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Hillcrest Prep #2

Vicious Little Snakes

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“Sexy drama galore! Vicious Little Snakes by Trilina Pucci will sink its teeth into you and never let you go!” -- New York Times bestselling author Monica Murphy

“It was the ultimate love-hate-love story of the year.” - PP’s Bookshelf

Caroline Whitmore is cunning, inconsiderate, and ruthless.

Despite that, I can't recall a day that's gone by when I haven't thought about her at least once.
On paper, we're a perfect match—Only on paper.

In real life, we're a disaster.
She hates me. Hates the way I dress, everything I say—my basic existence.

But what I hate is more complicated.
Because I'm a moth to a gorgeous, petite, brunette flame.

I hate that I still remember what she wore the day we sat together in sixth grade.

And that I would move mountains for her smile.

I hate every guy that gets too close.

And that one of them gets to stay.

I hatethat I want her so bad that I used my best friend to make her jealous.

But most of all, I hate that Caroline Whitmore is the one that got away.


First published March 25, 2021

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Trilina Pucci

25 books2,607 followers
#1 Amazon and USA TODAY Bestselling Author who loves cupcakes and bourbon.

When she isn’t writing steamy stories, she can be found devouring Netflix and re-watching Hamilton for the millionth time with her husband, Anthony, and their three kiddos.

Pucci’s journey into writing started impulsively. She wanted to check off a box on her bucket list, but what began as wish fulfillment has become incredibly fulfilling. Now she can’t see her life without her characters, her readers, and this community.

She currently resides in California and refuses to ever leave.

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1,052 reviews49.2k followers
October 19, 2021
something about trilina's writing just gets me

i like to imagine if i were an indie author my voice would sound something like hers (which is entirely unrealistic since i can't write to save my life but i digress). she writes dialogue superbly and none of her culture references make me cringe, which is honestly quite the feat.

this book is about liam and caroline who we learn about in the first book. honestly i was skeptical about the relationship. caroline seemed too mean in the first book and liam seemed juuuust a touch too into donovan for me to be able to root for a relationship with caroline. but i was wrong.

if you're looking for an easy comparison, liam i'd liken to nate archibald and caroline is most certainly blair. but unlike in gossip girl, the dynamic here works. i love liam's easy going nature and caroline's attitude. she was mean, sure, but she was also fcking hilarious. and the sex scenes were as hot as i've come to expect from one of my favorite new adult authors.

the only complaint i really have is one that i had with the first book in this series. i feel like the tension/conflict was lacking juuuust a touch. i think it's easy to know your characters so well that you know why there's intense tension between characters, but you don't go all the way in showing it to readers. kind of felt that way here. i liked the will-they-won't-they between liam and caroline but i wasn't entirely sure why it existed in the first place. but despite that, this was fun and i was willing to overlook it.

4/5 stars
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2,020 reviews12k followers
March 28, 2021
How is it that I can love you and hate you with the same heart?”

Oh. My. GAWD.

First of all, how have I not discovered this series sooner? Like seriously. What rock have I been living under that I haven't read Filthy Little Pretties yet? WHAT IS WRONG WITH ME? But also, I completely did myself a disservice by reading book two before book one, because clearly there's a legacy element in the story. So don't be a Lana, read book one first. Because if you don't, you'll spend a good chunk of the first 40% looking like this

Seriously. I was confusion. All of the confusion. But it did click at the end. But I digress. Can we talk about this book now? Because GAH.

Remember Kathryn Merteuil from Cruel Intentions? Well imagine someone giving her a soul, a backstory, and making her a redeemable villain. Because Caroline Whitmore was basically a mashup of Katrhyn meet Blair Waldorf and I was SO HERE FOR IT. She was the ultimate misunderstood bad guy, or girl if you will. And my heart just bled for her and all of her jagged pieces.

When I tell you that this story is crack, I mean it's CRACK. The tension, the angst, all of the teenage drama, the slow burn relationship. ALL OF IT. It was so freaking delicious, I wanted to lick my fingers when I was done turning the last page. But I didn't. Because, well, germs, and also COVID. But I seriously thought about it. But I digress again.

Liam and Caroline's story was full of heart, drama, and did I mention the drama? I have to say, if we didn't spend time in Caroline's head, it would be easy to hate here. Because the girl is a vicious little beoch. And gosh, but I loved that about her. She's the ultimate hurt them before they hurt you sort of vicious. She lashes out to hide the pain no one sees her go through.

Liam hasn't forgiven her for a stunt she pulled in book 1, and their friendship never recovered that blow. He spends his time secretly pining for her while hating her with the same breath. She spends her time wishing things were different but knowing they can't be. Together they're absolutely toxic and I loved every minute of it.

My one and only quibble is what I mentioned above. I did walk into the book thinking it would a standalone in a series, but it didn't quite start that way. There was a lot of carry over from the previous book and events mentioned off the pages that took place in book one. This was a bit confusing to wrap my mind around and I wish we got a little flashback to that in this book. Now don't start coming for me, because I fully admit it's my bad and already grabbed book one to rectify this. But I also know myself and know even if I read it when it released, my puny brain would forget it, so the refresher would have been good. But I digress again.

If you're looking for the ultimate angsty read with all of the teenage prep school rich kid drama you can handle, look no further. Welcome to your new addiction!

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Profile Image for Melanie (mells_view).
1,711 reviews334 followers
March 26, 2021
She rules this world. Always has.

