Review: The Lovely Reckless by Kami Garcia

My Thoughts

An edgy, sexy, page-turning romance.

4 four stars

Synopsis

Oct-04 ★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 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?

Your own heart will race with each page turn of this heart-stopping star-crossed love story.

My review

With The Lovely Reckless, Kami Garcia delivers a story rife with grit and edge. Threads of suspense and emotion make the novel fun and fast-paced as we unravel the story of seventeen-year-old Frankie Devereux, a girl left reeling after the brutal death of her boyfriend Noah.

Frankie had always followed the rules until the night everything changed. Flashes of what happened to Noah haunt her, but the memories are blurry fragments. She couldn’t recall the one truth everyone was after—who had killed him. Her grief sent her into a tailspin and soon she’s forced to live with her dad—an undercover cop—in a rougher side of town.

“I hoped you would snap out of this and go back to being the girl you were before.”

With an appetite for recklessness, Frankie finds herself with people of whom her dad would not approve. Fast cars, street races, money changing hands and bad people who collected with interest—her life resembled nothing of its former self.

“Ever since Noah died, I’ve watched you take bigger risks, walking closer and closer to the edge. I won’t watch you jump.”

But when Frankie meets Marco, a cocky, good-looking street racer, an instant connection ignites. She can’t seem to stay away, despite the turmoil within.

“Our bodies melt like they belong together. Like we belong together. But I can’t belong to anyone again.”

There’s more to Marco than meets the eye, but everything she feels with Marco is more intense than anything she’s felt before. The deeper she falls, the deeper she’s pulled into more than she’s bargained for. Something far more dangerous.

“What are you so afraid of?”

“Everything.”

Before too long, Frankie is forced into choices that strip away the freedom she’s longed for, all while getting closer to the ugly truth her mind can’t seem to remember—who killed Noah.

Author Kami Garcia injects edge and excitement into this romance that both YA and NA readers are sure to love. Marco and Frankie’s story is sexy, suspenseful with an addictive thrill that keeps you devouring one page after the other. It’s a different side to Kami and you won’t want to miss it!

“I love you… and it’s the always kind.”

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Exclusive announcement: Kami Garcia and Jamie McGuire to stop in Austin for Lovely Reckless tour

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I am so thrilled and honored to exclusively announce the first stop of the LOVELY RECKLESS TOUR! Join New York Times bestselling authors Kami Garcia and Jamie McGuire for a special event and signing in Austin, Texas, to celebrate the releases of The Lovely Reckless and A Beautiful Funeral! This is Jamie’s first bookstore signing in Texas and both Kami and Jamie are so excited to kick this tour off in style!

The event will be held Monday, October 3rd at BookPeople and will be moderated by MEEEE!!!

We hope to see you and your friends there. Tickets are required for the signing line, and are available with a copy of either The Lovely Reckless, Providence or A Beautiful Funeral from BookPeople. In addition, 100 VIP tickets are also available for a pre-event author reception and signing!

  • VIP tickets are available to the first 100 people to pre-order one book from each author (The Lovely Reckless by Kami Garcia and either Providence OR A Beautiful Funeral by Jamie McGuire) from BookPeople.
  • VIP ticket holders will be granted access to the pre-event author reception and signing at 6:00 PM, during which guests can mingle with Kami Garcia and Jamie McGuire, enjoy refreshments, and get their books signed early.

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Photo Diary from the RT Booklovers Convention 2015: The YA Edition by Kami Garcia

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The RT Booklovers Convention is one of my favorite annual book events. The combination of parties, panels, young adult events, Teen Day, and hundreds of romance writers all in one place brings out the reader and fangirl in me. So when Carol Stacy, publisher of RT Book Reviews magazine and executive of the RT Booklovers Convention, and Melissa Marr, author and former captain of the convention’s YA Track asked me to take over as YA Track captain, I jumped at the chance.

I thought it would involve organizing a few panels, making some spreadsheets, and emailing a couple dozen young adult authors. I can handle it, I told myself.

After 12 panels, 364+ e-mails, and working with over 100 YA authors, I’m here to give you the highlights and share what happens when I got more than a little help from my RT, reader, blogger, and author friends.

Decked out in my Elsa prom dress to cohost “The Wheel of Romance” event. Pictured: YA Author Kami Garcia

Decked out in my Elsa prom dress to cohost “The Wheel of Romance” event. Pictured: YA Author Kami Garcia

★ ☆ ★ SLUMBER PARTIES, READER PANELS & AWARDS CEREMONIES ★ ☆ ★
(aka Reasons I Didn’t Get Any Sleep) 

I missed the YA Slumber Party hosted by Lea Nolan, but over 165 readers attended, and YA authors Victoria Scott and Gretchen McNeil reported that it was 100% fuzzy slipper fun.

