Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Book Review: Vicious - LJ Shen

Read 10-15 January 2017



They say love and hate are the same feelings experienced under different circumstances, and it’s true. 
The man who comes to me in my dreams also haunts me in my nightmares. 
He is a brilliant lawyer. 
A skilled criminal. 
A beautiful liar. 
A bully and a savior, a monster and a lover. 
Ten years ago, he made me run away from the small town where we lived. Now, he came for me in New York, and he isn’t leaving until he takes me with him. 


She is a starving artist. 
Pretty and evasive like cherry blossom. 
Ten years ago, she barged into my life unannounced and turned everything upside down.
She paid the price. 
Emilia LeBlanc is completely off-limits, my best friend’s ex-girlfriend. The woman who knows my darkest secret, and the daughter of the cheap Help we hired to take care of our estate. 
That should deter me from chasing her, but it doesn’t. 
So she hates me. Big fucking deal. 
She better get used to me.

Published 27 December 2016


This is the first book I’ve read in 2017 and from the author. And although i may still be in a slump, i was able to enjoy the book.

I almost DNF this one, as i find it a bit draggy in the first few parts. I felt like i was missing on action and interactions with the main characters that i like. But since I’m not one to give up, which I’m happy that i didn't, i was still able to finish it in five long days. I know I’ve been slacking lately.

I loved that the hero is an Alpha. Who doesn’t like Alphas in a book? Very dominating and strong. Nothing to crack him. And like all other Alpha male, there is something hidden on the strong exterior that they portray, which is kind of the norm. I also liked that after everything and every revelation, the hero remained true to its character and didn't do a total 180. I just didn't like that despite the effort to be sassy and fierce; i didn't quite feel that the heroine was standing her ground against the alpha. Maybe because of her status or her personality, but it's something i can actually let slip. I just wished she was written with more fight in her.

Although the story started a bit draggy for me, at the end of the book, everything was resolved. No questions on what happened to this or that. Everything was actually explained and laid down. It’s refreshing to read a story that the climax and conflicts were actually fixed. That all those opened twists had their own closures.

I would give this a 4 out of 5 stars. This could've been a five if i was able to highlight more striking lines and if it was able to feel more emotions than my heart could handle. But it was a worthy read nonetheless.

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