The “mean girl” love child of Gossip Girl and Cruel Intentions. So basically rich kids navigating love, life, friendships, and social expectations. This is Liam and Caroline’s story and they have a secret history, but in this story they are navigating their extremely tense and rocky present. If you can’t handle the heroine being pretty awful to other people, then you may not like this story. If you enjoy a heroine who is mean, but realizes it, and is more complex than just being mean, then you should pick this up. The hero is figuring his stuff out too, so it’s not like it’s all on the heroine, but yeah. Two emotionally broken people trying to figure their somewhat toxic relationship out. I almost wish the first book wasn’t a love triangle, because this one was so good, and you really should read the first book to get the background into this story. I had a friend fill me in, but if you were wondering this series should be read in order.

All in all a great read, and I plan to pick up more books from this author, because I enjoyed her writing style and it was just an entertaining read for me from start to finish.

TW: verbal abuse from a parent, discussions of ED, self harm, drug use, bullying, toxic relationships.
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298 reviews306 followers
March 27, 2021

Note to self: stop reading high school dramas!😩 because that's all they're just OTT drama.
This series supposed to be mix between cruel intentions/gossip girl.. and if GG was anything like this book I'm glad I haven't watched it yet🙄

We have the h who is the ultimate mean girl/ice queen with mommy and daddy issues, who is deeply insecure about herself but is mean and angry at everyone.
And the H who is the nice guy, doesn't want to go to Harvard like his father but is scared to tell him no🙄 also I haven't read the previous book only read the spoilers so I know that in that book the H was in some sort of love triangle with the MC from the first book so I had difficult time believing that he was over her. The h also talks in the first 10% how it's unrequited love because he is in love with someone else..
And the main thing I hate about this high school dramas is that they act like they're in their 30ties and not 18 years old kids🤦‍♀️ Of course there's the OW/OM. The h has a friends with benefits situation with her best friend who is bi so they have threesomes regularly🙄 and the H is also kind of a manwhore. But there's no cheating when they finally get together. Just a lot of I hate you, no I love you, we're toxic together blabla..
I will definitely not be continuing with this series, one is enough😩😂
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564 reviews266 followers
March 26, 2021
"Riling that girl up should count as a hobby, considering how much I do it."

One of my favorite things is getting caught up in a book or a world; one where I can block out the gibberish floating around me and fall in love with some characters that I wasn't entirely sure I would truthfully enjoy. Well, one character in particular. Namely Caroline. I’m pretty sure I was the Queen Director in charge of the Caroline Hate Committee. But Caroline was a force to be reckoned with....not one to be brushed off, because she’s not for the faint of heart. I spared no feelings when I said how much I hated her after reading Filthy Little Pretties, but I am also here to tell you that after hating her as much as I did, it takes a good storyline and an amazing author to make me fall in love with the sworn enemy. Trilina Pucci expertly set me up in this new world full of spoiled brats, scandal, and intrigue, and she delivered a story with depth, emotions, and heartache. And I loved it.

You know, a book is supposed to be FUN to read - at least that's what I'm always searching for. When I’m looking forward to turning the pages, I know it’s a book that’s going to make me smile. This one was that book. This is what I've been missing over the last several weeks because I couldn't wait to turn each page - to engage more with the characters and their drama, but by the time the pages started dwindling, I was very hesitant to continue because I didn't want to leave this world. I truly enjoyed the craziness because it offered a perfect escape and a deep dive into a culture shock of epic proportions.

"Because I crave her more than I hate her."

Liam and Caroline's animosity could have easily been used interchangeably with lust and that was palpable from the get-go. Sex was weaponized and emotions were scrutinized. Communication lacked heavily in this very desperate teenaged crowd, but it all worked and twisted me up within their world. I could literally hear her say, “I smite thee” on so many occasions. She had no chill and she never gave a fuck. She had such an arrogance to her that I couldn't help but gawk at some of her actions. I literally dropped my jaw a few times and laughed out loud. She was cruel!! But, she also had a side that I don’t think I really would have seen had I not read this one. I was not too sure I could empathize with Caroline after that first book, but I got a different look into her thought processes with this one, and that opened my eyes to her and who she really was deep down. Without giving away too much, I will say that there was a deeper pain than the surface allowed me to see Filthy Little Pretties. Does it excuse her behavior? Probably not, but coping mechanisms reveal themselves in many different ways.

I definitely feel like I painted Caroline with a broader stroke after Filthy Little Pretties, but this one broke down who she was and why she was the way she was....it made her a little more human, in turn allowing me to feel her and fall in love with her and her demons. Her fears manifested as angry rants disguising themselves as nonchalance and the lack of caring about anyone else’s feelings. But there was a deeper side to her bitterness and it was perfectly written by Pucci, to the point of me being quite shocked. It’s not pity. It’s understanding.

Discovering Caroline's personal truth was what I needed in order to feel any sort of sympathy for her or her plight. I think it’s pretty safe to say that Pucci gave me a side that worked so exceptionally well with the first book, but showed the truth behind the perception we were originally introduced to - and that is what made me sing a different tune. The fact that she perpetuated this sort of facade to hide behind - my heart hurt for her. That’s something I never thought I’d say.....

There are certain stories you just want to live in....a world full of characters and friendships that make you smile, and absorb your worries. This world is one I want to be a fly on the wall of, knowing I wouldn’t survive in a world with Caroline, but I’d sure love to visit it. This little rich prep school vibe was amazing to be immersed in for a few days, across three books. I LOVE this world. I mean, it's easy to dismiss teens because they are young and immature - but, c'mon. We've all been there. Naughty, dirty, teenaged drama is sometimes the best drama - especially when their problems are far beyond my realm of understanding. I loved every minute of it. A world I’d never know anything about, but it never abated my curiosity.....I feel like I got to live it within the pages of this book. This one made me feel a part of their journey.

"How is it that I can love you and hate you with the same heart?"

