Blog Tour, Review, Excerpt & Giveaway: Savage Delight by Sara Wolf

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Blog Tour, Review, Excerpt & Giveaway: Savage Delight by Sara Wolf

Bookcrushin is excited to bring you this blog tour for Savage Delight the second book in the Lovely Vicious series by Sara Wolf. In this post you will find information on both books, an excerpt, my (sort of spoiler free) review and of course an awesome giveaway!

Savage Delight by Sara Wolf

Category: Young Adult, Contemporary
Publication: February 8, 2014

Light meets dark. Secrets meet truth. 

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.

After a run-in with her mom’s ex-boyfriend, she scrabbles to remember what she’s lost to amnesia. Her ex-nemesis Jack falls deeper into a pit of despair, and his girlfriend Sophia does all she can to keep him to herself. But as Isis’ 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.
***This book contains language and sexual scenes, some of which may be unsuitable for younger readers.

***This is the second book in the Lovely Vicious series.

My life has become a series of people asking me if I’m better.
Except I’m sitting in a hospital bed with a massive bandage around my head like a turban. So no, I’m not better.
But people keep asking anyway because it’s how you show concern for someone you care about, I guess, but frankly a giant box of chocolate truffles and reign over a small kingdom would be acceptable stand-ins.
No school. No home. All I do is sit in bed all day and watch crappy soap operas in which people faint dramatically all the time. Like, damn. That shit’s an epidemic. I get so bored I try to mimic their faints except the nurses catch me and say stuff like ‘you have a head injury’ and ‘contrary to popular belief, the floor is hard’, or some nonsense, so nobody can blame me when I steal the nearest wheelchair and bolt down the hall at top speeds. NASCAR ain’t got nothing on me. Except the backing of huge corporations who give them money to go fast. But still. I’m twice as cool and my ride is pimped as hell – a worn-out shitstain on the seat from somebody’s dead someone and the stuffing pulled slightly out of the armrest.
“Good evening, chaps!” I nod at two interns. They shoot each other looks but before they can call security, I’m blazing around the corner at warp speed.
“Bloody good weather we’re having!” I smile at a man sitting in his bed as I pass his open room. He cheerily returns my greeting with a resounding “Go to hell!”.
I round the next corner and come face-to-face with Naomi, my nurse. Her hair’s back in a strict bun, her face angry and worried and tired all at the same time.
“’Ello, love. Fancy a cuppa?”
“You’re not British, Isis,” Naomi says.
“I can be things,” I insist. 
“Yes, well, unless those things include a person who is lying in bed recuperating, I don’t want to see them. And I especially don’t want to see them wheeling around the hospital like a madman.”
“The madman is back that way,” I jerk my thumb behind me. As if to prove it, a loud “FUCK!” reverberates. Naomi narrows her eyes and points at my room.
“Back in bed. Now.”
“Why you gotta be like that?” I sigh. “We can work this out. There can be bribes. Of the monetary kind. Or maybe not monetary. Do you like adventures? I’m full of those. I can give you at least nine adventures.”
“You’ve already given me one for the day. If you don’t get back in bed, I won’t let Sophia in after her check-up.”
I gasp. “You wouldn’t!”
“I would!”
I start to faint dramatically, but she catches me with her meaty arms and plops me in the wheelchair, pushing me back to my room. I grumble the entire way. In the doorway, I crawl out on my hands and knees and fake-sob, collapsing into bed.
“Oh, quiet, you drama queen.” Naomi chides, and closes the door behind her.
“Drama empress!” I yell. “I prefer the title empress!”


[book rating=3.5/5]

I reviewed the inimitable Lovely Vicious back in December. One of those books that comes out of nowhere and bowls you over with interesting characters that quickly ingrain themselves in your psyche. I thought of that book often and was chomping at the bit to get the sequel.  Isis Blake the wise-cracking, acid tongued girl with the purple streaks in her hair literally (and to quote Miley Cyrus) came in like a wrecking ball on the first page and won me over. However, as I moved through Savage Delight  I found myself getting a bit worn out from the sarcasm and constant biting comebacks that she would fling out as easy as she’d take a breath. What makes Isis such an interesting character is her layers. She’s damaged, tough, and in possession of a tenderness that she stomps on and keeps hidden away for fear of ever being hurt again. However, I wanted Isis to grow in this book and although her biting comebacks, and constant put downs of herself were endearing in the first book, in this book it had her come off as more of a brat than anything else. Isis is unlike any young adult character I’ve come across. She’s weird, funny, and self deprecating to a fault. You want to shake her to tell her she’s worthy, you want to tell her to put a sock in it and shut up and you want her to be your friend. I’m hoping in book three that Isis matures and grows a bit. Some of her antics in this book crossed the line and I am hoping she reigns in her impulsiveness.

What made Lovely Vicious such a delight was the tension and underlining passion that simmered below the surface every time Isis interacted with the wickedly handsome Jack Hunter (even if she herself didn’t know she was passionate about him). I wanted more of that in this book, in fact I was craving it. I know that Isis was at a disadvantage (spoiler) due to her amnesia but I felt that it set the book back a bit because their relationship didn’t progress.  Still, true to form, the dialogue between Isis and Jack, filled with snarky and downright mean jabs, still belied the intense attraction that makes these two characters just work. And of course as a reader has you rooting for them with all your might. I really felt for Jack in this book. He’s handling things no teenager should have to deal with and on top of it the girl he cares for is treating him like the scum on her shoe. Even after he literally saved her life. I wanted to scream at Isis, damn it give this boy a break! If you’re in need of a book boyfriend I highly recommend the devilishly handsome, shrewdly smart, and devoted Jack Hunter.

For a short book, it managed to pack in a ton of plot and the revelation of two new mysteries kept me turning the pages faster than my e-reader could keep up.  The ending completely stunned me, like mouth hanging open, you don’t know if you want to scream or cry type of ending. It’s intense and unexpected, much like this series in general. I have to hold on to something that the author said at the end of the book, “there will be a happy ending…”  After that cliffhanger, I’m going to hold her to that.

Sara Wolf is the author of ARRANGED, a college-aged romance series centered on an arranged marriage. She’s currently working on her next New Adult romance series. She’s addicted to the Vampire Diaries, loves chocolate and romantic angst, and can’t get enough of damaged heroes.


LOVELYVICIOUS (2)Lovely Vicious by Sara Wolf

Category: Young Adult, Contemporary
Publication: November 4, 2013

Fire meets ice. Love meets hate. 
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.


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