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Paula Stokes returns to the world of Vicarious in this sequel, a high-action psychological thriller with a protagonist out for vengeance.

When Winter Kim finds out that her sister is dead and that she has a brother she never knew about, only two things matter―finding what’s left of her family and killing the man who destroyed her life. Her mission leads her from St. Louis t
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Published August 15th 2017 by Tor Teen
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After the jaw dropping events of Vicarious, I was totally unsure how the events of this book could possibly play out. In the interest of avoiding spoilers, I'll just say that there were some plot-twists in the first book that I didn't see coming and Paula Stokes used them to her benefit here to keep the story fresh and moving in directions I didn't exactly expect them to go.

Another thing I enjoy abou
Aug 03, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Ferocious by Paula Stokes
Book Two of the Vicarious series
Publisher: Tor Teen
Publication Date: August 15, 2017
Rating: 3 stars
Source: ARC sent by the publisher

Summary (from Goodreads):

Paula Stokes returns to the world of Vicarious in this sequel, a high-action psychological thriller with a protagonist out for vengeance.

When Winter Kim finds out that her sister is dead and that she has a brother she never knew about, only two things matter―finding what
Oh man, this is was amazing. I didn't reread Vicarious before I started this and I probably should have, but I was pretty excited to get to it.

Winter is a straight up BAMF. She's stronger than she thinks and it so satisfying to see her come to that realization. Jesse and Baz are delightful in their own ways and the three of them work quite well together as they are complimentary as a trio.

Plot wise, it goes back and forth between build up and madness and it's fast paced right from the beginnin

Winter Kim and her friends race back in this sequel and finale to the Vicarious duology, this time armed with a thirst for revenge for the deaths of her loved ones and the desire to find and protect her brother, on the streets of South Korea.

Winter’s dissociative identity disorder (DID) plays a much more significant role in Ferocious, and is an interesting look into the mental health illness. Though I can’t speak to how authentic the representation of DID is in the book, it certainly feels
Jen Ryland
I liked this even more than the first book - thought it wrapped up well and loved the Seoul setting.

Full review to come.
Kelly Gunderman
Aug 22, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Paula Stokes is probably one of my favorite authors, and while I'm used to reading her contemporaries (such as Girl Against the Universe ), I'm also loving her Vicarious series a lot. These books are so full of action, revenge, and a whole bunch of awesomeness. I'm surprised I haven't seen too much hype for Ferocious, as Vicarious was more than amazing - it completely blew me out of the water when I read it.
Stephanie Ward
4.5 Stars

'Ferocious' lives up to its name and then some. It's a fantastic science fiction novel full of action and thrills, and it's sure to have readers devouring the pages. I've read several of the author's other books, so I'm familiar with her amazing talent and storytelling abilities. This definitely was no exception. The writing was awesome - she brought Winter's world to life in front of my eyes with vivid imagery and detailed descriptions. I easily slipped inside Winter's mind and world r
You know how to avoid the underwhelming 2nd book in a trilogy…make it a duology and the problem is solved. At least with this duo it is.

Book Title: Ferocious
Author: Paula Stokes
Series: Vicarious #2 (duology)
Genre: Older YA, Science Fiction, Thriller
Publisher: Macmillan-Tor/Forge
Setting: LA and Seoul, South Korea
Source: I received an ARC via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review


⇝My Thoughts⇜

⇝First off I want to thank Paula Stokes for making sure I rece
*Source* NetGalley
*Genre* Young Adult, Thriller, Mystery
*Rating* 4.0

*My Thoughts*

Ferocious, by author Paula Stokes, is the second and final installment in the author's Vicarious duology. As we learned from the previous installment, Winter Kim's sister (Rose) is dead, the man who she thought of as a father figure (Gideon) is also dead. Jesse Ramirez and Sebastian Baz Faber are in the hospital, and it appears as though Winter may have a brother who she never knew. A brother who was born after Wint
Philip Siegel
Nov 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I already know this is going to be as thrilling and kick-butt at Vicarious. I'm kinda psychic. I have a fifth sense. It's like I have ESPN or something.
Jessica (a GREAT read)
I received this ARC from the publisher, via Netgalley, in exchange for an honest and voluntary review. I was in no way compensated for this review.


