Publication date: July 18th 2013
Genre: YA contemporary w/light supernatural element
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.
Due to some unfortunate events, namely what appears to be a gang initiation and some street racing, their car is bulldozed over when it stalls out on the street.
And this book is about his personal trip back from that horror.
It has a bit of paranormal in it because an unearthly Silver hangs out and in fact, encourages Lucas to seek revenge via a gang of his own. Thus begins the Vigilante Nights. Lucas isn’t quite sure of Silver is “real” or if he’s got mental issues, and to be honest I wasn’t convinced one way or another, either. Sometimes Silver seemed a little vindictive and mean, but other times she was consoling and sweet. She was an enigma to me and I more closely related to Lucas than her.
Although this book was hard to get into in the beginning, I really did enjoy it. I liked the plot, I liked the crime that Lucas was determined to unravel, but mostly I loved the emotional experience of being with Lucas as he comes to terms with the death of his other half.
There was a lot of action and even a romance. I liked both of these. I felt the relationship between Tara and Lucas was believable and I also enjoyed the way in which Lucas changes as a character from beginning to end. He has a nice arc to him, going from cool football star, to angry ex-twin, to unsure crime sleuth, to adjusted and well-balanced teen. It was emotional, well paved, and satisfying.
I also enjoyed the setting. I’m not too terribly familiar with Northern CA, but I lived in SO CA for a long time and if you’ve never experienced the gang issues they have there, then you might be shocked to know the gang related crime depicted in this story is pretty dead on accurate.
The ending was good, I kept guessing who would be the responsible party and the were enough red herrings to keep me from knowing the final truth until the author wanted me to. So good job with that.
All in all, while Vigilante Nights started off slow, I really enjoyed it and by the end I was hooked.
After bemoaning the lack of young adult books to read, Erin wrote her first novel at the age of eighteen hoping to shift the tide. Then everyday life took its toll on her writerly dreams until 2003 when she couldn’t ignore the writing bug any longer. By then, she had immersed herself in reading adult fantasy and romance novels. Writing paranormal & fantasy romance was a no brainer. Erin has published two adult romance novels: CHASING SHADOWS, a paranormal romantic suspense (EPPIE award finalist and Night Owl Romance 5-Star Top Pick) and WICKED PARADISE, a fantasy romance, released in August 2012. Erin will finally realize her lifelong dream of publishing a young adult novel when VIGILANTE NIGHTS debuts in July 2013.
Erin Richards lives in Northern California. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, photography, and American muscle cars.
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