Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Very Bad Things (Briarcrest Academy #1) by Ilsa Madden-Mills

Very Bad Things (Briarcrest Academy, #1)Very Bad Things by Ilsa Madden-Mills
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

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5 EPIC STARS!! Wow, I cannot believe that was a debut novel! The writing is flawless! I cannot remember the last time I stayed up well into the night reading a book because I just could *not* put it down. Absolutely captivating and I loved every word!!

Nora is getting ready to start her senior year at Briarcrest Academy, a prestigious high school in Dallas. She’s a spelling bee champion, an accomplished pianist, a beauty queen. Her parents are rich and she lives in a 10,000 square foot mansion. She’s on track to be the class valedictorian and plans to head to Princeton next fall. Her life is perfect. Or is it?

“I couldn’t let them see the real me, the one that was obscene and gross. They’d hate me; they’d be disgusted by me.”

Nora’s life is far from perfect. Behind closed doors, her family is a mess… her absentee dad, her verbally abusive mother, her drug-addicted half brother Finn. The pressure to maintain appearances has pushed Nora to a breaking point. She’s ready to make some changes in her life. She’s ready to shed her good girl reputation by doing some very bad things.

Leo is 25-years-old and guardian to his teenage brother, Sebastian. They lost their parents at a young age leaving Leo afraid of commitment. If he doesn’t get attached to people, he can’t lose them.

But when he locks eyes with Nora at BA registration, he knows there’s something special about her. But he doesn’t understand his feelings. He’s scared so he builds up walls and pushes Nora away.

“I’d given him my heart, and he’d given it right back.”

Told from both POVs, Nora and Leo’s story is beautiful. I loved her personality and how she broke out of the spoiled little rich girl mold. And Leo is just swoonworthy… 6’5” dirty blonde hair, icy pale blue eyes, rock hard body (he owns a gym, so you know his body is perfection!), dragon tattoo on his chest. And he’s got a bit of a dirty mouth. So yeah, totally swoonworthy :)

Can’t wait to read the next book in this series!!

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