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Vendetta
     

Vendetta

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by Catherine Doyle
 

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

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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.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
02/09/2015
Sophie Gracewell has been trying to hold herself and her family together ever since her father was sent to jail for murdering a man at their diner. When the mysterious Falcone family moves into the supposedly haunted mansion in her Chicago neighborhood, Sophie and her best friend Millie are thrilled—now there are five new beautiful boys to ogle. Sophie quickly falls for Nicoli Falcone, even as she learns his family is bad news. Even more upsetting, Nic’s brothers forbid him from seeing Sophie because she’s a Gracewell. It isn’t long before Sophie realizes that the rift between the Gracewells and Falcones is wrapped up in why her father is in jail. With its families at war and star-crossed lovers caught in the middle, Doyle’s YA debut reads like a modern twist on Romeo and Juliet by way of The Sopranos. However, the use of an attempted sexual assault as a plot device to build romantic tension between Nic and Sophie detracts from this violent romantic mystery. Ages 14–up. Agent: Claire Wilson, Rogers, Coleridge & White. (Feb.)
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Praise for Vendetta:

"With its families at war and star-crossed lovers caught in the middle, Doyle's YA debut reads like a modern twist on Romeo and Juliet by way of The Sopranos." --Publishers Weekly

"Readers will most certainly swoon over Sophie and Nic's ill-fated romance with its stolen kisses and gazes liberally slathered with angst-y longing." --Kirkus Reviews

"Doyle's confident writing and Sophie's snarky yet relatable voice help sell the more over-the-top elements of this first in a romantic-suspense trilogy." --Booklist

"The conclusion to this story is an interesting twist . . . this book is highly readable. Sophie is a well-drawn, three-dimensional character, as are Luca and Nic." --VOYA
 

