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A "good boy" will do anything for vengeance when a gang rite kills his twin sister. Will Lucas win, or follow his sister Silver into the darkness?

After a hideous car wreck, Lucas wakes from a coma to find that his world is gutted. Not only is his beloved twin sister, Silver, gone forever, but Lucas is broken in body and spirit. He will never be a college athlete, and is ro
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published July 18th 2013 by Simon Schuster Books for Young Readers (first published June 18th 2013)
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Jeann (Happy Indulgence)
Jun 10, 2013 rated it did not like it
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With such an interesting premise, Vigilante Nights was a struggle to get through. I would have abandoned it early on if it wasn’t for this review I had to do.

Lucas is a damaged teenage boy who has an empathetic connection with his fraternal twin. His twin sister, Silver, dies in a car crash and he can still see and talk to her in ghost form. She pushes him to form a vigilante club to avenge her death and to righ
Cassi aka Snow White Haggard
Jun 29, 2013 rated it did not like it
Shelves: read-in-2013, galleys
Review is below my PSA. Review is about the book.

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Vigilante Nights is a book I probably should've DNFed (Did Not Finish for those who don't know). However, the book seemed casually racist so I wanted to finish so I could talk about that without drawing out the trolls who insist on finishing a book before reviewing it. I think the racial problems were probably unintentional and due to clumsy writing, but nonetheless were a huge issue with the book.

Basic story, Lucas's twin sister Silver dies
Jul 19, 2013 rated it liked it
Recommended to Arlene by: Blog Tour
Rating Clarification: Closer to 2.5 Stars

In Vigilante Nights, we meet Lucas Alexander the day he’s in a fatal car accident that kills his twin sister Silver. Lucas and Silver share a bond that doesn’t sever even after her death. He can still feel her presence and hear her voice as he struggles to overcome the guilt of losing someone so close.

There were several factors that played out that night, which caused the accident, but Lucas focuses his energy on revenge. He pulls his friends into a vigi
H.J. Harley
Apr 25, 2013 rated it really liked it
The moment I found out about this book by Ms. Richards I wanted to get my hands on it. I don't have much time to read these days so I'm selective. I am so glad I picked Vigilante Nights to spend my reading time on. The world building sucks you in and Silver is just my favorite. That sassy beautiful inside and out teen and her twin Lucas, the overprotective brother just pulled at my heart. I don't write reviews that spoil so it makes it even harder for me to share my enthusiasm. But rest assured, ...more
Jul 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Vigilante Nights is Ms. Richards' YA debut. The story is told from the POV of Lucas Alexander who, after one tragic car, loses his twin sister Silver, his future playing college football, and the Camaro he spent his time and money fixing up. With his life in ruins, Lucas forms a teenage vigilante club to deal with the gang who he feels is responsible for his death. Old and new friends, relatives, and potential love help him on this quest for vengeance, but the unexpected twists and turns in the ...more
Adriane Marshall
Aug 07, 2013 rated it really liked it
Wow. So the beginning of this book just kinda of throws you into the story. And man does it take off, literally. Lucas looses his twin sister to an illegal street racing accident after escaping from what he thinks is a gang initiation. This sets him into a sequence of events where he forms a posse of sorts to hunt down people who are doing bad things.

Added to this, Lucas can still communicate with his dead twin sister. Kinda weird, huh?

So, I wasn’t sure that I would like this one, I have to admi
Nathan Barker
Mar 28, 2013 rated it really liked it
Based on the blurbs from the publisher, I feared that this wasn't going to be my cup of tea. Literary YA fiction doesn't generally thrill me. I was pleasantly surprised to find that I couldn't put it down. This turned out to be, essentially, a nicely paced thriller with some lightweight supernatural elements. I wouldn't categorize it as a future 'classic' of the YA genre but I certainly found it to be an enjoyable read. ...more
Review first appeared on my blog: Book Addict 24-7

I received a finished copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review

Vigilante Nights by Erin Richards is a young adult contemporary novel with a touch of romance, a hint of the paranormal, and a handful of vendetta. Richards’s writing style is quick, to the point, and attention-grabbing. Not only does the reader get hooked on the story right after the protagonist’s life-changing experience, but s/he will want to know what will happen ne
Melissa (i swim for oceans)
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Lucas and Silver were inseparable. Their bond as twins connected them throughout their lives and, when tragedy strikes, the bond seems to endure past the grave. Lucas should have enough on his plate to deal with - needed to heal, recover and grieve the death of his sister, but something...or holding him back. Lucas swears he can see and hear Silver everywhere. She is always there, and she seems to be trying to tell hi
Jul 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: blog-tour, netgalley
Real Rating: 4.5 stars

I received an ebook copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

VIGILANTE NIGHTS started out not with a whimper, but with a bang. I've always wanted to use that phrase and man, it couldn't be more accurate of how this novel started. You're immediately thrust into the life changing night of May 12 where Lucas and his twin sister are driving home down a long stretch of road. After his car stalls, Lucas' life changes forever.

