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My First WTF Moment | Book Review: Lovely Vicious by Sara Wolf

No, Lovely Vicious. Just….no.

Book Review: Lovely Vicious by Sara Wolf

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Title & Author: Lovely Vicious by Sara Wolf

Genre: Young Adult – Contemporary

Release Date: November 5, 2013

Series: Lovely Vicious #1

Publisher: Self-published

How I Got the Book: Bought


“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.”

WTH Just Happened??

Ya’ll, I’m so glad I only paid $2.99 for Lovely Vicious. This book was RIDICULOUS. Recommended by “Your Recommendations” on Amazon, I was drawn in by the interesting description and rave reviews.

Long-time blog readers know I’m not one to rant about a book. I always lay out the good and the bad, but Lovely Vicious is seriously testing my restraint.

Why is that? Oh, let me tell you…

Set the scene: Isis has lost more than 80 pounds. She’s just left a school where she was bullied and made fun of because of her weight, and she’s ready to start over at new school in a new state.

For YA books, that’s a pretty typical story. What makes Isis (which no one EVER mentions is a really unusual name) different is that she’s shows this crazy mix of upbeat self confidence with an inner dialogue of self-hate and misery. The problem with this personality division is that it’s a little too separate. Isis seems like she’s suffering from a multiple personality disorder at times.

Her switch in tone and voice is very jarring, and I was left unsettled throughout the story.

Typically when there are different POVs, it’s consistent and introduced early. Like a change every other chapter or some type of pattern. Nope, not here. It’s Isis the whole time except for two random chapters in the middle of the book. I don’t think they’ve even a whole chapter – it’s just a few pages. Weird, right??

While all these things would cause me to scratch my head a bit and wonder what’s going on, there’s something that happens at the end of Lovely Vicious that sent me in a spiral.

It’s a huge cliffhanger in the story, and I don’t want to spoil it for you (unless you want me too…), so I’ll just say it’s THE MOST insane, illogical and stupid plot device use I’ve ever read. And, we all know I’ve read A LOT.

It left me like this…

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What. Just. Happened. ???????

And, it’s not because of the mechanics of it, it’s the logic – or lack thereof – and the sheer pointlessness of it.


Then there’s the huge plot holes and total dissipation of threads that I highly doubt will be restarted in book 2.

Ok, here’s what I will say about Lovely Vicious: It held my attention. It has some witty banter (that later become irritating). It is ideal for readers needing a book rebound (is this a thing? If not, I just made it a thing).


There is a lot to be desired in this book. Huge plot holes, annoying main characters and a absolutely illogical ending has made it clear that this book is not for me. And, I would suggest you also save your time and money by staying away from Lovely Vicious.

About Lisa Parkin

I'm a hardcore lover of young adult fiction and have been reviewing books since 2011. Other interests include Downton Abbey, heat lightning storms, Harry Potter land and (begrudingly) one orange tabby.
  • Beverly

    Thank goodness I’m not the only one! I clearly was not the demographic for this book. It thought it had an interesting premise, but after reading it, I was like “eh”. I figured after all the positive reviews it would have some redeeming qualities, but not for me.

  • kawaii_candie

    yeaaaaahhh…. i’ve learned to not buy the cheap books of amazon… they’re usually crap and there’s a reason they’re on sale. no matter how awesome the premise is, my new motto is “stay away!!!!”