29 Sep 2016

The Lovely Reckless Review + Book Tag!

The Lovely Reckless synopsis from Amazon:

"From #1 New York Times bestselling author Kami Garcia, a contemporary romance full of loss, love and redemption…

Seventeen year-old Frankie Devereux would do anything to forget the past. Haunted by the memory of her boyfriend’s death, she lives her life by one dangerous rule: nothing matters. At least, that’s what Frankie tells herself after a reckless mistake forces her to leave her privileged life in the Heights to move in with her dad―an undercover cop. She transfers to public school in the Downs, where fistfights in the halls don’t faze anyone and illegal street racing is more popular than football.

Marco Leone is the fastest street racer in the Downs. Tough, sexy, and hypnotic, he makes it impossible for Frankie to ignore him . . . and how he makes her feel. But the risks Marco takes for his family could have devastating consequences for them both. When Frankie discovers his secret, she has to make a choice. Will she let the pain of the past determine her future? Or will she risk what little she has left to follow her heart?

Your own heart will race with each page turn of this heart-stopping star-crossed love story."

My experience with The Lovely Reckless:

When I was offered the opportunity to receive an ARC of Kami Garcia's 'The Lovely Reckless' I just about jumped for joy! After reading the synopsis I was extremely excited to get going on my read. I absolutely adore reading a good contemporary YA novel in between my big fantasy reads.

I have to admit, for a while I was in the biggest reading slump, but 'The Lovely Reckless' got me out of it very quickly. Within the first couple of pages I was hooked and couldn't wait to learn what was going to happen next. This is not your typical YA novel.

'The Lovely Reckless' follows the story of Frankie Devereux who is seventeen and has gone through an extremely traumatic event that has effectively changed the course of her life. Before that she's a straight A student at a private high school, worrying about what cute outfit she can wear next and what parties she should be seen at. After, however, she finds that she no longer cares about such things and lands herself living with her dad, who's an undercover cop.

This fast-paced novel is one you're going to need to put some time aside for, because honestly, once you start, you'll be hooked. I really loved our main character, and how aware she was of how stubborn she was being in certain situations. I mean, there's nothing worse than a character who isn't aware they're doing something that is harmful to them and frustrating to us readers! This isn't the case with Frankie, she knows she's stubborn and she owns it.

One of my favourite things about 'The Lovely Reckless' was all the female friendships. And I know what you're thinking, "This is a love story!", but it's really a lot more than that. Throughout the novel, we see relationships with old friends and new friends go through trials, but come out stronger on the other side. Plus, the relationship that Frankie has with Marco's younger sister is just lovely. In addition to Frankie's female friendships, there's a side story or plot that follows one of her friends, Abel, who has also ended up at the same school as she is now attending, that was fantastic and heart-wrenching.

Now, on to Marco, our love interest of this novel (and literally everyone's book boyfriend after this beauty releases, let's be real!), he's just... amazing. And I really don't want to say much more than that and end up spoiling your moments with him, but you should totally expect some *swoon* moments. I guess the only thing that bothered me about the relationship between Marco and Frankie was that it felt a little bit like insta-love, but in such a fast-paced book, I could understand why everything happened as it did.

There are literally so many things I could write about this book, but I don't want to end up giving the entire plot away. The only thing that bothered me in the novel was that I felt as though the end scenes could have been longer and more intense, there was a lot of build up for a short dramatic scene that I expected to be slightly scarier. In saying this, my heart was racing at the end, and I did read it so quickly that I had to go back and re-read the end (why do I always do that to myself?!)

'The Lovely Reckless' is different from any contemporary I've read and I loved it for that! Fast cars, amazing friendships, the book boyfriend from heaven, and more. You'll find yourself wrapped up in the pages and wishing for more when it's over. I gave 'The Lovely Reckless' 4/5 stars (★★★★☆) and would 100% recommend it to any lover of contemporary YA!

'The Lovely Reckless' releases October 4th, 2016, and you can order a copy of the book here! Plus, if you live in the US and you pre-order a copy, you can send proof and be entered to win a huge prize pack of goodies! Click here for more details.

About the author:

Kami Garcia is the #1 New York Times, USA Today & international bestselling coauthor of the Beautiful Creatures and Dangerous Creatures novels. BEAUTIFUL CREATURES has been published in 50 countries and translated in 39 languages, and the film Beautiful Creatures released in theaters in 2013, from Warner Brothers. Kami’s solo series, The Legion, includes the instant New York Times bestseller UNBREAKABLE, and the sequel UNMARKED, both of which were nominated for Bram Stoker Awards. Her forthcoming YA contemporary romance THE LOVELY RECKLESS releases on October 4, 2016, followed by THE X-FILES ORIGINS: AGENT OF CHAOS, a novel about a teenage Fox Mulder, in January 2017, both from Imprint (Macmillan).

Kami was a teacher for seventeen years before co-authoring her first novel on a dare from seven of her students. If she isn’t busy watching Supernatural, Kami can teach you how to escape from a pair of handcuffs or bake a Coca-Cola cake. She lives in Maryland with her family, and their dogs Spike and Oz (named after characters from Buffy the Vampire Slayer).

Keeping up with the author:

Website // Twitter // Instagram // Facebook // Pinterest // YouTube // Tumblr // Goodreads 

In honour of the release of Kami Garcia's 'The Lovely Reckless' on October 27th, I've decided to create a book tag with questions related to characters in the book! I'll tag some people at the bottom of this post, but please feel free to tag yourself to get the ball rolling, and be sure to leave a link in the comment section to your answers to the questions, as I'd love to read them!

The Lovely Reckless book tag: (Pick...)