If you're looking for a novel that will
Jun 11, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
I won a copy from Goodreads First Reads. Thanks for the giveaway, Erin Richards!

I'll try not to reveal anything big.

Okay, first of all, mental bond? Lucas and Silver are Fraternal Twins. If there were Identical Twins, the story would make much more since, because identical twins share the same DNA and are practically the same. It sounds kind of illogical, but I'll let it go. I'll say its a brother-sister bond/shared-the-same-space(aka uterus)-before-birth bond.

Anyway, let's get to the book. Vi
Jul 24, 2013 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: ages 13 and up
Recommended to Christine by: NA
Did you ever wonder why in the THE OUTSIDERS the Socs wanted to gang-bang the Greasers? In VIGILANTE NIGHTS Erin Richards explores that question as she tells the flip-side of the story from the viewpoint of an upper-middle class teen white boy.

Lucas, a football star, and his twin sister, Silver, witness a gang initiation one night. When Lucas and Silver try to escape the gang, Lucas's prized Camaro stalls in the middle of a popular drag racing street. Silver is killed and Lucas is permanently i
Bayan Basri
I. Am. Blown. Away.

This book exceeded my expectations by miles. The blurb looked interesting but it never prepared me for the awesomeness to come.
The plotline had a blend of mystery, action and drama. Every aspect of this book was relevant to the plot and I never felt as if there was something just dumped to the story and was never explored.
The pace of the book was just perfect. I didn't feel like anything was going too fast or too slow.

Lucas before the accident (BA) was your typical jock. Da
Unabridged Bookshelf
Jul 20, 2013 rated it really liked it
Vigilante Nights is a story about coming back from losing everything, and taking revenge on those who took it. Lucas loses his twin the night a gang initiation started a spiral of events, which take Silver, his future in football, and almost his very sanity. Trying to cope with the loss of Silver, Lucas begins to hatch a plan to take back the town from the gang violence and crimes that had been plaguing the town. He convinces his friends to help him form their own gang, a vigilante gang bent on ...more
May 22, 2013 rated it really liked it
This is the third Erin Richards book that I've read and I enjoyed the first two so much I really wanted to see how she handled a YA. Granted, I'm not exactly the target audience for a YA but I truly enjoyed, Vigilante Nights.

The narrative, told from the protagonist, Lucas's point of view, was interesting and brought two rich classics to mind; The Catcher in the Rye and The Outsiders. The first, because we get a very personal and meaningful glimpse into a young man who's been damaged, inside and
Deborah Cordes
Apr 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Intense and fast-paced, Erin Richards's VIGILANTE NIGHTS grabbed me from the start and never let go. I'm not a big fan of novels written in the first person, but the hero's story was beautifully crafted - and could not have been told in any other way. I readily and heartily empathized with Lucas's heartbreak, his need for revenge, his passion for life, and his inherent goodness, shining forth during the darkest times. I was fascinated by Ms. Richards's subtlety as I followed his journey and watc ...more
Paula Ratcliffe
Jun 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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Cary Morgan
Oct 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Dark, sad, disturbing, and . . . wonderful! Erin Richards takes the reader on a ride they won’t soon forget. When a twin is left behind through the evil of others, the bond they share lives on, teaching, encouraging, inspiring, and in the long run, healing. This is a tale of survival, both physical and psychological, after tragedy and loss. While dealing with dark topics, Vigilante Nights is beautiful and inspiring and left me very, very glad to have met the characters, lived in their world for ...more
Eric Devine
Oct 26, 2013 rated it really liked it
A story of revenge compounded by guilt with a blend of the supernatural. Strong language and racial slurs are pervasive, so not for the easily offended. Lucas is one angry teen, but his anger is a means to an end. Face-paced and gritty.
Jul 12, 2019 rated it did not like it
Shelves: young-adult
This review originally published in Looking For a Good Book. Rated 1.0 of 5

Lucas and his twin sister, Silver, are accosted by a local gang one night. Just when they think they are about to get escape this gang initiation they discover that they are stopped on a road that is used as a local drag racing strip and they wind up in a horrible accident. Lucas wakes up from his coma to discover that his body is a mess and he'll never get to college as an athlete, and worse yet, Silver has died from her
What Makes Patri
Aug 10, 2013 rated it did not like it
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Many thanks to F+W/Adams Media for the galley copy (via NetGalley). Quotes are from an advanced review copy and are subject to change before publication.

