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March 10, 2014

A Shot of YA: Savage Delight by Sara Wolf + Character Chat & Giveaway

Series: Lovely Vicious 2
Format: eGalley
Source: Author
Publishing Date: February 10, 2014
Publisher: Self
Genre: YA - Contemporary
Light meets dark. Secrets meet truth.

It's been three years, twenty-five weeks, and five days since Isis Blake fell in love, and if she has it her way, it'll stretch into infinity.

After a run-in with her mom’s ex-boyfriend, she scrabbles to remember what she’s lost to amnesia. Her ex-nemesis Jack falls deeper into a pit of despair, and his girlfriend Sophia does all she can to keep him to herself. But as Isis’ memories return, she finds it harder and harder to resist what she felt for Jack, and Jack finds it impossible to stay away from the only girl who’s ever melted the ice around his heart.

As the dark secrets surrounding Sophia emerge, Isis realizes Jack isn’t who she thought he was. He’s dangerous. But when Isis starts receiving terrifying emails from an anonymous source, that danger might be the only thing protecting her from something far more threatening.

Her past.


***This book contains language and sexual scenes, some of which may be unsuitable for younger readers.

***This is the second book in the Lovely Vicious series.

It's so hard to talk about SAVAGE DELIGHT without spoiling Sara Wolf's Lovely Vicious series as a whole. So much that went on in this sequel is hinged on previous events that took part in book 1 and as I'm so bent on pimping this series I don't want to spoil any of it for y'all. So let me warn you in advance, I'm going to walk on water here and be super vague. If you need more input, you can always follow the tour and/or check out my review for Lovely Vicious (the cover art below is linked to that post) so at least you can have some sort of a cohesive take of what I'm trying (fail!) to do here. 

So, SAVAGE DELIGHT was so painful to read because there's a LOT of heart wrenching revelations and events that happened. As for the plot, it takes off where Lovely Vicious left and Isis is in the last phase of her recovery following the attack which left her with a scar and partial amnesia. The good news is, Isis' brain trauma didn't hinder her snark because she's can still whip you with a word or two. However, this event really made Isis vulnerable and the reason behind her sarcasm is finally revealed. And my heart constricted from the scathing and scarring things that happened to Isis in the past, some of which still continues to haunt her. Isis first brush in love was unforgettable not because it was wonderful but because of the rejection and shame she felt courtesy of her first boyfriend. Inasmuch as I love Isis' strength and resolve to not be victimized again, I also sympathized and felt protective over her because of this revelation. Behind the tough girl facade lies a delicate and lonely girl who needs unconditional love.

Jack is still his usual smartass self. He's a lot like Isis, he hides his true feelings behind acid remarks to protect himself. I still don't have Jack figured out completely but I can sense that some of his angst is coming from this huge responsibility and obligation he feels towards Sophia. And this is weighing heavily on Jack together with the secrets, lies and double life he's leading to get him and Sophia out of the mess they put themselves in. On a side note, I also feel like Jack's pimp (he's moonlighting as an escort) is going to screw him and his Harvard scholarship. I can't wait to see if my hunch is right and if it is, I'm anxious to see how that's going to be resolved. Jack's not the type of person who goes down easily and gracefully.

The wild card is Sophia. We've heard a lot about this mysterious girl in Lovely Vicious and I've always imagined her to be this frail and damaged person. Sophia may have certain weaknesses but I find her likeable. For someone who's been so sheltered, Sophia's very wise and almost has an accurate sense of things without being truly involved in the situation. My heart went out to her because she knows that she's losing Jack to Isis and she's powerless to stop that flow. 

There are some interesting relationship developments that happened between Jack, Sophia and Isis in SAVAGE DELIGHT. All the secrets that's been revealed had my head reeling and shouting WHAT?! in several scenes. These kids has been through a LOT and for them to still have a sense of humor is admirable. And like in Lovely Vicious, the way SAVAGE DELIGHT ended was jaw dropping I'm still unsure what exactly happened. Yes, major cliffie on this one. Again! My only comfort from all of this savage but delightful torture is the third and final book, Brutal Precious, is set to release July of this year. Can't wait to get my hands on that one!


Book 1 was awesome!
Read my review by clicking the cover art.

