Review: Love Me Never (Lovely Vicious #1) by Sara Wolf

love-me-neverTitle: Love Me Never
Author: Sara Wolf
Series: Lovely Vicious #1
Rating: 5 stars
Genres: Young Adult Contemporary Romance
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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.

My Review:
Love Me Never is a stupendous read chock full of humor, angst, drama, intrigue, and one of the best MCs I’ve ever come across. Add a superb, unique, writing style, and distinctive narrative, and you have the recipe for one truly amazing read.

I think you can tell already that I loved this book! The characterization was exceptional and Isis Blake had me laughing out loud one minute and on the verge of a breakdown the next. She’s so damaged on the inside from that jackass “Nameless” but she’s brave and strong and holding her head up high despite the challenges and obstacles in her path.

She butts heads with Jack pretty much straight away and they enter into a contest of sorts, trying to outwit and outsmart one another. I have read some funny books in my time but this one takes the biscuit. I was in CONVULSIONS of laughter, literally shaking all over, tears leaking out of my eyes while reading. Seriously, my stomach was actually SORE by the time I finished. Read it for the humor alone.

Jack Hunter may be the Ice Prince of East Summit High but he’s one hot, sexy, intelligent guy. Now, he has deep-rooted psychological issues (as does Isis) and he’s full of self-loathing but he’s trying hard to be there for Sophia even though he’s crippled with guilt over his supposed failures. I couldn’t help falling for the guy with such a selfless attitude. I don’t approve of what he was doing to raise money for her medical treatment but it fit his character.

The plot is fairly predictable but you know what? It doesn’t matter because the beauty of this book is the character development, snarky dialogue, witticisms, and a truly refreshing writing style. It was a little light on the romance for my personal taste but I have high hopes for the next books.

In summary, I ADORED this book and I’m really looking forward to continuing the series. Well done Ms. Wolf – it’s a triumph.

Thanks to Entangled Teen for providing a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

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