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(Blood for Blood #1)

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4.02  ·  Rating details ·  4,719 ratings  ·  793 reviews
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
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Paperback, 352 pages
Published February 24th 2015 by Chicken House Ltd
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Nado Khaled. it is one of the best novel maybe it kind of like Romeo and Juliet but believe it was amazing I kept reading the book over and over again I liked it…moreit is one of the best novel maybe it kind of like Romeo and Juliet but believe it was amazing I kept reading the book over and over again I liked it so much . it was about 2 teenagers falling in love between tons of conflicts between there families as you read It you will find hope ,murder ,love ,passion and sacrifice (less)
Keeley Anyone??? This book sounds really good but also sounds like it may be a soft mafia book for a twelve year old.

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April (Tay Tay)
Oct 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Five brothers?



An underworld with warring families??



Forbidden love???

OK. Yup.



Update: Pre-order for Feb 24th complete.

Finished! There are no words.



Jasmine
Jun 18, 2016 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Anyone who's interested in Mafia.
Actual rating: 3.5/5 Mafiaso Stars

I want to study the realness of life, not the gloss. There is beauty everywhere; even in the dark, there is light, and that is the rarest kind of all.

Vendetta is so far the first Mafia story I've ever read about and simply the idea of Mafia fascinated me much; thus, I had high expectations for the book. Well, did it meet my standards? *turning into Le Penseur's, aka The Thinker by Rodin, mode*

To begin with, there are different titles for each chapter, which I absolutel
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Alienor ✘ French Frowner ✘
Jul 18, 2017 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: readers with endless patience


... That's YA Mafia Romance for you, apparently?!?

I feel like my brain should be washed in bleach after Vendetta but as I'm a silly bitch who love rolling her eyes and giggling stupidly (apparently?!) I will most definitely read the rest, enjoy Luca and stab the puppy smile out of Nic the Creep's face. This book is trash, though, and does something I hate : it uses an attempted rape to serve the plot.

CONS : TSTL heroine - Instalove - Bad dialogues - Unbelievable - Predictable - NIC - The cheese, the cheese everywhere - these boys arplot.
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Maggie Hall
Sep 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was so much fun. And I feel kind of strange saying that, because it’s actually kind of dark…let me try to explain.

Sophie is your average teenager, with her one close friend and her crappy summer job—and her beloved dad in jail for something that has made Sophie an outcast in her small town. But Sophie doesn’t spend her time feeling sorry for herself. She’s funny, and snarky, and most of the time smart, but sometimes does some dumb things because she thinks they’re the right thing to d
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Susan
Aug 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
So, this pretty much sums up my feelings about this book:



Vendetta combines depth and gritty realness with heart and humour. There was romance but no gooeyness. It's been a while since I've read a book where I could properly relate to the characters, and actually feel emotionally tied to their journey. The plot is incredibly twisty and fast-paced so I found it really hard to put down. And I may have shed a tear at one point. I am not as
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Ash
Oct 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing
first read: July 3, 2015
first reread: April 15-21, 2017


OMG, this book was fantastic

“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.”


I loved it. I loved the characters. The storyline. The twists &a/>
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Cathy
Oct 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
My initial reaction after finishing this:



This was so different to what I was expecting, but in a good way. It was kind of like the Vampire Diaries meets the Godfather meets the Raven boys.



It was twisty and darkly romantic and kind of funny, and damn it was good.


Maggie ☘ (Wonderland-Reader)
Re-read (2017):

*3.75/5 gripping stars*

“Masks. Look what happens when we take them off.”

The first time I stumbled upon this book by a complete accident, the new idea behind this series intrigued me - YA contemporary/thriller about the mafia, inspired by Romeo and Juliet with lots of romance AND just as much female friendship (which let me tell you is RARE) - as well as a family aspect, but not many people here have actually read it, so my expectations were fairly moderate going into it. This series for
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Rebekah
Dec 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya-addiction, 2015
Original Review found at: www.awesomebooknuts.blogspot.com

I have been waiting to get my hands on this book! Once I heard what it was about, I wanted it. It just sounded so good and so interesting! And it was just that awesome! I am so excited to see how Catherine Doyle plays this series out. I can't wait for book two! UGH these series!

I really liked this book because I felt it was a gritty, tense, thriller of a family of crime. The cast of characters is so dynamic and diverse it was incredible. I enjoyed the drama of this dark tale of
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Snow

4.75 "omerta" stars

Oh hell yeah...
I didnt expect to like it as much...BUT I DID

Persephone "Sophie" Gracewell is your usual teen, a little bit awkward on the outside, but really smart, honest and bold...and she's spending her summer working at her family's dinner in the outskirts of Chicago. Her bestie Millie, a loud mouth, perky and open, makes a good sidekick to Sophie's personality.

