Wednesday, 2 April 2014

New Release: Wicked Hunger by DelSheree Gladden

“Save him and hurt him, don’t save him and hurt him. Pain, either way. Delicious pain. Hunger will be the only one that wins. Hunger always wins.”

Vanessa and Zander Roth are good at lying. Their whole life is a giant web of deceit made in an effort to conceal the deadly secrets that plague their family.

Zander will do anything to forget his mistakes, including pushing everyone away. He was barely surviving in his self-forced solitude before Ivy Guerra entered his life. The new girl in school, with her pink-striped hair and unyielding curiosity, incites something wicked inside Zander that can only be blamed on his family genes. Now Zander is forced to fight an internal war and make a choice between loving Ivy Guerra and killing her.

Vanessa wants nothing more than to shed the strange powers she wields and be normal. Because if Van were normal, she’d be able to have normal things… Like a relationship with the boy she’s been secretly in love with for years. Unfortunately, her life is anything but ordinary. That boy who owns her heart just happens to be her brother’s kryptonite and a potential liability for her entire family. When choices between love and family loyalty have to be made, Van finds herself faced with an impossible decision.

As if the Roth family needs anything more to worry about, a vicious plot to expose Van and Zander for what they are is uncovered. When it becomes apparent that someone close to them is at the center of this devious plan, the fight to maintain control and keep their cover ensues. It's a seemingly impossible battle because something is causing their powers to stir stronger than ever before… and it won’t stop until Van and Zander give in to their wicked hunger.

Wicked Hunger is the first book in the all-new paranormal series, Someone Wicked This Way Comes.

My Review: 
*I received a free copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review*

This is a hard book to define(in a good way). I shelved it for now as urban fantasy but dark fantasy is a better description I think. I might have to create a dark fantasy shelf later!

Vanessa and Zander suffer from the family curse-a deep rooted hunger that makes them want to kill people. Keeping control is never easy and the hunger gets out of control when Ivy comes to their school. Vanessa has the constant urge to kill her but Zander is torn between murder and love for Ivy, which threatens his entire family.

This is not the all action plot that I am used to but the talent of this author is that she writes such intriguing and interesting characters that you are swept along by them and their story, so a slower plot doesn't matter as much. I really liked Vanessa. She is feisty and doing the best that she can to make a normal life despite the hunger that blights her life. Mind you, how she puts up with the idiot airhead Laney is beyond me, though I suspect she might not be as dumb as she looks on the Ivy issue. Zander is interesting because of his temper and dreadful decision making. You are yelling at him to stop being so stupid and stay away from Ivy but of course he doesn't listen. Oscar was an interesting surprise and finding out his story was fascinating. And poor Ketchup! I felt so sorry for him and Vanessa not being able to be together because of Zander. Noah is a bit of a mystery and I'm not fully convinced by him-call me cynical but I don't trust him or his intentions yet. Ivy is also very well written and there are interesting plot twists with her as the book develops. I did side with Vanessa on her opinion of Ivy though.

The theme of the book is clever. You know how the hunger works but we have yet to see the full back story of it which I assume comes in later books. I hope we get more flashbacks to the past problems that the family had because I enjoyed the ones that were there about Oscar and Lisa. How Vanessa and Zander learn to cope with it should be really interesting and the plot hints for book 2 certainly make me want to read it.

Other than my natural impatience to get into the story, I don't have any negatives to put forward. The author has taken the time to eliminate the errors that are common in the book. I think I saw one tiny spelling mistake which is better than most Indie books I read. She uses uncomplicated language with the right mixture of description and character interaction. The characters are beautifully developed so that you care about them and get right into the story as it unfolds. Ms Gladden is a very smart storyteller and I look forward to reading more of her books in the future.

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*NB I read and reviewed this book August 2013* 


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