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Wicked Hunger

(Someone Wicked This Way Comes #1)

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3.87  ·  Rating details ·  374 ratings  ·  86 reviews
"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 eve ...more
Paperback, 360 pages
Published April 1st 2014 by Clean Teen Publishing (first published July 8th 2013)
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Shana Festa
Apr 07, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The content warning came with the information from the Blog Tour (most likely from the publisher itself); but for the most part there isn't anything too terribly intense or gory or overly sexual...but I am not sure of all the guidelines they have to follow when placing warnings...so we'll roll with it :)

I really liked this book. You know, I read a blog post somewhere the other day about adults who struggle with their "addiction" to young adult novels. I believe that I should possibly seek out on
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Morphys Book Blog
Van, Zander and Oscar are siblings who all suffers from a curse, hunger. They have to fight their hunger all the time and certain people can set it off. When the new girl Ivy starts at their school she sets both Van’s and Zander’s hunger off, which is unheard of for them both to react to the same person. Zander is unable to stay away from Ivy and has to fight his raging hunger around her constantly. Can he control it or will his hunger control him?

Do you ever compare books to others you’ve read?
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Savannah
Jul 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I received this book in exchange for an honest review.

I was excited to read Wicked Hunger, but I didn't realize how addicting it would be, when I started reading it at 10pm last night. Instantly, I was sucked in to this very original, thrilling, and exceptionally written novel. I tried going to sleep a few times unsuccessfully, as I couldn't get Vanessa and Zander out of my head. I had to know what was going to happened next. Finally, I forced myself to go to bed at 2am and finished Wicked Hunge
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Kimber Wheaton
Jul 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya, favorites
I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

When this book went on tour, I jumped at the chance to review it simply because the synopsis sounds so intriguing. It's unusual, to say the least and I'm always on the lookout for something different. Wicked Hunger does not disappoint, not one bit. There are few books out there I label as 'favorites' and this is definitely one of them.

Wicked Hunger is written in first person point of view combined with present tense which crea
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Susan Stec
Jul 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Riveting and Original - couldn't put it down. I gave it five stars.

Sister and brother, Vanessa and Zander Roth know only too well that self-control is important to the life they live and the lives of others around them because they were born with a wicked hunger; an uncontrollable hunger—the pain of others.

Imagine being a teen in high school where tempers are sure to flair, fights are certain to break out and contact sports are part of the daily curriculum. Any one of these issues can send eithe
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Ingrid Seymour
This was an excellent young adult novel. A clean read that in spite of it appropriateness for the age group keeps you at the edge of your seat and scares the pants out of you. With Van and Zander, the author captures the struggles of growing up, except with the added complication of the protagonists’ “hunger.” The siblings have secrets, a darkness within them that makes them hurt and want to kill people. They both struggle to be normal. Feisty Van teaches dance, while Zander takes his aggression ...more
Melanie
Feb 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
WOW!!! Give me a book where danger, death and romance are so intertwined and you will hook me every time. Without giving away any spoilers although there are some plotlines that I was albe to figure out early on overall this book does NOT go where you expect it to and the ride is just fantastic. I read this cover to cover in one sitting because I had to see what was going to happen. Definitely one of the darker YA books that I have read but maybe that was why it worked so well for me. The charac ...more
chucklesthescot
Aug 07, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: uf-pnr, fiction
*I received a free copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review*

This is a hard book to define (in a good way). I shelved it for now as urban fantasy but dark fantasy is a better description I think. While it is YA I'd describe it as mature YA that all ages will enjoy and it is a dark story with paranormal elements.

Vanessa and Zander suffer from the family curse-a deep rooted uncontrollable hunger that makes them want to kill people. Trying to find outlets for the building h
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Rachel
Jul 19, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Brother and sister Zander and Van have a secret. A BIG secret. They protect their secret and each other at all costs, until the new girl in town, Ivy, threatens to expose them both.

When I was reading Wicked Hunger, I had an eerily similar feeling as I did reading The Hunger Games. The two stories aren't alike, plot or character-wise, but they both have a darkness that one doesn't usually associate with YA. As I was reading Wicked Hunger, I kept thinking, I shouldn't be enjoying this, I shouldn't
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Fiery Fantasy
Aug 10, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Vanessa and Zander Roth are good at lying. They have to be when they are hiding a deadly secret. Day after day, they struggle to rein in their uncontrollable hunger for pain and suffering in order to live normal lives. Things only get worse when Ivy Guerra appears with her pink-striped hair and secrets. The vicious hunger Ivy inspires is frightening, not to mention suspicious.