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From Left: Victoria Scott and Gretchen McNeil at the YA Slumber Party

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Fuzzy Slippers!

Burning Questions

At the “Burning Questions” panel, 20 YA authors teamed with readers to brave Lightning Round questions and a card game with romance-themed answers. Author Brigid Kemmerer dubbed “Sasquatch Love” the ultimate answer card. Only one guy attended the panel—Aussie actor Adam Bramich, who is playing Cage York in the adaptation of Abbi Glines’ novel While It Lasts. 

Other authors who burned it up included: Jodi MeadowsTessa Gratton, Sara Raasch, Lindsey Cummings, Natalie Parker, Sona Charaipotra, Michelle Madow, L.H. Nicole, Ophelia London, B.L. Marsh, Marianne Mancusi, Christina Lauren, Kresley Cole, Tara Hudson, Diana Peterfreund, and Susan Dennard.

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From Left: Brigid Kemmerer, Aussie book blogger Natasha (Natasha Is a Book Junkie), Abbi Glines and Aussie actor Adam Bramich

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From Left: Christina Hobbs and Lauren Billings who write together as Christina Lauren and a Reader

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From Left: Kresley Cole and Diana Peterfreund get bunny ears from a reader.

You’re Never Too Old” to Love YA Lit

Author hosts Colleen Houck and Stacey Kade doled out serious YA trivia to over 30 authors and their reader teams, in the “You’re Never Too Old” panel, proving you don’t have to be a teen to love YA lit. Kiera Cass, Brodi Ashton, Rachel Caine, Jennifer L. Armentrout, Vicki Leigh, and Susane Colasanti led teams with names like DystopiaMythologyAliens, and Vampires, along with authors Ann Aguirre, Sarah Fine, J.A. Souders, Lydia Kang, Sophie Jordan, Jeanette Battista, Bree Despain, Victoria Scott, Liz Czukas

Kimberly Derting, Tonya Kuper, Tamara Ireland Stone, Gretchen McNeil, Rachel Harris, Page Morgan, Amalie Howard, Tracey Deebs, Cynthia Hand, Claudia Gray, Erica O’Rourke, Aprilynne Pike, J.R. Johanasson, Erica Cameron, Jenna Black, and Kristen Simmons.

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Clockwise from top left: Brodi Ashton, Stacey Kade and Colleen Houck, Rachel Caine’s assistant Sarah Weiss and Rachel Caine, Kiera Cass and book blogger Heidi Zweitel, Vicky Leigh and Victoria Scott with a Table of Readers

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Sophie Jordan and Claudia Gray strike a pose.

★ ☆ ★ A WIN FOR YA ★ ☆ ★

On Friday night, the RT Book Reviews Awards Ceremony reigned supreme. Author Meg Cabot was a keynote speaker at the awards, and YA powerhouse Stephanie Perkins won “Reviewers’ Choice Best Young Adult Contemporary Novel” for Isla and the Happily Ever After.

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Meg Cabot and Stephanie Perkins

 

★ ☆ ★ LEARNING FROM THE PROS ★ ☆ ★

The YA Track authors will be the first to ones tell you that writing for teens doesn’t make their novels any less sophisticated than those written for adults. The adults who flocked to the YA panels must agree.

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From Left: Brendan Reichs moderated the panel “From Magic to Gadgets to Alternate Worlds: A YA Fantasy Primer for Writers,” featuring Ann Aguirre, Andrea Cremer, Marie Lu, Scott Westerfeld, and Tamora Pierce.

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From Left: Scott Westerfeld, Me (Kami Garcia) and Tamora Pierce

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From Left: Andrea Cremer moderated “Happily Ever After”— a fresh take on a romance genre panel, featuring YA superstars Kiera Cass, C.C. Hunter, Stephanie Perkins, Gena Showalter, and Rachel Vincent.

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From Left: Lissa Price moderated the “Welcome to the Dark Side: YA Thrillers and Romantic Suspense” panel with authors Susan Ee, Brendan Reichs, Kimberly Derting, Me (Kami Garcia) and Melissa Marr.

Side Note: The “Dark Side” Panel was right after the Wheel of Romance event so I didn’t have time to change. As a general rule, I don’t wear my feather boa to suspense panels.

