by Catherine Doyle
YA Romance, Thriller
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 Nicoli, Sophie finds herself falling into a criminal underworld governed by powerful families. As the boys’ dark secrets begin to come to light, Sophie is confronted with stinging truths about her own family, too. 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.
This book has literally been in my TBR pile for years! I remember buying this at one of the earlier Deptcons and it’s such a shame that’s it taken me this long to get around to it! I remember some of the people I met at the said Deptcon were obsessed with this trilogy and now I understand why!
Who would’ve thought to weave the Mafia into a YA novel? Not me, for certain, but it definitely paid off. I’ve never read anything like this in YA before. It was such a compelling, fresh read, despite it being published 5 years ago now. Sophie was a great character, and it follows her life when 5 mysterious brothers move into the haunted house in her hometown in Chicago. Soon their lives get intertwined in ways she would never have managed and a romance blossoms between her and one of the brothers, despite their divided families.
Forbidden love can be often a trope that’s over used and not done well enough, but Catherine Doyle knits this into her story so well. Also for the next book I’m definitely calling a love triangle between Nic and Luca. It was a very hard book to put down because every time i finished a chapter I wanted to know what was going to happen next.
I can only speak for the first book so far, but I have a feeling this whole trilogy is a great way to pass time in lockdown. A contemporary take on Romeo and Juliet that I really enjoyed! Make sure to check this series out if you haven’t already, and I can’t wait to read the sequel!