by Justina Ireland
Published: April 2nd 2013
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 was trapped for years, Cory knows how to keep the Furies quiet. By day, she lives a normal life, but by night, she tracks down targets the Furies send her way. And she brings down Justice upon them.
Cory's perfected her system of survival, but when she meets a mysterious boy named Niko at her new school, she can't figure out how she feels about him. For the first time, the Furies are quiet in her head around a guy. But does this mean that Cory's finally found someone who she can trust, or are there greater factors at work? As Cory's mind becomes a battlefield, with the Furies fighting for control, Cory will have to put everything on the line to hold on to what she's worked so hard to build.
While I can understand why some people did not like Vengeance Bound, I actually enjoyed it. I found the use of the Furies to be fascinating and interesting in how they have to be tied to a human at all times. They feed off desperation, anger, and violence.
The POV is from Cory's mind, and it is sad to read how much older she seems than her actual age. So much violence and vengeance has made her grow up faster than she ever should have. However, it has also saved her life. I do like how the author brought up this aspect of give-and-take. Normally, you wouldn't really see this in a book. Cory's need for salvation is what brings the Furies to her, and they save her life - just as she, in a sense, saves theirs.
Part of me wishes that there will be a sequel, but the book was left in a good spot. There isn't a need for another one. I do look forward to reading whatever Justina Ireland has planned next. She did a fantastic job integrating mythology into Vengeance Bound and I hope she does it again in the future.