Thursday, March 5, 2015

Blog Tour (Review): Vendetta by Catherine Doyle

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by Catherine Doyle

Series: Blood for Blood #1
Genre: YA, contemporary, romance
Published January 1st 2015 by Chicken House Ltd
Source: Publisher
Purchase: Amazon * Barnes and Noble * Book Depository
Local purchase/order: Fully Booked * National Bookstore

Blurb (Goodreads):
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. 

My Thoughts:

*This review is based from advanced review copy. There might be some changes in the finished copy.

Vendetta screams angst the moment I laid my eyes on it and read the blurb. I thought about Romeo & Juliet even without reading the publisher's note yet. And when I did, it felt incredibly irresistible.

Persephone "Sophie" Gracewell lives an ordinary life in Cedar Hill. Nothing much happened in their town--well, not in the case of what happened to her father year earlier--until a family of five mysterious and hot Italian brothers moved in to the long-abandoned mansion. Since then, Sophie's life changed. I'm not a fan of the MC, Sophie. She had an okay start and I understand they way she ogled on the new hot guys (because I might have too, if it happens to me), but what I didn't liked about her was the way she acted and think all throughout the book. I also didn't liked that so much was happening between the families and she spent thinking about a guy. So much like Juliet, I guess.

Though I did not swoon all over, the romance was something. I like Nic. He seems proper, really nice, and gentleman, despite of his background. My ARC had a short except at the back cover and it kind of mislead me. I thought it was Luca, Nic's brother, who will be the love interest (or there'd be a love triangle) and I guess that's why I had my eyes pinned on him and ready to swoon. But it never came. However..there's something more. I can feel it. Or was it just me, wishful thinking? Anyway. I'll state the obvious. Team Luca here. I guess I prefer bad guys. (WHAT?)

Since I learned about Vendetta, I already had some imaginations about it. Like, this will be like Romeo & Juliet, in twisty, modern, and exciting way. I can already see the potential in it. However, I'm afraid my expectations and the potential I saw in it was only half-met. The plot was good but the mafia background was kinda confusing, or maybe it's just me and my little knowledge about it. The characters were good but I dislike the main character somehow. Obviously, Vendetta wasn't an average novel, but something more and worthy of read. It had great potential and though it did not lived my expectations, it might on yours. I feel like something's lacking but I enjoyed and liked it nonetheless.

*Thank you so much Scholastic Philippines for the review copy in exchange of an honest review!


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