The Vengeful Hearts by Katherine Laurin
Young Adult, Contemporary
Whenever something scandalous happens at Heller High, the Red Court is the name on everyone’s lips. Its members–the most elite female students in the school–deal out social ruin and favors in equal measure, their true identities a secret known only to their ruthless leader: the Queen of Hearts.
Sixteen-year-old Ember Williams has seen firsthand the damage the Red Court can do. Two years ago, they caused the accident that left her older sister paralyzed. Now, Ember is determined to hold them accountable…by taking the Red Court down from the inside.
But crossing enemy lines will mean crossing moral boundaries, too–ones Ember may never be able to come back from. She always knew taking on the Red Court would come at a price, but will the cost of revenge be more than she’s willing to sacrifice?Goodreads
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I absolutely love a revenge story and These Vengeful Hearts was a great one. It had a lot of twists and turns, which kept me wanting to read more.
Often, when I read books like this, a girl bent on revenge, I find the reason for wanting revenge not necessarily be worth it. However, I thought Ember’s vendetta was certainly warranted. She was seeking revenge for decent reasons.
I liked Ember a lot, and I liked that she was so self-aware. She knew that she might have enjoyed the things that the Red Court was doing a little too much. The Red Court was very mysterious, something very different than the typical bully stories I’ve read. That also made the story very interesting as not only was Ember trying to bring the Red Court down, but figure out who they were. I saw most of the twists coming, but there were one or two that got me.
I listened to the audiobook on this, and I thought the narrator, Laura Knight Keating, was wonderful! Her voice fits the character well, and she did a good job of changing the voices based on characters. I especially loved it when she read Gideon’s lines.