December 10, 2013

A Shot of YA: Lovely Vicious by Sara Wolf

Series: Lovely Vicious 1
Format: Mobi
Release Date: November 5, 2013
Publisher: Self
Source: Author
Genre: YA Contemporary
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.

Annnd we got another winner here, folks! I did nothing but laugh over Sara Wolf's LOVELY VICIOUS. The song, One Week by Bare Naked Ladies, was playing in my head the entire time I was reading. It's kinda old but the beat encapsulates the tone of LOVELY VICIOUS perfectly in my head. LOVELY VICIOUS is a contemporary YA novel that's snarky, ballsy and wickedly funny with a dash of serious "adult" themes like escorting, domestic abuse to provide contrast. Isis Blake and Jack Hunter will have you rolling with laughter in the first chapter and I seriously wish someone turns this into a movie. 

LOVELY VICIOUS to me felt like an inverted version of that oldish movie, 10 Things I Hate About You (1999) and by extension, Shakespeare's Taming of The Shrew. Except the shrew in this story is a boy, our drop-dead-gorgeous-Abercrombie-model-like hero, Jack Hunter, the Ice Prince of East Summit High. Jack is unreachable, a snob, mysterious and a jerk. Isis Blake in contrast is a troublemaker, an instigator and a rebel. One of the characters perfectly described Isis and Jack's chemistry, if I can call it that, she said they are both so alike they repel each other. Both are stubborn, fiercely independent, outspoken, intimidating in their unique way, witty and overall brilliant. And they are at war because Isis is out to punish Jack in behalf of the female population of East Summit High. Apparently, Jack has humiliated a lot of girls to tears by rejecting their adoration and other advances to get him to like them. Obviously this war is just foreplay and the ultimate ending is Jack's frozen heart is melted by Isis while Isis falls for her arch nemesis.

But behind the brave facade and hilarious interludes, Isis and Jack are two suffering souls. Isis suffered from extreme bullying from an ex-boyfriend in her former school while her mom goes through therapy due to domestic violence. Now SWolf didn't overly dramatize those instances where Isis has to be the parent instead of the child, rather she gave us enough powerful scenarios to leave a strong impression that Isis' personal life is challenging. As for Jack, his backstory took a while to come out and a big part of the story is hinged on that so I'll just let it remain mysterious for now. All's I can tell you is he's a loyal friend and his means of demonstrating that loyalty is unconventional and even questionable but it's noble nonetheless. 

Aside from the colorful main characters, the secondary ones are just as entertaining. They fall under certain archetypes but I didn't really mind because SWolf did a spectacular job with the story and presenting each personality. The plot of the series as a whole runs deep pertaining to Isis and Jack's backstories. The conflict came a little late resulting to a cliffhanger ending which did not sit well with me. During the last few pages of LOVELY VICIOUS things got ugly and dark and I hope book 2 won't be too dark because I really love SWolf's sense of humor so I wish she won't abandon the series' playful edge in Savage Delight. Things are coming to a head in Jack's world and I have a feeling the sequel will be more about him than Isis. 

Overall, this is a Suped Up shot of YA. We all know it's much harder to make people laugh than cry so any book that has me laughing the entire time deserves a great rating from me. So if you'd rather giggle than weep, join the giveaway below or get a copy of LOVELY VICIOUS, it's worth adding to your already extensive library.

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“I paid the fee, if that’s what you’re here about,” Madison starts. Jack looks to her, smile flashing on for a moment.

“Let me talk to her. Give me one second.”

“Okay,” Madison giggles. He grabs my elbow and pulls me in the other direction.

“Is that how you kissed me?” I ask, nearly tripping as he pulls me along. “Golly gee, it looks kind of mildly fucking embarrassing! No wonder up my appointments - ”

“Whoa, I think you overestimate me, shitlord. Last time I checked all I did was be in the wrong place at the right time. I saw you and had to - ”

“Stalk me.”

“ - delicately approach you. In a sideways manner. From behind. Without being seen at all. For ten minutes.”

“Why are you even out? I thought you were sick.”

“I was. See, it’s this thing called an immune system -”

He holds up his hand and rubs his eyes. “Okay, stop. Shut all systems down and just. Stop. Talking.”


“It’s annoying.”

“That’s never stopped me before!”

“Why did you follow me?”

“I was…curious?”

He looks down at the jar of frosting I clutch in my hands. “Are you eating that out of the can?”

“Are you the king of stupid questions?” I fire back. “Of course I am! Frosting is the ambrosia of the gods. God, if you’re into that religious thing. Are you religious? Somehow I get the feeling the only church you’d join is the church of self-worship. Your body is your temple. Work it, boy.”

“What are you saying?” He snarls.

“You’re blabbering!”

“At least I’m not whoring!”

"I'm working right now, okay? I’m getting paid. So you need to just piss off and go to whatever immature party you were going to in the first place.”

“How’d you know I’m going to a party?”

“The receipt for red plastic cups sticking out of your jacket. Your eyeliner. Girls don’t make eyeliner wings that big unless they plan on drinking.”

“Touché. You’re smarter than I gave you credit for.”

“And you’re far more annoying than I first suspected. If I’d known you’d stalk me like all the others, I never would’ve kissed you, even as payback.”

“Seriously, you kiss everyone like that though! It was nothing special.”

“Exactly. It was nothing special. So back off and leave me alone.”

Sara Wolf is the author of ARRANGED, a college-aged romance series centered on an arranged marriage. She’s currently working on her next New Adult romance series. She’s addicted to the Vampire Diaries, loves chocolate and romantic angst, and can’t get enough of damaged heroes.

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  1. Lovely Vicious sounds amazing! I am really excited about this book, as i was drawn instantly to the original cover.

    Thank you for the post & giveaway x

  2. It's a great title & I did enjoy the excerpt.

  3. I want! I want! I want! But I'm not sure if to wait for second book because I hate cliffhangers.

    1. You won't be waiting for too long because it'll be this January.

  4. I love your shots of YA, I don't read YA much anymore but the few I do I tend to look for recommendations on. Thanks! :)

    1. Well thank you, Mel! I've become picky now so that explains why I've only been reviewing good stuff.

  5. How interesting! I would have never thought this book would be funny judging by the cover and title.

  6. I didn't know this one but I'm definitely curious. I don't see a lot of YA on your blog and it's intriguing. Plus, the two characters are really great to discover!

  7. This book sounds great!!! High on my TBR!!!

  8. I usually don't read much YA that's not Paranormal or Fantasy anymore, but this sounds absolutely fantastic!

  9. Sounds intriguing... but.. idk, Braine, is it something I'll be bitching about in my review later? xD

    1. I hope not! I think you'll like this one... I hope :P

  10. Ok throwing this one onto my TBR pile. If you have suped it up :D Well done!

  11. I loved Ten Things I Hate About You and I think I'm going to enjoy this one!

  12. I loved Ten Things I Hate About You, hooray for finding a YA book you enjoyed so much, will have to see about getting my hands on a copy :)


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