Lovely Vicious by Sara Wolf
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 book was something else. The main characters are outrageous. Isis and Jack try very hard to destroy each other by whatever means necessary. They do a very creative job of it. What Isis does to get Jack suspended is terrible and inspired all at the same time. It also shows that she has skills that exceed the average person. I wouldn’t know the first thing about breaking into a locker. Isis doesn’t have boundaries. She starts out the book going to a party. She rescues a girl that had been drinking. Jack the most beautiful boy in school insults the girl and Isis so she punches him in the face. Trust me he deserves it. Even I wanted to punch him. He won’t apologize to Kayla so Isis declares war.
The war escalates. I loved that they kept trying to out do each other. It was like watching a train wreck but not knowing where it was going to crash. Jack and Isis are equally matched. Many of the characters say that Jack and Isis are the same. Much like Sherlock and Irene in Eva Morgan’s Locked; Isis and Jack offer a distraction for each other. She’s had a painful life. Isis evokes emotion in Jack. We find out that Jack has just been going through the motions of life. The question is: Can they save each other?
What I liked about the end of the story is that, like Shannon A. Thompson‘s Minutes Before Sunset, Sara Wolf changed the rules. She took away the heroine instead of the hero and she did it in an unusual way. Book two, Savage Delight, is going to be a blast. I can feel it. By the end of book one Jack is in an undesirable position. Isis meets someone unexpected and I bet that what led Isis to the unexpected someone has far reaching consequences. You really want to read it now right? You’ll love it. I did.
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