This was an engaging read. It’s my favorite when I’m able to discuss a book while reading it and not losing a step in time. The volatility that is shared between Liam and Caroline is the kind of drama and tension I love seeing in a YA book. This is mature YA, but it's still teenagers so their drama isn't always palatable. I loved their love/hate relationship and I really liked the heaviness of this book. I have to admit, though - the amount of hilarity spread between these two had me laughing quite a bit while reading this. Their chemistry was seriously industrial strength - they had all the lust, all the draw, all the intensity you could ask for in a YA story. Again, mature YA, but YA nonetheless. But, you miss out on NOTHING. So so good. I think Pucci nailed the angsty side of young love here. Anger, raw undeniable emotion, perseverance. It’s all in there. It is the quintessential convoluted thinking of teenagers - and how off they can be sometimes, how stubborn they always are. It was suuuch a good story.

Pucci's words are always in motion. She’s fluid on the page and I love that it’s constantly moving in a forward fashion - it never stalls. It’s busy, and that’s just the way I like it. It never stops evolving and that push to get there is never lost in translation. I think what this all comes down to is that I have a serious blogger-author crush on Trilina Pucci and her writing style. It's witty. It's fun. It's mean. It's real. But it's so emotional and sexy in just the right context and I couldn't get enough of them. Their world. Their reality. I'm looking forward to Kai's story - Corrupt Little Bastards - but I'm also dreading it because that means I'm leaving Hillcrest and can't visit them anymore. That'll by a happy-sad day. I preordered that one super quick!

"The last thing I want anyone to know is that Liam makes me feel."

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489 reviews89 followers
March 18, 2022
DNF 3%

This is better read immediately after the first book. As it is, I can't remember a damn thing that happened there so I had trouble following the storyline.
Couple that with rich kids senseless drama and I'm out.
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110 reviews8 followers
March 26, 2021
Chef kiss 💋
It was sooooo good. Liam was dreamy but Caroline stole the show!!! I could read 5 more books about her. She is so interesting. I love a good mean girl who doesn’t stop being diabolical ( 👀).
Pls we need more bitchy, villionous, mean and bewildering wicked heroine who embraces her dark self.
Is Caroline the ultimate mean girl/ bad bitch heroine I’m looking for? 🥺 🐍
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135 reviews159 followers
March 2, 2023
why do i do this to myself🤷‍♀️
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1,162 reviews1,410 followers
March 30, 2021



Star Rating : 4/5 Stars

POV : Dual

Cliffhanger : None

Hero : Liam

Heroine : Caroline

Pace of the story : Moderate

Angst Rating : 5/10

Heat Rating : 6/10

Triggers Involved : Past Abuse

Plot Summary :
Liam has always felt something for Caroline. But she was never the one for him. He wanted her so much that he used his best friend to make her jealous and now everything was complicated.

Caroline was the whole package. She was a bitch most of the time and then the sweet one for a rare moment. Those moments are what made Liam fall for her in the first place. But she was not an easy person to be in love with. Both of them and his best friends are now woven in a trap of lies and deceit that only a few of them can get out.

It's up to Caroline and Liam to finally snatch the happy ending that has always been theirs and to never stop fighting for it.

Overall Opinion :
OMG. I have been crazy about Liam's story right from the moment I met him in the first book! Reading the first book, you won't be able to tell his love for Caroline until the very end of that book. Their relationship was very complicated and it showed. What had me in awe was the fact that how hard they were willing to fight for it!

Caroline and Liam have one hell of a tale full of heartbreaks and Love. Caroline was a tough character to like because she had her moments. But then when she showed her vulnerable side, you couldn't help but fall for her.

I loved this book by this author so much and I am totally addicted to this series. There were parts in the first book where I got bored and in this one too, but the ending and the overall storyline made up for it. I was so excited to see Caroline and Liam get their HEA that nothing could have stopped me. A must read for all the contemporary romance lovers out there!

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222 reviews9 followers
March 23, 2021
There are first loves, great loves, and then there’s Caroline—she’s both.

I’ve been waiting for what feels like forever for Liam and Caroline’s story, so it’s safe to say Vicious Little Snakes is a 2021 anticipated read of mine. I just didn’t expect this book to captivate me so much – I was engrossed!

I crave her more than I hate her.

More high school drama. Love and love lost. Heartache. Sexual tension galore. Vicious Little Snakes was the perfect blend of teenage angst, banter and romance. There’s something about broken characters that draws me in like a moth to a flame – but broken characters written so well? I was putty in Trilina Pucci’s hands.

“How is it that I can love you and hate you with the same heart?”

Liam Brooks owns me. And Caroline Whitmore is my favourite heroine written by Trilina to date (bitchy female characters with a heart under all that… bitchiness are the best, am I right?). The layers and depth. The push and pull. The character development… Yeah, these two are not going to be replaced easily any time soon, if at all.
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443 reviews42 followers
June 14, 2021
We first met Caroline and Liam in book one of Hillcrest Prep (these books are best read in order to get a more complete understanding of the characters).

From book one we got a feel that Liam and Caroline had history but had no idea of what that history was and why the pair grew apart. Book two explores their history. How Caroline got to be Carebare and why she is so attached to Liam. How her mother treated her as a child so strongly influenced the woman she has become. Liam's life had been the opposite to Carolines but when circumstances change so too does Liam.

A beautiful journey these pair experience as they find each other again.
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576 reviews98 followers
July 17, 2022
Angst, smart banter, drama and emotions in this Elite NYC society world read.
The author wrote Caroline the “mean girl” perfectly. She is intelligent, quick witted, complex and vulnerable. Needing to be the perfect daughter and make her own mark in high society.
Liam is the loyal friend and the son that is trying to find his own voice. He sees past Caroline’s vicious ways and knows she is a “carebear” with him.
Also loved all the side characters and the friend group interactions.
If you loved the show Gossip Girl I highly recommend this well written entertaining spicy and emotional read.
Please read book one first to fully enjoy.

