April 02, 2013

Vengeance Bound - Review

Vengeance Bound by Justina Ireland

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.

Everyone thinks Cory Graff is crazy and dangerous. They are only partly right. She is dangerous but not crazy. She is locked in an asylum because of the danger she poses and the voices she hears.She has two other people in her head and they really aren't people. They are the Hawk and Serpent Furies. They helped her when she was young if she agreed to let them in and help them get vengeance against evil men. The furies finally help Cory break free of the asylum. She now lives a somewhat normal life. She goes to school during the day wanting a normal life. There she meets Niko who keeps the Furies quiet. She doesn't let Niko know her secret about the Furies or the fact that at night she tracks down and kills bad people to satisfy the Furies. Soon the Furies in her mind become stronger and begin to push Cory more and more to kill and to track down the main person on their kill list. Cory knows she has to fight them and get control or her new life will be over.

Cory is unlike any character I have read about. In a way she is 3 sometimes 4 people in one. She has had a horrible life and has been mistreated by so many people. I think most people would have gave up and stayed in the asylum to escape her old life. She doesn't and that shows her strength. The Furies are like something out of a horrible fairy tale told to bad kids to keep them in line. They are viscous and won't let anything get in there way. They love to kill. Niko you would think would run for the hills at how odd Cory acts but he doesn't he helps her anyway he can and is amazing.

This is a very refreshing book that will make anyone who thinks all YA books are the same old same old think again. I really loved this book and loved getting inside Cory's head. Yeah it is crowded in there but it is so fascinating!! So many twist in this book I didn't see coming. It surprised me and the ending left me shocked. As you read you get to see more and more of Cory's background and what all she has been thru. I love the way it is written. Usually I like straight forward books but I loved getting the little flashbacks. I do have to say some of the people the Furies killed I was glad they did. No I am not a bad person you just have to read this book to see why. I could go on and on but I don't want to give any spoilers. People check this book out it is so phenomenal and you will love it. 
5 out of 5 Bats~Pam

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