 

★ ☆ ★ TEEN DAY ★ ☆ ★

The Book Fair signing on Saturday is the Godzilla of signings—over 600 authors in one enormous ballroom.

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From Left: My writing partner Margaret Stohl and I (Kami Garcia) celebrating the early release of Dangerous Deception for the RT Book Fair.

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From Left: Mother and son Kathy Reichs and Brendan Reichs write the Virals Series together. Kathy also writes the Temperance Brennan novels for adults.

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Alyson Noel and Lauren Oliver

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Susan Ee and Becca Fitzpatrick at their first RT Book Fair

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Richelle Mead signs for a reader.

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From Left: Aprilynne Pike, Lissa Price, Sara Raasch, and Victoria Scott

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Amalie Howard and Tara Hudson

 

★ ☆ ★ LET THE GAMES BEGIN ★ ☆ ★

It was standing room only at the Teen Day panels and games. New offerings included YA Family Feud, the Match Game, “Humble Beginnings”— where YA Authors shared the best of their worst teen writing, and a “Strong Heroines” panel. But the “Writing Tips” and Speed Reading panels still drew crowds.

Family Feud – YA Style

As an ode to the Family Feud of the 1970s, I bought host Brendan Reichs a photorealistic ’70s T-shirt to wear—complete with leather vest and gold chains. Brendan wasn’t feeling it, so Kiera Cass rocked it instead.

Kiera Cass rocking the man shirt at Family Feud.

Kiera Cass rocking the man shirt at Family Feud.

From Left: My Feud family—Becca Fitzpatrick, Stephanie Perkins, Kami Garcia, Christina Hobbs (of Christina Lauren), Abbi Glines, and Jennifer L. Armentrout.

From Left: My Feud family—Becca Fitzpatrick, Stephanie Perkins, Kami Garcia, Christina Hobbs (of Christina Lauren), Abbi Glines, and Jennifer L. Armentrout.

 

The Match Game: YA Edition

Gretchen McNeil hosted the Match Game on Teen Day with panelists/contestants Ann Aguirre, Brodi Ashton, Susane Colasanti, Andrea Cremer, Kady Cross, Colleen Houck, C.C. Hunter, Marie Lu, Jodi Meadows, Lissa Price, Brendan Reichs, Kristen Simmons, and Rachel Vincent. I particularly loved Ann Aguirre’s unicorn hat.

Top Row from Left: Lissa Price, Rachel Vincent, Rebecca Donovan, Jodi Meadows; Middle Row from Left: Ann Aguirre, Marie Lu, Colleen Houck, Susane Colasanti, C.C. Hunter, Brendan Reichs; Bottom Row from Left: Ann Aguirre, Colleen Houck, C.C. Hunter, Gretchen McNeil, Tamara Ireland Stone.

Top Row from Left: Lissa Price, Rachel Vincent, Rebecca Donovan, Jodi Meadows; Middle Row from Left: Ann Aguirre, Marie Lu, Colleen Houck, Susane Colasanti, C.C. Hunter, Brendan Reichs; Bottom Row from Left: Ann Aguirre, Colleen Houck, C.C. Hunter, Gretchen McNeil, Tamara Ireland Stone.

 

★ ☆ ★ “HUMBLE BEGINNINGS” PANEL ★ ☆ ★

Authors didn’t hold back when moderator Scott Westerfeld asked them to dig up the worst of their juvenilia for the “Humble Beginnings” panel on Teen Day. Bree Despain read excerpts from her teen diary while authors Sara Raasch and Kasie West dramatized young Bree’s heartbreak for the audience. The photomontage of the authors as teens was unforgettable—from Westerfeld in his David Bowie sweatshirt, to a moody teen Justine Larbalestier to Victoria Scott in electric blue pleather pants. 

Clockwise from top left: Victoria Scott, Susan Dennard, Rachel Hawthorne, Bree Despain, Kasie West, Sara Raasch, Lindsay Cummings, Justine Larbalestier, and Sona Charaipotra at “Humble Beginnings” Panel.

Clockwise from top left: Victoria Scott, Susan Dennard, Rachel Hawthorne, Bree Despain, Kasie West, Sara Raasch, Lindsay Cummings, Justine Larbalestier, and Sona Charaipotra at “Humble Beginnings” Panel.

