Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Review: Brutal Precious by Sara Wolf

Life meets death. The end meets the beginning.

Eighteen-year-old Isis Blake hasn’t fallen in love in three years, forty-three weeks, and two days. Or so she thinks.

The boy she maybe-sort-of-definitely loved has dropped off the face of the planet after his girlfriend's death, leaving a Jack-shaped hole. Determined to be happy, Isis fills it in with lies and puts on a brave smile for her new life at Ohio State University.

But how long can that smile last with all of her friends gone?

How long can it last with the guilt of Sophia's death crushing her?

And how long can it really last when Will Cavanaugh attends the same school, taunting her?

Isis is good at pretending everything is okay. But not that good. The cracks begin to show.

Isis Blake is good at putting herself back together.

But Jack Hunter is better.

**This book contains language and sexual scenes, some of which may be unsuitable for younger readers.

**This is the third and final book in the LOVELY VICIOUS series.

4 Angst Ridden Stars

Review by Jen Hagen

Jack is nowhere to be found after the tragic event that claimed the life of his friend.  He has cut off any form of communication and Isis is left wondering what happened to him.   Isis is busy getting ready to go off to college but in the back of her mind she is always curious (and a little angry) about what Jack is doing.  When she least expects it, she comes face to face with Jack and what she sees before her makes her question even more what happened to Jack…

He wasn’t putting on the lifeless, emotionless act anymore.  He was just lifeless.  He was empty.

But the shock of his presence quickly turns from relief to one of anger.  She is not going to let Jack off the hook easily.  The fact that Jack and Isis are together in the same place is just a mere coincidence.  He is there for a job, and only for a job.   He makes it perfectly clear that there is no future for him and Isis. 

The hurt in her brown eyes haunted me as I came in the nameless girl…

You’ve got to be kidding me…he did that??  Yep…That part made my stomach sick, but I will be honest in saying that I thoroughly enjoy this type of angst.  Jack’s work is giving him a good excuse to push Isis away even further.  He has nothing left of himself to give after losing a huge piece of his heart to Sophia, and he wants Isis to move on and find somebody else.


“I apologize…for leading you into thinking we were something more than friends.”

Besides Jack surprising Isis with his presence, another significant person from her past is now finding a way to continually torture Isis with his mere presence…Nameless a.ka. Will Cavanaugh.   In true Isis fashion, she can turn one sentence into a soap opera…

What! The! F*ck! Is Nameless! Doing! Here!

Isis isn’t handling the stress of these two men in her life very well.   The hurt that Jack caused her emotionally has turned her into somebody she doesn’t want to be and that includes making out with strangers at parties.   She goes down a dark road because of the hurt she is feeling from Jack’s dismissal.  Jack and Isis become strangers, which is sad because they were the one calming force in each other’s lives.  Isis is still Isis…garrulous and annoying at times, but even the expert she is at hiding behind her quirkiness can’t disguise the pain that she is feeling.

As far as that night…the night we have been waiting to know what happened…the night that changed the course of 4 friends...that night is unveiled in its entirety.  I almost think it was a little unbelievable and the basis for the events just don’t add up in my head.   Not only do I have questions regarding the premise of that evening, but I also find Jack’s sudden occupation a little far fetched as well.  For those parts of the story that I had problems relating to, I give it 3.5 stars; but the angst that I felt between Jack and Isis surpasses those questionable moments, and brings it up to a 4. 

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