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Young Adult Fiction 1582
Unique Twist on the Furies
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I really enjoyed Vengeance Bound by Justina Ireland. I’ve read a few books that have the furies in them, but I thought Vengeance Bound was a really unique. Even if you’re exhausted by Greek Mythology in YA, I definitely recommend picking up Vengeance Bound – it wasn’t like any Greek Mythology stories I’d read before.

The protagonist, Cory, had a really messed up life and I really enjoyed the way she sometimes questioned whether or not she really was possessed by the furies, or if she was just as crazy as everyone said she was. I really liked that there was a psychological level to the story that I wasn’t expecting.

The secondary characters were interesting fairly well-rounded, some more than others. I think they all played a pretty key role in Vengeance Bound, which I really liked. I like seeing how stories play out because of the secondary characters – when even smaller actions help push the story forward.

I really, really enjoyed the plot of Vengeance Bound. Like I said, the use of the Furies in the story was different than I’d seen them used before and I just loved the grotesqueness of it all. Justina Ireland didn’t shy away from the murderous bloodlust and there were a lot of intense moments.

The ending of Vengeance Bound was fairly quick, but I thought it wrapped up well and was satisfying, although I was left with one of those “but I want to know what happens to the characters next!” moments. While Vengeance Bound was sold in a two-book deal, it had an ending that could easily make it a standalone, so I’m not sure if it’s going to have a sequel or not.

Either way, I definitely recommend picking up Vengeance Bound by Justina Ireland. Her use of Greek Mythology was refreshing and the story was intense. I really liked the protagonist and I was rooting for her the entire time. I’ll definitely be reading more from Justina Ireland!
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