Pretty Reckless

Pretty Reckless

We were supposed to be best friendsBut turned out to be worst enemies… PennThey say revenge is a dish best served coldI’d had four years to stew on what Daria Followhill did to me, and now my heart was completely iced.I took her first kiss. She took the only thing I loved.I was poor.She was rich.The good thing about circumstances? They can change. Fast.Now, I’m her parent...

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Title:Pretty Reckless
Author:L.J. Shen
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Pretty Reckless Reviews

  • Sarah - Musings of the Modern Belle

    - - COMING APRIL 29 - FULL REVIEW - -

    Wow....just wow! LJ Shen delivers with the second generation of sinners! Get ready.

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    5 Hideous Monster CROWNS

    LEIGH SHEN certainly kicks of the second generation of the Sinners of Saints with a bang. The angst and twists and turns are many, the characters are mostly rotten and devious, and yet I was consumed by the whole world and each deviant tothole .

    These characters aren’t your standard YA girls and boys. Would you expect them to when they are the pr

    - - COMING APRIL 29 - FULL REVIEW - -

    Wow....just wow! LJ Shen delivers with the second generation of sinners! Get ready.

    - - -

    5 Hideous Monster CROWNS

    LEIGH SHEN certainly kicks of the second generation of the Sinners of Saints with a bang. The angst and twists and turns are many, the characters are mostly rotten and devious, and yet I was consumed by the whole world and each deviant tothole .

    These characters aren’t your standard YA girls and boys. Would you expect them to when they are the product of the Sinners of Saint? They are entitled and privileged, and on some level ethically decaying, but none more so than Daria Followhill. What is interesting about Daria, though, is that Shen really digs into her character and is able to make her character sympathetic. My heart ached for her this spoiled princess, because I truly felt like understand her plights and her desire to be more but stuck where she was. I also found Daria’s character to be incredible authentic with her insecurities. Shen successfully takes this complex, three dimensional character and makes her someone we root for and hope for her to get her HEA.

    Penn is another complex character with loyalties torn between family and love. Nothing is easy for him, and in a world of secrets, some being his own, he makes mistakes that can’t always be taken back. Again, what makes those moments understandable is the he is young and reacts emotionally, he has a sense of loyalty, which is admirable, and he is trying to deal with the new emotions hitting his heart. Once he finally comes to his senses, the doggedness with which he pursues Daria is exactly what she is worth, and I love that these two broken people find themselves individually and as a couple.

    You think you know what Pretty Reckless is going to be about but you don’t. I never expected Daria and Penn to be so complex. I never expected the twists and turns that seem to come out of nowhere until you realize all the breadcrumbs she leaves for readers along the way. She also hits on highlights a severe issue plaguing high school students right now - the idea of perfection presented to the outside while dying internally. Pretty Reckless also exemplifies that everyone has secrets and parts of themselves they want to hide, but in this commonality, they can find solace and understanding. . More than anything, though, I love the topic of family that is addressed throughout the story. In fact, the story is not just one about Daria alone but of the Followhills. This family exemplifies that in the darkest of times families stick together, they forgive, and even if they don’t forget, they take the steps to mend what has been broken. Because familial love should be unconditional, even if you don’t like the way they behave.

    The romance of Penn and Daria, the evolution of the heroine, and the issues tackled in Pretty Reckless makes Shen’s newest foray into the YA genre an absolute must read and the perfect way to start out 2019! One thing is for sure, I can’t wait for more totholes.

    Beta read

  • Vanessa When Vane Reads

    This is without a doubt the best story of 2019 !!!

    I'm hyperventilating. I'm laughing and crying. I just finished reading my most anticipated reading of all time. And the wait was totally worth it. Mrs. Shen slays again. She caught me with her flawless prose that left me with an EPIC BOOK HANGOVER. Two days in Zombieland because I COULD NOT PUT IT DOWN for a single second and immediately after finishing it, I wanted to read it again and again and again.

    OMG !! I loved the story so much. It is inte

    This is without a doubt the best story of 2019 !!!