Paula Stokes amps up the intrigue and adventure with Ferocious, the follow-up and conclusion to Vicarious! We pretty much pick up where we left off and see that Winter is making her plans for revenge against Kyung who essentially ruined her life and killed al
T.A. Maclagan
Aug 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If you love kick-ass heroines with killer voices you’re going to want to get acquainted with Winter Kim as she seeks revenge on the man who stole her childhood. Vicarious was one of my top 10 reads of 2016, and Ferocious was everything I hoped for in a sequel. It is solidly paced with loads of action, the budding romance between Winter and Jesse is utterly charming, and Stokes captures the ins and outs of Korean culture the way only an insider can. Stokes gets bonus points for handling some very ...more
Aug 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It was fast paced and I didn't want it to end.
I loved it.
I have read many of Paula Stokes books and they were all great and this one was GREAT too.
Thank you so much for the opportunity to read an ARC of this wonderful bòok.
Agustina Zanelli
Nov 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
Winter has suffered many losses in her life and now she's discovering herself. The secrets of her past came to light, but all she wants is revenge on the man who took everything away from her. When Gideon's technology is stolen, it's just another reason for Winter to continue with her plans, only that in the process, she will have to recover what is hers, and find out where is her brother. But her friends aren't going to leave her alone, and both Baz and Jesse will accompany her on this
Jun 20, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Disclaimer: I received an ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest shared review.

Ferocious is the second book in a duology, the first book being Vicarious. If you have not read the first book, please be advised that this review will contain spoilers of the first book.

At the end of Vicarious, Winter found out that her sister Rose had already been dead for a number of years and that she actually has dissociative identity disorder (also known as DID). In an explosive finale of the first boo
Warning: this review may contain spoilers for Vicarious

Ferocious is a worthy enough sequel to the psychological mystery that Vicarious was. In the previous book, most of the plot was devoted to Winter trying to solve her sister's murder while giving her mental illness the stink eye and looking very badass while doing all of that. Ferocious shifts the plot slightly into a revenge arc, where Winter, now aware of the circumstances of her sister's death, and starting to realize the breadth of her il
Jessica Higgins
Aug 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Winter Kim is back and ready for revenge in this explosive follow up to Vicarious.

Winter Kim is on a mission. After her sister was murdered and the only ones she loves were taken from her, she finds out she has a brother she never knew about. His life is in danger if she doesn’t travel to South Korea and confront Kyung, the man responsible for all the misery in her life. Helping her along the way are her friends, Jesse and Sebastian. Together they gain access to Kyung’s corporation and try to ga
Kimberly (Book Swoon)
Review of Ferocious


FEROCIOUS takes readers back to the exciting world first experienced in VICARIOUS only this time the theme is revenge with Winter traveling to South Korea on a quest to avenged her sister's death and find the brother she never knew about.

Where as VICARIOUS had a fast-paced plot and extream sense of danger and twists reveal, FEROCIOUS carefully builds upon these reve
Christina (Ensconced in Lit)
I'm a huge fan of Paula Stokes, and Vicarious, the first book in this duology is one of my favorite books of all time, so I was hugely excited for this follow up!

I'll try to make this spoiler free. Winter is messed up from the end of Vicarious with a lot of twists that have made her determined to bring down the man who has ruined her life, Kyung. Together with Baz and Jesse, her love interest, they travel to Korea to find him. But her path to vengeance may not turn out the way she expects.

Movies, Shows,
Aug 25, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Note: This review contains NO spoilers

This series is a first for me reading any of Paula Stokes' books. I was drawn in by the synopsis of both Vicarious and Ferocious. The synopsis alone boasted it's fast-adventure thriller that played with the mind. And... I have to say that it does live up to it.

Paula Stokes has created and continued this action/adventure-filled thriller following the main character on a "mission" to avenge those she loved dearly. Of course, the adventure flows as she travels
Aug 21, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I am not sure what I was expecting or hoping would happen. But, I can say that I got more than I expected.  And I am not sure what I can talk about without giving anything away.  So, I will do my best to be as thorough as possible, but really you should check this series out. 

