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Vengeance Bound

3.59 of 5 stars 3.59  ·  rating details  ·  530 ratings  ·  115 reviews
The Goddess Test meets Dexter in an edgy, compelling debut about one teen’s quest for revenge… no matter how far it takes her.

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 w
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Hardcover, 320 pages
Published April 2nd 2013 by Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers
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Giselle
Bleh couldn't get into this one at all. Cool premise but I couldn't care less about the characters and the capitalizing of "Them" "They" etc when referring to the furies was very distracting. I kept yelling the word in my head to give it emphasis and that was just annoying. I rather not like yelling at myself much.
Elena
Note: This review is of an uncorrected advance reader copy.

1.5 stars.

When Amelie was a desperate pre-teen in a horrible situation, the Furies answered her call for help. Taking up residence inside her, in the aftermath of her trauma the Furies' presence caused Amelie to be institutionalized, where she fell victim to Dr. Goodhart, an unscrupulous psychiatrist engaging in illegal drug trials who thinks that treating Amelie's supposed multiple personality disorder will make his career. She escapes
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Tee loves Kyle Jacobson
The Furies and Mythology what more could I ask for. I love mythology and the love the story of the furies. Lord they were some ruthless women who did not take crap from anyone and doled out vengeance like there was no tomorrow. Justina Ireland took me by storm by this book. From the opening sentence to ending sentence I was enthralled by this book and how everything came together and fit together nicely.

Cory looks like your normal teenage girl but Cory has a secret. She has escaped the asylum wh
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Jenni Arndt
Mar 23, 2013 Jenni Arndt marked it as did-not-finish
Shelves: arc-ebook
Not going to rate this because I didn't finish it but just wanted to leave a note as to why I DNF'd. I got to page 117 and had zero connection to the MC. I don't think we got to know her at all, it was all just her struggle with these furies living inside her and trying to keep them satisfied. There were hints to her past but that just left me confused because at no point in time did we get full stories as to what happened. The relationships at the school were pretty cliche. She shook hands with ...more
Booknut
'Silver chains encircle my arms, leading back to Them and binding us together. My vision splits in three, seeing what They see too. It's like looking at a dressing room mirror, each image slightly different.

Tisiphone's vision is bright colors and a flash of images as she reads his past crimes. Megaera's is cast in red, heat vision more than anything. She sees the pain of his past victims clinging to him. I can see only what is in front of me, but my weakness isn't a hindrance.

Three is the right
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Melissa Landers
What a wild ride! I love the way this book explores the fantasy of exacting justice/revenge against the wicked while reminding us of the toll that murder takes on our souls. (But I will say I enjoyed watching Amelie kick ass and take names.)

Loved the ending too, though I won't say anything more and spoil it. Justina, you rock my socks. Can't wait to read what you come up with next!
Patrycja
The. Best. Book. Ever.
Kristin
3.5 stars

review appears on My ParaHangover

Ever notice that there are authors who are great with crazy story ideas and concepts and on the other side there are authors who do a fantastic job building worlds and characters to live in those worlds? But it’s the rare and fantabulous book that combines all these qualities; combines both the crazy unique story idea with the well fleshed-out supporting world and characters. These books for me are ones written by Kim Harrison, Patricia Briggs, Rachel V
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Danny
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Greek Mythology and .. the Furies!
Greek mythology is always something I’m interested in , and especially with a modern urban setting. Here, the tale of the Furies is explored in a new refreshing, but also dark and edgy way. Cory is connected to the furies in a rather special way, as they only appear when they about to hand down justice to a man ( never women), otherwise they somehow only exist in her mind. Even if they are in the back of her conscience, she alw
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Ellen
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 upst ...more
Jon
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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
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Jaiden
Originally posted at: Girls on YA Books

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Woah. Just woah. I kinda new what to expect when I agreed to do the Vengeance Bound Tour. I saw the cover and read the premise. It seemed interesting enough so I went ahead and agreed and signed up. Now when I started reading it I totally forgot what it was about and was kind of caught off guard.

This book was really really good. I was a bit iffy of how I would feel about it but in the end I really really liked it. I finished it in about 6 hours (
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Shehreyar Khan
This book was violent. At least two dozen people died throughout.

I gave it half a star just for that. :D

The start was somewhat raw; it could have been done much better. The concepts were introduced far too quickly and I couldn't relate to the protagonist's hate for the person whom she wanted revenge against. After the first two chapters, however, the pacing issue solved itself and the story took a better turn. The tone got much darker too--darker than YA's usually get.

Some of the character's see
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Erica Alyson
I really loved this book. I was really into it. I love the story behind the Furies. They totally intrigue me. I need to find more books like this!

The writing is great and the story line held me. I also really liked the main character. She was someone to root for!
Jon Weidler
Justina Ireland channels her dark passenger with great dexterity in this (mostly) assured debut. A good ear for dialog and character, but too much kissy stuff and a climax that feels like a Harvey Weinstein-ordered rewrite to appease test audiences. Still: this is a flowing, fast read that proves YA need not be all sparkly vampires and mushy romance. More like a 3.5 out of 5 than a full-on 4.
Kristin (Beneath Shining Stars, I Read)
My lips are sealed because it's way too soon to post my review. What I will tell you is that I really ended up enjoying Vengeance Bound and I can definitely see why you can get the Dexter vibe from it.
Michelle Rebar
WHOA! That was quite a wild ride! Vengeance Bound is like a female Dexter with Greek Mythology and a psychotic supernatural twist. It's a dark and creepy horror/thriller but also it has a heart.

