The Lovely Reckless by Kami Garcia | Heart-felt and thrilling

October 4, 2016 | Posted by Genesis in Book Reviews | 23 Comments

The Lovely Reckless by Kami Garcia | Heart-felt and thrillingThe Lovely Reckless
by Kami Garcia
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult
Publication Date: October 4th 2016 by Imprint
Format: eARC
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4 Stars
Source: Publisher via Netgalley

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?

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

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Frankie has started to spiral out of control. She has PTSD from when her boyfriend was murdered right before her eyes. She’s the only witness but she can’t remember much of what happened. The girl with 4.0 GPA, always happy and friendly, who never got into trouble and wanted to go to Stanford is now getting drunk, not caring which college she goes to, and ignoring all her friends. One night and a mistake later land her with her father, an undercover cop in the ugly side of town, Downs. It is at her new school where she meets Marco, a tattooed street racer. She’s been pushing the boundaries lately, stepping out of the norm of what she would normally do, and Marco will be one of them.

Before Noah died, I never took risks. I was afraid of disappointing someone or screwing up the Plan. Now I’ve disappointed everyone. There’s no Plan and no Noah, and I’m still afraid.

I felt so much sympathy for Frankie. She’s dealing with so much: PTSD, trying to piece together the night of the murder, moving to a new school, adjusting to a new “life”. It hurts her to think of the past, how her life used to be, so she distances herself from her best friend. I didn’t agree with this decision since Lex is the best friend anyone could ever ask for and both girls needed one another. I loved how tough Frankie truly is and her development. Along the way she had to take risks in order to save those she loved and I was loving her fierceness.

If there is a god, please don’t let this guy sit next to me.
My mouth goes dry as he approaches. Marco drops into the vinyl chair across from mine, which is worse than if he sat next to me, because now I have nowhere to look except him.
Apparently, God is alive and well, and he has a sense of humor.

Can we talk about Marco now? Let’s talk about Marco. Gosh, where do I even start?! As soon as Marco was introduced and he smiled, I swooned. He has this bad boy vibe to him but there’s so much more to him! My heart was so torn for him and I just wanted to wrap him up in a blanket and then hug him tight. He went through so much as a child and now he’s taking care of his little sister, Sophia. Life hasn’t been easy for him and he has had to do things he never wanted to do. But he will do anything to keep Sophia safe, even if it means putting himself in danger. His relationship with Frankie turned out to be so cute and kind of sexy! The kisses were very steamy! It was kind of insta-lovey and I was ready to protest, but I couldn’t help but love them together!

“Marco will fight for his sister, for his friends, and I’m willing to bet he’d fight to the ends of the earth for you. But he won’t fight for himself. He only sees one door, Frankie. He needs someone to show him the other ones.”

Frankie built a lot of friendships and I was so happy to see these friends standing by her side. Lex and Cruz are at the top of the list. They are great friends that I’d love to have! Both are bold, eccentric, outgoing, a little reckless, and fierce. So yes, I totally want them as my best friends. They stood by Frankie’s side, especially Lex. Frankie and Lex used to be friends before Noah’s death. After that, Frankie pushed her away and it hurt Lex a lot. I’m glad that Frankie was able to reconnect with her.

I need to talk about my feelings here. Guys, my heart broke so much while reading. I can’t go into detail, but I will say prepare yourself. I was not expecting to feel so much, to the point of having tears in my eyes, for this story. But I did. It was so heart-breaking at times and I didn’t know how to deal with this! It ended up being very beautiful, though. It was totally worth the heart-breaking moments.

I actually wish this story had more racing and more cars. I’ve only read ONE other book that’s YA, has humor yet it’s somewhat dark, and it involves racing and it’s a book on Wattpad. I’ve re-read that book so many times over the years. When I found about The Lovely Reckless would have a similar approach, I knew I had to read it. I’m so happy Kami Garcia took the plunge and wrote this story since it really is great. Now, I’ll be hoping that she writes another story with these characters, but maybe another couple 😀

Overall, The Lovely Reckless is a thrilling fast-paced and heartfelt contemporary with a cute and sexy romance that readers will adore!

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About Kami Garcia

Kami Garcia is the #1 New York Times & USA Today bestselling co-author of the Beautiful Creatures novels & the Dangerous Creatures novels, and the author of the instant New York Times bestseller & Bram Stoker Award nominated novels UNBREAKABLE & UNMARKED in the Legion Series. Her contemporary romance THE LOVELY RECKLESS releases on October 4th (Imprint/Macmillan).

Kami grew up outside of Washington DC, wore lots of black, and spent hours writing poetry in spiral notebooks. When Kami isn't writing, she lives to bake, watch bad disaster movies, and listen to Soundgarden. She lives in Maryland with her husband, son, daughter, and their dogs Spike and Oz (named after characters from Buffy the Vampire Slayer).

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  • I was a little hesitant about this one because I haven’t heard the best things about Kami Garcia’s writing, but I think I’m going to request a copy from the library now. I didn’t realize it dealt with PTSD and from the sounds of it, it’s done well. Also, I need to meet Marco and steal him away from you! 😉

    • I think I only read Beautiful Creatures (the first book) and that was it. I don’t remember much about it so I can’t judge on that. I admit I was only interested in this one because of the illegal racing LOL
      YOU WILL NOT STEAL MARCO FROM ME!

  • oh man an emotionally charged book, now I wonder what happened that bought you half to tears >.<

  • At first, I was really excited about this book but then people started reviewing it and it wasn’t getting a lot of great reviews so like Nick, I’ve been hesitant to pick it up for myself. I’m glad I read your review for it because I think I can get down with this book. I need to meet Marco too!

    • Yeah I know what you mean. I honestly stayed away from reviews for this one so I had no idea what to expect from it. I’m glad I went in blind 🙂

  • I wasn’t sure on this one. But I love having all the feelings and tears when I read a book so I will have to think about adding it. Great review!!

  • I love a bad boy with a tortured soul 🙂 Nice review! ~Aleen

  • I do have a soft spot for bad boys who adore their little sisters! Lol. I just like the contrast of the rough exterior and the soft, chewy middle. 🙂

  • Jolene Wilson

    Great review. I keep hearing about this book!

  • LostinLit Becca

    I am seeing this book everywhere and I seriously NEED a copy! Great review Gen!

  • Eva

    Great review! This isn’t quite my cup of tea but so glad it was done well! I really love this author too so I am slightly curious about the bad boy in this one!

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  • Ohhh wow, I didn’t expect this book to be so… emotional! I am kind of mad at myself for giving it away now! I didn’t think it would be so full of feels- and I DID think it would be too “cars and bad boys”-ish. So now I am smacking myself! I am so glad that you loved it, and I may actually need to give it a chance now! Fabulous review, Gen!

  • Love the sound of this one! It totally has a Katie McGarry vibe to me (and that is *such* a good thing). I love the fact that there are great friendships (bonus!) I wasn’t sure about this one at first but your review has me sold!