Vanessa’s instincts are rarely wrong, so when they tell her that Ivy’s appearance is a sign of bad things to come, she li
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Laura Greenwood
Review forthcoming on http://a-reader-lives-a-thousand-live...

I received a copy of Wicked Hunger in exchange for my review.

Van and Zander Roth live their lives craving the pain and suffering of the people living around them. While Zander tries to placate his hunger with football, Van turns to dance, until Noah shows up. For years Van has put off a relationship with her best friend Ketchup (a nickname) because of their condition, but with Noah on the scene she finds a distraction from the love an
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Kristen
Dec 21, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc, kindle
Wicked Hunger, by Delsheree Gladden, centres around Zander and Vanessa Roth, a brother and sister duo, both of whom are plagued with an uncontrollable hunger that threatens their everyday existence… not to mention puts the lives of those closest to them at risk. This story chronicles how they deal with that hunger and how the arrival of one individual might just jeopardize what little control they do have over this genetic predisposition.

One of the two main characters, Zander, the elder brother
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Samantha Woods ( LSK Sweetheart Reviews )
Van and her brother Zander really just want to be normal teenagers. But they can't. They are different then everyone else. They think they have something genetically wrong with them. When they run into certain people they get a hunger in them, a desire to kill whoever it is causing the hunger. They do everything that they can to control their hunger. Van in spite of her hunger to kill has an strong desire to save people. She only has a few friends. These friends all have something in common. At ...more
R.H. Ramsey
Aug 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It's going to be so difficult not including spoilers in this review, but I will try.

Van and her brother, Zander, are more than mysterious; they are fascinatingly dark characters, constantly battling horrifying thoughts and urges. Not only are they struggling with cravings revolving around pain, they possess superhuman strength.

This doesn't begin to explain the layers of fear and intensity in this novel. Every moment I waited and wondered when the gnawing and "hunger" would erupt. I couldn't st
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Joood Hooligan
Apr 02, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: need-to-review
I was given a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

I found this story to be fascinating. A family needing to feed off the pain of others, it wasn't something I had read before.

The story started out as if the main character, Van, was a normal enough person... but you quickly find out she's definitely not. There's a lot about her I was curious about, and that helped fuel my desire to continue the story.

The relationship between Van and Zander, her brother, was quite possibly my favori
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Melanie
Aug 13, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Van (short for Vanessa) and her brother Zander have a secret. They are different, dangerous to those around them. Van, determined to live a "normal" life to whatever extent is possible, surrounds herself with a small circle of close friends, friends who know just enough to not ask questions but no more, who she can trust not to dig too deeply into the reasons for her odd behavior. Zander, distrusting his self-control, isolates himself as much as possible from the rest of the world. Only able to ...more
Lekeisha The Booknerd
Van and Zander are forever resigned to the Wicked Hunger that lives within them. The hunger to cause pain to others. It is something that they have had to get control over for all of their lives. While Zander resorts to playing football to keep his hunger in check, Van dedicates herself to dancing and teaching others how to. When a new girl, Ivy, comes into school, she rattles the monster within them that is begging to be set free. Never have they had to fight so hard to control their hunger, th ...more
Pengaween
Jul 30, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I won this book from GoodReads First Reads. It sounded really good, had a good looking cover, and had great reviews. So I was really expecting to like, or maybe even love, it.

But I didn't.

Wicked Hunger is told from the point of view of a brother and sister who are cursed with a hunger. The brother takes an interest in a girl named Ivy. He's rude to her. He looks at her like he wants to kill her. He always seems angry when she's around. He grabs her by the arm hard enough to leave a bruise. He
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Adrienne Woods
Aug 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved Wicked Hunger. I’ve never read anything written by Delsheree Gladden before, but I’m gonna start soon.
Delsheree writes for YA and as a co-YA author, I’m extremely picky about some YA books. Some of them don’t capture their characters the way YA speak of today, and then they end up sounding a lot like grown ups. I didn’t find this with Wicked Hunger.
Vanessa and Zander were two really strong developed characters and Delsheree’s writing style made the novel an easy read.

