[eARC Review] Wicked Games bu Sean Olin

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Title: Wicked Games
Author: Sean Olin
Series: Yes, not sure on the series name
Genre: YA Contemporary Thriller
Format: Hardcover, 352 pages
Release Date: June 10th 2014
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Source: eARC provided by publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review

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Wicked Games is the first book in a sexy thriller series where passion, lies, and revenge collide-perfect for fans of Simone Elkeles and Sara Shepard.

To all the locals in the small beach town of Dream Point, Carter and Lilah seem like the perfect It Couple-but their relationship is about to brutally unravel before everyone's eyes.

Carter has always been a good guy, and while Lilah has a troubled past, she's been a loyal girlfriend for the last four years. When smart, sexy Jules enters the picture at a senior-year bash, Carter succumbs to temptation. And when Lilah catches wind of his betrayal, she decides that Jules needs to pay.

By the end of the summer, the line between right and wrong will be blurred beyond recognition. Blood will be shed. Nothing in Dream Point will ever be the same.

This juicy summer read will keep readers turning pages until the shocking, nail-biting finale.

What can I say about this book. It was not my favourite by a long shot and since I do not want this review to be all negative, I will start with what I did like about it. I really liked the tension that the author built up between the character. Cheating characters can do that to a book, and n this one they caused A LOT of tension. For me the best part to read was near the end was the climax was about to be revealed and I could not put the book down because I knew it was coming. That is a sign of great tension and suspense. But sadly for me, that is where my enjoyment ended.

I found the whole concept of the book to a bit far fetched and parts of it to be very disrespectful to people with mental illness. Before I get to the mental illness part, let me start with the part that bothered me the most, the characters. I usually do not like reading book that have characters that cheat. I am very against it and find it very offensive so when a character does something like that I find it very hard for them to redeem themselves in my eyes. So when the story starts off with Carter cheating on his girlfriend of 4 years with some girl named Jules he meets on the beach, I immediately dislike him, and Jules by association. What I think bothered me the most about this whole cheating thing was that Jules knew what was happening and she was happy about it, and when she told her mother her mother was like "OK, just hope you know what you're getting into." Um no, that is not what a mother saying when her daughter is the other woman. I'm sorry its just wrong.

Another aspect of this book that drove me nuts was Carters girlfriend Lilah. I knew from reading about her that she had some sort of metal illness, and yet Carter just gt frustrated by her and wanted to be left alone. He never really tried to figure out what was wrong with her, and why she was like this. He would always just get frustrated with her. And the worst part was, he never really broke up with her until, like, the middle of the book! So obviously Lilah was upset. But then she goes postal and becomes a stalker and extremely violent toward Jules, but not Carter. She only took things out on the girl, t her actual boyfriend who CHEATED! so frustrating. And then when people try and get Lilah parents evolved they says something like "oh yeah she has problems, we don't really know how to handle her." Umm seriously?? The depiction of parenting was not the best in this book.

So needles to say, this book was not my favourite, but I have to talk about the end. because seriously that changed everything. I thought we were going to have a nice end to the story and then the epilogue happened. when you read it you will understand, it made me so angry and I wondered, OK if this is how it is going to end, why did I have to go through the entire book for this??? i felt a little cheated to be honest, and I don't really know what to think about it.

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