Book Review: The Lovely Reckless by Kami Garcia

I’M BACK Y’ALL! I finally have a new computer that works and I can finally start posting more consistently. I’m really excited that I can get back to blogging and Instagraming because I miss it soooooo much.

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With that being said, instead of doing a Monthly Wrap Up, I am just going to post a book review. It’s been ages since I posted one so here ya go. Also, this was one of my favorite  books of the year in 2016!

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Title: The Lovely Reckless

Author: Kami Garcia

Rating: 5/5

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I’ve become an expert at avoiding things that could hurt me—which means I will figure out how to stay away from Marco Leone.

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 a public high school in the Downs, where fistfights 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?

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I adored this book. It was fast paced, thrilling, entertaining, sexy, and so much more. I had fallen in love with Kami Garcia’s writing after reading the Beautiful Creatures series. Let me tell you, she does not disappoint. This being her first YA contemporary novel, I kind of threw all of my expectations out the window and went into The Lovely Reckless blind. I’m so happy that I did.

The story revolves around Frankie Devereaux, a girl who has it all until her boyfriend is murdered in front of her. We get flashbacks to the old Frankie and what she was like before the death of Noah but the story is more of the aftermath. Frankie goes off the deep end one night and finds her life flipped upside down. She moves in with her father, who’s an undercover cop, and transfers to the public school in what they call “the Downs”. I get a greaser verses socs vibe when it comes to that.

Of course, there has to be an attractive male… so insert Marco. Marco is the bad boy of the school. He’s got tattoos, races cars, and is hella sexy. So obviously, I love him. He’s your typical bad boy who has a heart of gold. Their relationship is beautiful and their love for each other made me want to be in love that way.

This book had me on edge half the time. Frankie ends up have to compete in a illegal street race to help her new friend Cruz out. The whole “who killed Noah” had me worried in the beginning and then shocked in the end. And don’t even get me started on the last few chapters..too much stress.

The other characters in this book were so on point. Lex is Frankie’s best friend since she was younger. I like Lex. She reminds me of one of my good friends. There’s Abel who annoyed me but also made me love him in the end. But my favorite would have to be Cruz. This is my girl! She’s so badass. Her and Frankie’s relationship is so unique. I love it.

The Lovely Reckless is one of those books that I devoured. I started it last one night and stayed up until all hours of the morning to finish it. The heart of the story had me crying and the suspense had me nervous as heck. Kami Garcia did not disappoint.

If you want more from Kami Garcia, you can check her out here. And if you want to read The Lovely Reckless, you can buy it at Barnes & Noble and Amazon.

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