The Lovely Reckless by Kami Garcia

Summary:
Seventeen-year-old Frankie Devereux would do anything to forget the past. Haunted but 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?
The Lovely RecklessReview:
After reading Kami Garcia’s other contemporary novel, Broken Beautiful Hearts, I knew I needed to read The Lovely Reckless. A friend of mine recommended that I pick this one up because she really enjoyed it. I’m a little sad to say that I didn’t enjoy it as much as I hoped I would. The overall story was good. It was interesting, fast paced, and kept my attention. There were just a few things I didn’t like. The romance was okay, but it was definitely insta-lovey and that’s one of my least favorite tropes. It can be done well, but I don’t think it was here.

“Sometimes scars make people stronger”

Our main character, Frankie, is dealing with watching her boyfriend get murdered and having PTSD and memory loss from that night. The last thing she really needs it a new boy. Though, I didn’t hate it totally, I just think it shouldn’t have been the main focus of the story. I think this book would have been much better had the focus been more on Frankie dealing with her grief and accepting the things she’s learned in this difficult time as well as trying to remember what happened the night her boyfriend was murdered.

“Ignoring it is the same as giving them permission. Never give anyone permission to  disrepect you.”

Despite this, I liked Frankie. She was grieving, but she was fierce and just trying to feel anything really. I liked her friendship with Cruz, a classmate at her new school. I also liked her friendship with her best friend. They had their ups and downs, but managed to work through their problems and still be there for one another. Then there’s Marco. I could appreciate his character, especially because I love an interestingly written bad boy that has soft boy motivations. He does some shady things, but he does it for his family.
The book was also a bit predictable. There were a few smaller twists that I predicted way in the beginning of the story. This isn’t totally a bad thing, but I’m usually really bad at predicting things like that.

“Every once in a while, the universe gives us what we ask for,  so just make sure you’re asking for the right things.”

I enjoyed reading this book, but it wasn’t anything that blew me out of the water. Garcia’s writing has definitely improved from this to her newest novel. This story was fun and fast paced. The characters were interesting and relatable. I appreciated the overall messages within the story. There were characters from all sorts of backgrounds with all sorts of motivations. I will definitely continue buying and reading Garcia’s books without a doubt.

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

Broken Beautiful Hearts by Kami Garcia

Summary:
When star soccer player Peyton Rios receives an offer from her first-choice college, her senior year starts off exactly as planned…until she uncovers her boyfriend’s dark secret. Peyton confronts him and finds herself falling down a flight of stairs. Her knee-and possibly her dream of going pro-is shattered. Everyone at school is talking: Was she pushed, or did she fall? Peyton knows the truth, even if no one believes her.
With her future on the line, Peyton goes to stay with her uncle in a small Tennessee town to focus on her recovery. That’s where she meets Owen.
A year ago, Owen Law’s life changed and he doesn’t want anyone to know why-until he meets the new girl in town. But dating is off the table for Peyton, even for a guy as sweet and sexy as Owen. He tries to chip away at her walls, but Peyton senses that he’s hiding something and she’s afraid to trust her own heart. When their secrets are finally exposed, Peyton has to decide if love is worth fighting for.
Review:
I loved this book. I wish that I could just say that and be done with this review because really, I loved it and I just want everyone to read it. This was a compelling story filled with so many different things that I like. We follow our main character as she’s dealing with potentially losing everything she’s worked toward her whole life. Also dealing with her crazy ass ex-boyfriend, moving across the country, adjusting to a new school, and grieving for her father.
There were so many different things going on in this story, but it wasn’t too much. All the different aspects of the story were brought together so well that it just worked out.
Peyton was a fierce and fiery character that didn’t back down, even when it would have been the easy thing to do. She stands up to all sorts of bullies, from snotty cheerleaders to MMA fighters on steroids, she’s brave and stubborn. I really loved Peyton. I don’t know that I related to her so much as I just really respected her as a person. She’s someone I could be friends with in real life for sure.
The twins, Peyton’s cousins, Cameron and Christian were a great part of this story. They come off as big dumb jocks at first, but you learn that there more than that. They’re loyal and quick to defend those they care about. They do say some dumb things but don’t have an issue being corrected and learning why they were wrong. They just made me laugh and I loved them.
I liked Grace too. She was sweet and I’m so happy with how her story ended. She was a good friend to Peyton when she needed one and I loved seeing the girls get to know one another.
Tessa really pissed me off, but I understood (to a point) where she was coming from. She’s another character that I was happy with how things turned out. I’m happy with how she and Peyton figured things out, though we didn’t get a whole lot of closure on her after that.
I hated Peyton’s ex-boyfriend and I’m not going to name him so the thing that happens, in the beginning, doesn’t get spoiled but I hated him. He was a giant jerk and I knew things were just going to get worse. The whole situation at the beginning of the book made me so mad. I think because this is something that happens all the time in the real world, it just made me so mad.
Now, my favorite character, Owen. I loved him. He stood up for the little guy. He was nice even when he was supposed to be portrayed as a jerk. He’s big and tough and exactly what Peyton needed at the time. I love that they pushed each other’s buttons. They made me laugh the whole book.
I just really loved everything about this story. It was real and hard to read in some parts. It talked about real things that happen every day in real life and it doesn’t shy away from anything. I definitely think this should be a more widely read and talked about story because it is an important one for sure.

“I used to believe that everyone gets one perfect day sometime in their lives-if they were lucky. But I had it all wrong. We don’t get one perfect day. We get a lifetime of imperfect days, and it’s up to decide what we want to do with them.”

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

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Amanda’s Top Ten Tuesday – Will Make You Cry

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week we have a different topic that we write our top ten about. This weeks topic is top ten books that will make you cry. I think this is a really interesting topic. Here’s what I came up with.

1)Looking for Alaska by John Green– This is my absolute favorite book that I’ve ever read. Everytime I reread it I always cry even though I know how the story ends.

2)The Fault in Our Stars by John Green– Tfios is definitely in my list of top five favorite books. And its impossible to read this book without crying.

3)The Book Thief by Markus Zusak– I recently read this book, and cried over it. Lesiel’s story is just so strong.

4)The Beautiful Creatures Series by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl– As I read this series I got really attached to the characters and their lives. There are some big losses in this series.

5)Origin by Jennifer L. Armentrout– The Lux Series is a relatively new favorite of mine. There is just so much sadness and love in from these characters.

I’m not going to make it to ten on this tuesday, so five it is. These five books made me cry. Anyone else agree?
-Amanda.