VOYA, February 2015 (Vol. 37, No. 6) - Beth Karpas
Sophie cannot stop watching Nic the first night he enters the diner where she works. He is dark and magnetic, and friendly in a way his clearly dangerous brother, Luca, is not. The two are members of the mysterious Priestly family that just moved into an old abandoned mansion. Sophie is happy that Nic is new in town. He does not know her story: that she will inherit this diner; that her father is in jail for killing a man; that she and her mother are barely holding things together with the help of her flighty uncle; and that she has lost all but her best friend. Unfortunately, the missing knowledge is on both sides. Vendetta hits the reader over the head with its parallels to Romeo and Juliet. It is a predictable spoiler that Sophie’s dad killed Nic’s father. Nic’s family is mafia. Vendetta means that Sophie and Nic are doomed, or does it? The conclusion to this story is an interesting twist that is actually quite believable, given the world of teenage assassins and mob bosses. More importantly, despite the predictable bits of plot and the reader’s dread watching them unfold, this book is highly readable. Sophie is a well-drawn, three-dimensional character, as are Luca and Nic. Secondary characters are a bit spotty: Sophie’s mom is quite real, but Nic’s remaining family members are less well characterized. It does not matter though. Readers will read one hundred pages, look up and wonder how they got so far and where the time went. This book will appeal to romance lovers, some mystery readers, and those who enjoy true crime and mafia books. Reviewer: Beth Karpas; Ages 12 to 18.
Children's Literature - Judy Crowder
Beware the attraction of bad boys! This seems to be the theme of this suspenseful young adult novel. Sophie (real name: Persephone, which she hates) has troubles of her own this summer. She is working in her family’s diner; is down to one friend, Millie; is bored in Cedar Hill, her home town; and—oh, yes—her father is in prison for murder. Sophie, missing her father, is struggling with her family’s bad notoriety. She discovers that the old Priestley mansion, empty for years, has new occupants: four Italian brothers, Luca, Nic, Gino, and the most mysterious, Valentino. The brothers live with their scary uncle, Felice, who deals in honey and has the bee stings all over his face to prove it. They talk in mixed Italian and English, carry switchblades engraved with the family crest, and keep showing up in mysterious places and at strange times. Sophie wrestles with her attraction to Nic (one heck of a kisser!) and her insatiable curiosity about this family, especially when one brother saves her from a drug-induced date rape. But all bets are off when the brothers discover her last name: Gracewell. And if that’s not bad enough, she finds a mysterious jar of honey tied with a black ribbon near her diner’s cash register. “When he gives someone a sample of his black-ribboned honey…he’s going to come back for the jar. And when he does, he brings his gun.” Doyle has written a compelling and unforgettable novel. Recommended for older young adult readers. Reviewer: Judy Crowder; Ages 14 up.
School Library Journal
12/01/2014
Gr 9 Up—Since her father's murder trial, Sophie Gracewell has become a social pariah. Instead of attending parties and spending time with friends, she works at her father's diner with her only remaining friend, Millie. Currently managed by her mysterious uncle, the diner will pass to Sophie when she turns 18. Reluctantly resigned to her fate, Sophie's world suddenly gets shaken up by the mysterious arrival of a jar of honey left at the diner by gangster known as "The Sting." Also, an immediate attraction develops between Sophie and Nicoli Falcone, one of the five brothers in a new family that moved in to a long abandoned neighborhood mansion. However, their relationship is initially complicated by his overbearing brothers and then later prohibited once the link between the Falcones and Gracewells is discovered. The protagonist must reconcile her affection for Nic with the violent role he plays in his family's business, while also accepting the truth of her father's incarceration and the reasons for her uncle's sudden disappearance. The attraction between the teens is not as compelling as the action-filled mystery surrounding the Falcone family. Readers will be drawn in by the star-crossed romance and the compelling plot. For collections that can't keep enough teen romances on the shelf.—Lynn Rashid, Marriotts Ridge High School, Marriottsville, MD
Kirkus Reviews
2014-11-18
Revenge and romance abound between warring families. Persephone—who reinvents herself as Sophie—tries to maintain a low profile after her father is jailed for murder. However, when a family with five, young roguish Italian brothers moves into an abandoned mansion in her neighborhood, her world is turned upside down. She is immediately drawn to Nicoli, with his "dark, almond-shaped eyes flecked with gold" that strike her as somewhat familiar—though of course, she can't quite place how. As their relationship intensifies, the couple is warned that they must not be together. Puzzled, Sophie very, very slowly begins to sleuth out their link as she discovers the brothers' shadowy past and Mafioso connection, as well as the truth about her father and his shady brother. Readers will most certainly swoon over Sophie and Nic's ill-fated romance with its stolen kisses and gazes liberally slathered with angst-y longing. Unfortunately, though, it takes Sophie entirely too long to tease out her family's connection to Nic's; most readers will have figured it out early on and will resent having to plod through her dawdling and navel-gazing. Once she finally does manage to unearth the truth, the tense, page-turning conclusion should entice readers enough to at least seek out the next installment. While the romance sizzles, the mystery fizzles. (Romance/thriller. 14-18)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780545699822
Publisher:
Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date:
02/24/2015
Pages:
352
Sales rank:
299,582
Product dimensions:
5.60(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.40(d)
Lexile:
HL780L (what's this?)
Age Range:
14 - 17 Years

Meet the Author


CATHERINE DOYLE lives in the west of Ireland. She holds a bachelor's degree in Psychology and a master's degree in English from the National University of Ireland, Galway. VENDETTA is her first novel.

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Vendetta 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
mfu11 More than 1 year ago
When you read a book and think, WOW! What can I even say about this? The whole I-can’t-put-it-into-words thing applies and you stare at a blank document and don’t know where to begin = me with this book. But I’ll try anyway… This is a story inspired by Romeo and Juliet. And if that doesn’t give it enough awesome points, a Mafia family with five brothers moves into town. Five brothers. Yep. With feuding families and forbidden love, this one ticked all the boxes for me. It goes a lot deeper than your good guys and your bad guys. Everyone has their reasons, their story. I haven’t read a Mafia YA book before and that was not only refreshing, but fit my taste perfectly (as a big fan of shows like Boardwalk Empire). The romance element casts some light on the darker themes of the novel, but nothing is left untouched by the mounting secrets and lies that’ll keep readers guessing until the very end. There was so much energy in the writing that the pages flew by. I’m so glad it’s a trilogy, but also that it rounded off nicely as a book on its own, making the wait for the second that tiny bit less unbearable. Edgy, twisty, and absolutely brilliant!
Wendy2233 More than 1 year ago
Good story. The writing was well executed although Sophie's innocence was more like blatant stupidity at some points because the reader could easily see what was coming, which didn't endear her to me. Still worth my time. The plot was unique and once evens started to escalate towards the end I was unable to put the book down until I knew how it all played out. Although, at the end I felt unsatisfied. I only hope that means there will be a second book to continue the story.
TheBumbleGirl1 More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago