These Vengeful Hearts by Katherine Laurin is a YA Contemporary Thriller with a slight reimagining of the Queen of Hearts!
Mean Girls meets Siobhan Vivian’s The List in THESE VENGEFUL HEARTS, an utterly addictive standalone YA debut that follows 16-year-old Ember Williams as she seeks revenge against the Red Court, a secret organization of Heller High’s most elite female students that specializes in granting and requesting favors—and which is responsible for the accident that left her older sister paralyzed.
A thrilling novel about a secret society and the dangers that lie in wait for anyone brave enough to join—perfect for fans of Karen M. McManus, Kara Thomas, and Maureen Johnson.
Whenever something scandalous happens at Heller High, the Red Court is the name on everyone’s lips. Its members deal out social ruin and favors in equal measure, their true identities known only by their leader: the Queen of Hearts.
Ember Williams has seen firsthand the damage the Red Court can do. Now, she’s determined to hold the organization accountable by taking it down from the inside. But will the cost of revenge be more than she’s willing to sacrifice?”
I had no clue what to expect going into this one. Little did I know that I was about to be HOOKED!
For one thing, I was in complete shock to find this book has Queen of Hearts vibes (which if you don’t already know is one of my favorite retellings), and the author did a fantastic job incorporating it into the perfect, secret society story.
If you are fans of YA thrillers with tons of suspense and mystery, bits of retelling vibes, engaging characters, a high school vengeance, AND a plot that immediately sucks you in, this book is perfect for you! Especially during the fall season!!
I absolutely LOVED every inch of this book, and the cut-throat twists are just the beginning. This is a story that I would recommend readers go into completely blind because I think it really impacted my enjoyment of uncovering just what was going on??
I gave this fast-paced read a solid 5 out of 5 stars!
Published: 8 September 2020
Publisher: Inkyard Press
Genre: Young Adult Contemporary / Thriller / Suspense
How I Read It: eARC from Publisher
*Disclaimer: I requested a free copy of this book from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review. All of my reviews contain my honest opinions only and are not influenced in any way.*
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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