Dual POV. New Adult. Check triggers.
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1,368 reviews373 followers
March 26, 2021
This was absolutely amazing. Angsty, steamy, amazingly written. It's my new obsession!!
The author did an amazing job with Caroline's character. She is strong, vicious but she broke my heart. I loved the push and pull of the relationship with Liam.
The plot was fast paced, the writing captivating and I fell for these flawed characters. I am so happy I got to read this book. I have a new favorite author.
Please read it!
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287 reviews26 followers
September 13, 2022
2.5/5 ☆

This was meh, I didn’t read book 1 so I was very confused at the beginning.

Apparently, this is supposed to be Mean Girls and Gossip Girl-ish but most conflicts and “bullying” were just childish.

i decided to use bullet points for this review because I think it gets the points ahead better :)

The Good:
-Caroline, she was mean and wasn’t afraid to be, she’s supposedly inspired by Blair from GG and I kind of see it (but ofc she can't compare with Queen Blair).
-Her backstory was interesting and her past with Liam was entertaining and cute (until he fucked up).
-I loved her frenemies relationship w, Donovan, they kept the spice this book was lacking and I was hoping at many points in the book that they just leave these immature boys and elope. (also I'm sorry but who tf chose that name, I genuinely thought she was a dude for the first 30 pages)
- Kai, the Bi king, was there just to help Caroline out w her needs and to make her happy, he was jealous or cared much about her being w Liam the toddler, he was just always there at the right time.) I won't read the next books in the series but I hope he got a nice story and he doesn’t turn into a douche like ML in this book nor grey (whom I suppose sucks bc Caroline calls Donovan a doormat and I trust her judgement)
-the personalities of the main characters are consistent, they don't change much, caroline is mean and she stays mean but in a better way. Liam stays a pussy the entire book and doesn’t change, Donavan and grey stay the same too.

The bad:
-The writing is very juvenile, I've read Wattpad stories with more depth.
-the character “Laura”, like what is she supposed to be??? A sidekick, like she is missing most of the book but randomly appears and I just don’t understand.
-The last conflict which lasts 5 pages, was just so out of place and unnecessary.
-The devil's tango scenes, are terrible, Liam has the cringiest “dirty talk” ever.
- Some characters are inconsistent, for example, liams dad is all “I decide your future, I own this house” and then he’s like omg I will bail you out of jail and make sure you follow your dreams.
-Same w carolines mom and stepdad, they play a big role in the beginning and then they randomly disappear and are barely mentioned again
- the overall resolution of conflicts, like they just slowly fade away until someone fucks up again and then time passes and everyone is happy again.

He genuinely sucks, I won't go into deep bc he honestly doesn’t deserve it. There is nothing worse in life than a coward for even the little things, this man is a crybaby that throws tantrums.
The entire birthday scene was enough for me to know this guy ain't shit

(Spoilers ahead)
He literally called her a whore, makes fun of her self-harm, about her ED, about her mom not loving her, about him not loving her, and about her secrets. He tells, wait no sorry, he screams like a child all of this in front of everyone at her BIRTHDAY party, all because she tells him she knew he was there when she did something as a consequence of his own coward actions.
This dude strung her along for years, played her heart while he slept w other girls, promised her to be w her publicly, also to take her v-card and to wait for him, she does it, finds out he is on a rampage to take the most v-cards and is currently in a bathroom doing who knows what with who knows who. So she goes and sleeps w someone else, understandably. He saw them doing it. He didn’t know that she did it to spite him. So during the party, he finds that out and goes on this horrible rampage.

And you know what?

Right after he runs away bc he is a pussy, he comes back, SNEAKS INTO HER ROOM and they have seggs. All of this while she is vulnerable and hurt. he takes advantage of this praying for “forgiveness” and then the next day he disappears and doesn’t come back in two weeks.

Dude ghosts everyone just bc he is guilty that he hurt her and bc he didn’t get into a prestigious art program at Columbia, dude still gets into the general course but he is pissed bc he feels ENTITLED to get into it, even though he lacks experience in both life and artistic skills and techniques.

(End of spoilers)

Okay so I did go in deep about him but he still sucks.

This man is just a coward and has a terrible personality. But somehow she forgives him after some time and blah blah.
-Their “Toxic Relationship” is just Liam being toxic and sucking her soul and happiness away while she reciprocates in the same way as a response to his behaviour, Caroline is toxic in general but when it comes to their relationship she only ever is because he has hurt her or betrayed her trust.

The book is entertaining, caroline rocks, Donovan is cool, Grey and Caroline´s sibling thing is okay, Liam is a coward and sucks, and the writing is meh.
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565 reviews182 followers
March 25, 2021

Not gonna lie, my friends...Hillcrest Prep series is a total addiction for me and Liam Brooks OWNS me!! He won me over in Filthy Little Pretties. There was just something about him that pushed him into my number one Trilina Pucci book boyfriend spot. Liam and his journey to HEA with his oh so magically delicious mean girl.

Is completely unforgettable, excitingly unputdownable and at times frustrating yet still so phenomenal and fabulously written. This is a must read for all fans of frenemies to lovers, brothers best friends, and second chance romances. It’s legit the perfect combination of everything you could possibly want, mixed with things you didn’t even know you needed. Yet... Trilina gave them to you in ways so good you will never forget this book!
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So, what can I say about Liam and Caroline without giving anything away?! Well they’re two drop dead gorgeous folks, I’m talking pretty enough to make you cry with their modelish good looks and sex appeal. They ooze confidence. They simultaneously reign over their minions leaving them both terrified and envious of this delicious duo. They lash out with lethal tongues verbally bringing the smack down to anyone who dare cross them. But ultimately only each other has the ability to hurt the other one. Because really only the people you love the most can cut you deepest with just their words. Oh how I cried over this. It was devastating the heartbreak they put each other through to protect themselves and each other from heartache. What a conundrum right! You hurt your person, your ride or die, because you know you will hurt them in the end. Huh! Wow! Try to figure that one out!

