“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.
DelSheree Gladden lives in New Mexico with her husband and two children. The Southwest is a big influence in her writing because of its culture, beauty, and mythology. Local folk lore is strongly rooted in her writing, particularly ideas of prophecy, destiny, and talents born from natural abilities. When she is not writing, DelSheree is usually reading, painting, sewing, or working as a Dental Hygienist. Her works include Escaping Fate, Twin Souls Saga, The Destroyer Trilogy, and Invisible. The first book in the Someone Wicked This Way Comes series, Wicked Hunger, is scheduled to be released through Clean Teen Publishing on April 1, 2014.
I always really appreciate an original idea when it comes to paranormal YA fiction. Wicked Hunger gives us something new, but unfortunately doesn’t really explain it too well, and left me with a big question mark. You can tell by the title that this is the first in a series, but I kind of feel a bit cheated that I didn’t get all the information I needed and a complete story in this first book. That said, I did enjoy reading it, it was much darker than the usual teen reads.
My personal reading taste is first person, so I enjoyed reading from the main character’s viewpoints, however I did find Zander a less than convincing teen boy. I found this same thing in Beautiful Creatures, and in my review there, posed the question how accurate can a female author be when getting into the mind of a teenage boy?
From a writer’s perspective, there were pacing problems and I felt teased as a reader with the ‘Hunger’ that kept materialising at the start of the book, without it being fully explained as to what the brother and sister were and what was really happening. I understand the need for intrigue in books and for authors’ to keep secrets close to their chests, but there should be a drip feed of information, and I really felt that there wasn’t much moisture at all until you really got into the book. This would mean losing less patient readers – which would be a shame.
Also, a note on the title. If you plug it into Amazon you’ll notice several books come up with the same/similar title – some of which are adult orientated. Although almost impossible to give a book a completely unique title, this perhaps should have been checked before hand.
The front cover is nice and has Vanessa on there, but as Zander shares the narrative, he really should be on there too. Gorgeous teen boys are like six pack magnets to the potential teen girl reader browsing the virtual book shelves.
Overall, I’d give Wicked Hunger 3 out of 4 stars – an interesting concept and a promising start to a new teen series.