Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Review: Vigilante Nights by Erin Richards

Vigilante Nights
 
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 robbed of what he now realizes was the most important bond of his life. Although they weren't identical twins, Lucas and Silver shared a bond so fierce it defied reason, and was nearly supernatural.

After her death, that bond seems to endure when Lucas sees Silver everywhere he turns. Either he's crazy, or Silver is trying to tell him something about the California gang initiation they stumbled into that cost Silver her life. Lucas is bent on revenge, turning on Raymond, Silver's former boyfriend; the one Lucas never wanted her to date. He forms a posse of vigilantes to take out the gangsters responsible for Silver's death, but he risks not only his own life, but the love of the new girl on his block, who knows more about Lucas and Silver than can be accounted for by mere chance.
Publisher: Merit Press
Publication Date: July 18, 2013
 
 
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's true. I really think there could have been enough there is regards to motivation for revenge without the extra push from his sister.
 
Turns out Lucas uncovers some interesting information about some students at his school who had more to do with the night Silver was killed than they're letting on. Through a series of incidents, bot planned and unplanned, the truth about that night comes to light, but at a terrible cost.
 
The storyline is interesting and there were some characters I came to care about, but ultimately there were a few things in this book that just didn't do it for me. I already mentioned the supernatural element. I don't have issues with supernatural themes at all, it just seemed unnecessary in this book. I also have to mention that I really took issue with the way Latinos were portrayed. Not because they were the gang members. There are many Latino gangs out there. It was more to do with the stereotypical accents and some of the behaviours. I've read books that portrayed Latino kids in gangs and didn't take offense, but there was something that just bugged me about it here.
 
Rating: Heavy Page Turner
 
I hate giving books unfavourable ratings, but this one just wasn't for me. I know it will resonate with many, many readers, but it isn't a book I would pick up to read again. There was nothing awful about it, I just found it hard to connect.
 
I was provided a complimentary copy of this title from NetGalley & the publisher in return for an honest review.

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