review, you've convinced me I need this book!

    1. Oh, I'm so glad! Thank you for your comment and I really do hope you enjoy the books! :)