At first I have to a
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Melissa Ousley
Jul 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wicked Hunger is an imaginative, original story with vivid, well-written characters. Vanessa and Zander Roth are siblings who want, more than anything, to simply live normal, uncomplicated lives. Instead, they have inherited a family curse, and are plagued with an uncontrollable desire for the pain and suffering of other people. They are haunted by tragedy and regret, for their choices, and for choices made for them.

One of the things I loved about this book is that the author transitions betwee
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Kristy Hamilton
Apr 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I have read vampire, ghosts, shifters...you name it, I have probably read it. I have never read a novel like this.
Could you imagine being a teenager and not knowing what you are? Most teens go through a part of those first years a little confused as our bodies are changing and adapting, but Zander and Van are going through much much worse.
Zander and Van could be two typical teens. Brother and sister who love each other very much. But they have a secret...a secret that could change everything if
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Brittany
Mar 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
*I was given a copy by the author in exchange for an honest review*


I loved the unique idea of the hunger that Van and Zander experience. The description and development of it is captivating and I can't wait to find out more in book 2. I loved reading about the new relationships that both brother and sister make and how this effects their hunger in both good ways and bad. The unravelling plot as a whole kept me on the edge of my seat and I loved that you never quite knew everything at any one ti
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K.C. Finn
May 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An interesting start to a new YA series.

I am famed for disliking the characters that everyone else always loves and swoons over, so I'm going to get this out of the way first: I didn't get on with Van and Ketchup. The plot of their storyline was fabulous and interesting, but as characters they weren't the sort who gripped me and I didn't get invested in their relationship at all. Everyone else will love them, I'm sure, but that's my two-penneth on the matter.

Now. Let's talk about Zander and Osca
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Karin Gastreich
Aug 20, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you like anti-heroes and anti-heroines living in a violent reality where the moral compass spins fast enough to make you queasy, then Wicked Hunger is the book for you.

Sibling protagonists Vanessa and Zander would much rather be tearing people into bloody pieces than, say, watching a movie. They do try to control their murderous instincts, Van with more success than her deeply troubled brother. Gladden offers some justification for painting psychopath as victim, and victim as villain, but Zan
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Dawn Husted
Aug 04, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I started this book during the summer thinking I would have a lot of time to read. Unfortunately, I didn’t get to finish it until now. I really liked how the author plays with imagery describing the variety of the main characters’ emotions. It was an interesting spin for a science fiction novel, and I hadn’t come across a story similar before. Which made it a nice and refreshing read! The story picks up the pace as it reads on, and the way it ends is enticing. I want to know what happens next; w ...more
Paul
Sep 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Zander and Van are just everyday American teens, brother and sister.

But they’re not.

They’re hiding a dark secret about themselves and their family, one that will get them killed if the right people find out…

Wicked Hunger is not just another book about supernatural teenage angst, but a holistic novel that introduces the reader to a strangely dark world where the protagonists have a rather unusual hunger…
This is a well written, enjoyable book, the sign of which is that the reader will have a hunge
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Linda Ulleseit
Jul 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya-fantasy
In Wicked Hunger, siblings Vanessa and Zander have a hunger to cause pain/death to other people. With that premise, I expected this book to be bloody and gory. It's not. In fact, the story is about Van and Zander's efforts to help each other control their hunger. When both of them feel hunger for a new girl at school, it's unusual. When Zander falls in love with her, Van despairs. Zander must fight all his feelings, lust and hunger, for Ivy. Meanwhile, Van is learning martial arts with a boy she ...more
Melanie
Dec 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
WOW!!! Give me a book where danger, death and romance are so intertwined and you will hook me every time. Without giving away any spoilers although there are some plotlines that I was albe to figure out early on overall this book does NOT go where you expect it to and the ride is just fantastic. I read this cover to cover in one sitting because I had to see what was going to happen. Definitely one of the darker YA books that I have read but maybe that was why it worked so well for me. The charac ...more
Candy Smith
Apr 15, 2014 rated it really liked it
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 co ...more
Charlene
May 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was excited to read Wicked Hunger, but I didn't realize how addicting it would be until I found myself reading through half the night, I just had to know what was going to happened next. The two main characters, siblings, Van and Zander have been forced to learn to control the “Wicked Hunger” to cause pain in others that lives within them for most of their lives. While I wasn’t sure what to expect at first, this book was very interesting and addictive enough that I read the entire book in one ...more
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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 Hyg ...more

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