When Amelie was younger, living in suburban West Chester, PA (weird because that's where I live), she was abducted and left for dead. She begged for someone to help her and her desperate plea was answered by the Furies, who are basically mythological monsters who feed off of bloody revenge. She survives,
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Lauren
I was torn with this book: I loved the darkness and the violence, but it felt more like an adult book than a YA one. I'd be careful who I recommended this to, but I would definitely recommend it!
Louisa
What a great book, really enjoyed it, very unique take on the Furies, and I hope there's a sequel, because of Mindi, and yeah, really great book!
Michelle
Posted on Dark Faerie Tales.

I had a little trouble getting into Justina Ireland’s Vengeance Bound. The premise sounds great. Furies who inhabit a young woman to help her deal out justice and revenge. But once I started reading Vengeance Bound, I never really connected to the main character or the story itself. But there are so many factors why it didn’t work for me and why it could for you.

After a traumatic episode, Cory was institutionalized. Due to the Furies who take up residence in her inter
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All Things Urban Fantasy
Review courtesy of All Things Urban Fantasy

When a book is described as ‘The Goddess Test meets Dexter’ it gets shoved to the very top of my TBR pile. What could be better than a teenage serial killer hunting down human monsters with the help of the Furies from Greek Mythology? It’s such an amazing premise that unfortunately fell just a little flat.

As a crazy rabid fan of the show Dexter, I was hoping to find another character who recognized the darker part of themselves and found a way to indulg
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Stephanie Ward
4.5 Stars

'Vengeance Bound' is a edgy YA novel that centers on Corrinne "Cory" Graff as she attempts to integrate to a new high school for the rest of her senior year. What her new classmates and teachers don't know is that Cory is actually the third Fury from Greek mythology. She made a deal with the other two Furies when she was in trouble as a young girl and now she helps them bring Justice to men who have done terrible deeds. The other two Furies have a terrible bloodlust and a thirst for ven
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Dani
★★★½

Offered escape from a terrible, hopeless situation, Cory eagerly accepts the protection and help offered to her by the Furies, not fully understanding at the time that their aid comes with a heavy price. Cory is now their connection to the Earthly realm; the mortal vessel through whom the Furies will be able to continue their relentless pursuit of justice. Now, years later, Cory’s mind is no longer just her own, she’s endured years of institutionalization, she’s orphaned and alone, and her h
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Christen *Goldilox And The Three Weres*
3.5 stars

Vengeance Bound is a a young adult book by new author Justina Ireland. This book deals with mythology and the Furies, those angry, angry ladies who like to punish those they feel are wicked. This is a dark and fun read, with some faults for sure, but I enjoyed delving into Cory's world

Cory is a human girl living with two Furies inside (and occasionally outside) her head. Ever since the Furies found her, she's had a rough life - on her own - filled with killing, running, and hiding. We m
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Heather
Apr 07, 2013 Heather rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: own
I'm not really sure how to describe this one. It was a lot of fun to read. It starts out with a bang, seeking justice and how can you hate that. I love my husband and boys in YA in general,but maybe I've watched a few too many CSI's or too many news stories. I like it when men get hunted down and served justice that the courts didn't give them. So, I really love Cory. She's taking care of the bad guys, the really, really bad ones. I do not have a problem with that! Smite away.

However, the things
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Kt
Review originally posted on my blog: A Book Obsession..

Cory's life uses to be perfect. Until the unthinkable happens, and she made a devil's bargain with the Furies when she was a child. They live inside her head always waiting and watching for the opportunity to slip Cory's chains and wreak havoc on the male population. She made the mistake of revealing what was going on in her head, and paid for it with a several years long stint in an asylum. But she eventually escapes and tries her best to l
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Gretchen Hohmeyer
There was a time I thought this book could be something great. There was a time I thought this concept was the best thing since sliced bread. But then everything fell apart.
The book starts out with the most awesome concept. This girl, Amelie, has a bit of a problem. There are a couple of Greek Furies in her head, and they constantly want her to kill people. Well, they call it “handing out justice.” (It’s still killing people, evil though they may be.) Amelie was once in a state of distress, and
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Sabrina
Short and Sweet:
This book had me at the Dexter reference/Greek mythology blurb! I love a good revenge story and Vengeance Bound did not disappoint!


To Elaborate....
Cory is a terrifying, complex character. Ever since she was a young girl she has been possessed by the Furies and in and out of treatment facilities. The story starts out with Cory institutionalized and in the midst of escape. She intends to get her Furies fueled revenge on with the twisted Dr. Goodhart who has kept her locked up, seda
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Tara
Review originally posted on my blog http://hobbitsies.net/2013/03/vengean...

I really enjoyed Vengeance Bound by Justina Ireland. I’ve read a few books that have the furies in them, but I thought Vengeance Bound was a really unique. Even if you’re exhausted by Greek Mythology in YA, I definitely recommend picking up Vengeance Bound – it wasn’t like any stories I’d read before.

The protagonist, Cory, had a really messed up life and I really enjoyed the way she sometimes questioned whether or not sh
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