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Saturday, February 21, 2015

Blog Tour (Review and Giveaway): VENDETTA (Blood for Blood #1) by Catherine Doyle (YA)

Blood for Blood #1
by Catherine Doyle
Release date: February 24th, 2015
Published by: Scholastic
Genre: Young Adult Romance Thriller
Format: Paperback, eBook
Format read: eARC from the publisher.


Think Romeo and Juliet meets The Godfather. Oh yeah.

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 starts as just another slow, hot summer in Cedar Hill. Then a new family moves into the long-abandoned mansion across the street: the Falcone family, with its five mysterious brothers. 

Unable to resist bad boy Nicoli, Sophie finds herself falling for him - and into his world. But just as the dark secrets of the Falcones begin to come to light, the skeletons of her own family, the Gracewells, rise to the surface, too. And soon Sophie is torn between the desires of two warring dynasties: the one she was born into and the one she's now in love with. 

But she'll have to choose between passion and honor. And when she does, blood will spill and hearts will break. Because in this twisted underworld, loyalty can mean the difference between life and death.



Finally! A contemporary book that has it all - mystery, snark and swoon! It's suspenseful, edgy, fast-paced and brilliant! A unique twist to the classic Romeo and Juliet story... 

Sophie has been having a hard time lately. In the last year and a half, she went from having it all to having to down-size because of her father's mistakes that landed him in jail. Sophie and her mom are now living on the other side of town doing the best that they can. And even though what had happened was not Sophie's fault, she's had to pay for the consequence of losing all her friends, being a social outcast and being stuck at a summertime job. Thank goodness for Millie! Sophie's rock, her best friend, the only one that has stuck by her side and has made life bearable. And what makes Sophie even worthier is that she doesn't dwell on any of her losses. She is snarky and often upbeat and really has a good sense of who she is and what she wants.

That is until a couple of boys move into town. Five of them, to be exact. 

And one of them may have caught Sophie's eye. (Although, I have my eye on two of them!)

And yes, there is definitely a 'vendetta' going on. Someone is out to seek revenge on something... it is too difficult to go into more of the story without any spoilers. Just know that there is a lot of details to be learned! Lots of twisty moves, ups and downs. So many revelations! And yet, with each known fact comes with a million more questions on top of it. You won't know who to trust... All of the characters are deep and complex and have something to say. Choices need to be made. Life and death situations... A great, great page turner!

I am so overly pleased that this is a trilogy... a superb start to more things to come! And although it can be described as a fun book, it is a lot darker than I expected it and that made it so I couldn't put it down. Forbidden love, family loyalty and murder are all in play! It has been so long since I've read a book in one sitting! I cannot wait for the next book to be released!!!

*An eARC was emailed to me from the publisher for this tour and an honest review. All thoughts are my own.


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ABOUT THE AUTHOR - Catherine Doyle

Catherine Doyle was born in the West of Ireland in 1990. 

She holds a BA in Psychology and an MA in English. 

As a child she was an annoying smarty-pants with an overactive imagination. She feels lucky to have now found a healthy outlet for her tendency to make up stories. 

Her debut YA novel, VENDETTA, is the first in a trilogy. 
The novel takes place in modern-day Chicago, where Catherine’s mother grew up.

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