Summary (from Goodreads):
“In the kingdom of Lovero, nine rival Families of assassins lawfully kill people for a price. As a highly skilled member of one of these powerful clans, seventeen-year-old Lea Saldana has always trusted in the strength of her Family. Until she awakens to find them murdered and her home in flames. The Da Vias, the Saldanas’ biggest enemy, must be responsible—and Lea should have seen it coming. But her secret relationship with the Da Vias’ son, Val, has clouded her otherwise killer instinct—and given the Da Vias more reason than ever to take her Family down.
Racked with guilt and shattered over Val’s probable betrayal, Lea sets out to even the score, with her heart set on retaliation and only one thought clear in her mind: make the Da Vias pay.
With shades of The Godfather and Romeo and Juliet, this richly imagined fantasy from debut author Sarah Ahiers is a story of love, lies, and the ultimate vengeance.”
This book had me at “The Godfather meets Romeo and Juliet.” I mean, YES PLEASE. I will admit that I’m a little sick of star-crossed love, but throw The Godfather in and I am there.
I loved Lea immediately. She’s fierce and passionate and loyal and even after she loses her entire family, she’s still not giving up. Okay, granted, motivated by hatred and revenge is not ideal, but it’s still better than giving up and waiting to die.
This is completely action-packed (as you’d expect from the synopsis) but it’s also clever and surprisingly sweet (sometimes). And according to Goodreads, there’s at least one other book, so that’s a bonus.
I’m definitely excited to see what happens next for Lea.