Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Vicious Little Darlings

Review Time! The 2012 Debutante Event is on this month @ Badass Bookie but I’m hoping the event won’t disturb my review schedule therefore I’m going ahead with posting review frequently throughout the month. Vicious Little Darlings by Katherine Easer is a 2011 YA Debut that I unfortunately didn’t get to review last year! Thanks to Bloomsbury for the review copy :)

(Goodreads) Sarah Weaver wasn't looking forward to starting at an all-girls school. But that was before she met Maddy. Maddy and her best friend, Agnes, are fun and rich and interesting-and for some reason, they seem to really like Sarah. Before long, Maddy and Agnes have moved Sarah into a big house off campus, where they cook together, buy each other presents, and share each other's secrets. So why does Sarah feel like something's bizarrely wrong? As more and more cracks start to show in Maddy's and Agnes's perfect veneers, Sarah notices some strange and disturbing things: Maddy's compulsive lying, Agnes's obsession with Maddy, and the deterioration of their friendship. And just when Sarah begins to question her own sanity, things turns deadly.

The Short Story? – A dark and twisted tale for fans of Pretty Little Liars and Imaginary Girls. Easer has written a sinfully filling debut about what happens when friendship gets real nasty. Addictive and entertaining, Vicious Little Darlings will challenge the meaning of friendship and push the limits of too far. A thriller like no other, Vicious Little Darlings will haunt you long after the last page.

The Long Story? – This book can only be described as the offspring of Pretty Little Liars and Imaginary Girls. All the twisted darkness and dirty secrets of PLL balanced with the artfully blurred sense of reality of Imaginary Girls. Vicious Little Darlings was very original and it really made me think. You couldn’t really separate a lie from the truth and throughout the whole book it’s like a mass of highly entertaining confusion. Loaded with secret agendas, betrayals, lies and death plots, the novel is dark and twisted and surprisingly addictive. Beautifully written, it’s comfortable to read and it really flows so you pretty much devour the novel. Easer has wonderfully complimented her complex and unpredictable plot with beautiful prose.

The whole novel is based around three girls, there are novels where the characters are fitted into the story but this is a novel where the story is fitted around the characters. The whole plot is based around the friendship of Maddy and Agnes and the intrusion of the new girl, Sarah. The novel is told through the perspective of Sarah who is embraced into the rich and glamorous lives of Maddy and Agnes however soon she find herself caught in a web of lies and a twisted friendship. Sarah wasn’t very well-developed physically, I still have no idea what she looks like or whether she’s pretty but she has depth and character which is more what the book is based around. The psychological side of things. Maddy and Agnes really did my head in because until the very end, it wasn’t clear who the nice one was and who was the mean one. Very deceptive characterization, Easer has created these very strong characters with hidden agendas.

Quite plainly, Vicious Little Darlings is a debut that really surprised me. A very psychological approach to telling a story yet the dark and twisted nature of the characters was transferred to the readers. Again, it’s sinfully filling and highly entertaining. The reality is blurred hiding secrets and lies behind the grime. Easer has written an unforgettable debut about a friendship turned vicious.

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  1. This sounds like a good book! I started Pretty Little Liars but haven't continued in the series, although I did like it.

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  2. It's weird - on the Google Reader there are missing spaces in between words. Nice review. I also didn't get around to reading it during 2011. I hope I can read it soon!