Vengeance Bound by Justina IrelandVengeance Bound

Genre: YA, Paranormal (Mythology)
Expected publication: April 2nd 2013 by Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers
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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


The book comes with an amazing promise of a YA dexter and goddess test cross over! How can I not be excited about this premise!!

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Greek Mythology and .. the Furies!

Greek mythology is always something I’m interested in , and especially with a modern urban setting. Here, the tale of the Furies is explored in a new refreshing, but also dark and edgy way. Cory is connected to the furies in a rather special way, as they only appear when they about to hand down justice to a man ( never women), otherwise they somehow only exist in her mind. Even if they are in the back of her conscience, she always aware of them and they also can trigger her emotions and try to influence them.

Alone! …. only the Furies are there..

Cory is on her own since she was 15, ever since she connected with Furies. Some  truly horrific things happened to her, things I’m going to let you explore for yourself. But, all I can say is that my heart broke for her hearing about everything she went thought at such young age. It’s cruel and horrific and made me gasp!

But, all this changed her and made her grow up super fast. She had to take care of her life for herself and she not only grew up, matured super fast but also build a wall around herself and her heart.

Having her tale told from her POV was rather interesting as she definitely sounded far from the 17 yr old girl she was. In her behavior and her way of speaking shone clearly the level of maturity through. I didn’t mind this as I even prefer a more mature protagonist.

Justice?! … how far is too far

The story explores justice. How far can we go to hand down justice and who is really guilty and who might even be a victim? I loved the way those questions were explored and how Cory  slowly began to realize herself that not everything is black and white. Of course, the added romance gave the story the perfect  sweet counterpart to the cruel and sometimes horrific scenes. The romance was sweet, cute and definitely enough to satisfy my romantic heart!

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Bottom Line

Vengeance Bound by Justina Ireland was a gripping tale filled with greek mythology set in the modern world. Cory was a great and amazing heroine who was sadly wise beyond her years and only now begins to question her quest for Vengeance!



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Great review! I’m even more excited for this book down; it sounds so cool! ^_^
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Great review! I’m even more excited for this book now; it sounds so cool! ^_^
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Mary @ BookSwarm 3/12/2013

I ADORE mythology — especially Greek (and Norse and Celtic and Indian…all of it, actually!) — and this book sounds awesome! Though I totally can’t imagine having bloodthirsty creatures hanging out in my head growing up. Those teen years are tough enough…
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hrose2931 3/12/2013

Oh I’m so glad this one is good! I am waiting not so patiently for my copy to come! I really couldn’t pass it up with the idea of The Furies living in her head! I’m glad there is a count point to her fury. Great review!

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Ashley 3/12/2013

Great review Danny!! I’m so glad you loved this book because I’ve had my eye on it for aaaages and I can’t wait to finally read it! The whole Goddess Test / Dexter sounds AMAZING! What a brilliant combo!
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Annette 3/12/2013

Sounds good! Mythology, modern world, Dexter! Love all of those references. I haven’t seen this before, but it’s on my list now. Thanks.
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I’m so glad I read your review of this one. After reading the blurb alone, I wasn’t all that interested, but your review makes it sound like something I would like. Thank you for the descriptive review!
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Wow, another Furies book. This is the third one I’ve seen recently. It’s funny how different paranormal creatures/aspects of mythology cycle. I’m curious about the horrific things that happened to Cory.
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Candace 3/12/2013

I’ve actually been a bit burnt out on mythology stories, but this one sounds different from the others out there. I got this one at ALA and I’m so happy to see your good review! I can’t wait to pick it up!
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JennRenee 3/13/2013

Great review. I enjoyed this book too. I did like Cory’s character. The choices she faced, how she dealt with it.

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Erica 3/16/2013

AH! So happy to hear you enjoyed this one. I have been dying for it for ages, so hearing you liked it makes me very excited. The fact that it’s dark and edgy is even more awesome.
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