Author: Meredith moore
Date: April 2015
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She can be anyone you want her to be.
Vivian was raised with one purpose in life: to exact revenge on behalf of her mother. Manipulative and cruel, Mother has deprived Vivian not only of a childhood, but of an original identity. With an endless arsenal of enticing personalities at her disposal, Vivian is a veritable weapon of deception.
And she can destroy anyone.
When it’s time to strike, she enrolls in a boarding school on the English moors, where she will zero in on her target: sweet and innocent Ben, the son of the man who broke Mother’s heart twenty years ago.
Anyone…except for the woman who created her.
With every secret she uncovers, Vivian comes one step closer to learning who she really is. But the more she learns about herself, the more dangerous this cat and mouse game becomes. Because Mother will stop at nothing to make sure the truth dies with her.
In I Am Her Revenge, Vivian is our heroine that has been honed into a killing machine by her mother, a woman wronged. The reader learns pretty early on that Vivian has been brainwashed and trained by her mother to enact a revenge that the mother has lived with all her life. Vivian’s mission takes her to a boarding school in England. Her mission, and she cannot fail, is to win the affection of a young man on campus, who is the target.
Ben is the golden boy on the campus, and it is his father who dumped Vivian’s mother years before, and literally broke her heart. Mother is in fact criminally insane, and will stop at nothing to ensure Vivian does what is expected of her. There were some scenes shown during her childhood that did not sit well with me. Vivian seems to have a lot of flashbacks throughout the story and they happen at odd times. It almost seems like too many flashbacks. I had to keep reminding myself what I was reading and what the story was really about.
Flashbacks aside, the first two thirds of the book were kind of boring. The privileged students at the school find ways to entertain themselves with drugs and alcohol, yet there is still drama of a normal high school. The final third of the book is very exciting, with a dangerous attempt to escape Mother and save Ben. The ending is filled with twists and turns that the reader does not see coming.
Meredith Moore impressed me with her writing, which was very well done. I will say that especially in the first half of the book, Vivian wasn’t really likable to me. She was standoffish and annoying. Once she begins to see another side of her mission, she does become a better character. She begins to wonder if what she is doing is for the right reasons. This is a different type of YA story line, and it was necessary to show how Vivian was brainwashed. However, that being said, I do like my hero/heroine to not want me to smack them. This was a very interesting concept but I think the execution could have been a little better, and maybe less flashbacks.