    I'm hyperventilating. I'm laughing and crying. I just finished reading my most anticipated reading of all time. And the wait was totally worth it. Mrs. Shen slays again. She caught me with her flawless prose that left me with an EPIC BOOK HANGOVER. Two days in Zombieland because I COULD NOT PUT IT DOWN for a single second and immediately after finishing it, I wanted to read it again and again and again.

    OMG !! I loved the story so much. It is intense, emotional and the anguish could be felt in spades, that sensation that shakes your body, that clouds your sight and suffocates you until you feel breathless.

    The plot brings us to Daria and Penn. Daria finds her match in Penn, who is her opposite in everything and her rival. An act irrevocably changes the future of both, and after 4 years without seeing each other, fate brings them back together and leads them to live together, however Penn only wants revenge and ruin Daria. But as time goes by, he sees beyond the queen bee, miss popular and cheerleader she uses as a way to hide insecurities, fear, vulnerability and pain, Penn sistematically undermines the facade that Daria built and turns her world upside down.

    How I loved Daria!!! She is without a doubt my favorite heroine of L.J. till the date. She behind all layers of designer clothes and makeup is a brave, loyal girl who fiercely defends her friends, who loves passionately and immensely.

    Both characters are so complex, so unique, so real that I want to be friends with them, live in their world and laugh with them. THIS COUPLE IS EVERYTHING, I loved the way they love each other so intensely and despite their differences fit so perfectly. I really enjoyed their chemistry and banter. NO ONE WRITES BANTER AS L.J. SHEN.

    But it's not just Penn and Daria, it's a story about friendship and family, about how family and friends always support and stand up for each other no matter what mistakes they make, it's about loyalty, love and forgiveness.

    THIS STORY OBSESSED ME, CONSUMED AND POSSESSED, A MASTERPIECE THAT I CAN NOT GET ENOUGH OF, it's delicious, epic, addictive and mind-blowing. With her characteristic style of writing, the author proves again and again that she is the best at what she does and that her talent has no limits. This story is a rollercoaster of emotions that I want to experience again and again and again. I'm completely ruined again and I'm not sure I can recover this time.

    Highly recommended!!!

    ¡¡Esta es sin lugar a dudas el mejor romance del 2019!!!

    Estoy hiperventilando. Estoy riendo y llorando. Acabo de terminar de leer mi más anticipada lectura de todos los tiempos. Gahhh. Y la espera valió totalmente la pena. La señora Shen lo hizo de nuevo. Me atrapó con su narrativa perfecta que me dejó con una épica resaca literaria. Dos dias en Zombieland porque no pude ponerla abajo un solo segundo y inmediatamente después de terminarla, quería leerla de nuevo.

    OMG!! Amé tanto la historia. Es intensa, emocional y la angustia se podía sentir a montones, esa sensación que te sacude el cuerpo, que te nubla la vista y te sofoca hasta dejarte sin respiración.

    La trama nos trae a Daria y Penn. Daria encuentra su pareja en Penn, que es su opuesto en todo y rival. Un acto cambia irrevocablemente el futuro de ambos, y después de 4 años sin verse, el destino los vuelve a juntar y los lleva a vivir juntos, pero Penn sólo quiere venganza y arruinar a Daria. Pero conforme pasa el tiempo él ve más allá de la abeja reina, señorita popular y animadora que ella usa como fachada para ocultar inseguridades, miedo, vulnerabilidad y dolor, Penn sistemáticamente socava la fachada que Daria construyó y vuelve su mundo al revés.

    Como amé a Daria. Nuestra heroína es sin duda alguna mi favorita de L.J. hasta la fecha. Ella detrás de todas las capas de ropa de diseñador y maquillaje es una chica valiente, leal que defiende fieramente a sus amigos, que ama apasionada e inmensamente.

    Ambos personajes son tan complejos, tan únicos, tan reales que quiero ser amiga de ellos, vivir en su mundo y reír con ellos. Esta pareja es todo, amé la forma en que se aman tan intensamente y a pesar de sus diferencias encajan tan perfectamente. Disfruté muchísimo su química y juego de palabras. Nadie lo escribe como L.J. Shen.

    Pero no solo se trata de Penn y Daria, es una historia acerca de amistad y familia, acerca de como la familia y los amigos siempre apoyan unos a otros, no importa los errores que cometan, es acerca de lealtad, amor y perdón.

