Vigilante Nights by Erin Richards Review

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Title: Vigilante Nights
Author: Erin Richards (Twitter)
Publisher: Merit Press
Publish Date: July 18, 2013
Genre: YA, Contemp, Paranormal
Pages: 303
Source: Publisher

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.
Lucas and Silver were inseparable. Their bond as twins connected them throughout their lives and, when tragedy strikes, the bond seems to endure past the grave. Lucas should have enough on his plate to deal with - needed to heal, recover and grieve the death of his sister, but something...or someone...is holding him back. Lucas swears he can see and hear Silver everywhere. She is always there, and she seems to be trying to tell him something. And so, he resolves to do just one thing, even if it's the last thing he does. He'll avenge Silver's death at all costs.

Have you ever felt a sort of innate connection with someone that seems to know no bounds? Vigilante Nights is a unique novel that explores this phenomenon in a gut-wrenching, emotionally turbulent manner. Author, Erin Richards, writes in a powerful manner, exposing her characters - flaws and all - for the readers to see. By baring the soul of both the characters and the plot, Vigilante Nights thrusts readers headlong into a powerful journey for redemption, revenge and, ultimately, peace. 

I hadn't heard much (or anything, really) about Vigilante Nights when I received it for review. Nevertheless, the concept intrigued me. The bond between twins is something I always coveted as a child. I suffered from middle-child syndrome (yes, I know...I'm so deprived), and the idea of having a twin, or someone that shares that deep connection was utterly appealing. The story is told from Lucas's point of view, which was a really strong, albeit risky, move to make. By doing so, the author is closeting us within his mind and, if done poorly, we could feel very trapped and the story could be stifled. Luckily, this perspective really worked for the subject matter of the novel, as we have the unique opportunity to truly grasp the depth of Lucas's pain and rage. Plus, it gives us a chance to understand the true reasoning behind forming the group of vigilantes hell-bent on destroying those responsible for Silver's death. Vigilante Nights doesn't lack tension or drama either. It's a classic whodunit tale, but the twists and turns threw me for a loop every time. I wasn't really sure who was ultimately the culprit in Silver's death, but I find that to be a good thing because it made me continue reading, and I was never bored. The book moves steadily, ramping up the tension as we go until we reach the pinnacle of this story of revenge and then, with a quiet sigh, find a beautiful sort of peace in the ending, which was very fitting. I will say that my one grip with the book was that it's classed as a bit of a paranormal or supernatural tale, but that element isn't really all that prominent in the book. Frankly, I think the book could have done without it and been just as, if not more, powerful. 

All in all, I really enjoyed Vigilante Nights, and I hope it finds a bigger reviewing crowd in the blogosphere. The author's writing is solid, as is the story, so I'm sure it will impress many a reader. I give it a 4 out of 5, and I recommend it to fans of YA, especially those who enjoy contemporary fiction and light paranormal.

I received this book free of charge from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This, in no way, affected my opinion or review of this book.

21 comments:

  1. This is the first I'm hearing of this one, so I appreciate the informative review! I've always been fascinated and envious of the bond shared by identical twins, as well. Of course, I'm an only child so I would be keen on any sibling, really. I'm not big on contemporary, but throw in a whodunit and I'm there. I would agree that the paranormal aspect kind of seems unnecessary.

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    1. Contemporary is always hit or miss with me, too, Aylee, but this is done well...plus, this mystery makes it work so well. The paranormal elements was a bit mehhhh but it works!

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  2. I've never heard of this book too until now! This sounds really great, Melissa. The premise looks very intriguing and the author seems to have made a very good job with the turning of events and twists. But I think what sold me to this is the "beautiful sort of peace in the ending" you said. Haha. This will definitely go to my tbr! Thanks for bring this on my radar. Brilliant review, Melissa! :)

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  3. I was completely unaware of this book until you review, Melissa. This sounds amazing! I have a sister, she's not my twin but we are VERY close. I can understand how losing someone with such a bond could shatter Lucas. I love mysteries, and sometimes revenge, but I'm glad to hear there is peace at the end of this story. Wonderful review! I'm checking this one out for sure. :)

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    1. I, too, am super close to my sisters, Rachel, so the story totally hit home in that regard. The bond is so significant that it really drives the story successfully!

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  4. Also completely unaware of this book before reading your reivew! It sounds like a good one. I love reading about twins. :)

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    1. I think you might really like it, Leanna! The writing is really engaging, too. I definitely want to read more from this author :)

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  5. I think I've send this one once or twice around the blogosphere but haven't given it much thought, I like the sound of a tight twin relationship.

    Great review as always, chick! <33

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    1. Thanks, Melanie! I was really pleasantly surprised by this one. There's legit no hype surrounding it, but it was really, really good!

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  6. Yeah, I haven't heard a thing about this book (until you, that is)! And I always wanted that special twin thing when I was growing up, too. My brother and I used to fight like cats and dogs and I thought it would be nice to have a sibling to hang out with (luckily, we grew out of that fighting thing!).

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    1. It's a really good book, Mary! It's something I think you might actually enjoy...just enough action and adventure to keep us all entertained!

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  7. I can't imagine the grief that Lucas was going through. I have a sister too, albeit not a twin, but people often think we are twins because of how close we are. I share a strong bond with her and I don't think there's anybody who understands me better than her. I know I would be in tears while reading Lucas' feelings.
    I hadn't heard much about this either, but you've certainly piqued my interest with your review, Melissa. I'll be sure to check this one out.
    Lovely review!

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    1. Thank you, Nick! It's a good book, and I hope you do check it out because it's got a really strong storyline that I enjoyed quite immensely!

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  8. Woah, this sounds REALLY good. I haven't heard of it before, but I'm off to add it to my TBR at once. It seems to be really deep and well-written...thanks for throwing it on my radar, Melissa! :)

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    1. Keertana, it's really, really well done, and I felt like I could actually get into Lucas's head, which is a definite plus, for sure. I hope you read it because I'd love to hear your take on it, too.

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  9. Melissa, thank you so much for taking a chance on me and Vigilante Nights! I appreciate you taking your time to read it and your wonderful review.

    Erin

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    1. Thank YOU, Erin! I really enjoyed this book, and I'll do my very best to get the word out in every way possible. It's wonderful when a book surprises you in the best possible way :)

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  10. I haven't heard much about this book either Melissa, but it really sounds like something I would enjoy! Dark and intense reads? Yes please. Too bad the paranormal element isn't either played up more or done away with entirely, but aside from that this story seems really well executed. Gotta love those whodunnit stories who surprise us at every turn! Stunning review as always my friend:)

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  11. I haven't heard about this one. Hm... I really need to check it out. I do like dark and so need to check it out. Thanks for bringing it to my attention!

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  12. Whoa... Why isn't this more "out there"? I love the sounds of it- It doesn't sound like anything I've seen in YA before!

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  13. This is first time I'm hearing about this book Melissa and I'm in awe. Where have I been hiding? I really really like this book, the whole mystery surrounding Silver's death and the unbelievably strong bond between her and Lucas is so captivating. I can't wait to read it! Awesome review, Melissa! Thanks for bringing this book in my radar!

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