Seventeen-year-old Lucas Alexander loses his twin sister Silver in a car accident involving drag racers and a Mexican gang. Spurred on by her ghost, he vows to get revenge and forms a vigilante group intent on serving justice their way.

I liked absolutely nothing about this story. Lucas is an incredibly shallow, immature, arrogant, douchey dude-b
Kayla De Leon
May 04, 2013 rated it liked it

Vigilante Nights took me on a roller coaster ride of emotions. It starts off with Silver Alexander being killed in a car accident as she and her brother were trying to escape from a gang initiation rite. Lucas and Silver were twins who shared a deep, emphatic bond so it was no surprise that the minute Lucas woke up from a coma, he was out for revenge. Lucas could still interact with Silver’s ghost and this further fueled his des
Jul 24, 2013 rated it liked it
Many thanks to Adams Media for giving me the chance to read and review this book from the Goodreads First Reads program.

***The following review may have slight spoilers. Read at YOUR own risk***

Vigilante Nights started out great. The beginning was exciting and held my attention well. After the accident, I found myself enjoying the book pretty well. I also liked the bit of paranormal activity in this otherwise realistic-seeming story. In the beginning, I could imagine this being amazing.

But then
Audrey Wilkerson
The Low Down: Driving home late one evening on a dark county road, Lucas and his twin sister, Silver, find themselves in the middle of what seems to be a gang initiation. Trying to get away in his rebuilt Camaro, the crowd disperses only when they see what is coming directly at them: a street race. Before they know it, the Camaro it totalled and Silver is dead.

Lucas and Silver always had a twin connection anyway, but now it has gone to the extreme: Lucas can see and speak with Silver’s ghost. An
Nate Morris
Apr 09, 2014 rated it really liked it
After reading Vigilante Nights by Erin Richard I can say that I really enjoyed the book and they way it was told. The book was told in the perspective of a high school student and that would include all of the slang and improper grammar which I thought was very esoteric and interesting. The book was about a High school superstar football player named Lucas and his twin sister named Silver. One day they were driving and then was stopped by a group of gang members and then something happened. Luca ...more
Aug 30, 2013 rated it liked it
I can say this was a book with an action-packed storyline. The characters are easy to connect with. I would not read it again or a follow-up to it…if there was one. You get a mixed review from me. I didn't hate it…I didn't love it. Essentially, I can only say I read a lot of young adult books but this just didn't connect with me at all. I am not the target audience so that's not a problem.

I have read this book and I can tell you that I do not normally look at other people's reviews of books unt
Sep 11, 2013 rated it it was ok
Kat's Review

I was intrigued by the premise of this novel- the whole teenage revenge thing, but after reading the book, I kind of wish the supernatural element was left out. After Lucas awakes from the accident and realizes that his sister is dead but he can still communicate with her, he heads down a path of revenge strongly encouraged by his sister Silver. The problem for me was that Silver was an immensely unlikable character, and I just wanted her to go away. I know that sounds awful, but it
Lynn Maddalena
Jul 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I was hooked on the first sentence, and by the end of chapter one, I realized that I was covered in a thin sheen of sweat. VIGILANTE NIGHTS took me on a roller coaster ride of emotions that I still can’t shake.

Revenge is a forbidden goal, but when gang violence causes the death of his twin sister, Silver, Lucas sets wheels in motion to get even with the responsible members. Encouraging him from beyond is none other than the ghost of Silver the Bad-Ass Angel. He is joined in his righteous quest b
Nov 12, 2014 rated it it was ok
The book Vigilante Nights was a very fast paced book. I couldn't fully get a grasp of what was really going in the story, however, I did like how the author showed how Lucas overcame certain things, especially when Silver was kilt. I do think that the author could have slowed down the pace so readers could understand what was going on in the story and be able to realize what was going on in the book. If the pace was slowed down a little, I think that I could have been more interested in reading ...more
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