Title: These Vengeful Hearts
Author: Katherine Laurin
Genre: YA Thriller
Publisher: Inkyard Press
Publication Date: September 8, 2020
Rating: 4 / 5 Stars
Source: Digital ARC provided by publisher via NetGalley
These Vengeful Hearts was such a fun read. I love stories about secret societies and I really enjoyed the way Katherine Laurin put he own spin on this trope.
In this story we follow Ember Williams, a high schooler who has everything going for her. She’s captain of the debate team, a member of the track team and is now the newest member of The Red Court. She’s been planning for years to earn her spot and get revenge for her sister. Ember isn’t joining the Red Court for power, or whatever reasons everyone else joins, she’s joining for the sole purpose of taking the court and it’s leader, The Queen of Hearts down and ending their reign.
At Heller High the Red Court rules all. People can call on them for any favor they need, however, there’s a catch: you will never stop owing the Red Court. They can call in their return favor now or years from now and they will always find you.
Ember’s sister April had an accident when she was in high school that left her paralyzed from the waist down. She says it was the fault of the Red Court and though she has moved on and is thriving in her new life, Ember can’t let them get away with this crime.
This is a revenge story so Ember often walks the line between what’s right and wrong and operates in the grey area, she justifies all of her actions with her end goal of taking down the Red Court, but is that enough? I loved watching Ember’s character arc and I also adored her best friend Gideon who always tries to steer her in the right direction. If mystery and thrillers are your thing, definitely check this book out!
Thank you so much to Inkyard Press for having me on this tour and for sending me a digital ARC to review!
If you enjoyed this book, I have a new section of my reviews called Read-Alikes, so you can go on to read more books with similar feels!
“When you’re made of fire, do you feel guilty watching other people burn?”
-Katherine Laurin, These Vengeful Hearts
Katherine Laurin lives in Colorado with her husband, two sons, and tiny dog. When she’s not writing, Katherine enjoys reading, traveling, hiking, and listening to true crime podcasts. These Vengeful Hearts is her first young adult novel.
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