Pretty Reckless by L.J. Shen

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!!

Pretty Reckless

by L.J. Shen

(All Saints High #1)

ebook 350 pages
Expected publication: April 29th 2019

Pretty Reckless – L.J. Shen


Pretty Reckless – L.J. Shen


5 stars


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!

Daria Followhill is my favorite L.J. Shen heroine. I’ve never felt this way, EVER, about a heroine in a book. She’s so complex, layered, and ultimately…misunderstood. My heart broke for her. Don’t get it twisted though, she is the ultimate Queen B and I loved that part of her personality just as much. What really works here, is the fact that the characters are so real. I was completely engrossed in their lives and struggles.

Penn Scully is BAE! It takes a special guy to live the life he leads and come out on top. He’s resilient, resourceful, and street smart. I adore him immensely. His background and how he handles the situations he finds himself in were more than impressive. He is the quintessential YA hero. A brilliantly written character who jumps off the page.

Overall, this book is one of the best I’ve read in this genre. It has everything YA angst junkies are looking for. Prepare you hearts and minds because the Totholes are coming for both.


****BETA READ****

Pretty Reckless – L.J. Shen


3.5 – 4 stars

This was not an easy book to read, and writing this review isn’t easy either.

My feelings are all over the place. Because one thing is for sure – this book was filled to the brim with emotions that were just waiting to explode. And it exploded all over me, by playing havoc with my heart.

I didn’t love this book – but I couldn’t put it down either.

It’s a testament of the author’s skill that she can write a book where I have such a strong reaction to the heroine, but nevertheless am addicted to the overall arc of the story and what’s coming.

Pretty Reckless reminded me a lot of Punk 57 by Penelope Douglas. I had a smilier strong reaction – and it still became a fan favorite. So, that says it all.

Most of my conflicting emotions stem from Daria, her reactions, decisions, and her overall personality and demeanor. That girl needed a reality check. A personality adjustment, and a wake up call. In the end she got Penn – and he was all she needed.

But getting there took all my strength.

I was wrung out at the end – emotionally and physically. My heart was weak from all the emotional turmoil that I went through – not to mention the characters.

There is so much I have to say about Daria. Most would be considered spoilers so I’ll leave it at that. Read the book and form your own opinion.

What I can say is that I loved how well Penn understood Daria. All her shortcomings, personality quirks and insecurities. He accepted her for what she was – monster and all. He was by far the most important person in her life. The one that balanced and steadied her when she needed it the most.

Regardless of the turmoil I went through. I’m in awe of the author’s writing. I caught myself smiling at the most interesting places. Just by admiring the writing and dialogues.

As a HUGE fan of high school YA novels Pretty Reckless delivered in most everything I love about this genre. The drama (which this book had to the brim), the highly emotional teenagers (again, we got those), the OTTness that comes with this age, and the entertaining storyline that never disappoints. It was everything I hoped for – except for Daria – sigh.

All in all, I’m here for the lang haul. I can’t wait to see where this series is going. Because wherever it goes I’ll be going too.

And I’m glad Daria got her HEA, because that girl needed it most of all.


ARC generously provided in exchange for an honest review.


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Pretty Reckless – L.J. Shen


PRETTY RECKLESS - L.J. Shen - Cover Reveal

They say revenge is a dish best served cold
I’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 parents’ latest shiny project.
Her housemate. Her tormentor. The captain of the rival football team she hates so much.
Yeah, baby girl, say it—I’m your foster brother.
There’s a price to pay for ruining the only good thing in my life, and she’s about to shell out some serious tears.
Daria Followhill thinks she is THE queen. I’m about to prove to her that she’s nothing but a spoiled princess.

Everyone loves a good old unapologetic punk.
But being a bitch? Oh, you get slammed for every snarky comment, cynical eye roll, and foot you put in your adversaries’ way.
The thing about stiletto heels is that they make a hell of a dent when you walk all over the people who try to hurt you.
In Penn Scully’s case, I pierced his heart until he bled out, then left it in a trash can on a bright summer day.
Four years ago, he asked me to save all my firsts for him.
Now he lives across the hall, and I want nothing more than to be his last everything.
His parting words when he gave me his heart were that nothing in this world is free.
Now? Now he is making me pay.



L.J. Shen is an International #1 best-selling author of Contemporary Romance and New Adult novels.

She lives in Northern California with her husband, young son and chubby cat.

Before she’d settled down, L.J. (who thinks referring to herself in the third person is really silly, by the way) traveled the world, and collected friends from all across the globe. Friends who’d be happy to report that she is a rubbish companion, always forgets peoples’ birthdays and never sends Christmas cards.

She enjoys the simple things in life, like spending time with her family and friends, reading, HBO, Netflix and internet-stalking Stephen James. She reads between three to five books a week and firmly believes Crocs shoes and mullets should be outlawed.





Pretty Reckless – L.J. Shen

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