Saturday, August 16, 2014

3 Days, 3 Books, and One Review later....


Lovely Vicious Series
by Sara Wolf
Genre: YA Romance

Series in order & buy links:

Blurb of book #1:

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.

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Please bare with me, this might be a longer review because i try to sum up why or what I liked about this series that kept me going while to the same time I lost my damn mind!
I WON'T review each book individually, heck no, that's too much work but I'll give you my key-points on why giving it a chance or what could make you want to rip your hair out - trust me you want to, just like me LOL.

Fire meets ice. Love meets hate. 
I've to say I wanted to read the first book for a very long time. The cover spoke to me and the blurb made me snicker. I saw that the reviews were mixed and it intrigued me even more, then it was on sale and yeah I was all over it. But as the title says is, it was lovely but also very vicious. I can't remember ever reading a book that walked hand-in-hand, making me feel so much empathy & annoyance to the same time. No kidding! Isis Blake made me laugh many times but she also annoyed the heck out of me. She was immature beyond believe and her filter to shut-up was basically non-existing. She was beyond ridiculous, sometimes so weird, but always, snarky, sassy, and a smart-ass. But she also was very broken with no self-esteem; doubts about everything that could, would involve her and she was scared....deep down she is a very scared little girl that lost 85 pounds trying to mask and forget a horrific event in her young life.

Not only for me was this book a love and hate relationship but also between her and Jack Hunter. When moving to Ohio from sunny Florida she meets Jack for the first time at a party. That's also the first time she punches him square in the face. These two -shaking my head- are so awkwardly weird smart-asses but so perfect for each other that everyone could see it BUT them! The thing is Isis still sees herself as ugly, very ugly and unlovable. The reason for her lack of self-esteem lives thousand of miles away in Florida - Nameless. He's why she is and acts the way she does; his voice always a present whisper in her mind, haunting and torturing her.

I don't lie, this book(s) drove me insane. You could tell these two nuts had a serious chemistry going on but the author made it clear that whatever it's they have it can't be. Why? Well that's exactly what hooked me, reading 3 book in less than 3 days. There's a BIG SECRET involving Jack, which stretches through all 3 books and the other side-characters; people that slowly became friends with Isis. But no one could or would say something to her and the smart girl Isis is, she tries to discover bit by bit the truth for herself. They are all afraid of Jack and my curiosity was growing as I turned the pages. There's this special girl named Sophia... she and Jack are/were something. She's his precious thing but also a constant reminder of their cruel past, a past that haunts them all. Nevertheless, Isis is determined and wants to find out - oh and she does!

Jake is emotionless and stoic until a certain new girl punches him. She rattles his life and for the first time he felt alive again; not being plagued by guilt he failed someone. He loves and hates her snark, her aggressiveness not giving up. but he also grows fonder and fonder of her but when reading you can tell he's having an inner battle with himself, a battle that continues throughout the books. He can't fail again; he's not allowed to feel or be happy; he will hurt again; he can't her, again.

Light meets dark. Secrets meet truth.
Isis learns more about her new friends and the boy she can't seem to forget or stop harassing. But she also discovers there's a side of Jack he kept hidden beyond his cold stoic mask. It's this Jack she's falling for. Despite the cruel secrets she knows, feels that there's something even though she swore herself never ever to fall in love again, to trust a man ever again, or to feel hurt - this time it might kill her for real.

It was hard loving this book and I can say I didn't love this series but it had depths. When stripping away all the immature things this story was deep and I understood Isis and Jack for the way they were and acted. These books had some serious angst and suspense going on, which hooked me 100%, and it was just masked with all the joking around. But there was seriousness; lives lost, hearts broken, lies buried deep.

"Living is really weird. You never get used to it. But it happens anyway. And sometimes you find things that make it a little more comfortable, and you try to hold on to those things, and the tighter you hold on, the faster they slip away."

I think this series, especially Isis character is not for everyone, she might turn you off - yeah she did the same to me. I enjoyed her much more in book 2+3. She was real, less snarky but still honest. She fought her demons, found out the truth about Jack and learned to love herself. She learned to live with a certain grieve (hint: the secret) and do the best out of it. She changed, but so did Jack. Both changed but it didn't hinder or lessen their undeniable (weirdo) bond.
All I can advise is, give it a chance and look at the bigger meaning between the lines of Isis actions, words and in general about this story. It has some heartfelt stuff in it and is packed with angst and a thick layer of suspense. I don't regret reading this series even though I wasn't blown away. You'll def take a lot of things away from it. Jack was my favorite character in the books...you'll see why.

Life meets death. The end meets the beginning. 

This series was vicious, brutal and savagely....just as the titles say. It's about friendships, love, death, trust, and giving/taking chances.

** Overall, I gave book #1 FOUR STARS, book #2 FOUR AND HALF STARS, book #3, FOUR STARS. **

1 comment:

  1. I really enjoyed the first two books in the series, but I didn't even know the 3rd book was out yet! I will have to check that out

    Great review

    Michelle @ Book Briefs

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