Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Review Tour & Giveaway: Forget Me Always (Lovely Vicious #2) by Sara Wolf

Book Blurb:

All warfare is deception. Even in high school.

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. Since then, she’s punched Jack Hunter—

her nemesis-turned-maybe-something-more—in the face, survived a brutal attack by her mom’s abusive ex thanks to Jack’s heroics, and then promptly forgotten all about him.

The one bright spot for Isis is Sophia, the ephemeral girl who shares Isis’s hospital stay as well as a murky past with Jack. But as Isis’s 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.

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My Review:

4 Out Of 5 Stars

Genre:Mystery, Teen--

Book 2 picks up with Isis in the hospital, recovering from her brain injury, still no memory of who jack is, but she has a new friend in Sophia. Isis slowly starts to regain her memories of Jack and what he had the potential to mean to her. She also learns who Sophia is and wants to know her secret as well. And on top of all that, her mom’s ex-boyfriend is on trial, college is looming and other unnamed threats lurk nearby.

Oh the complicated web we weave. I picked up this book as soon as I finished book 1, and thank goodness I had it already because I just might have died if I had to wait to read on. I feel like I just had an emotional overhaul by reading this in one sitting. Disclaimer- book 3 won’t be out for forever!! (The middle of next year, but trust me that is forever). This story had more of the mystery aspect that book 1 did not have, as well as some huge secrets coming to a head due to Isis’s perseverance. But yet, still so much that I need to know about.

Regardless of herself incrimination and the accusations that Jack and Sophia throw at her, Isis is a legitimately good person. She consistently put others happiness in front of her own, much to my disapproval. I still love everything about Isis, big freaking fan girl here. Sure, she is broken, but she still has spunk and fight inside her that I hope never goes out. The out loud tangents, enough said. Hands down, she is probably one of my favorite literary characters ever. Her relationships with everyone were so complex and unique, be it Knife boy to Principal Evans, yet they all end up wanting to protect her and cherish who she is as a person. The dynamic between Isis and Sophia was awkward (for me) but at times so real and honest. Isis could be truthful to Sophia and give her what no one else could, but it came at a price.

This story only got 4 out of 5 stars from me, not because I did not like it, but because it was a lot more dark and depressing than the first, full of angst and some awful revelations, as well as the fact that there was less Isis and more Jack. And yes, I know I am a minority, but I could take or leave Jack. I think he would be a great ally (maybe friend) but I don’t like him for her romantically. He has so much baggage! And yes, I know Isis does too, but hers is more manageable and his started early and just imploded out to hurt everyone.

The author has nailed the art of the freaking cliff hanger endings and now I have to wait until the middle of next year to get some resolution for the awful messy path the story took. I would be willing to sell an organ (maybe not one of mine…) to get my hands on book 3 now. I am hooked on Isis and the author’s writing style. I guess while I wait for the conclusion, I would like to pick up something else from Ms. Wolf and see if it lives up to the high bar the author set here.

I received this title from Entangled Teen in return for my honest review.


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Book Blurb:

Read the book that Kirkus Reviews called: "A complex, witty page-turner, ideal for YA fans of scandal and romance."

Don’t love your enemy. Declare war on him.

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 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.

Previously published as Lovely Vicious, this fully revised and updated edition is full of romance, intrigue, and laugh-out-loud moments.

To read my 5 Star review of Love Me Never click here


Author Bio:

Sara Wolf is a twenty-something author who adores baking, screaming at her cats, and screaming at herself while she types hilarious things. When she was a kid, she was too busy eating dirt to write her first terrible book. Twenty years later, she picked up a keyboard and started mashing her fists on it and created the monster known as the Lovely Vicious series. She lives in San Diego with two cats, a crippling-yet-refreshing sense of self-doubt, and not enough fruit tarts ever.

You can find her on her website, Twitter, Facebook and Goodreads

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