While maybe for a millisecond I might have been tempted to tell ol’ Caroline to get on her diamond encrusted broomstick and fly back to her mansion, from very early on I felt like we needed more information about this mean, yet misunderstood princess, and WE GOT IT!! AI really loved how this author allowed us to discover little by little their history and why Caroline was the way she was. And Liam… well he had issues of his own. The way these complex characters had their revelations and grew from them into the characters they became. Oh my heart. It was perfect. They were fantastically flawed. Perfectly imperfect actually. Better together.

This book wasn’t just a story, it was a journey an experience, and it was one I won’t soon forget. I will look back on these characters with fondness and a love for all the pieces of them. The broken and the healed. The mean and forgiven. The snobby and the humbled. This is everything I love about books and reading and life changing characters overcoming the obstacles to be with their one inevitable love.

“You’re my Love-a-Lot.” 😭💔😭

Trust me when I say READ THIS BOOK. Please! You will need tissues😭, wine 🍷 , maybe some chocolate. 🍫 You will laugh and probably also want to throw your kindle. (Don’t actually throw it though). But whatever you do, read it. K?!

Cr8zysockbookblock ratings wrap up.
⭐️Six Imma need more than six this for a masterpiece like this, Stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
🔥Five Holy Hot Dang Flames 🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥
🌪No Cliffy!!🌪- I loved this Ending!!


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665 reviews19 followers
March 29, 2021
4.5 stars!

I have been eagerly anticipating returning to the angst filled elite world of Hillcrest Prep, and Vicious Little Snakes did not disappoint! It was hot, fun, filled with drama, tension and secrets.

Caroline Whitmore’s been in love with Liam Brooks since she was in 6th grade, but her childhood trauma has meant she has had to build a cruel and harsh façade in order to survive. But underneath, she’s a broken girl who just wants to be loved by the boy she loves, but honestly believes that will never happen. Liam Brooks has been in love with Caroline Whitmore since 6th grade, but believe she will never choose him, so has spent his time in the background, being her friend and trying to get over her, knowing full well that will never happen. Their senior year at Hillcrest means they are having to think about their futures, and whatever relationship they have reaches breaking point, but as they fight, hurt and tear each other apart, will it be for good, or will they finally be able to put each other’s broken pieces back together?

Throughout book one, Filthy Little Pretties, Caroline was the villain, the head b*tch at Hillcrest who was enemy number one to Donovan. But in Vicious Little Snakes, Trilina pulls that mask that Caroline hides behind down, and you learn so much more about her, the reasoning behind her vicious personality, and. I never thought I would sympathise, or even like Caroline, but Trilina humanizes her, and once you get even a snippet of why Caroline is wired the way she is, you just want to scoop her up and help her realise her worth. She was flawed, cruel and spiteful, but it was all a way of survival, and by the end, I was cheering her on. Her alliance with Donovan too was so welcome, while they’ll never be besties, they will always be there to support the other when it’s ended.

Liam was always trying to fill the Caroline shaped hole in his life, but unsurprisingly no girl would fit, even Van. He was lost, fighting between following the path he was supposed to and chasing his own dreams, all while watching the girl he was in love with live her life without him, seemingly okay on the outside, not knowing the torment beneath the surface. His path to finding what he wants out of life isn’t without its bumps, including the testing of not only his romantic feelings for Caroline, but his friendship with Grey and Donovan, as well as his parents, which was one of the hardest parts to read. But by the end, he knew that he could achieve whatever he wanted out of life, as long as he had his girl by his side.

As before, it really did remind me of Gossip Girl. Set in NYC, full of rich kids with no parental guidance who ruled their school and their side of the city. It’s a mixture of YA/NA, it’s sexy, nitty-gritty teen angst, the kind that makes your heart ache and break out in a cold sweat at the cruel words exchanged. But let me tell you, one of the scenes towards the end of the book where Liam and Caroline break down their walls is one of the SWOONIEST scenes ever, I literally wanted to cry because of how much love they had for each other, it made all the angst and hurt worth it. Throughout, it’s so clear how much would be solved with just simple communication between Liam and Caroline, but they show their age by not talking, and that’s what makes it so addictive, you want to see how they will hurt each other next, what words and actions will occur to break them even more, which is what makes it even sweeter when they get put back together.

Vicious Little Snakes is the perfect YA romance, but the mature kind, turning the villain to the perfect anti-heroine, one who by the end you are rooting for, despite her flaws. It has everything you need and keeps you hooked from start to finish, because how can two people who have hurt each other so much ever make up? Trilina’s writing really pulls you in and leaves you wanting more, I hope we will get more books from these teens’ crazy world! A must read!

*I received a copy of this book and voluntarily left an honest review.*
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475 reviews4 followers
March 22, 2021

High school can be cruel and savage. Take this and add into the fact that we are talking the crème of the crop that attend with an abundance of money and what do you get at Hillcrest Prep? Vicious Little Snakes. The question is, does Caroline and/or Liam live up to the title of this book? Yes, 100% yes.

