Tuesday, 24 November 2015

REVIEW: Inferno by Catherine Doyle

25022128I received a copy of this book from Chicken House for free, in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect the content of my review in any form.

Author: Catherine Doyle
Published by: Chicken House Books on 7th January 2016
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 416
Format: Paperback
Series: Blood for Blood #2
Source: Publisher
Links: Goodreads | Wordery | eBook


Romeo and Juliet meets The Godfather in the second installment of Catherine Doyle's Blood for Blood series.

Sophie's life has been turned upside-down, and she's determined to set things right. But Nic, the Falcone brother who represents everything she's trying to forget, won't give up on their love - and it's Luca's knife she clutches for comfort. Soon another mafia clan spoils the fragile peace - and with her heart drawn in one direction and her blood in another, Sophie's in deeper than ever.

It is currently 2AM. I have just finished reading Inferno. For the second time. Yes, you read that correct. I have read this book TWICE in one go. Also, take note that as I am writing this review, I currently have to be up for work in approximately 3.5 hours. I could do with a third round and possibly a fourth. It will never be enough. Anything to experience that electrifying and thrilling experience over and over.

In 2014, Vendetta became my favourite read of the year. I was fortunate enough to have won an early copy and bask in the joy of reading Catherine Doyle's writing for the first time. In 2015, like déjà vu, Inferno has been crowned as my favourite book of the year - and quite possibly my favourite of all time - and we're not even into December yet. I have that much confidence and that without a doubt, nothing could come close to topping the brilliance that was Inferno. It has been a long agonizing wait but it was so worth it. God, was it worth it. Only Catherine Doyle could create such a masterpiece that had me constantly holding my breath and steal it away at the same time. Her skills and flawless writing, and ability to craft intricate and memorable characters (who will forever hold a special place in your heart) is unrivaled.

This book was everything I wanted it to be. And MORE. It made me laugh. It made me cry. It swept me off my feet and made my heart soar and plummet constantly. So much thrill, total non-stop action and the most electrifying romance that leaves you yearning for more! Not only did Inferno meet my expectations - it EXCEEDED them. Catherine Doyle has just raised the bar.

I am tremendously impressed with how the Sophie's character has developed. I didn't think she could get any more awesome, but she evolves into the valiant, strong-willed goddess who could take on an oncoming hurricane and survive. She is everything I look for in a protagonist and my love for her has increased! Millie, too, has been stored into a special place inside my heart. She is everything I would want in a best friend. GO MILLIE!

And Luca... Oh Luca. This book made me so incredibly happy. Cat is my new favourite person. And if you aren't in love with Luca after reading Inferno, then I'm sorry but we can't be friends. (Actually, you should be in love with Luca after Vendetta.)

The doughnut scene deserves a special mention because I don't think I have read such a beautifully written moment that was so chaste and fluffy! My heart couldn't take it. THE FEELS. I also desired doughnuts with sprinkles. THAT WAS A VERY SPECIAL DOUGHNUT.

Bigger, better and more epic than the first book, Inferno is packed with mind-blowing twists, remarkable characters, a special doughnut and the most unpredictable yet intoxicating romance you will ever experience. I loved it so much. I read this book on the same day I hit 50K for NaNoWriMo and it was the best way to celebrate. Just when you thought it couldn't get any better after Vendetta, we get Inferno.

Everyone truly needs to read this mafia-infused thrilling romance and I really mean that. I will be forcing EVERYONE to read this series and push for those waiting for Inferno to read it as soon as it is released! The Blood for Blood saga has become joint-first with the Night School series on my list of my favourite series of all time. And I don't see that changing. Ever.


Gold Wreath



  1. Fantastic review, Sally! I'm desperate to get this book, and to re-read Vendetta now. I knew Inferno would be amazing, but your review has obviously told me that my expectations just aren't high enough.

    I can;t believe you read it twice in one sitting, and I hope I love it as much as you do. Also, I was on #teamLuca in Vendetta, so I guess I'll stay with the ship in this one too ;)

    Sophie @ Sophie Reads YA

  2. Hey! Well this has happened to me too.
    I'm in love with Luca.Just when I finished Inferno, I started fishing for an ebook for MAFIOSA. OHH GOD! This couldn't get anyway better. Luca has topped my list of HEROS! And Sophie, she's the strongest teenage character I've known.

    Millie! Oh my Mil! She has set another level for besties!

    Soph and Luca's romance is worth reading it umpteenth time. I have bookmarked the special scenes and twists and since last three months I read them daily, not just once but thrice.

    Despite of the happy ending to Sophie and Luca's love story I keep re-reading the sad parts and feel the pain the lovers had gone through.

    If my message could reach to Catherine Doyle I wanna tell her to write one more part of this. I want just more of it! More of the Blood For Blood series.

    Catherine is just stupendous!������