Book Review: Vengeance Bound

Book Review: Vengeance BoundVengeance Bound by Justina Ireland
Published by Simon & Schuster Books on April 2nd 2013
Pages: 320
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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.

Tagged as The Goddess Test meets DexterVengeance Bound was a read that I knew I couldn't resist.

Cory Graff (aka Amelie Ainsworth) knows pain and suffering, and she also knows how to inflict it. All thanks to the Furies. The ancient mythical creatures who have been a passenger in her mind since she was twelve. Their entrance brought on by a terrible event in Amelie's life. Their presence is both a blessing and a curse.

Although, I have never gotten deep into the Dexter books, there have been periods in my life where I have been beyond addicted to the television show. And in case you are wondering, yes, there is a huge difference between the two. So much so, that if you have only seen the show, the Dexter reference may not make a lot of sense. As for The Goddess Test reference, personally, I don't see it too much. Okay, so The Furies are mythological creatures, but that is about as close as I got to comparing the two. Either way, I went into Vengeance Bound hoping to see some of both, but not expecting much. I am glad I did. 

Vengeance Bound was a really good read in its own right. It tackles some really tough subjects like kidnapping and child abuse without making Vengeance Bound feel heavy or depressing. Which as a reader, I really appreciated. Additionally, the deaths portrayed were not overly graphic or disturbing either. Vengeance Bound stayed pretty solidly in the middle of the road. Just enough details to get the point across without being too much. 

Cory (aka Amelie) is not the perfect person and she knows that. She is flawed, and really just trying to do her best with what she has been dealt. The friends in her newest school, Mindi, Amber, Tom, Adam, and Niko, were just okay for me. While Mindi and Niko are the stand-outs, for good reason, I sometimes questioned what the point was for the other characters. Especially Amber. Here is a 'mean' girl type character who takes an almost instant dislike for Cory, but I honestly cannot tell you why. They feud for the vast majority of their time together, but besides Cory reacting to something Amber has done, the feud really seemed to have no point. Amber simply dislikes Cory for reasons. The End.

Final Verdict:

Vengeance Bound was in the middle for me. I liked it, but I didn't fall head over heels in love with it.

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