Sophie's family is broken apart cause of the accidental shootout where her father killed a man for whom he thought was breaking into the diner, which landed him in jail,DID
Persephone
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Alice Oseman
May 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Vendetta is a YA novel the likes of which I can't say I've ever read before. A grimy, tense, crime/gang thriller with a dynamic cast of characters; Vendetta brings drama and realism to a dark story of grudges, revenge and passion. Not only does it have no limit to its cast of beautiful, worship-worthy, gun-wielding males, but Vendetta's characters are truly real - there is nothing cliche in any of the relationships that may or may not be formed within the novel. There are very few clear good guy ...more
Lia
"Masks. Look what happens when we take them off."




I'm pretty sure that, if you looked for the definition of "guilty pleasure read" on the dictionary, you would most definitely find this book under it. I mean... okay. Let's get one thing straight: this is a cheesy mafia book with too much romance and an impending love triangle. It is extremely inaccurate in its depiction of organized crime and in its use of Italian, and usually this kind of things do not make an enjoyable book for me. But... I liked it.
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Aimee ♥ | Aimee, Always


Actual rating: 2.5 stars.

What would you do if you had to choose between the lives of your family and the lives of the crazy-ass strangers you met just weeks or months ago?

If you're anything like the heroine in Vendetta and are seriously conflicted about this huge decision, then you're probably living in a cheesy Mafia movie.

Vendetta had so much potential--I mean, who doesn't want to read about a girl whose dad is in prison for murder? About a girl whose life is suddenly turned upside down as she uncovers each of her family's secrets? But ultimovie.
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Rebekah
Jan 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I have been waiting to get my hands on this book! Once I heard what it was about, I wanted it. It just sounded so good and so interesting! And it was just that awesome! I am so excited to see how Catherine Doyle plays this series out. I can’t wait for book two! UGH these series!

I really liked this book because I felt it was a gritty, tense, thriller of a family of crime. The cast of characters is so dynamic and diverse it was incredible. I enjoyed the drama of this dark tale of grudg
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Beatrice ~ Confessions of a Pinay Bookaholic
Vendetta is a good start for a YA Contemporary Romance/Suspense trilogy. I enjoyed the first ten chapters and the story has an edge but reaching halfway this book, it went a bit downhill. This is a Mafia themed book, I just want to give you a heads up there's mild violence. If you're uncomfortable with it, this book might not be for you.

Sophie Gracewell's father has been convicted due to a murder case, she and her family are outcasts or Cedar Hill's gossip topic. When the abandoned mansion in their town was occupied by/>Sophie
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Kate (GirlReading)
Jan 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I didn't expect to enjoy this as much as I did. To be honest, I didn't really know what to expect at all. I think all I expected was a run of the mill, cliche Romeo and Juliette retelling but I'm happy to say Vendetta was much more than a simple retelling. The plot line was brilliant and unique to anything I've read before. Sophie's character was refreshing in the sense that she wasn't totally naive to everything. Yes, she often ignored the obvious but it was in a way that you could kind of unde ...more
Emer (A Little Haze)
When it comes to revenge love is a dangerous complication

Vendetta is a modern reinterpretation of Shakespeare’s classic Romeo and Juliet. In the Juliet role we have our leading lady, Sophie. Sophie works part time in her family’s diner with her best friend Millie. Millie is a great bestie actually because Sophie’s family have recently gone through a scandalous tragedy and Millie is the only one who has stuck by Sophie. One night Sophie takes a short cut on her way home from work and passes by
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Jessica Hanley
May 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: young-adult, romance
I read an uncorrected proof of Vendetta.

Sophie is a 16 year old waitress living in the Chicago suburbs during a boring summer. She has been made infamous by something her father did and because of that she is more or less a social outcast. But when five mysterious brothers move into her neighbourhood, things change and she finds herself drawn towards a boy who is not interested in her family's infamy but in her. But everything is not what it seems, and with the arrival of Nic and his
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Cora Tea Party Princess
5 Words: Romance, family, obligation, Mafia, forbidden-love.

And the award for most awesome looking book this year goes to... Vendetta. Why? Well, I don't know what your copy looks like but mine has all kinds of pretty, drool-worthy art on the sides of the pages. In striking red ink. Everyone stared as I read and I was like "that's OK, this book is awesome".

Full review to come. Eventually.

I received a copy of this for free via Goodreads First Reads.
Casey Ann Books
When I first heard about this novel and its plot, I needed it asap! Me being a huge romance, thriller, Romeo and Juliet/forbidden love fanatic, this one just screamed "Casey read me" and I'm so glad I did.

