Very Bad Things

Very Bad Things

by Ilsa Madden-Mills

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ISBN-13: 9780989780711
Publisher: Ilsa Madden Mills
Publication date: 09/07/2013
Series: Briarwood Academy , #1
Pages: 318
Sales rank: 756,540
Product dimensions: 4.90(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

New York Times and USA Today best selling author Ilsa Madden-Mills writes about strong heroines and sexy alpha males that sometimes you just want to slap. She's addicted to dystopian books and all things fantasy, including unicorns and sword-wielding females. Other fascinations include frothy coffee beverages, dark chocolate, Instagram, Ian Somerhalder (seriously hot), astronomy (she's a Gemini), and tattoos. She has a degree in English and a Master's in Education. When she's not pecking away on her computer, she shops for cool magnets, paints old furniture, and eats her weight in sushi. Sign up for her newsletter and automatically receive a FREE novella! Her newsletter has insider info about sales and new releases plus exclusive giveaways for readers! You can stalk her/sign up here on the contact page: ilsamaddenmills.com Facebook: Author Ilsa Madden-Mills Twitter: @ilsamaddenmills

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Very Bad Things 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
JoannaDursi More than 1 year ago
(3.5 stars) We meet Nora at a time in her young life when she doesn’t know who she is. On the day that everybody thinks she’s lost her mind, she locks eyes with a handsome stranger. As Nora tries to check things off her “Bad Things” list, she is brought face to face with that stranger, Leo. I’m having trouble putting my feelings about this book into words. The story was interesting and held my attention but at the end I felt it was missing that certain something. It wasn’t the best I’ve read, and it wasn’t the worst. Both the high and low moments just seemed to be tied up too quickly and I would’ve liked a bit more angst between these two considering how long it takes for them to figure things out. I liked the author’s style and I’m open to giving the rest of this series a try.
AliCrean More than 1 year ago
ANGST! Oh, the angst, the beautiful turmoil of the angry. I’ve been asking myself, “What took you so long to read this book?” I misunderstood the construction of the series when I read Very Wicked Beginnings. I thought since next novel wasn’t about Cuba or Dovey I’d put off reading it. I hadn’t realized that Very Wicked Things was about those two, and that really it would have been sensible to read the book blurbs before jumping in. Library Lesson: Don’t believe the book with the word ‘beginnings’ is always the start. Nora Blakely is skating by on the red hot stuff that creates great art and burned bridges: discontent. This girl is determined to rebel in a most exacting fashion to bring upon Armageddon and family ruin. There is only so much tucking in one can do before all that self-loathing spills out and Ms. Blakely is overflowing in all direction with stunning passion. Now, I know, I burned away a world I used to live in as a budding woman. What doesn’t kill you keeps on trying until you kill it. Nora is my girl; I got her number and I am sending her an infinite abundances of high fives. Sometimes you just have to destroy what is there and rebuild. The Tate brothers have just escaped the drama of Southern California to begin a new life in Texas, free and clear of Los Angeles’ cray cray. Leo’s focus is getting Sebastian through the remainder of high school; giving him some true stability, in a better place. The two brothers are tight and Leo wants to do right by his little brother; like their parents would have wanted. He has no intention of falling in love at first site with a buttercup of a girl who just opened up the Briarcrest Academy assembly with an F-bomb laced non-welcome. Nora Blakely rattles his cage but he can’t help becoming obsessed with her. If there is one thing I give major props to it is authors who allow their characters to grow in a natural frame of time. Leo and Nora don’t just go for it. Neither of them are ready, and they can’t get on one another’s page for some time which just shows how unprepared they are. That is how most adult relationships evolve and Ilsa Madden-Mills lets this story evolve beautifully. Nora drives you crazy because she is trying so hard to grow up and break away, making mistake after mistake until things shake out right. Leo fights to keep his eyes on Sebastian while going a bit crazy himself because sometimes the thing you want isn’t good for you at the time you want it. Both of these personal struggles make this book full and beautiful, although it also makes for some anxious reading because it’s hard not to become frustrated with two characters who are in it to screw it up. I loved these book peeps Ilsa Madden-Mills created, especially Sebastian. Good Heavens and beautiful devils do I look forward to his book. And, baby, I promise you Cuba is by far more tempting in this novel than in Very Wicked Beginnings. ME-ow! I’ll have me one of him, and two of the younger Tate.