Purchase Savage Delight




My life has become a series of people asking me if I’m better.
Except I’m sitting in a hospital bed with a massive bandage around my head like a turban. So no, I’m not better.
But people keep asking anyway because it’s how you show concern for someone you care about, I guess, but frankly a giant box of chocolate truffles and reign over a small kingdom would be acceptable stand-ins.
No school. No home. All I do is sit in bed all day and watch crappy soap operas in which people faint dramatically all the time. Like, damn. That shit’s an epidemic. I get so bored I try to mimic their faints except the nurses catch me and say stuff like ‘you have a head injury’ and ‘contrary to popular belief, the floor is hard’, or some nonsense, so nobody can blame me when I steal the nearest wheelchair and bolt down the hall at top speeds. NASCAR ain’t got nothing on me. Except the backing of huge corporations who give them money to go fast. But still. I’m twice as cool and my ride is pimped as hell – a worn-out shitstain on the seat from somebody’s dead someone and the stuffing pulled slightly out of the armrest.
“Good evening, chaps!” I nod at two interns. They shoot each other looks but before they can call security, I’m blazing around the corner at warp speed.
“Bloody good weather we’re having!” I smile at a man sitting in his bed as I pass his open room. He cheerily returns my greeting with a resounding “Go to hell!”.
I round the next corner and come face-to-face with Naomi, my nurse. Her hair’s back in a strict bun, her face angry and worried and tired all at the same time.
“’Ello, love. Fancy a cuppa?”
“You’re not British, Isis,” Naomi says.
“I can be things,” I insist. 
“Yes, well, unless those things include a person who is lying in bed recuperating, I don’t want to see them. And I especially don’t want to see them wheeling around the hospital like a madman.”
“The madman is back that way,” I jerk my thumb behind me. As if to prove it, a loud “FUCK!” reverberates. Naomi narrows her eyes and points at my room.
“Back in bed. Now.”
“Why you gotta be like that?” I sigh. “We can work this out. There can be bribes. Of the monetary kind. Or maybe not monetary. Do you like adventures? I’m full of those. I can give you at least nine adventures.”
“You’ve already given me one for the day. If you don’t get back in bed, I won’t let Sophia in after her check-up.”
I gasp. “You wouldn’t!”
“I would!”
I start to faint dramatically, but she catches me with her meaty arms and plops me in the wheelchair, pushing me back to my room. I grumble the entire way. In the doorway, I crawl out on my hands and knees and fake-sob, collapsing into bed.
“Oh, quiet, you drama queen.” Naomi chides, and closes the door behind her.
“Drama empress!” I yell. “I prefer the title empress!”






Thanks so much for having me and Jack on the blog! Jack’s decided to take over this post and write it himself, since he isn’t the passive type. ;)


Jack: Don’t use smilies. They’re disgusting.


Sara: Alright, alright already! Okay, so the topic is ten things about yourself. Go ahead and tell them!

Jack: Why should I? They haven’t earned the right to know anything about me.

Sara: Oh my god, you are impossible. Why did I ever create you?

Jack: Because you’re a masochist, I suppose. But if it’ll get you off my back, I’ll divulge a few non-essential facts.

1. I enjoy money. This is no big secret. I like earning it, I like spending it. I work hard for it in various ways.

Sara: *whispering* He doesn’t actually spend it, he gives it away.

Jack: Be quiet, woman. I’m talking.

2. I can cook. I know. Hold the applause.

Sara: *applauds anyway and ducks around Jack’s death glare*

Jack: 3. I’m…god this is harder than it looks. I’m only on three and I’m running out of things to say. 

Sara: Your height!

Jack: Right, my height. 6’3 and a half.

4. Well, if all I need to do is list facts, my blood type is B. That means something in Asia. They have personalities assigned to blood types, you know.
Sara: I had no idea, but now I do! ^_^

Jack: *sighs*

5. I hate doing this.

Sara: Aww, c’mon! You were doing so well, too! Talk about your favorite food.

Jack: My favorite food are your tears.

Sara: *sniffs* I’m touched.

Jack: 6. In reality though, I like a good beef stew.

Sara: Isis can’t cook at all.

Jack: 7. I hate Isis Blake.

Sara: Do you? Is that why you kissed her?

Jack: I didn’t kiss her. I was drunk. We fell on each other. Total accident.

Sara: *suggestive eyebrows* Mhm.

Jack: 9. I’m going to kill my creator.

Sara: You ‘ve already wounded me with your harsh words *sniff*.

Jack: 10. That’s all. Get out of my face.

