Book Review : Vendetta by Catherine Doyle

January 19, 2015 Book review, Green Giants 6 ★★★★½

Green Giants is my feature where I share some of my favourite books by Irish Authors.   I’m passionate about Irish Authors, they supply us with a great and exciting mix of books, hopefully you will find something new to try.  Today it’s a new to me author – Catherine Doyle– whose début novel I want to rave about!

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I’m not recommending Vendetta because it was written by an Irish author.  I’m not recommending Vendetta because it is a YA book that was started while the author was still a YA herself.  Even though both of those are true and both attracted me to the book.  I’m recommending Vendetta to you because it is FAB!

Book Review : Vendetta by Catherine DoyleVendetta by Catherine Doyle
Published by Chicken House on January 1st 2015
Genres: Love & Romance, Young Adult
Pages: 352
Source: Received from Publisher

When five brothers move into the abandoned mansion next door, Sophie Gracewell's life changes forever. Irresistibly drawn to bad boy Nic, Sophie finds herself falling into an underworld governed by powerful families. When Sophie's own family skeletons come to life, 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 ...


Vendetta is based loosely on a Romeo and Juliet theme.  So I wasn’t expecting a warm, fluffy, happy romance which was just as well.  I wanted revengeful, I wanted rivalry and I got all that and more.

I love the thwarted lovers theme whose families are at war with each other.  The characters are intriguing and from the very first page, I knew I was in for a treat.

Sophie is a normal teenager, with a somewhat ordinary life but with one huge thing that alters that.  Her father is in prison for a murder.  I loved the letters exchanged back and forth between them as it just built up a relationship that was solid but complicated.  But everything in Sophie’s life alters when a new family with 5 sons move into the neighbourhood.

Rather than telling you the things I loved about Vendetta (pretty much everything!), I’m going to mix it up by telling you how Vendetta made me feel:

Excited by how different this book was

Enthralled by how much it pulled me in

Swooned by the romance as it was cute and romantic

Flustered by the 5 brothers!  I fell in love with a few of them!

Confused by just what the hell was going on

Freaked out as this book was violent and scary

Crushed by how sinister everything became and by just how far it all spiralled

Hopeful because love conquers all, maybe, hopefully….

Curious because is that a sniff of a love triangle?

Sad because I didn’t want it to end.  I need MORE and I need it NOW!

Overall I thoroughly enjoyed it.  If you are tired of reading the same old, same old, do yourself a favour a grab this one.


Rating Report
Did I feel it?
Overall: four-half-stars


Who should read Vendetta by Catherine Doyle?

I’d strongly recommend this to those that enjoy YA contemporary books with intelligent writing, multi dimensional mysterious characters and a snappy pace.   I’d also recommend to those that like messy, complicated romances.  Or if you like the idea of The Sopranos meets YA meets Romeo and Juliet, then you’ll love this one.

Thanks to Chicken House for giving me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.




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6 Responses to “Book Review : Vendetta by Catherine Doyle”

    • trish

      And it was very edgy too for a YA book. It was violent and I was scared as it felt unpredictable. So well worth considering, even for those who don’t read much YA.

    • trish

      I know! It’s very different and I’d have no hesitation recommending it to a non YA reader too as it has a different vibe to it.

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