Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Blog Tour: Vigilante Nights by Erin Richards

Today, we are joining Itching for Books for the blog tour of Vigilante Nights by Erin Richards
For our stop, we have the book details, a review of the story and authors details. For more information about this tour, you can visit the tour site HERE.
Vigilante Nights by Erin Richards
Expected Publication: July 18th 2013
Publisher: Merit Press
Purchase: Amazon
A "good boy" will do anything for vengeance when a gang rite kills his twin sister. Will Lucas win, or follow his sister Silver into the darkness?

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.

My Thoughts
In Vigilante Nights, we meet Lucas Alexander the day he’s in a fatal car accident that kills his twin sister Silver. Lucas and Silver share a bond that doesn’t sever even after her death. He can still feel her presence and hear her voice as he struggles to overcome the guilt of losing someone so close.

There were several factors that played out that night, which caused the accident, but Lucas focuses his energy on revenge. He pulls his friends into a vigilante mission that targets the gang members who were there the night of the accident and sets his plan into motion to make sure his sister’s death isn’t in vain.

First off, I have to say this story makes a great boy book. There was football, pranks, school scandals, and a ton of other elements that made me feel I might not be the right audience for this story. Erin Richards does a great job of keeping the action going and as the story progresses we gain additional insight into what happened that fateful night and who was to blame.Vigilante Nights is a character driven novel that does a good job of keeping you engaged as the action unfolds.

However, I did have a tough time connecting with the narrator on a few levels. The language and some of the references that were used didn’t quite sit right with me. Especially when Lucas shared this feelings about the “Mexican gang” that played a role in this novel, I don’t think I’m too far-fetched in saying it was a bit stereotypical. Also, it was hard to set aside some of the slurs that were used, as well as the outdated language that popped up every now and again.

Overall, though, I think this book will resonate well with male readers as it provides a fast paced, constant action feel from beginning to end.
3 Snowflakes
About the Author
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.
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  1. Thanks for taking the time to read & review VIGILANTE NIGHTS, and for hosting me on your blog. I appreciate it!