    Esta historia me dejó obsesionada, me consumió y poseyó, una obra maestra de la que no puedo conseguir suficiente, es deliciosa, épica, emocional, intensa. Con su estilo característico de escritura la autora prueba una y otra vez que es la mejor en lo que hace y que su talento no conoce límites. Esta historia es una montaña rusa de emociones que quiero experimentar una y otra y otra vez. Estoy completamente arruinada de nuevo y no estoy segura que me pueda recuperar esta vez.

    Una altamente recomendada

  • Lisa (Two Bookish Brits)

    Here we go, the time is here, kicking off with this first book in the All Saints High series from LJ Shen. The second generation of the Sinners of Saint and what a fucking beautiful first book it is. It’s packed with so much teen angst and filled with twists and turns that are so unexpected you’re left wondering what the hell happened. It’s takes over, completely consumes you until you’re left with no other thoughts except this book and the characters inside and you won’t regret a single damn se

    Here we go, the time is here, kicking off with this first book in the All Saints High series from LJ Shen. The second generation of the Sinners of Saint and what a fucking beautiful first book it is. It’s packed with so much teen angst and filled with twists and turns that are so unexpected you’re left wondering what the hell happened. It’s takes over, completely consumes you until you’re left with no other thoughts except this book and the characters inside and you won’t regret a single damn second of letting it do so.

    Daria and Penn are so...wow, so different and filled with so much hate, it’s crazy, insane and it

    Daria Followhill, she’s rich, entitled and has everything she could possibly want. But even the most rich and Privileged kids aren’t happy deep inside and LJ Shen really dives into that with her leading female. Daria is different, she’s not your typical rich kid, she suffering deep inside with insecurities that take over her. She’s real and fake mixed together and those struggles she endures and survives are one of the many things that’ll have you loving this beautiful girl.

    Penn Scully, The complete opposite to the rich girl. He’s from the poorer part of town. Fighting his way through the tough life he’s been given. He’s a

    closed off, angry boy with a broken heart. He doesn’t love many but the few that he does he loves fiercely and whole heartedly. He’s an asshole at times and takes what doesn’t belong to him, he acts out when angry and does things he can’t take back, things that have consequences. LJ Shen really does deliver with Penn, he’s not like most leading male characters he’s so different and you just can’t help but love him.

    The relationship between Daria and Penn is something you wouldn’t expect. You don’t expect to see the things that happen, the impact they have or the repercussions.

    I just want to put this in here, Seeing Jaime and Melody as parents was also unexpected. I never expected Melody to be the way she was and Jaime, I love that man so damn much. He’s an amazing father and I absolutely love the family aspect of this book what it covers and all the feelings involved.

    Just when you think you know what’s going to happen in Pretty Reckless LJ Shen proves you wrong and shows you just how incredible of a writer she is. You expect one thing and the opposite happens and it just blows your mind at how amazing she truly is. Her talent has no limits, everything she writes blows you away

    Pretty Reckless is angsty, consuming and mind blowing. It’s a rollercoaster filled with so many emotions and one that you won’t want to get off.

    One of the most incredible reads of 2019 by far!

  • Tijuana *Book Twins Reviews*

    A Top Read of 2019. These characters are the most complicated, entertaining, and unique characters I’ve ever read. Flat out AMAZING! Another EPIC read from one of my favorite authors!!

    This book is pure fucking kindle crack. The angst! The drama!!

    Prepare my lovelies! The second generation of Sinners will blow you away!

    ****BETA READ****

    Full review closer to release

  • Lana ❇✾Dirty Girl Romance❇✾

    Oh the angst! The angst of it all!!!

    Welcome to your new addiction, angst addicts. Because this new series? It's about to reach into your very soul and tear out all of the feels!

    Pretty Reckless took high school rivals, added a splash of enemies to lovers, wrapped around heart-wrenching angst, and delivered one finger-licking utterly addicting page-turner! If NA angst is your crack of choice, then Shen is about to becom

    Oh the angst! The angst of it all!!!

    Welcome to your new addiction, angst addicts. Because this new series? It's about to reach into your very soul and tear out all of the feels!

