A new YA book about the mafia has arrived, and it is glorious. I’m talking about Vendetta by Cahterine Doyle, and I’m so excited to be posting today’s book review as part of the official blog tour! Be sure to keep reading for your chance to win a copy, too!
* * *
A dangerous romance stirs, amidst an unfolding family conspiracy — and readers will find themselves swept away by the forbidden romance between the son of a crime family, and the girl who is inextricably linked to them.
Blood Will Spill, Hearts Will Break: With a fierce rivalry raging between two warring families, falling in love is the deadliest thing Sophie could do. An epic debut set outside modern-day Chicago.
For Sophie, it feels like another slow, hot summer in Cedar Hill, waitressing at her family’s diner and hanging out with her best friend Millie. But then someone moves into the long-abandoned mansion up the block–a family of five Italian brothers, each one hotter than the last. Unable to resist caramel-eyed Nicoli, Sophie finds herself falling for him — and willfully ignoring the warning signs. Why are Nic’s knuckles cut and bruised? Why does he carry an engraved switchblade? And why does his arrogant and infuriating older brother, Luca, refuse to let her see him? As the boys’ dark secrets begin to come to light, Sophie is confronted with stinging truths about her own family, too. Suddenly, she’s torn between two warring dynasties: the one she’s related to and the one she’s now in love with. She’ll have to choose between loyalty and passione. When she does, blood will spill, hearts will break. Because in this twisted underworld, dishonor can be the difference between life and death.
The first in a fantastic new series, Vendetta is a seductive read that will leave readers eager for more forbidden romance and more dangerous encounters. Even as Sophie learns the horrifying truth about Nic — and her own family — she is drawn to him, and drawn into his world.
What I love about Sophie is that, despite her initial naiveté, she comes to hold a pretty solid understanding about Nic’s world — and chooses to enter it willingly. I couldn’t help drawing comparisons to Kay, Diane Keaton’s character in The Godfather movies, who for so long, was so naive and oblivious to the reality of Michael Corleone’s world. In Vendetta, I feel as if Sophie chooses to be with Nic with her eyes wide open, even realizing that there is still much she doesn’t yet know.
And Nic. So dangerous, but so seductive — both to Sophie, and to the reader. With Sophie, we are drawn into his world and want to know more about him; want to spend more time with him. But it’s not just Nic — it’s the rest of his family, too — his brothers, who are also intriguing, and it’s fascinating to see how the different characters unfold and grow throughout the story.
I have always said I love YA books that feature the crime world, and I am so thrilled that this latest addition is so flipping fantastic. Vendetta is in stores February 24th.
* * *
Want more YA books about the mafia or organized crime? Here are some of my favorites:
- Arcadia Awakens Trilogy by Kai Meyer
- Curse Workers Trilogy by Holly Black
- Firebug by Lish McBride
- Kiss Kill Vanish by Jessica Martinez
For the comments: What are some of your favorite YA books that feature organized crime?
* * *
Catherine Doyle lives in the west of Ireland. She holds a bachelor’s degrees in psychology and a master’s degree in English from the National University of Ireland, Galway. Vendetta is her first novel. Catherine lives in Galway, Ireland. Follower Catherine on Twitter @Doyle_cat and on Tumblr at www.Catherine-Doyle.tumblr.com.
Follow the blog tour on Twitter with the hashtag #bloodforblood for more content & more chances to win!