Welcome to my stop on the VIGILANTE NIGHTS by Erin Richards blog tour, hosted by the lovely Shane from Itching For Books! This book was something unlike anything I’ve read before and I wanted to break out of my comfort zone. I’m so glad I did! Make sure you enter the great giveaway at the bottom! There is a US giveaway and an INT one! Check out the other stops on the tour here 🙂
Vigilante Nights by Erin Richards
Release Date: July 18, 2013
Publisher: Merit Press
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.
VIGILANTE NIGHTS started out not with a whimper, but with a bang. I’ve always wanted to use that phrase and man, it couldn’t be more accurate of how this novel started. You’re immediately thrust into the life changing night of May 12 where Lucas and his twin sister are driving home down a long stretch of road. After his car stalls, Lucas’ life changes forever.
If you’re looking for a novel that will suck you in immediately, getting straight to the action, this book is for you! I had my heart taken out and thrown into the dirt within the first chapter. The story moves along in a break-neck pace, loaded to the brim with action and hair raising moments. Quite frankly, gangs scare me and because this novel is heavily focused on them, I had my reservations about reading this. I’m so glad I ended up signing up for the tour. Lucas had a fantastic voice and is one of my favorite main characters I’ve read about so far this year. After losing his other half, you can feel his sorrow and pain with every sentence. It’s heartbreaking. He is so strong, despite everything. You come to love his determination in avenging his sister’s wrongful death, even though he’s asking for a death wish himself. While some of the things he decides to do drove me insane because of how stupid and thoughtless they were, you can’t help but rooting him on. He’s the good guy anybody would love.
Richards creates a unique cast of characters. You can tell that Lucas has a great group of people backing him up. I’m not so sure they really thought about the implications of their decisions, either, but like Lucas, you want the good guys to win! Raymond, Silver’s psycho ex-boyfriend gave me the heebie-jeebies. He’s one of those slime ball characters you just loathe with every fiber of your being. Richards did a fantastic job creating this character. Towards the end of the novel, he does something terrifying, leaving you on the edge of your seat, reading incredibly fast to see what happens. I think this is one of Richards’ strong points. She writes the story in a way that you are never bored and never sure who to trust. It’s climax after climax, leaving the reader breathless. This is a book that clearly goes under the category of “unputdownable.”
I didn’t think I would like this novel. Why on earth would somebody go after a gang? Are they insane? I also didn’t want to read about a scary gang initiation. But Richards creates a story that anyone would love. While it is scary and it is heart-pounding, it’s the theme of love, determination, grief, and letting go that really draws the reader in. After losing everything, Lucas has to come to terms with his new life, After Accident. He has to learn to accept his grief and loss, and how to move on. You’ll be grabbing your tissues, trust me. This is a fantastic YA debut from Richards. I can’t wait to see what story she has to tell next.
I received an ebook ARC as part of the blog tour in exchange for an honest review.
|4.5 Thought Clouds!|
Erin Richards writes SF&F romance and young adult fiction. Her YA debut novel, VIGILANTE NIGHTS, releases from Merit Press (F+W Media) on July 18, 2013. Erin has also published two adult romance novels: CHASING SHADOWS, a romantic suspense (EPPIE award finalist), now available in print for the first time (July 2012); and WICKED PARADISE, a fantasy romance, was released by Crimson Romance (F+W Media) in August 2012, available in eBook and print format.
Erin Richards lives in Northern California. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, photography, and American muscle cars.