Book Review: Lovely Vicious (Lovely Vicious #1) by Sara Wolf

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.

Release Date: November 5, 2013
Age Group: YA
Source: Review copy from author
Reviewed By: Kelli
Lovely Vicious was such a unique book.  I really enjoyed it!  Isis' voice made this book fun to read.  She felt like a real teen, instead of an author masquerading as a teen.  I liked that.  Isis is spunky and sassy, which made me like her even more.  She's a quick thinker and always has a witty retort at the ready.  I wish I was quick on my feet like that, but I'm not; however, I love reading about people who are.

Isis' fiery personality is really a cover-up for her emotional baggage.  She suffered a traumatic event over three years ago, which is hinted at, yet the exact details were not given.  I have an idea what happened, but Wolf kept the reader in the dark about the details.  Isis has vowed never to love again, and keeps a tally of the time since she made her vow.  Each chapter starts with how long it's been since Isis vowed to never love again, for example: Three years, 20 weeks, 6 days.  It was a neat way to start the chapters, and it helped mark the passage of time in the book.  Lovely Vicious takes place over several months, which gave the story a longer arc and more depth.

Isis' counterpart is Jack.  He's called the Ice Prince of her high school.  Isis and Jack clash from the very first time they meet.  Isis declares war on Jack after Jack makes her friend Kayla cry.  This war was pretty intense---they did things I would never considered doing in high school, or ever, really---and it provided the main plot conflict of the story. 

But Lovely Vicious was more than just a feud between two people who secretly like each other.  There was a mystery in the story, surrounding a girl named Sophia.  I enjoyed trying to figure out Sophia's role in the story.  The one thing I didn't like about this book was how adult parts of it were.  I'm not talking about bedroom scenes, but there was one aspect of the story that was surprisingly adult in nature.

The book ends on an unexpected turn of events, and it left me really excited to read the next book in the series.  Wolf's writing made Lovely Vicious a fun and memorable book to read.  I recommend it for fans of contemporary YA.



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