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.*
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
A Cliffhanger? A CLIFFHANGER? How did I miss this? How did I get to 99% and still not have a clue until I saw the word “acknowledgements”? I swear if it hadn’t been the middle of the night and my husband hadn’t been sleeping beside me I would have been doing this…
The story was just too great and the cliffhanger too drastic for me to just… sit here and WAIT for book#2! Waah!
Sara Wolf solidified herself in my mind with LOVELY VICIOUS as an author to watch. I’d read the first two books in her ARRANGED series and thoroughly enjoyed the characters—but LOVELY VICIOUS was a step above. Sara Wolf combines hilarious humor and witty dialogue for a story that had me constantly alternating between rolling on the floor laughing and sitting on the edge of my seat waiting to see what would happen next.
I’m desperate for friends, not socially suicidal. There’s a fine, pathetic line between the two and I’m toeing it like a ballet dancer at her first recital.
It’s light green and rusted, with a broken headlight and soda cans littering the floor, but it does its job of letting everyone know I’m poor and that’s really all I ask from a car.
“No. Unlike you, I have a life to attend to. I can’t afford to waste my time arguing the fine points of what makes you an idiot.”
Isis is a walking contradiction. Her self-esteem is 10 notches below sea level yet she speaks with confidence, snark, and self-deprecating witticism that keeps even the most popular kids in school engaged. She has a heart of gold and will do anything, including punching a guy and making his life hell, to protect someone she cares about. She’s convinced she will never, ever experience love or intimate relationships personally, but even in her lowest moments she fights to stay positive and strong. She is observant, smart, and can run circles around most of the kids her age.
Jack is an enigma. No one knows him. He is the ice prince of the school and refuses to lower himself to even acknowledge others at his school, yet everyone wants to know him, be with him. Something about Isis forces him to fight back and engage when he’s accustomed to blocking it all out. They are equals in intelligence and observation. He is a mystery in so many ways. A knight in shining armor for a girl named Sophia, the reader can tell there might be a heart buried under all that ice but he also has a dark past that hints at danger and violence. My favorite thing about Jack was that he wasn’t just the typical jerk and as soon as you got to know him, you saw his cold personality hid a well-kept secret and a heart of gold. He is committed to his role as asshole/ice prince and doesn’t deviate – it will truly take someone special to cross the Grand Canyon that is the defensive moat around his heart.
Most importantly, Isis can’t take another heartbreak, so no matter how intriguing Jack might be, I was so terrified to see her get hurt again. Not all secrets are revealed in the first book in the Vicious series and certainly not all wounds are mended and I am in giddy anticipation of SAVAGE DELIGHT!
LOVELY VICIOUS is a great book for anyone who likes a strong heroine who won’t let anyone silence her. I can’t imagine anyone not falling in love with Isis’ incredible personality and witty, snarky humor.
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