Author: Erin Richards
Published: July 18, 2013
Publisher: Merit Press
Length: 306 pages
Format: hardcover, ebook (Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, Sony Reader Store)
Brief Summary: Lucas will do anything to avenge his sister's death due to a gang initiation and teenage stupidity. He organizes a group of fellow loners to seek out those responsible and make them pay.
Blurb: A "good boy" will do anything for vengence when a gang rite kills his twin sister. Will Lucas win, or follow his sister Silver into the blackness? 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 know 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 the block, who knows more about Lucas and Silver than can be accounted for by mere chance.
Review: Vigilante Nights is filled with characters who are so well fleshed out and engaging that I began to care about each of them. The opening scenes with Lucas and Silver are so special that I really felt the bond and friendship between them. I also felt Lucas' pain when he woke up to find that Silver was gone. I was empathetic because I felt a similar feeling of "what if" and guilt when my sister was killed. Lucas' friends are great and so supportive of him. They are there for him after Silver dies and despite the initial awkwardness, they behave like normal joking, pranking teenage boys. I have not read many books with a male narrator and this one is fantastic. I like the insight into the male mind.
Tara as a love interest for Lucas irritated me at some points only because she continues to hang around with Raymond even after Lucas warns her away. Although the reasons for her behavior are revealed later it still bothered me because I became attached to Lucas and did not want anything to hurt him. Silver's presence is up lifting. She is a breath of fresh air in stressful situations. Silver also comes to the rescue several times. I loved the concept of the gang of loners seeking vengeance. They prove that you can fight back against seemingly impossible odds.
"Open your peepers. You're still kicking it."Air stirred my bangs against my forehead. "You didn't think I'd let you upstage my death, did you?"
"Silver Ghost needs girl power." "And a brain."
About the Author: Erin 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, Casting 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. Visit her online at www.erinrichards.com
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