  1. ... your secret book boyfriend crush and why
  2. ... the character you would choose to drive your getaway car
  3. ... a book you weren't sure about at first, but ended up falling in love with
  4. ... a book you can't stop re-reading
  5. ... your favourite bad boy with a heart of gold
  6. ... a song perfectly describes a character from the last book you read
  7. ... the most romantic scene from a book that you've read
  8. ... a character would you most like to cook you dinner
  9. ... a character you knew that you hated from the start
  10. ... your favourite book with forbidden love
  11. ... a book that you'd never want people to catch you reading
  12. ... a character you would love to be friends with in real life and why
My answers: 

1. Your secret book boyfriend crush and why?

Okay, so this is totally embarrassing to admit, but for the longest time, I had a huge crush on Oliver Wood from Harry Potter that was 100% influenced by the fact that I saw the first film before I read the book. He was essentially the jock of the Harry Potter world and younger Lauren dug that... I told you that was embarrassing... 

2) The character you would choose to drive your getaway car? 

The fictional character that I'd choose is probably Kady Grant from Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff... I mean, if you've read Illuminae you may understand why I'd want that. She's super bad ass and isn't afraid of running over a few bad guys (okay, that sounds awful, but I'm in a getaway car situation, cut me some slack!)

3) A book you weren't sure about at first, but ended up falling in love with?

Patrick Ness' 'The Rest of Us Just Live Here' totally falls under that category with me (along with about a million others, but this is the one I can think of right now!) I received the book in the first The YA Chronicles box and was a bit skeptical, but I have never enjoyed a book so much! I recommend it to as many people as I can because it's truly worth reading. I even had my other half listen to the audio book with me on our way to Hobbiton... because I'm cool like that. 

4) A book you can't stop re-reading?

I think we can sense this answer coming, right? I may or may not have re-read the Harry Potter series over 25 times in my life (there was one summer where I read it three times over because I'd just moved countries and who doesn't need Harry Potter in that situation?!) so that's my answer. I'm not really the kind of person who re-reads a book, to be honest! 

5) Your favourite bad boy with a heart of gold

Can I even promise that this will be my last Harry Potter related answer to these questions...? Probably not, sorry! I'm all for that loveable and problematic favourite, Draco Malfoy. While I don't love a lot of the things he did in the earlier books, I do feel for him tremendously in the last few. I will never, ever, see him with Hermione, but whenever I read books 5-7, my heart strings are tugged on for the poor Malfoy boy *sobs* I'm not even sure whether he can be described as someone with 'a heart of gold' but there are definitely some flecks in there, and that's worth the mention. 

6) A song that perfectly describes a character from the last book you read?

One of the books I've read most recently (that wasn't non-fiction or a HP book) was Sing by Vivi Greene, which is a really fun and easy contemporary read that you should definitely check out! And honestly, I'm going to pick a Taylor Swift song for our main character Lily Ross, because if she isn't at least a tiny bit influenced or inspired by that pop princess then I'll eat my hat. I'm choosing Mary's Song (Oh my my) because I imagine it's what she would write during the course of the book. 

7) The most romantic scene from a book that you've read 

There's a scene from Kiera Cass' The Siren where the main character and the guy she's interested in bake in his college dorm kitchen and it's the sweetest thing ever. Because she's literally a siren, and therefore cannot speak to him without killing him, she pretends to be mute. He cannot bake to save his life, but she helps him and then other members of the dorm come in and help and it's just so sweet! That's the only thing that comes to mind, and it's more cute than romantic, but it's the kind of first date that I think is perfect. 

8) A character that you'd most like to cook you dinner

He never really does the cooking and no one knows who does (at least where I am in The Night Circus, anyway) but I'd love to attend one of Chandresh Christophe Lefevre's Midnight Dinners, in the book they seem so wonderful, with entertainment and the weirdest mix of food and drinks ever, but I would absolutely LOVE to go to one! 

9) A character you knew you hated from the start

As far as awful characters go, I have two answers to this question because I cannot decide between the two! The first is new on my list, and that's Judge Crevan from Cecelia Ahern's 'Flawed' -- he is so sick and twisted and does the most awful things throughout the course of the story that actually made me sick to my stomach. The second is President snow from The Hunger Games, because who didn't hate him with a burning passion? I don't think that one needs explanation. Plus, shoutout to Doleres Jane Umbridge, because who could leave her out of a list like this one?

10) Your favourite book with forbidden love

This one is definitely an easy one for me, my favourite definitely has to be The Host by Stephenie Meyer! It's been a favourite book of mine for the longest time, I know a lot of people are reluctant to try it out, but I fell in love with that book and still have my battered original copy. 

11) A book that you'd never want people to catch you reading

This is a tough one because I'm not usually embarrassed by anything that I read, I mean, I'm reading it for a reason, right? I can only think that perhaps I wouldn't like someone to see me reading something like Fifty Shades of Grey or a book with a particularly non-PG cover.

12) A character you would love to be friends with in real life and why 

I promised that I wouldn't go back to Harry Potter anymore, but I lied. There is no one on this planet, fictional or not, that I would rather be friends with more than Hermione Jean Granger. That girl was my best friend growing up and I still think "What would Hermione do?" even if I couldn't apply the answer to my own life. "When in doubt, go to the library" is the best thing to happen and Hermione is such a good friend to everyone around her. If my friendship with her could be the same as her friendship with Ginny, I'd just cry. 

That's it for the tag! I hope you enjoyed my answers and that they weren't too boring. I tag: Christine from WeeReader, Tamsien from BabblingBooks, Lauren from FictionTea, and Cait from PaperFury! I hope that's okay, I wasn't sure who to tag, haha!

If you'd like to do this tag, please do! And make sure to send me a link in the comments below so I can see what your answers are! Hope you enjoy it!

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