Liam is best friends with Grey. Grey has a stepsister, Caroline. While Van was away, Caroline became one of Liam’s best friends. Now, Van is back and has resumed her position of best friends with Grey (boyfriend) and Liam. Where does this put Caroline now? Let me tell you. Pissed off! Take Cruella deVille, Maleficent, Ursala, Harley Quinn and Rachel McAdams in Mean Girls and mix them all together and what do you get? Just a pinkie full of viciousness in Caroline Whitmore. This girl is the Queen of mean.

Liam. I loved Liam in Filthy Little Pretties and wondered what version of him we would find in VLS. Liam is cocky, well loved, adorable and a true friend with those he considers family. He desperately wants to be his own person, but he also does not want to let anyone, specifically his parents, down. He is a wonderful artist with big dreams but is expected to take over his father’s company.

Ms. Pucci built this story amazingly. There are flashbacks, but every single one is pivotal for one reason. Building Liam and Caroline’s back story so that those onion layers merge in the present. Did I like Caroline? Honestly, no, not all the time, but did I get a better understanding of why she was the way that she was. Analogy wise, Caroline is that ‘vicious little snake’, while Liam is the snake charmer.

After all is said and done, when my kindle would not advance anymore, did I feel complete? Did I love the storyline presented to me? Was I happy with the growth of the characters? Yes, yes and yes. The layers, the angst, the forlorn glances, the love all brought this story of Liam and Caroline’s full circle.

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433 reviews85 followers
April 21, 2022
5 ⭐️ I think I need a dip in the pool to cool off after reading this one. Liam Brooks was a total snack in Filthy Little Pretties but he’s even more delicious this time around. There were so many details about Liam that I didn’t pick up on (likely because I was distracted by all those damn forehead kisses) in the last book and I made a few incorrect assumptions about the guy. I love a series that can completely shift how you view a character from one book to the next.

This entire series is so much fun. I rarely agree with those gimmicky marketing comparisons, but calling this a mix between Cruel Intentions and Gossip Girl is more than appropriate. It’s like Gossip Girl After Dark and Miss Caroline Whitmore has been cast as a naughty little Blair Waldorf.

Before I forget, I would really like to thank the author for her snarky little recap at the beginning of the book. I read Filthy Little Pretties not too long ago, but since then I’ve read enough books to kind of drown out the details. It’s surprisingly easy to get your teen angst mixed up! This recap was just what I needed; not a boring summary of the previous book but rather a sassy little snippet to help me remember some key points and crucial conversations. I also really enjoyed the cheat sheet that directs readers to a couple pertinent chapters of Filthy Little Pretties. I quickly skimmed through those before reading this and I’m glad I did (especially since one of them is extra steamy).

These characters are pure entertainment. The Queen of Mean, aka Caroline Whitmore, is the quintessential poor little rich girl. She’s damaged and broken and pretty much pure evil, but you still love her. Then there’s Liam and all his adorable filthy charm. Ugh, I can’t get enough of these two.

Don’t sit this series out if you enjoy rich kids running around Manhattan stirring up all kinds of trouble. There’s a lot of drama and angst (which I can never seem to get enough of) and best of all, these boys are professional dirty talkers and filthy little flirts.

Also, if you're looking for a quick read or want to get a taste of what you can expect from this series, check out Trilina Pucci's novella, Dirty Little Secrets. It takes place between Filthy Little Pretties and Vicious Little Snakes, but there's absolutely no reason you can't read it as a standalone.
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1,241 reviews183 followers
March 18, 2021
The claws are out and the ferocious, princess of mean will cut you off at your knees. High school is brutal! And just when you thought no one could take her on, our boy shows us what he’s made of and he will wreck you!!!

Our girl Caroline is cruel, but it’s hiding so much pain. You’ll hate her but she’ll still win you over with her rare vulnerability. Very few see it, but those who do can’t help but see through her mean girl facade.

Liam is a people pleaser. He’s fine playing second to his best friend, follows the path his father has laid out and is the good time guy. But her, she rattles him. She shakes his foundation and makes him question who he is.

They have an undeniable chemistry. Sparks fly when they are in close proximity. However, it’s always been a secret. Hidden hallways, stolen moments, secret kisses. But secrets will ruin you.

Their love is tumultuous. They tear each other apart. Sometimes you have to strip down to the foundation to re-build stronger. They each fight their own personal battles. To be together, they need to shed the baggage and work toward independence, embrace who they are becoming.

The author took me on a roller coaster ride of emotion. She stripped me down and left me raw. In the harsh truth there is healing. My gosh...she make you feel. I felt their pain and heartache. I cried for their hurt and missed opportunities. I cheered for their resilience as they chose to forgive and move forward and be better. I fell in love with their love for each other. It wasn’t easy at times, but it was worth it.

This series never fails to push your heart to its limit. Love is hard. Sometimes it will physically tear you apart. Caroline and Liam will test these theories. But a love like theirs was the reason why we believe that love conquers all. Liam was a boy who became a man, as we witnessed his taking control of his own destiny and finally laying it all on the line to get the girl. Caroline was fierce. She was strong, yet fragile. She shed her persona and became the woman she was meant to be. You’ll get consumed by this high school romance. Enjoy the ride and a drink or two because you are going to need it.

And the big question is, Where the heck was Liam when I was in high school? ♥️
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279 reviews26 followers
March 24, 2021
Oh my gawd, Vicious Little Snakes by Trilina had my emotions strung tight. It was angsty af, steamy as hell, and I loved every page of it.

Liam is a beautiful, wonderful soul and I’m in love with his sexy, playful, loyal, sensitive self. I loved him in Filthy Little Pretties, and I am IN LOVE with him in Vicious Little Snakes. The man is broody and vulnerable and soft af under that sexy playboy shell and I live for it.

But what I really loved about this book was the way Trilina succeeded in humanizing Caroline (which, if you’ve read FLP, you know seemed like an impossible task).

