Published by Self-Published on 5th November 2013
Genres: New Adult
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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.*
REVIEWED BY JOANNE
*An ARC was supplied to me in exchange for an honest review*
Well! Where do I start? I have really mixed feelings about this book, and I have to be honest and admit that I very nearly put it down. For most of the book, I couldn’t warm to any of the characters. I found Isis to be extremely irritating and immature, and one sandwich short of a picnic. She takes an instant dislike to Jack, because he reminds her of someone who hurt her in the past and then proceeds to wage a war against him. Some of the situations were a bit out there – such as kicking open a classroom door to confront Jack during a lesson and the teacher just stands by and says nothing!
Jack was a bit of an enigma too – I couldn’t find anything about him that endeared him to me. He was cold (hence his nick-name of ‘The Ice Prince’) aloof, and very private. We don’t know very much about him for most of the book. Throw in a mother suffering from PTSD and a few odd friends with quirks of their own, and I was beginning to wonder whether it was worth carrying on.
Then around 65% something caught my interest. We start to get glimpses of the real Jack. Told from his point of view. And there is clearly more to him than meets the eye. He is carrying a burden, a secret that only a few others know about, and it has affected him deeply, he trusts no-one. Isis is the first person to challenge him, to pique his interest and he isn’t sure what to feel about that.
Just as I was really getting interested in this story, it came to a rather abrupt end, leaving me wanting more and wondering what will happen next.
“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 – ”
“ – 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.”
“That’s never stopped me before!”
“Why did you follow me?”
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.
“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.”