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Gr 9 Up-In this unique paranormal thriller, 17-year-old Amelie Ainsworth (alias "Corinne Graff") has had a traumatic life, including being orphaned and spending time in a mental asylum. Most of her teen years have been spent moving from place to place trying to create a sense of normalcy and to maintain her secret: she is linked to the bloodthirsty Furies from Greek mythology and is able to conjure them to hand down lethal judgments on murderers, rapists, and pedophiles. Amelie's ultimate goal is to track down her former doctor, who kept her heavily medicated and used her for experiments. Her hunt leads her to a town in Pennsylvania where she enrolls in high school and tries to blend in and be "normal." Here Amelie makes new friends and attracts the attention of handsome Niko, who suspects there is more to her than what she shows the world. As their relationship develops, Amelie finds that it gets harder to keep the Furies under control. Scenes of young love blossoming contrast with episodes in which the Furies slaughter killers who have evaded the law. The suspenseful explanation of how the powerful beings became linked to Amelie is revealed as she begins to understand how much her bargain with them has cost her. The language, violence, and sexual themes make this page-turner more appropriate for mature readers.-Sherry J. Mills, Hazelwood East High School, St. Louis, MOα(c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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"An original take on possession." (VOYA)

"Buffy meets Dexter with a sprinkling of Aeschylus." (Kirkus Reviews)

"Suspenseful...[a] page-turner." (School Library Journal)

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (April 2, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1442444622
  • ISBN-13: 978-1442444621
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1.2 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,734,960 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I write books about dangerous girls. I like cake, coffee, and books. If you give me a cupcake I might be your best friend...or just ask you for another one.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jon (Scott Reads It!) on June 27, 2013
Format: Hardcover
I'm a huge Greek mythology geek so it's no surprise that I was excited to read Vengeance Bound. I was so happy to read a book that focused on the Furies and I was so happy that I was approved for an ARC of it. I am extremely disappointed with Vengeance Bound and unfortunately it didn't live up to my expectations at all. Instead of an spectacular take on Greek mythology, I was treated to a typical YA romance with little sustenance and development. Comparing this book to Dexter is extremely misleading because this book is nothing like Dexter at all.

Cory has to deal with the Furies and their hunger for vengeance. She is forced to kill men who have wronged women and spreads the Furies' so-called justice. The few sparse segments of this book that I enjoyed were the action sequences in which Cory and the Furies spread justice. These segments were action-packed, gory mindless fun but nevertheless I was entertained. This book opens up to an intense scene in a mental asylum and immediately started with a bang. There was little introduction to the concept of the Furies and their role in Cory's life. The backstory behind the Furies was very unconvincing and was poorly developed. I thought that the author could have used the setting of a mental asylum to her advantage but she poorly used the asylum as a setting.

Considering this book is supposed to be based on Greek Mythology, the author uses very little mythology beyond the basic myths about the Furies. In fact, this book doesn't feel well-researched at all and I feel like the author only used what basic mythology she knew.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Chelsea P. on April 2, 2013
Format: Hardcover
I LOVED this book!!!! From the first page to the last, this book had me on the edge of my seat!! Amelie/Cory is such a relatable character--wanting to be a normal girl with friends, a meaningful relationship and a future, but at the same time drawn to a life where the guilty and the wicked are punished and kept from doing harm. Really, that's what makes this book so special: it perfectly articulates that inner struggle we all face, between wanting to lead safe, happy lives, and wanting to stop terrible things from happening in the world. But if we should act on our desire for justice in a violent way, what does that say about our humanity? Do we remain the humans that we were, or do we eventually become monstrous versions of ourselves?

Well, read the book and find out! ;)

I loved, loved, loved the Furies! (Maybe a little too much.) They were so wonderfully drawn. I could really see Tisiphone's massive wingspan, hear Megaera's scales sliding across the floor, and feel the terrible heat that their presence invoked. Ireland definitely does justice to the mythology!! I loved, too, how their grip on Amelie affected her appearance. That was totally creepy and cool at the same time.

I thought that Amelie's relationship with Niko unfolded nicely--layer by layer. I loved, too, how complicated it was for them to be together. Both characters were so affected by their families, their pasts, and their current situations. This book really shows how hard it can be to balance love with our other obligations and relationships. So realistically done!!

The ending of the story was really satisfying to me. Without saying too much, I didn't expect certain things. I love when a writer is able to surprise me, while at the same time creating a conclusion that's believable, and Vengeance Bound accomplishes this in spades. I honestly can't wait to see what Ireland writes next. This was SUCH a great read.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sunny in DC on April 2, 2013
Format: Hardcover
When I started the ARC of Vengeance Bound, I only meant to take a look at the first chapter. I wasn't even sitting comfortably. 3 hours later my butt was completely numb and I found out I had been sitting on a polly pocket doll the entire time. I had no idea that's how engrossed in this book I was. Here's a book with a strong female lead who is absolutely a tortured mess, and I loved her! And my gosh the Furies were just AWESOME! To be honest, I love a good revenge novel, but it is more than that, and that is what makes it such a gripping compelling read.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By NickiM on April 2, 2013
Format: Hardcover
It's really saying something that this is not normally my genre. I couldn't wait to see how everything wrapped up. Justina Ireland is a master at building suspense and delivering the goods. Love edgy, gritty fiction with a mythological twist to the modern world? This is your book!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Always YA at Heart on April 3, 2013
Format: Hardcover
I love stores about Greek mythology, especially when they occur in a modern day setting, so I was very intrigued when I saw that this book was going to be about furies, something I haven't read too many books about. Seventeen-year-old Cory Graff is the main character and heroine in this novel. She has been on her own since she was 15 years old, since escaping from the mental facility where she was institutionalized after a traumatic event and was subsequently taken advantage of by a not so upstanding doctor. This all occurred after Cory made a deal of sorts, which resulted in two furies, Tisiphone and Megaera, taking up residence inside Cory's head, only appearing to hand out what they believe is justice to men, never women. Cory is always aware that they are there, and try as she may to control them, when their blood lust becomes too strong she knows she must give in and let them out. They are only visible when she lets the out, and they know how to play on her emotions to encourage this. Cory finds herself moving from place to place, trying to live a normal life by day, then at night, when the furies demand justice, she often finds herself in the middle of a blood bath as the furies seek revenge on males they have determined are guilty and need punishment.

Now in a new place, Cory starts a new school going by the name Amelie, and for the first time finds herself actually having friends. One boy in particular, Niko, captures her attention and they end up falling for one another. Meanwhile, the furies are getting harder and harder to control, and her other new friend Amber, who isn't all that mentally stable, is very upset about Niko and Amelie. Amber has a crush on Niko, even though he has made it clear they are only friends, which intensifies the drama even further.
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