Sara: Thanks so much, Jack! And thank you all for reading! If you want more of Jack’s charming *COUGH* personality, check out Lovely Vicious and its upcoming sequel, Savage Delight!



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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45 comments:

  1. YA and a nekkid cover feels weird

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    1. Hahaha, there's an explanation behind that. It's poetic really

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  2. Lovely Vicious is already on my to-read list!! I am SO excited about this author and her work.

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  3. wow I really really need to read book 1 now! It's so exciting when you have so many revelations like that and I confess I'm curious to learn what they are.

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    1. It's a quick read because of the humor, you'll find yourself slowing down so you can enjoy it more

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  4. I only skimmed b/c I haven't read the first book, but you convinced me that I need to read it.

    Jessica @ Rabid Reads

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    1. READ IT! Dude this series is so frickin good!

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  5. We fell on each other. LOL The interview had me cracking up - love it!

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    1. Me too! The interview was a pleasant surprise from Sara Wolf

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  6. Ow wow, I actually haven't heard of this series before but it sounds great and your review has me very curious. I may wait until all the books are out though and binge read since you mentioned a cliffie haha. Great reivew!

    Teresa @ Readers Live A Thousand Lives

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    1. I'm so excited for book 3, so happy it's releasing this year and not the next. That would be torture!

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  7. Great character interview ladies! These are always my fav types of guest posts. You've peeked my interest with the excerpt too, so all around, I'd say your work here is done! LOL Ooh, and thanks for the chance!

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    1. I hope you win a copy if you joined the giveaway. It is a great series, I rarely read YA anymore but this one captured my heart 100%

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  8. I haven't read the first book in the series but will have to pick it up by the sounds of this second book. Thanks for introducing me to a new book series.

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  9. I'm adding Lovely Vicious to my never-ending-ever-growing TBR.

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    1. Hahaha! This is a worthy addition, Marcela!

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  10. Love, LOVE, LOVE this series. I adore the snark, Isis is genius - Jack is adorably fucked up, can't get enough!

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    1. Hi5! Yes, Jack is indeed effed up, budding tortured hero

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  11. I remember your review of Lovely Vicious and how much you loved it. I'm even more intrigued about this series now. Especially after that character chat! ;) I'd really like to know more about these characters and all their snark, though. Love me some snark. ;)

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    1. Oh gosh, Brandee, you'll fall hard for the series I promise

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  12. I vaguely remember seeing the first book around as it has such a catchy cover, but I don't recall reading reviews. Jack is something else isn't he? I think I would like to get to know him!

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    1. He'll have your heart at first snark. Jack will come after you like white on rice

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  13. Ooh a heart-wrenching 5 stars huh? Well, I guess I need to add both to my list. Maybe even suggest the first book to my book club.

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    1. Yes, do the latter! It'll be so much fun to gush and laugh with fellow book lovers

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  14. Your Suped Up rating has me excitedly, Braine. Ive been following your reviews for the series, and look forward to giving them a try. Great review!

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    1. Lordy, this is more MYA or a tamed NA if you can call it that. It's NOT juvenile at all, I hope you give the series a chance someday

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  15. lol - what an asshole. I love it! :) <--- that's for Jack.

    I think I need to read this series!

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  16. Jack *shakes head* ok, you have me totally curious about all this gut-wrenching and captivating characters. I will add book one to my wishlist. I must say the covers are unique and eye-catching

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    1. It's worth the space in your wishlist that's for sure

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  17. Had to laugh at the interview. Especially "My favorite food are your tears"

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  18. Loved the character chat- Jack sounds like my type of guy. I definitely need to check out this series!

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    1. This series just might take you out of your slump

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  19. Heh he sounds like a trip. I don't read YA too often but sounds pretty good!

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    1. make an exception for this one, Anna!

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  20. I haven't read LOVELY VICIOUS yet. I need to catch up.

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  21. Wonderful review and interview! I WANT! I'm getting the first right away, and I hope I win the second..LOL but first, I'm going right to audible..lol
    You are killing me, and I love it. I'm so glad I got to get more familiar with your reviews and your taste in books. I got Tribber to thank for.

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    1. Same here, Loupe! Happy to find another blogger I can bond with :D

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  22. I love the character chat. You've convince me this is a series I need to check out.

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  23. Love the character chat and the excerpt! Needing this book now! Thanks for sharing!

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