“This life is so complex that we rarely get to be the people we are truly meant to be. Instead, we wear masks and put up walls to keep from dealing with the fear of rejection, the feeling of regret, the very idea that someone may not love us for who we are deep in our core, that they might not understand the things that drive us.”
When it comes to revenge, love is a dangerous complication.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.
When five brothers move into the abandoned mansion in her neighbourhood, Sophie Gracewell's life changes forever. Irresistibly drawn to bad boy Nicoli, Sophie finds herself falling into a criminal underworld governed by powerful families. As the boys' dark secrets begin to come to light, Sophie is confronted with stinging truths about her own family, too. She must choose between two warring dynasties - the one she was born into, and the one she is falling in love with. When she does, blood will spill and hearts will break.
My very first problem with Vendetta was the blurb that makes the novel look over-dramatic and it misleads you into thinking Vendetta is something that is not. Based on it I expected a romantic drama filled novel with gang wars every direction. Thankfully, Vendetta was rather about Sophie's inner fights and how she dealt with discovering the truth, than about any of the things above.
“I knew I couldn’t trust my illogical heart, and that meant I had to do everything in my power to stay away from him so I wouldn’t have to.”
Thanks to how relatable the characters were, Vendetta felt like an emotional roller coaster. Through Sophie I experienced a wide range of feelings. Her conflicted feelings made me eager to turn the pages and see how her opinion will turn out in the end. All the characters were somewhat interesting and relatable, Sophie's mom and uncle were the only exceptions. These two were plain and one-dimensional, they had no real emotional role which was a huge disappointment.
Five crazy hot boys who are actually brothers, what's not to like? Plenty of things, as it turned out. My problems started when I found the chemistry between Nic and Sophie particularly non-existent. But, I thought, at least Nic is not your usual asshole. And then came Luca who is everything a cliché bad boy should be. By the end, sadly I had to realise that the next novel will definitely feature a love triangle.
I loathe love triangles and the thing that the Nic-Sophie-Luca love triangle has a very Vampire Diaries-ish feeling doesn't help the case.
Overall, Vendetta is an enjoyable novel that will make you wonder about which one is the right path. Hopefully, the next book will be just as good as this one was. :)
The story idea: 4/5
The realization of the story: 3/5
The characters: 4/5
The cover: 3/5
Enjoy factor: 4/5