07 June 2013


{Review} Vengeance Bound - Justina Ireland

Vengeance Bound by Justina Ireland

Release Date: Apr 2 / 2013
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
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.

Vengeance Bound was something I was really excited about. The synopsis promised a story with Furies and Greek Mythology. While it wasn't what I originally expected, I still enjoyed it.

Cory Graff has the Furies in her head. They whisper violent, bloody thoughts to her and seek the death of men. She was bound when she was a child and she has learned (somewhat) to deal with it. After escaping the asylum a few years ago with their help, Cory has been moving from place to place while satisfying their bloodlust. By day, she's a normal teen and by night, she's a killer.

The Furies were something I was looking forward to. I really got the feeling of how they feel in Cory's head and how you need to satisfy them. But at the same time, their power would grow and they can control you. It was really refreshing to read about them. They can whisper all the horrible things men have done to women and how you should kill them. Those thoughts just send shivers down my spine. The whole thing was bloody and sinister. The revenge against men was where Cory really kicked some butt. She was really well-trained and with the Furies' help, she exacted her vengeance on them.

I do wish that there was more Greek mythology though. I looked forward to this just because of that but all we got were the Furies. None of the gods were involved and not a lot of tales were intertwined with the plot. I wish we got more greek myths mixed together into the plot.

Vengeance Bound is a bloodthirsty, satisfying read. The Furies and their vengeance is definitely a refreshing addition to the YA genre.


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