Series: Someone Wicked This Way Comes Series, Book One
Author: DelSheree Gladden
Published: Date April 1st, 2014 by Clean Teen Publishing
Page Count: 358
Genre: YA Mature Paranormal Romance
Content Warning: Violence, minor language, romance
Recommended Age: 17+
Synopsis: “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.
“Tell me nothing happened to Noah! Tell me right now, Van, that you didn’t just ruin everything for us!”
“What are you talking about?”
“Martial arts?” I snap. “Are you freaking kidding me? You know how dangerous that is! What the hell were you thinking?”
“How do you know what I did today?” Van asks quietly.
I falter for a moment before continuing my tirade. “Who cares? What happened today? Is Noah okay? What exactly did you two do this afternoon?”
“Don’t lie to me, Van!” I warn.
Her growl races through the phone and snaps at me viciously. “I’m not lying. Nothing happened!”
“I don’t believe that. He was teaching you to fight and nothing happened? You really expect me to believe that?” How could she have been so stupid? That was way too big of a risk to take!
“You know, you don’t know everything, Zander,” Van argues. “You don’t know what I’m capable of, either! You think your way is the only way. You laugh at me and think I’m an idiot for having friends and trying to live a normal life. You think I’ll hurt them because I won’t be able to control myself. You don’t know anything about me if you think I’d ever hurt one of my friends!”
A sob breaks through her yelling. “I’m stronger than you think, Zander, and I’m not stupid. I didn’t let things with Noah get out of hand. I paced myself. I was smart about what I let him teach me. Maybe you can’t handle it, but I can have friends and this stupid curse at the same time. I’ve already given up one guy I loved for you. Don’t ask me to do it again.”
She sniffs again, and I know she must be crying. “Please don’t ask me to do that. I just want to be happy for once, Zander. Can’t you understand that?”
I rub my hand over my face and sigh. Most of my anger fell away when I heard my baby sister sob the first time. Right now, all I feel is regret, regret for yelling at her, regret for stomping on her hopes and happiness so often.
“Yeah,” I say softly, “I can understand that.”
Definitely an interesting read. It was a little slow in some parts but it needed those parts for the story to make sense,I was just anxious to find out exactly what Zander and Van were. I tried to figure out what this hunger really was and was desperate to know if they would succeed in taming it or if it would destroy them. I kept trying to figure out which friend/friends were really deceiving them and why. Most of the answers that were revealed at the end were shocking and I didn't see that coming at all. And as if things couldn't get much worse they are thrown for a loop when their answers coming looking for them but what are they willing to give up for those answers?
Quotes for Wicked Hunger
“People who don’t know me well think I’m a moody, dark teenager. I’m really just trying not to kill them.” ~ Vanessa Roth
“Ivy is pure, unadulterated Kryptonite to me, but I want more of her. As much as I can get. No, it isn’t over yet. I won’t let it be over.” ~ Zander Roth
“The pain burns up my arms and into my chest, but I can’t escape the animalistic thrill of destruction. It hurts like hell, and I love it. It’s sick, but I love it.” ~Vanessa Roth
“I’ll never forget, never rid myself of seeing her face when I close my eyes, never be free of nightmares of that night.” ~ Zander Roth
“I almost tell her. So badly, I want to tell someone. Van is the only one who will really understand what I’m going through. But I can’t.” ~ Zander Roth
“I need some help, some indication of whether or not I’m going crazy, and I know just who to turn to. I need Zander.” ~ Vanessa Roth
“It must kill Ketchup to walk away, then, but he does it. He leaves me to cry, not out of vengeance, but again, because he knows that’s what I want. Ketchup always gives me what I want in the end. I only wish I could do the same for him.” ~Vanessa Roth
“I’ll play nice with Ivy, not because I think you’re making the right choice, but because I believe you that you love her, and because you’re my brother and I don’t want to hurt you. Don’t think this is over, though, big brother. At some point, I’m going to ask you to do something hard for me, and you’re going to do it. No matter what it is, you’ll do it, carte blanche, no questions asked. Got it?” ~ Vanessa Roth
“I’m not afraid of you, Zander,” Ivy says quietly.
I stumble back. “Maybe you should be.” ~ Zander Roth
“It kills me to refuse Ivy anything, but I can’t talk about that night. Not now, not ever. That is one secret I plan on taking with me to Hell.” ~ Zander Roth
“One day they’ll come and they won’t leave, and then my dream will come true. Baby brother and little sister dreaming, dreaming, building their nightmare one visit at a time.” ~ Oscar Roth
About the Author:
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.
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