Series: Lovely Vicious #1
on November 5, 2013
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult
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Fire meets ice. Love meets hate.
Seventeen-year-old Isis Blake hasn’t fallen in love in three years, nine weeks, and five days, and after what happened last time, she intends to keep it that way. Since then she’s lost eighty-five pounds, gotten four streaks of purple in her hair, and moved to the Buttcrack-of-Nowhere Ohio to help her mom escape a bad relationship.
All the girls in her new school want one thing – Jack Hunter, the Ice Prince of East Summit High. Hot as an Armani ad, smart enough to get into Yale, and colder than the Arctic, Jack Hunter’s never gone out with anyone. Sure, people have seen him downtown with beautiful women, but he’s never given high school girls the time of day. Until Isis punches him in the face.
Jack’s met his match. Suddenly everything is a game.
The goal: Make the other beg for mercy.
The game board: East Summit High.
The reward: Something neither of them expected.
**This book contains language, some of which may be unsuitable for younger readers.
**This is the first book in the LOVELY VICIOUS series.
I really enjoyed LOVELY VICIOUS by Sara Wolf. It’s not my typical read but, after having read a few reviews from bloggers I love, I downloaded it on a whim and really couldn’t put it down. The story revolves around the relationship between Isis, the new girl in school, and Jack, the cold, unattainable pretty boy she hates. When Isis witnesses Jack publicly humiliate her new friend, Isis immediately goes on the defensive and verbally fights back. With one incident, war between the two is declared and the reader is taken along on a revenge ride of one-upmanship and hilarious snark. But that’s just the surface. Underneath the verbal comebacks, false rumors, and humiliating photographs are two people with dark pasts, who are misunderstood and completely lonely. Isis broke my heart with hints of the trauma she experienced in her past, the details of which are never revealed. She has an outlook on life and a view of herself that breaks my heart but that is all too common among women and young girls. I really loved Isis’s voice – she’s smart, snarky, brave, and sad. And Jack’s situation is incredibly disturbing even if he doesn’t think so. Couple that with a mysterious violent event from the past between Jack and a trio of friends, domestic violence, and a sick girlfriend, and you have a multi-layered story that makes you laugh, shocks you, keeps you guessing, and disturbs you with the the adult issues in the lives of these teens. My one picky point is that I had no idea LOVELY VICIOUS was not a standalone. I voraciously read it, hoping to get to some sort of happy ending (fingers-crossed) or, at the very least, some resolution. That doesn’t happen here. In fact, there’s a twist at the end that leaves the story unresolved and opens a new door. If I’m honest, I was a little pissed about that. But, well, you best believe I’ll be buying book two. 4 howls!