Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Review: Lovely Vicious - Sara Wolf

Where I got it: Kindle
Rating: 3 stars  
Cover Rating: 2 stars (meh.)
Genre: Young Adult / New Adult
Publication Date: November 4, 2013
Publisher: Self-Published
Page Count: 209 p.
Add it: Goodreads

Isis has sworn off love. She lost a ton of weight, dyed her hair and moved to a new town to start a new life with her mother. Enter Jack Hunter. He's the guy all the girls love but Isis loves to hate. She doesn't like anything about his smug face and wants to take him down a peg or two. Unfortunately he proves to be a worthy opponent and Isis finds herself stepping up her game.

This was a fascinating read. It wasn't that the writing was to die for (it wasn't bad) and it wasn't that I was in love with the characters, I was just intrigued. I didn't want to stop reading. It was so engrossing I just wanted more!

Both Isis and Jack seemed to make Sherlock like observances. They would look at the pet hair on someone's sleeve and deduce wildly. It seemed a bit intense for these two, but I guess they were smart.

The other thing I was confused about was the scene were Isis leaves a restaurant and Jack also leaves the restaurant and Isis throws up. She throws up quite a bit. Now, a couple things bothered me with this part. First, Jack takes her into his car while she's throwing up, whereas I would allow them to remain outside until they were quit done vomiting. He also doesn't ask why she's throwing up (not crazy odd, but still). Then, Jack takes them out to eat (now I understand Isis might be hungry from her expelling her lunch, but Jack just ate). So they go out to a sushi place and I don't think sushi settles your stomach. Also, it's Ohio. I don't live in Ohio, but Isis describes it as the middle of nowhere and I just doesn't see Sushi being a high schoolers meal of choice in the middle of nowhere. I could possibly see it in a city setting, but it just seemed a bit unrealistic to me. Correct me if I'm wrong.

Beyond those small complaints I found the book enjoyable. A bit unbelievable at times with some of the character's actions, but enjoyable. I like the dialogue between the characters, especially Jack and Isis. It was very real.

If you're looking for an intriguing and somewhat quick read I would recommend checking this one out. The ending will probably have you dying for the second book, it's quite a shocker.

First Line:
"When I was six, Dad told me something really true; everyone has a to-do list."

Favorite Line:
"It was sacrifice helplessly, like a ritual priestess on the altar of callous assholery."

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