Author: Catherine Doyle
Series: Blood for Blood #1
Published: February 24th 2015
Publisher: Chicken House Ltd
Categories: Contemporary, Mystery, Young Adult
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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 need for that amazing read is colossal. It was continuous struggle to find that book that I will truly enjoy. The journey was long, the anguish was building up and I almost thought it was impossible. All I wish was a book that not only can hold my attention for more than 100 pages but to actually like it. Then this book came to my radar and I’m quite pleased that after I finished it, I can safely that I sincerely enjoyed it.
Now you are all free to disregard my over the top introduction, I know I’m so dramatic but as I said I’ve been eager to read an enjoyable book. Been going on for half a year now! And not that I have read so far are worthless (ok, some were but that’s another story for another day) but they didn’t just click with me. I’m not one that seeks literary merits mind you, but I do crave for entertaining read and this one offered that—well, almost.
This book is about a girl caught up with some dangerous men—mafia. And if you weren’t aware I have a thing for this theme (All These Things I’ve Done, Sempre among others) so I embraced this fully aware of some bits and pieces (all thanks to my sister who unintentionally rec’d/spoiled a bit to me) but even with predictability factored in, I was so amused with my whole reading experience. The delivery of the story was straight—unembellished, unpretentious. I liked the little pieces were important if placed in the bigger picture. I already drawn conclusions of what might happened but some things left me still surprised.
Then the characters! I love the female MC—Sophie had great knack for sarcasm which I found funny most of the time. She doubted, questioned but still had the naivety that was not eye-rolling in any form for me. (Because it did happen plenty of times before in other books; but you already know that). That instance where she bantered with a very dangerous guy ironically lightened up the mood for me; which was also affected my perspective of some of the antagonists of the story.
Of course there’s the romance and while I’m not swooning or rooting for anyone (for now), I wasn’t really all that unhappy that I wasn’t. In fact, while the romance was apparent it didn’t really dominate it. I still preferred the mafia side and about why there was feud between Sophie’s restless uncle and their new neighbors. That storyline had me more interested than romance (which very rare to happen, I‘ll tell you right now!).
I think the reason why I enjoyed it so much because it offered things quite in the right amount. There were slice of life, that family drama, a dash of action/mystery, and some romance. For me, not one aspect overwhelmed the other. Funny how I sought out complicated plot and that one that delivered was the meek of ‘em all. Well, I’m such simpleton and with that I should have known better!
Preview Quote: “It must be difficult to look beneath the mask,” I said, my throat suddenly tight. Valentino raised his chin. “No more difficult than it is to wear one.”