Monday, March 25, 2013

Interview♥Giveaway: Vengeance Bound by Justina Ireland

Title: Vengeance Bound
Author: Justina Ireland
Publisher: Simon & Schuster for Young Readers
Release date: April 2, 2013

The Goddess Test meets Dexter in an edgy, compelling debut about one teen’s quest for revenge… no matter how far it takes her.

Cory Graff is not alone in her head. Bound to a deal of desperation made when she was a child, Cory’s mind houses the Furies—the hawk and the serpent—lingering always, waiting for her to satisfy their bloodlust. After escaping the asylum where she was trapped for years, Cory knows how to keep the Furies quiet. By day, she lives a normal life, but by night, she tracks down targets the Furies send her way. And she brings down Justice upon them.

Cory’s perfected her system of survival, but when she meets a mysterious boy named Niko at her new school, she can’t figure out how she feels about him. For the first time, the Furies are quiet in her head around a guy. But does this mean that Cory’s finally found someone who she can trust, or are there greater factors at work? As Cory’s mind becomes a battlefield, with the Furies fighting for control, Cory will have to put everything on the line to hold on to what she’s worked so hard to build.

Interview with Justina Ireland

Please share with us a little bit about Cory and what readers can expect from the main character.

J.I: Cory is pretty much a hot mess. Her real name is Amelie, but since she’s on the run she has to use an alias, and she’s kind of lost herself. She’s lonely but also not good at making genuine connections with people, mostly because she has to hide such a large part of her life. So she lives a very fractured existence: normal life by day, the Furies’ vengeance by night.

Vengeance Bound is really about Amelie reconciling those two parts of herself, and deciding who she wants to be: an agent of the Furies or a normal girl with normal interests? And really, can she even be normal?

For those that haven’t read VENGEANCE BOUND, what can you tell us about the Furies?

J.I: The Furies are a device from Greek and Roman mythology. They were called the Erineyes in Greek mythology but the Furies are their more recognizable name from Roman mythology. They were most notably used for punishing those who killed their mothers and fathers. The Furies even hunted Zeus after he killed his father, Cronus. All of this plays into the Furies in this book.

My Furies have lost their third, Alekto. So to compensate they inhabit the minds of women. Amelie is just their latest host.

Of course, female readers are always interested in the potential ‘love interest.’ What can you share with us about Niko?

J.I: Niko is an adorable slacker. He’s unmotivated and kind of a loner even though he has a dedicated group of friends. He doesn’t really go for Amelie at first, but when he starts to scratch the surface of her personality he finds that there is something about her that intrigues him. We’d all like a little bit of excitement in our lives, and Amelie does that for Niko. It’s the hint of danger and mystery around her that really pulls Niko in.

What is your favorite scene or was your favorite to write? Don’t forget to tell us why.

J.I: Kissing scenes are always my favorite to write, because, you know, KISSING. There’s a scene where Niko and Cory/Amelie have their first real moment, and it was probably my favorite. I love adding in some awkward moments between characters. Especially if it leads to kissing.

Is there anything in the book that readers may not pick up on or something you would like readers to walk away with after reading?

J.I: Eh, I’m of the mind that if there was something in the story that readers didn’t pick up on then I failed as an author. The words and story have to stand on their own, good, bad, or otherwise. I really just hope people enjoy Amelie’s story and don’t leave disappointed.

What is next for you as a writer that you can share?

J.I: My next book is entitled Promise of Shadows and is due out March of 2014 with Simon and Schuster Books for Young Readers. It’s about a girl, Zephyr, who is a Harpy. She accidentally kills the minor god who murdered her sister, and that sets off this huge chain of events that has her taking on a pretty important role in her community of paranormal creatures. It was a lot of fun to write, and I really loved pulling in more of the Greek Mythology element this time around than I did with Vengeance Bound.

About the Author
Justina Ireland enjoys dark chocolate, dark humor, and is not too proud to admit that she’s still afraid of the dark. She lives with her husband, kid, and dog in Pennsylvania. Vengeance Bound is her first novel.


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Rubber Bracelets
Nail polish
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1 comment:

  1. Ohhh, I'm also going to have to read Linda's next book since it has harpies in it =D


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