by Catherine Doyle


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Vendetta 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 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.

Product Details

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

About 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.
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