Not gonna lie, I HATED Caroline in FLP— like, cut off her pony tail and put laxatives in her Diet Coke hate— and because I’m a petty grudge holder it took a good chunk of VLS for me to come over to her side. But damn if Trilina didn’t make me feel for Caroline. I sympathized with her, I understood her, and I rooted for her. I do love a good “Behind the Villain” type of redemptive love story, and this was IT.

By the end, I just wanted to give Carebear a giant hug (after tying her hands and gagging her so she didn’t stab and/or bite me), get drunk with her, and then sic her on my enemies.

I loved this angsty, heart-wrenching, sexy installment of the Hillcrest Prep Series. The sexual tension was INSANE, which made things all the more hot. I loved seeing Donovan and Grey all happy and loved up. I cannot wait for Kai’s story. And also, Babe Brooks is a fucking gem.

This can technically be read as a standalone, but you’ll appreciate and understand the complexity of Caroline and Liam way more if you read Filthy Little Pretties first.
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972 reviews48 followers
March 26, 2021
I love when the mean girl gets her story.

Caroline, I didn't trust her in the first book. I appreciated her meanness but I didn't trust her. When I found out she was getting her book I was GIDDY.

I love the depth and complexities of the mean girls. We all know hurt people hurt people. So who hurt you caroline? Unfortunately, the person who should love you the most in this world failed her. But she's strong and takes nothing from no one. Clearly, in the first book, some characters had soft spots for her, and well it's easy to see why. I just wanna make her some tacos and tell her she's worthy.

Liam, I really loved Liam in the first book. He was fun and charming. He warned us. He was only like that with Van. Like a fool, I didn't believe him. I should've believed him because he was a grade-A jerk in this book. Like FROM THE START!!!! I was like who is this guy?!?!?! And then I would see the Liam he used to be.

The angst level on this one is absolutely high. The ride was so so wild. My emotions a wreck. My heart felt like it had pop rocks in it more times than I can count.

There were a few much-needed conversations between characters that left me feeling man, I don't even know the name of the emotion right now. But I felt honored to be there which is probably silly because this is a book and these people are fiction but I just knew how impactful these conversations were. you know?

Hopefully, this all makes sense because really I'm not done processing what I just read.
March 25, 2021
Finished yesterday and this was honestly, everything I’d hoped it would be. Liam was charming and Caroline was vicious but SO MUCH brewed between them below the surface. Old scars, secret feelings...

*full review*

This was one of my most anticipated releases this year and Trilina delivered in spades! VLS was everything I’d hoped it’d be: sexy, fun, heartbreaking, and deliciously destructive.

This was riddled sexual tension, swoony worthy moments, and witty banter. Liam was oh so charming and Caroline was vicious but broken. Both so tangled up in each other that they cant see the big picture. My heart beats for these two!!

I don't want to give anything away but if you were skeptical about Caroline and if she’d be “deserving” of Liam...have no fear. Trilina did an amazing job pulling back the layers for readers to see the true Caroline.

I love the Hillcrest crew and I can’t wait for Kai’s novella!

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389 reviews33 followers
April 2, 2021
I am so obsessed with this world. I literally want to savor every minute that I’m in it. I love these characters so much— and I already knew after reading FPL this would be one of my new fave series.

Liam and Caroline are a force. Opposites yet also the same and so damn perfect. All of Liam’s goodness helps balance Carebear’s viciousness. We only got a glimpse of who they are in FPL. These two have layers and history..

𝙃𝙤𝙬 𝙞𝙨 𝙞𝙩 𝙩𝙝𝙖𝙩 𝙄 𝙘𝙖𝙣 𝙡𝙤𝙫𝙚 𝙮𝙤𝙪 𝙖𝙣𝙙 𝙝𝙖𝙩𝙚 𝙮𝙤𝙪 𝙬𝙞𝙩𝙝 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙨𝙖𝙢𝙚 𝙝𝙚𝙖𝙧𝙩?

They spend a lot of time hurting each other and a lot of time letting others dictate their decisions but through their push and pull, they won me over big time. I hurt alongside them and rejoiced when they gave in.

𝙏𝙝𝙚𝙧𝙚 𝙖𝙧𝙚 𝙛𝙞𝙧𝙨𝙩 𝙡𝙤𝙫𝙚𝙨, 𝙜𝙧𝙚𝙖𝙩 𝙡𝙤𝙫𝙚𝙨, 𝙖𝙣𝙙 𝙩𝙝𝙚𝙣 𝙩𝙝𝙚𝙧𝙚’𝙨 𝘾𝙖𝙧𝙤𝙡𝙞𝙣𝙚 — 𝙨𝙝𝙚’𝙨 𝙗𝙤𝙩𝙝.

If you love all the angst, amazing dialogue with the perfect dash of humor, STEAM, and all the gossip girl vibes, PLEASE read this series!
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334 reviews15 followers
March 24, 2021
One word: Addicting. That is the word that sums up the amazingness that is Vicious Little Snakes. Beautifully written and all consuming. Their bickering gave me life! The back and forth between the two was both dizzying and exciting. Trilina is a literary goddess!
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33 reviews7 followers
April 15, 2021
Don’t even know where to begin

The good
• Caroline may be a cheeky cow but she’s my sort of cheeky cow eg she’s absolutely iconic. One of many examples I could include - “ I know she thinks I call her kitten because of her master little claws, but it’s not. It’s because I’d like to put her in a pillowcase and throw her in the river”
* again, the nicknames had me. The backstory to Carebear is a bit tragic however
* Kai - the man is an absolute icon, bisexual and thriving. Very wholesome that he continues to be Caroline’s friend despite the situation and everyone needs a fake boyfriend to get them pink cocaine for their birthday
* Donovan and Caroline are the ultimate bitch team and I LOVE IT
* Grey came off quite well in this book actually, a very helpful brother for the most part
* Liams mum is also an icon - she’s literally called Babe, thinks her husband is a wee dick and encourages art school for Liam, is just overall pretty cool
* Caroline and Liam in the past were very cute
* “Don’t hate on excellent women” - again, say it louder for the people in the back
* I would rather read a full book on Kai and Caroline’s open relationship adventures than ever read about Liam again

