Furies and Revenge: A Review of VENGEANCE BOUND by Justina Ireland

Vengeance Bound 
Justina Ireland
320 pages
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Release Date: April 2nd, 2013
Source: ARC from Publisher

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.

   Greek mythology, murder, and a evil man, VENGEANCE BOUND went beyond my expectations.

   Cory Graff can hear the Furies. They live in side her head, constantly yearning for death of wrongdoers. Escaping the asylum were she was kept for years, Cory enters high school. Here she meets interesting people and a guy named Niko. Who for some reason, the Furies have nothing to say about him. But that’s not her only problem. At night time, Cory is a whole different person, with the help of the Furies she takes out the bad people in the world. But Cory is beginning to question the true nature of the Furies. And how they seem to be having more control then ever.

   I didn’t really have high expectations for VENGEANCE BOUND. Mainly because, when I read the synopsis for the book, it didn’t exactly sing to me. The beginning was slightly confusing, but the story got better. Another reason my expectations were low? The fact that FURIOUS, another debut dealing with Furies, was an utter disappointment.

    The story had a lot of action in it, with the main character going around targeting serial killers, it was interesting when she fought, the author added cool details. I can’t say much about the book, since there were a lot of surprises, so it’s difficult to say anything without spoiling the plot. But let me tell you, the book was really good – surprises all over, a fast-paced plot, and a strong main character.

   The only negative about this book was that the main character always called the Furies, “Them” or “They”, so at first I was thinking it was some thinking else entirely. But I got used to it after awhile. Although the ending tied up everything, it wasn’t a happily-ever-after.

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Asma is a cat-loving co-blogger at IceyBooks. She's a 15 year old homeschooler who spends her time blogging (obviously), reading, and whatever else strikes her fancy. She's also a part time pirate and assassin.



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    April 22, 2013

    I got myself a copy of Vengeance Bound but I couldn't quite get into it. I'm glad that you enjoyed it though, and I hope i'll start to soon! Great review.

    – Ellie at The Selkie Reads Stories

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    April 22, 2013

    Hi, I met your site today, and I was super excited! But I am Brazilian, I tried the translator, but you did not put! Please put a translator, make sure of, I'm excited to read your site!
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    Jenea Whittington

    April 22, 2013

    I was sent a copy of this, but I haven't read it yet. The confusing start worries me a little, but I will give it a try. Glad you liked it.

    Jenea @ Books Live Forever

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    Jessica L. Brooks (coffeelvnmom)

    April 22, 2013

    Hmm. First the Jennifer L. Armentrout series, then Furious, then this one. I am definitely seeing a Greek mythology trend. ;) Going to check this one out. Thanks for the review, Asma. :)

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    April 22, 2013

    That sounds kind of neat that they're going around targeting serial killers. But so far all the different Furies books haven't really worked for me, not sure if I want to chance another one.

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    YA Book Queen

    April 22, 2013

    “Cory Graff can hear the Furies. They live in side her head, constantly yearning for death of wrongdoers.” – I love this concept, and I'm glad you ended up liking this book! And yay for a strong main character!

    Nice review :)

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    Kim (YA Asylum)

    April 23, 2013

    Interesting. I've heard some about this book, but like you, the Furies books so far have disappointed me. I think I'll have to look into this book now. I really like strong MCs. Great review!

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    April 23, 2013

    Thanks for the review! I've had this on my radar and am definitely going to be adding to my wishlist.

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    Jaime Lester

    April 30, 2013

    The cover of this book is awesome. I am crazy about it. And being a huge fan of any mythology, and the Furies, I have been looking forward to this series. I was looking forward to Furious, too. Turns out that one isn't getting the greatest reviews. So I have been hoping that this one would fare better. Seems like it is, and that makes me happy. Can't wait to read it. Thanks so much for the review!

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    May 2, 2013

    This book sounds really interesting and I like the idea of Furies. I've heard that Furious was disappointing so I'm hoping this one will be much better. I will definitely check this book out.

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    May 4, 2013

    This sounds like it could be really fascinating!! The premise definitely sounds like it. Glad you enjoyed it. I have higher hopes now :)

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