Where do I start describing how AMAZING this novel is? I truly am speechless. Vendetta is a compelling, heartbreaking, and heart-wrenching novel that I couldn’t put down. This book has got to be the each chapter, each page and each line had me crying, sighing and smiling. I’ve never
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Deborah
Jan 22, 2017 rated it really liked it

3.5 to 4*

Having read some really good reviews on this and being in the mood for a Mafia romance (although let's face it when aren't I) I decided to grab myself a copy and have a go, now this book wasn't what I expected but it's difficult now to say exactly what it was I expecting but within a few pages I was hooked and loving it.
Persephone Gracewell or Sophie as she prefers to be known is sixteen and working at her family's restaurant along with her best/only friend Millie. Sop
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Sophia Sardothien
Feb 06, 2015 rated it it was ok
Review 2.0

I dive into this book without knowing much since I thought it's gonna be a steamy revenge book.
What? HAHAHAHAHAHHAAH NO
This book is boring to the point where I got nothing to say. Predictable? Predictable.



God ALL I WANNA DO IS READ A NICE BOOK.

I WAS SO PISSED WHEN I SAW THE "READ BOOK" BUTTON IN GOODREADS, WHY WHY DID I SPEND MY MONEY THIS THING?



THE PROTAGONIST OHMYGOD her name is Sophie. Also known as stupeeed. Okay not really but SHE ACTS LIKE A HELPLESS GIRL ALL THE TIME



Oh
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April (Aprilius Maximus)
Apr 19, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2016
This was full of annoying YA tropes and I wasn't impressed with the use of sexual assault as a plot device but the ending made me want to read the next book. V disappointed :(

Around the Year in 52 Books Challenge Notes:
- 39. A previous suggestion that didn't make the list - A Retelling
Nina (Every Word A Doorway)
3.5 STARS

Excuse this swoony, patriotic review, but Catherine Doyle's debut Vendetta is a piece of hot danger and my girly hormones are all over the place. This book is a trashy YA version of Romeo and Juliet meets The Godfather, and it has brought forth one of my favourite fictional crushes of all time. (In case you can't tell after I'll have mentioned his name 1'000'000 in this review, his name is Luca and he's mine).


zoey deschanel new girl photo: tumblr_lu9wjmPuXa1qi9psro1_500.gif


MiSTARS
Excuse
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jv poore
Combining enthralling elements from Greek mythology to the mafia, including a mysterious abandoned mansion haunted by a WWII ghost story, while touching on friendship, loyalty, roofies and perspective along the way; seems a daunting, laborious chore….that probably won’t end with something super-fun to read. And yet, Ms. Doyle tossed all of these captivating, compelling themes into a hat, waved a magic wand and viola! Vendetta!

I love this book so very much, that writing this review ha
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Samantha
May 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
With secret plans for vengeance and relationships brimming with romantic tension, Vendetta is exactly the young adult novel I’ve waited for: for story with a teen protagonist, it’s got crossover appeal galore. Don’t let the blurb fool you, Vendetta is so much more than a mere modern retelling of Romeo and Juliet: it is the ideal mix of action, chaos, and romance. Finally.

Doyle has created completely accessible characters that find themselves in extraordinary, albeit convincingly plau
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Sophie
I first read this book not long after it was released last January, and immediately fell in love with Doyle's writing. I was lucky enough to win a copy from the publisher, and jumped at the chance to re-read it again.

Vendetta is set in modern Chicago, in a neighbourhood outside the city. Sophie has lived there all her life, and after her father is arrested for manslaughter, she has to deal with a certain amount of notoriety. She's relieved that it is now summer, even if it means she'
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Sinéad
Sep 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was thrilled to get an advance reader copy of Vendetta. However, I now kind of regret this as I realize how long I have to wait until I can get my hands on the next installment in this series!! Vendetta is a great and very refreshing addition to YA literature. I spent some time at the beginning trying to guess what the mysterious boys would turn out to be- vampires? spirits? angels?- and was so pleasantly surprised that an author had remembered you can write an interesting, suspenseful, engagi ...more
Katie (Kitkatscanread)
A massive thank you to the author for sending this book to me. I won this in a giveaway and I'm so glad that I did.

Cute guys, a forbidden romance, family feuds and revenge. What more could you ask for?
Vendetta is book 1 in a saga. It's got the feel to Romeo and Juliet but it also has its own dose of spices.
I love Nic and Luca.
The romance scenes were very steamy.
I was addicted and found it hard to put down.
This is one book you need to pick up!
I need the next book in my
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Catherine Doyle grew up in the West of Ireland. She holds a first-class BA in Psychology and a first-class MA in Publishing. She is the author of the Young Adult Blood for Blood trilogy (Vendetta, Inferno and Mafiosa), which is often described as Romeo and Juliet meets the Godfather. It was inspired by her love of modern cinema. Her debut Middle Grade novel, The Storm Keeper's Island (Bloomsbury, ...more

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“There is beauty everywhere; even in the dark, there is light, and that is the rarest kind of all.” 89 likes
“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.” 61 likes
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