#BookReview: Very Bad Things by Ilsa Madden-Wills

Review : Very Bad Things (Briarcrest Academy #1) by Ilsa Madden-Mills
Very Bad Things de Ilsa Madden Mills
Series: Biarcrets Academy #1
Genre: New Adult
Pages: 297
Publication: September 9th, 2013 (Little Dove Publising)
Born into a life of privilege and secrets, Nora Blakely has everything any nineteen-year-old girl could desire. She’s an accomplished pianist, a Texas beauty queen, and on her way to Princeton after high school. She’s perfect...

Leaving behind her million-dollar mansion and Jimmy Choos, she becomes a girl hell-bent on pushing the limits with alcohol, drugs, and meaningless sex.

Then she meets her soulmate. But he doesn’t want her.

When it comes to girls, twenty-five-year-old Leo Tate has one rule: never fall in love. His gym and his brother are all he cares about... until he meets Nora. He resists the pull of their attraction, hung up on their six year age difference.

As they struggle to stay away from each other, secrets will be revealed, tempers will flare, and hearts will be broken.

Welcome to Briarcrest Academy... where sometimes, the best things in life are Very Bad Things.

My Thoughts

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This is the kind of those books where you see the cover, read the synopsis but, when you open the book, is not what you expected. I don't know if I like or dislike this book . But what I do know is that there's one thing I do not like, and there is an abundance of plots and subplots with which you lose and then, not know what's going on. Here we find two main themes, love and personal growth, and from there a lot of themes developed throughout the story that in the end you are left wondering what really happened.

Very Bad Things presents Nora, a perfect girl, table of honor, former champion spelling skills, a former beauty queen, vice president of the class, editor of the yearbook, girl model, money, beautiful, everything you can possibly want. However, she has a big secret that has left her broken inside. She just wants to be loved, but her mother is distant, cold and perfectionist, which cares more about the opinion of others that the welfare of her own daughter; his father would rather stay in the office with his latest secretary to go home; and his half brother merely sink into drugs. But for others they are the perfect family. So empty inside and nothing to lose, Nora makes a list of Bad Things to feel alive again, which includes drugs, alcohol and sex. However, the arrival of the Tate brothers into her life and the connection she starts to share with Leo, she will see things differently and learn to give value to her life once again.

As I said before, there are two issues in this novel and my favorite was definitely the romance. This is the typical story of friends becoming family when our own is a disaster. We can find three special men that will make Nora's life better. First we have to Sebastian, the brother she always wanted to have, but thanks of a twist of fate, she got a demon by brother. Sebas is cute, funny and cares for her as no one has done before and it is interesting that even as a teenager he can be so mature. We also have Teddy, he is an autistic boy on Leo's band who can not read music. Nora is responsible for teaching him the songs and maybe, it's because of him that she has the greatest evolution. 

Happiness is simply collecting and remembering all the good moments in your life, kinda like beads on a necklace.

With him, she can lower the defenses, sit back and enjoy the music. You can relate to him to be someone special, like a fish out of the pond, she has something that keeps it away from other people and, just like him, by his condition, highlights where she go. This is one of the most beautiful relationships that we find in this novel. And finally we have Leo. The great love of Nora, the boy she wants but can not have. Much older than her, Leo refuses to have a relationship with the girl and even hurt to get her away from him. But it's more complicated than that, it is sometimes indifferent but can not deny that jealousy causes him to see her with other guys, even his own brother. He is undeniably sexy and cute, who has had to raise her brother, Sebastian, after the death of their parents. You simply can fall in love with him from the moment you met him.

However, relations in this novel are quite intriguing. You don't know how Nora was related to someone and you're never sure until the end who is more suitable for Norar. It keeps you in suspense throughout the novel. Besides, I like the fact that Nora doesn't give up on Leo although he makes a thousand and one things to keep her away from him.

“You’re playing with fire. You think you want this?” He laughed darkly. “Buttercup, you can’t handle me.”

As for Nora, here the second subject and which I didn't like so much. The facts of improvement. I like when a character, despite being weak, can evolve into someone stronger and learn something of life but not as it was presented in this novel. And it's really strange for me because I can finally find a secret that worth.

Often in books synopses have the same line, "she has a dark secret that will destroy everything I've worked hard," or anything, perhaps with different words but in the end it's the same. So, when there is finally something good, something that really breaks a person, it wasn't presented well. And the reasons for that whatever happens to her, was because her bitch mother, who is the worst mother I have read so far and it's real. All evil is real inthis book but I couldn't believe it. The author doesn't convince me with the plot and subplots and the story got loose for me. The only thing exciting is knowing the big secret that has destroyed Nora. And it is ugly, very ugly. I just think and gives me a lot of anger, grief and sadness because she has had to go through that.

"Behind every beautiful thing is a world of pain.”

Besides, I was expecting she accomplish her bad things list. The story went by the romance (whish was good but...) and let the other stuff without an large explanation that was so necessary. Of course, love can heal the soul but the author didn't make a great job making me believe that could be possible in this book, even when everything was ro realistic. The first part of this book was kind of boring but then, improve enough to be intriguing.

Thi is a good book, which makes us to remember that perfect image and a apparently perfect word isn't always a good thing. It's better to be ourself, make our own choice and creat our own journey to happiness. In general, this sounds all good, but I couldn't get myself into the sotory. There ar great moments, some twits that keep you over the edge. But, also, there are lot of things going on that after finish the book it let you like you didn't read anything, and that wasn't good at all.


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), Sephora make-up, 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.



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