    Pretty Reckless took high school rivals, added a splash of enemies to lovers, wrapped around heart-wrenching angst, and delivered one finger-licking utterly addicting page-turner! If NA angst is your crack of choice, then Shen is about to become your favorite dealer.

  • Bookgasms Book Blog

    L.J. Shen has once again delivered a powerful and emotional story that has left me obsessed and begging for more!! Her All Saints High series opens with a bang in Pretty Reckless where we see Queen B, Daria Followhill meet her match in Penn Scully, her opposite in every way.  But this Queen did not expect her gamechanger to ultimately become the landmine at her feet systematically blowing up her entire world.

    Gah!! This story was just outstanding. Penn and Daria have a shared past and secret from

    L.J. Shen has once again delivered a powerful and emotional story that has left me obsessed and begging for more!! Her All Saints High series opens with a bang in Pretty Reckless where we see Queen B, Daria Followhill meet her match in Penn Scully, her opposite in every way.  But this Queen did not expect her gamechanger to ultimately become the landmine at her feet systematically blowing up her entire world.

    Gah!! This story was just outstanding. Penn and Daria have a shared past and secret from years earlier. In an act of kindness, Penn irrevocably changes Daria showing her that there is still goodness in people. She repays him in an act of betrayal and selfishness that has lasting effects into the present. Now that misfit boy is back and has grown into a vengeful man who is out for the prissy princess' blood. 

    OMG!!!! I loved this story so much. Shen gloriously paints a picture of Daria as the young woman who has the world at her shiny, polished fingertips but hides her broken, bleeding and dark parts under a facade. But Penn sees past her cutting barbs and superficial and perfect exterior to the wounded and defensive woman beneath. I loved how we are given a picture of two people who are so different but who see each other for what they really are inside, flaws and all.

    My obsession with this story knows no bounds!! It is EVERYTHING: the DELICIOUS cover, the FIERY sexual tension and the SPIRITED enemies to lovers banter - this is where Shen shines! Pretty Reckless is nothing short of phenomenal with the kind of fantastic writing this author is known for. It is an exciting rollercoaster ride from the beginning culminating in a deeply emotional and explosive ending. Every word is a shining example of Shen's profound writing ability. After every new creative masterpiece she delivers, it really feels like L.J. Shen was born to write. I am left more and more in awe of her God-given talent and fall deeply in love with her characters each time!! Bravo! 5 stars! ~Ratula 

  • Harloe Rae

    I read romance novels for a variety of reasons. On the top of that list is to escape from reality for a bit, get swept away in another world and forget everything else. Pretty Reckless by LJ Shen is the most incredible vacation I’ve ever been on.

    There are novels I read and love and cherish. But every so often I find a story that hits me so hard I’m irrevocably changed. Pretty Reckless is the latter. I’m certain, even months down the road when the typical grind returns, that I’ll still be obsess

    I read romance novels for a variety of reasons. On the top of that list is to escape from reality for a bit, get swept away in another world and forget everything else. Pretty Reckless by LJ Shen is the most incredible vacation I’ve ever been on.

    There are novels I read and love and cherish. But every so often I find a story that hits me so hard I’m irrevocably changed. Pretty Reckless is the latter. I’m certain, even months down the road when the typical grind returns, that I’ll still be obsessing over this book.

    It took me days to process the kaleidoscope of emotions this book brought forth. I was laughing over the teenage snark, envious of the poetic prose I could never pull off in my wildest dreams, crying over the injustice while my heart was shattering, gasping through the angst I feel in my bones, and wrapping myself in the love that was so damn hard to earn.

    My words are inadequate to describe how freaking epic Pretty Reckless is. I’m broken and destroyed for all else. The talent this author possess has once again soared to another level. LJ Shen takes us up to the stars with Pretty Reckless and I never want to come down.

    Whether you read 500 books a year or only get through a few, make sure Pretty Reckless is one of them. This is an unforgettable ride you don’t want to miss!

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    COVER REVEAL!

    Stand-alone

    Release:

    - Daria’s story

    - Vaughn’s story

    - Knight’s story

  • KAT ♕ Kitty Kats Crazy About Books ♕

    My most highly anticipated book!! 🙌🙌YUS I'm going in!!

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