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
That was my reaction when I finished this book. I had to take a couple days before I could write this review, because I was in such deep mourning and shock and pissed off ness and ….oh my goodness…so many feels! I’m sitting here and my mouth is flopping open and closed with unspoken words. I’m being a little bit choppy since I have so much I want to say. But these words can sum up this book. So. Many. Feels.
I was a little nervous when I first started Wicked Games. They’re calling it a sexy thriller. I wasn’t quite sure what that meant. After reading it, I’m still not quite sure how that description relates to the book. However, I will say that this was one rollercoaster of a read. I felt so many emotions, my heart rate was probably sky high, and that ending? OH MY GOD, THAT ENDING? guys….THAT ENDING! I’ve never read such an ending. I’ve never had a book leave such a impression on me. I’ve NEVER been so upset over a book that I had dreams about it two night in a row. This book will last with me forever.
Have you ever watched the movie Swimfan? The one with the creepy stalker girl…I think she plays the sister lawyer on Parenthood. If that was a book…this would be it. Wicked Games was so spooky, so dead on, so jumpy…omg at how many times I jumped throughout this book. It scared the living crap out of me.
What I loved about Wicked Games was the characters. I thought everyone in the book was exceptional. It was almost like just reading about real people and a real story that happened. And then at the end of it you have to remind yourself that it’s a book and those things didn’t really happen. There was Carter, and my heart was broken for him and all of the things that he had to go through. There was Jules, the new girl in Carters life who Lilah was targeting, and then there was Lilah, the messed up girl who went psycho and started stalking her ex and his new girlfriend. It’s so hard to put into words how brilliant these characters were because there is so much to say about each and every one of them. If it were up to me, I would break down every single damn scene in this book and tell you all about it. But since I actually want you to read the book, I will refrain.
I think the thing that I loved most about Wicked Games were my feelings toward Lilah. For most of the book, I thought she was a crazy ass psycho girl who needed to be locked up. Then there were times that I felt so sorry for her. I really wish that we had the chance to learn more about her past and what exactly caused that trigger in her to go off. When she’s first introduced in the prologue she seemed like such a normal girl. I guess I loved the message that not everyone is who they appear to be. Obviously, I thought she was nuts, but I think that she was my favorite thing of this whole entire book.
There were two reasons that I knocked Wicked Games from a 5 star to a 4 star. First, I didn’t really care for how quickly Carter got over Lilah. When you’re in a four year relationship those feelings don’t just go poof in the air. I respected that he was trying to distance himself because she was going a little batty, but I wish that there would have been more scenes showing his pain and regret over the situation in private. It just kind of seemed like he was over Lilah like that and moved on with Jules. I’m not saying that couldn’t happen. They are portrayed as teenagers, and…well….enough said there….but I just didn’t like that part.
My second complaint was with the ending. And I have VERY mixed feelings over the ending. At first, I hated the book because of it. Then, I wanted to give it 5 stars because of how brilliant and unexpected the ending is. And then I settled on 4 stars once I had time to come to terms with it. Well….to get over it a little bit more than I was. I have never had such an emotional reaction to a book before. I almost cried over that damn ending. It was just……it was so out of nowhere. Part of me wants to tell you all to read the whole book except for the very last chapter. That very last chapter…those last 3-4 pages….they made me uncontrollably mad and upset. Another part of me wants to tell you to read the whole damn thing and experience what I did. I’m honestly torn. I feel like it must be a great ending if it had me so worked up. But all I can feel is just shock. That’s it. Shock.
My verdict for Wicked Games is that it is absolutely brilliant. Probably one of the best books that I have EVER read. And if you don’t go buy this book right this second, you’re missing out.
Publication Date: June 10th, 2014
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books