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.
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!
Sounds like something awesome and original? Yes. Was it really? Weeeeeeeell... not so much. I don't know how but Vengeance Bound turned into a cliched young adult paranormal plot: new school, meeting group of good friends, insta-love with handsome moody and quiet boy who can (of course) save our heroine... Honestly, when I got up to that I thought about DNF-ing this book. I kept on reading just because MILA 2.0 started the same and then turned into action-packed page-turner. Sadly, Vengeance Bound did not stray from well known formula for young adult paranormal novels.
I am not sure what was Justina Ireland's intention with Amelie/Cory. Should we feel sorry for her because of traumatic events during her childhood? Should we be impressed with her awesome powers and declare her our favorite kick-ass heroine? The more I got to know Amelie, the more unfortunate resemblance to possessed girl from movie The Exorcist came to my mind. Talking in altered voices, easily angered, has attacks when she can't control her actions and gets violent (occasionally murderous) tendencies toward other people, puking green slime if she tries fighting against the beings that possessed her...
As always when you get some idea stuck in your mind, I could not get rid of this vision of Amelie anymore. I didn't like her, I could not cheer for her, I didn't believe in her narration and descriptions because I did not trust her judgement... The way she told her story, every girl in school was either mentally deranged or a slut or both and all men were horny and amoral. I hoped that the ending is going to get me to at least respect Amelie for winning against her possessors, but it did not happened as I expected. The feeling that Amelie accomplished anything was not there because everything resolved without her influence, just a lucky coincidence...
As always when I do not like the book and write a negative review I feel like I was too harsh. I feel sorry for the writer who invested a lot of time into writing a book. Justina Ireland writing was easy to read, her descriptions were very vivid, I could sometimes almost feel the heat and wind when the Furies raged... And picking a topic about when pursuing justice and being righteous is overstepping the boundaries of humanity is great choice. I'm all for "Let He Who Is Without Sin Cast The First Stone" philosophy. Sadly, all that got lost in my dislike for heroine and cliched ya novel setting. But I am sure that there are a lot of people out there who are going to enjoy and love Vengeance Bound.
I recommend this book to fans of: young adult paranormal novels; just-moved-to-town starting-new-school premise; heroines with tragic and traumatic past; insta-love romance; greek myth about furies; ...
Disclaimer: I was given a free eBook by the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for a honest review.