Book 2 picks up right where the first book left off. Winter is still trying to deal with everything that happened and all of the new information that she got-literally pages from the end of the first book. So, I am very gla
Jun 29, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A solid sequel and finish to Vicarious! I enjoyed Vicarious and was excited to dive into its sequel. Ferocious did not disappoint - it raises the stakes even higher and takes the reader to South Korea(!!!), immerses the reader in Korean food(!) and culture, and continues the action-packed adventure from Vicarious.

There were so many things I loved about Ferocious. I loved how Stokes made Winter fallible. We see right away that she's human - there’s a lot of struggles she’s facing, there are a lo
Em and Rosi (Bibliobibuli YA)
My all time favorite characters are the badass ladies that take no shit, and Winter is one of them. Winter's story comes to a close Ferocious, and while I am sad to let her and Jesse go, it was a great ending for both of them.

This is more of a heist story, rather than the mystery/murder thriller of the first book, and the tension didn't feel as high. But, then again, finding your sister's killer will always be a bit more emotionally taught than stealing something. Paula does it well  though, and
Nov 15, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This was a great follow up to Vicarious. After Winter's sister Rose's death, Gideon's death, the near death of two other people in her life, and the realization that she may have a brother, Winter is determined to bring down Kyung (the man who ruined her life in so many ways). This mission takes her back to California and even to South Korea where she was born and spent her early years.

Winter is damaged from the events of her life and deals with some pretty heavy psychological issues. This is in
KarenJo Custodio

Official Review

What an explosive conclusion! Ferocious is everything I hoped in a sequel and as I said in my review for Vicarious, I'm so not ready to move on from this mind-blowing series.

Ferocious picks up as Winter plans for her revenge against Kyung, the man who’s caused her so much pain and took away everyone she loves. Intrigue, drama, mystery, action, and some humor keep the story moving along. There are so many twist and turn
Holly Brumback
Jul 20, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed Vicarious, so I was both excited and scared to read Ferocious! Fortunately, the follow-up was just as good as the predecessor.

The book quickly draws you in and was filled with so much action. While the action is intense, so are the relationships in the book. Somehow it all balances out nicely. It also doesn't leave you hanging and answered a lot of questions from the first book.

Winter continues to be clever, tenacious, and vulnerable. I like that she realizes she needs help an
Makenna Fournier
I am always super nervous with going into second books because for the most part I usually don't like it nearly as much as the first one, but that wasn't the case for this one, I actually liked it as much as Vicarious (if not more). My favorite part was definitely the fact that Winter goes to South Korea because it was super cool getting a look into that culture. Besides getting that look into South Korea, I just thought the overall story was really good and it was a great conclusion to the duol ...more
Aug 17, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read the first book Vicarious and couldn't wait for the sequel Ferocious and let me tell you Paula did not disappoint at all.

Ferocious starts off right where we left off in the previous book. Winter is still trying to come to terms with all that happened and is on her way to LA to meet her brother and save him. Through some other events she ends up in Seoul with Jessie where she must finally accept her past and save her future. I can't go into more detail for risk of spoiling this book but I
Aug 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
4 to 4.5 stars to this fantastic conclusion of the duology! Proper review to come but I love how it showed us that you need to plan things to infiltrate, that a relationship can be a great support but it's not magical healing and I love how Paula shows that treatment for mental health is not a bad thing!
Sandy Eichelberger
This sequel to Vicarious finds Winter Kim determined to get revenge on Kyung, the man who enslaved her and her sister in a sex ring and later killed her sister and the man who was like a father to Winter. She has escaped from Kyung’s clutches but now that she is alone, she wants him to pay. To do so she returns to her homeland of South Korea. But Kyung seems to be a step ahead of her and uses the threat of hurting a brother she never knew existed, to force her to comply with his directives. She ...more
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Paula Stokes is half writer, half RN, and totally thrilled to be part of the world of YA literature. She started out writing historical fiction under a pen name and is now branching out into other YA genres.

When she's not working (rare), she's kayaking, hiking, reading, or seeking out new adventures in farawa

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