LJ111970 More than 1 year ago
4.5  This story is fun, crazy, dramatic, gentle and hot. It kept me drawn for most of the story but the beginning was slow. If I hadn't connected I may not have finished it and I would have missed out on a good story because it really does pick up about half way through. There is a part in the gym before her date that is hot! It had me wanting to jump through my Kindle. I felt like I was there watching the whole thing - I may have even blushed a bit lol    The characters in this story are fun. I'm a little tor though. Leo is ok, but I can't connect with him. Sebastian however I adore. He is witty, funny, caring, gentle but I sense he could be a bad ass if the need was there. Tiffany - wow, there is one part in the book where....I really really needed to reach into my Kindle and smack her - seriously. Her character is great and comes across fantastic but damn she is something else! I look forward to the rest of this series and getting to know the characters more. I really need to connect to Leo but I think his story may be finished. I can't wait for Sebastian's *wink*
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Plot:  Something bad has happened to Nora Blakely. Because of that she's decided to be bad. Very Bad. Because what's the point in acting perfect when you know that you're broken inside? Then there's Leo. He's six years her senior, and knows he's no good for her. He doesn't want to be a part of her 'Very Bad Things List'.  Yet he can't keep away from her. He may just be the one good thing in her world, if he didn't keep screwing up. Likes: First of all, I finished this book, like, 24 hours after Ilsa sent it to me, and I gotta say that was Monday. IT HAS KILLED ME not to release this until today!! I loved the idea of a 'perfect' girl gone bad. And boy does that girl have her problems. I loved her relationship with Leo. It was intense, exciting and extremely well-written. They had their ups and downs. EXTREME ups and downs. I loved Leo and I wanted him to end with Nora from the  start, so when he rejected Nora, my heart broke a little. Every time. I don't understand why they didn't just get  together after, like, page one. I mean it was obvious that they were perfect for each other. Oh Leo. I also liked  the idea of Sebastian and Mila getting together and them all having a cute dysfunctional family together :D Whilst  I don't really feel the way Nora dealt with her problems was right, I think it was justifiable. But I hated how attention  seeking it came off. I loved Nora. She's witty, beautiful, clever and obviously very hard-working. She is brave. On the outside she is perfect. I hated how she blamed herself for everything that had happened in her life, and don't  even get me started on her mother. Ms Blakely is quite frankly a controlling b*tch with a questionable mental health. I feel someone should have locked this woman up by now. Seriously. At least Nora has a lovely aunt and  a nice-ish father. I said 'ish' people. I still don't understand how he stayed with his wife after he found out. But I loved this book. It was just an awesome read that combined a beautiful young romance and steamy new adult  book. Dislikes: I disliked how everyone handled what had happened to her. The reason she carries knives. They all  just kind of hugged her and said 'You'll be okay.' SOMEONE SHOULD HAVE MADE HER GO TO THE POLICE.  The reason she didn't was because she didn't want to 'relive it over again' but sure that's what she did the whole  book. I also wanted the book to last a lot longer. I love it so much that I wish I had appreciated it more when I was  reading it and I should have read it slower. Verdict: Oh my god, if you need a good book right now I suggest this one! Go out and get it, bring it home and be  prepared to read it in the one sitting. What I don't advise is starting it five minutes before you are about to go to sleep and have school early the next day. Because let's face it. You aint gonna get no sleep. It's one of those books that just entices you to read JUST one more page... And then another... I extremely enjoyed it, it was beautiful, heart-breaking, well-written with interesting developments and just overall epic. I'm going to give it a full 10/10 and  say I look forward to reading Ilsa Madden Mills's future works of literary genius.  -Curiosity Killed My Stupidity