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Pretty Reckless (All Saints High Book 1) Kindle Edition
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- ASIN : B07R9PNH9F
- Language : English
- File size : 742 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 363 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: 1,712 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Pretty reckless is high school rivals, with a side of enemies to lovers, wrapped in heart wrenching angst. From the moment I started this book I knew this was going to be a five star read, it consumed me and made it so impossible for me to stop reading.
This story I loved so much, we see daria as the girl who has everything at her finger tips but hides her broken, bleeding and dark parts. Penn sees through all the Queen B facade and he sees all that she is hiding underneath, her flaws and all.
These two people are from complete opposite sides of the tracks. Penn coming from the wrong side of town and known as the tin man and Daria as the rich mean girl.
I absolutely loved Daria, she is the girl with a huge chip on her shoulder and can be down right vicious. I love that she is completely unapologetic, but through seeing glimpses of being in her head, we see glimpses of her vulnerability and what causes her to lash out.
You may think you know what pretty reckless is going to be about, you don’t. Daria and Penn are so complex, I never expected the twists and turns that came out of no where. This isn’t just the love story of Daria and Penn but it’s about her family as well. This family is broken, but in the darkest of times families need to stick together. We see the steps that this family takes to mend what’s happened.
Pretty reckless is full of tons of back and fourth, drama, drama, drama, mountain of feels, twists and turns and so much chemistry.
It’s not only all that above but it’s filled with such a emotional, that you feel like your on a roller coaster with the highs and lows, it’s filled with hate but lust, sexual tension to the extreme, filled with secrets, lies, betrayal, revenge and so much more.
I guarantee when you start this book, you will devour it and love it just as much as I did.
This world of the rich, with some of the poorer people thrown in, really is a shark tank of infested people. The things they do to each other are horrible. I could understand why Daria was rebelling in terms of her mother, but she really approached it the wrong way, and the whole social circle and ladder at school was horrendous.
I know I'm not really making it sound like this is a good book, but it was, and I was suckered in by it, its just that the characters are so horrible to each other. I guess it's one of those love to hate kind of books. Penn and Daria really turned around by the end, and had some character growth, so that was really nice, and I think it would be interesting to read about some of their peers, even if I did despise most of them lol.
An interesting world, and one I will probably come back to at some point.
Daria is complicated, flawed and messed up. Penn is also complicated and messed up. Together they are amazing! Once again L.J. Shen wrote a story about 2 people falling in love that you are rooting for wholeheartedly! There’s angst and drama, but also love, acceptance and redemption.
Today I will go back and read from the start.. because Daria deserves to have her whole story read! As always L.J. Shen, your writing is superb! Only you could make me read a book about a anti-heroine!!!!
If you've read DEFY then you will recognize that Daria is the eldest daughter of Jaime and Melody, a book I LOVED, by the way, I wish I knew this tidbit before starting this story of Daria and Penn because I would have re-read DEFY.
This story is just as intense as Shen's other books in this series but I love the superb character development, and in my opinion, not many authors are talented enough to pull off the HATE TO LOVE dynamic. This book is well WORTH the read.
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Penn is the poor badboy, who does everything for the benefit of his twin sister Violet. Daria is in his sights, he was revenge and blames Daria for his sisters disappearance.
OH MY GOD, this book, what a ride!! My emotions were most definitely pushed to their limit. I both loved and hated it, i both loved and hated both characters!! Yet i was drawn to them like a moth to a flame.
So much happens in this book, from beginning to end, its emotional relevations along the way and you barely get time to breathe
This book covers so many issues, lies, jealousy, manipulation, trust, Love, Hate, bullying. It's not the easiest of reads but its one that will have to hooked so deep that like the characters you will have no escape. Both main characters, were in their own way Bully's, and at times i felt this a little difficult, even if i could understand that all their thoughts and feelings were leading to their behaviour. At the same time I loved them, their intensity, their connection. This whole group of people were pretty messed up and dysfunctional yet they were striving to make things right. Each and every step this couple took wasn't easy but i loved every moment of it. This book, just like the characters, challenged me all the way. It hit me deep and it hit me hard. So much happens in this book, from beginning to end, its emotional revelations along the way and you barely get time to breathe, never mind eat, drink or sleep!!! Definitely a book you have to dive into and be prepared for a hell of a ride !!!!
It absolutely blew me away.
Completely and utterly blew me away. There’s many ways to categorise this book - it is a love story, a high school drama, a bully romance. The blurb introduces our hero as the foster brother - so is it a bit taboo? I honestly can’t put this book into a neat box. It’s an experience all on its own. It’s beautiful and tragic and dramatic all at once.
LJ Shen has tapped into the souls of every girl who didn’t feel the pride of her mother, who had to keep up appearances because Marx forbid she’s a real person, who had secrets and shamed and felt alone in them. And she did it perfectly.
Even if you’re not the biggest romance fan, Pretty Reckless deserves a spot on your TBR shelf (and should swiftly be put on your read shelf too).
I have been eagerly awaiting this release for months and 'Oh Marx!' … It did not disappoint.
Without giving anything away (because you need to go in blind for the best experience), Daria is a misunderstood character who hides her true self and feelings from her family and friends, creating a whole load of drama!
Enter Penn who understands her, sees through her walls and barriers and manages to turn her world upside down - whilst making it far from an easy ride for her. Their relationship was so great and I loved how their story unfolded.
Where this book REALLY got me was the relationship between Daria and Mel. I have read so many comments of dislike towards Mel, but I actually didn’t get that. Sure, she made some mistakes, but Daria was doing the same. When it came to a certain chapter between the two of them, I was, quite literally, tearing up.
Jamie was a fantastic father and he had me smiling and laughing in so many scenes. It was good to see some interaction between the Hot Holes! I was more excited for Vaughn’s story before this read, but Knight was so loyal, charming and hilarious that I think I’m now anticipating his more!!
Whoever comes next, I can’t wait to see where the story goes and eagerly await both of them.
Thank you, Leigh! You are a truly fantastic writer who has left me with one heck of a book hangover!
OMG did she deliver with this book, the complexity behind Daria and just her life was phenomenal. I hated her, loved her, cried with her, was angry with her, felt injustice for her and everything. She was beautiful and is easily one of my favourite characters to date. "You're made of gold Daria, and so much soul."
Penn was angry and yet soft, he was caring and hard all in one and his and Daria's relationship was beautifully heartbreaking! I adored them and adored this journey the book took me on, it was dark and yet relieving all in one! I can't wait to continuously reread it!