The meh
* didn’t hate the side plot of Liam being into art, the graffiti was fun but a bit obsessive admittedly
* sex scenes were very mid tier

* mental health - they make some trash jokes and comments on cutting which I was not okay with, didn’t deal with mental health and EDs very well. They try to make Liam wholesome by saying he helps her eat etc but he has such a shit personality otherwise that it makes up for nothing, it’s just a normal human thing to do
* Liam - this section is solely on Liam and how much of a shit person he is. Firstly, he is such a pussy. Every single conflict and annoyance in this book could be solved if he wasn’t such a pussy. It’s not even like he has severely bad mental health and he exudes confidence in so many ways, he is just a big pussy when it comes to how he feels because he’s a man (he also has daddy issues which doesn’t help him out). Secondly, in every single sex scene in this book he says something just so fucking weird. Some examples include - Tasting her (sexually) he equates to hearing music for the first time, picking up a paintbrush for the first time and like rain on a summers day, Your fucking mouth should be weaponised, you have a beautiful pussy but I’m going to murder it now???? In essence he’s a big weirdo. Finally, and worst of all is the fight at Caroline’s birthday party and him generally being a stupid man. I can’t explain my anger at the multiple things he says to her to purposely break her down and make her feel low, he exposes secrets of hers to everyone at her birthday party, makes comments about her cutting and ED and overall uses absolutely foul language you would never say to anyone despite being drunk. And THEN HE HAS THE AUDACITY TO CRAWL TO HER ROOM FOR SEX!!!!!!!! Here is what I wrote at the time of reading the party fight scene - what a pathetic hateful little man, bet his dick is non existent, he’s defo shit at sex and is fuming because he has daddy issues
* I know I don’t strive for realism in smut but in my very personal opinion, there is absolutely no chance they would get back together after their big fight at the party. Like it’s just not even plausible and annoyed me that they were together because I just hated everything Liam did after the fight
* Caroline’s mum is a horrible mum and human at that, never in my life would I expect her to call her daughter a bitch and overweight (in french no less)
* The debutante plot line ended up being an absolute waste of time

Some final funny lines (obviously all from Caroline)
* “He licks his goddamned perfect lips - the actions of a bastard”
* “He’s turned me into an ugly troll”
* “if they can see your ass sweetie, they’ll want anal”
* “What a perfect idea. Maybe I’ll hit you with my car later”
This entire review has been hidden because of spoilers.
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210 reviews2 followers
March 28, 2021

Well I read it in one day.
One day.
I was hooked since page one because I love, love books that have mean, bitchy and hateful main protagonist. I don't know what sort of person does that make me but my fav gossip girl characters was queen B, Blair Waldorf so....
Anyway Caroline is a duplication of Queen Blair, they're soo similar: brunette, bitchy, angry to the world and themselves, broody and aloof but like Blair this are just her wall to protect herself from how much she feels.
I loved her. I mean I know she's bad and blahblahblah but this type of heroine aren't present enough in books imho. We always read about villian girl who wants to stole the hotshot quaterback from the hands of the sweet virgin gal that lives just to save puppys and despite the fact that I like those heroine too (if they arn't made a prototype of the doormat) I crave girls that made mistakes, that aren't perfect, that aren't always good, that like to have fun with guys that aren't necessarily their "one true love", that have bad feelings and bad thought and I like to see how thay make peace with themselves and overcome their personal self hating and find their peace.
That's what I look for and that was what I found in this one.

Liam was okay, he has his moment when he's likable and cute and other when I just wanted to kick him in the balls.

Overall I didn't love the plot that much, I didn't like how the author decided to handle some important moments of the charachter's relationship and their discussion of it but it was entertaing so here I am reviewing it.

P.s.: I don't think this novel can me called "safety approved" --> both MC sleept with other people (even tho is not described and we don't see it in some scenes) but he kissed another girl multiple times to make Caroline jealous (or to punish her? don't remeber) even tho this other girl knows he's in love with Care and was actually her that had suggest him to pretend they were hooking up.
Personally it didn't bother me (Caroline too had a sort of friend with benefit relationship with her bi best friend so to he was getting even? -sort of-) but I think what lack more was the absence of confrontation about his whoreing around and - most of all - his feelings for his best friend (who is the main heroine of the previous book who "has to decide" who she loves between her two best friend, Liam and Caroline's step bro) because most of Caroline insecurities were born - imho - from the fact that she thought she came second in comparison to his best friend.

If you have read other books with this type of heroine, pleaseeeeeeee 🙏 share your reccomendationssss!!
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191 reviews1 follower
May 7, 2021
This was so good!!!!???? So much better written than book #1 also. But Caroline was my favorite part, her character development was insane and so well achived, she was that type of girl you're supposed to hate but in reality she was so much more. I loved Liam in book #1 but in this one I went from loving him to hating him and back again to loving him. The angst was out of this world too.

This is probably the first highschool romance I actually enjoyed so if, like me, you're not into those, definitely pick this one up cause it's the exception.
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Author 21 books169 followers
October 10, 2021
I can't get enough

This series is like an extended version of cruel intentions. I loved Liam and Caroline, I loved Kai and I loved seeing Grey and Van from the outside perspective.
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