 

★ ☆ ★ SWAGTASTIC TEEN DAY PARTIES ★ ☆ ★

No YA event is complete without a party and swag, and the Teen Day parties didn’t disappoint. The Fierce Reads Pizza Party included photo ops, author signings, fierce bags of free books, and pizza. Epic Reads and Penguin Teen cohosted the Teen Day Party—with games, food, a photo booth, and Teen Day bags full of books and swag. It was like YA Christmas!

Giveaway bags at the Fierce Reads Pizza Party on Teen Day.

Giveaway bags at the Fierce Reads Pizza Party on Teen Day.

Bag of swag left for a lucky reader to find at RT using Instagram clues.

Bag of swag left for a lucky reader to find at RT using Instagram clues.

From Left: Richelle Mead and Kimberly Derting help teens figure out the answers to YA trivia questions.

From Left: Richelle Mead and Kimberly Derting help teens figure out the answers to YA trivia questions.

Teens loading up in the Swag Room at the Teen Day Party.

Teens loading up in the Swag Room at the Teen Day Party.

A happy teen with her Teen Day Bag!

A happy teen with her Teen Day Bag!

From Left: Rachel Vincent, Kiera Cass, Jeanette Battista, Sophie Jordan, and Kimberly Derting acting goofy in the Teen Day Party photo booth.

From Left: Rachel Vincent, Kiera Cass, Jeanette Battista, Sophie Jordan, and Kimberly Derting acting goofy in the Teen Day Party photo booth.

 

Huge thanks to founder of RT Book Reviews and the RT Booklovers Convention Kathryn Falk and to Kenneth Rubin, president of RT Book Reviewsfor supporting the industry for over 30 years. Big hugs and special thanks to: Trent Hart, JoCarol Jones, Elisa VernaElissa Pertuzzi; Epic Reads, Penguin Teen, Fierce Reads, Katie Bartow of Mundie Moms; Heidi Zweitel, the YA authors who participated in the YA Track, the book bloggers who promoted it, and ALL THE READERS who attended the events and Teen Day!  

From Left: Stephanie Perkins, book blogger Heidi Zweitel, who helped out this year, book blogger & YA Track Assistant Katie Bartow, and Andrea Cremer.

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About Kami

kami garciaKami Garcia is the #1 New York Times bestselling coauthor of the Beautiful Creatures & Dangerous Creatures novels and author of UNBREAKABLE and UNMARKED in the Legion Series. Her forthcoming YA contemporary romance, THE LOVELY RECKLESS releases fall 2016, from ImprintKami is very superstitious and when she isn’t writing, she can usually be found watching disaster movies or Supernatural. She lives in Maryland with her family, and their dogs Spike and Oz (named after characters from the TV show Buffy the Vampire Slayer).

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Series Spotlight: Dangerous Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl

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If you fell in love with the dark, edgy and imaginative world of The Caster Chronicles (like me), you’ll love Dangerous Creatures—a spin-off series rife with mystery and magic, suspense and romance. The series is currently comprised of a novella and two full-length novels.

The latest, Dangerous Deception is available now and continues Ridley Duchannes’ story. I’m so excited to spotlight this novel!

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Synopsis

Some loves are cursed. Others are…dangerous. Especially the love between wannabe rocker and quarter Incubus, Wesley “Link” Lincoln, and Dark Caster, Siren, and bonafide bad girl, Ridley Duchannes.

But now Ridley is missing, and Link was with her-right up until she vanished. Determined to find her, Link reunites with his New York bandmates and the mysterious Lennox Gates, who wants Rid for himself. Together they travel to the deep south, find the crossroads where blues guitarist Robert Johnson made his deal with the devil, discover a menagerie of Casters locked in cages, and uncover an evil in New Orleans that threatens to destroy them all.

This time, love might not be enough.

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If you’re new to this world, you don’t need to have read The Caster Chronicles books, you can start with Dangerous Creatures. Expect a little danger, a lot of intrigue and a dash of angsty romance and addictive suspense with these YA southern gothic novels penned to draw you in from the first flip of the page.

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About Kami

kami garciaKami Garcia is the #1 New York Times bestselling coauthor of the Beautiful Creatures & Dangerous Creatures Novels & the author of the instant New York Times bestseller and Bram Stoker Award nominated novel UNBREAKABLE, and the sequel UNMARKED, in the Legion Series. BEAUTIFUL CREATURES has been published in 50 countries and translated in 39 languages. The film adaptation of BEAUTIFUL CREATURES released in theaters in 2013, from Warner Brothers.

Kami is fascinated by the paranormal, and she’s very superstitious. When she isn’t writing, she can usually be found watching disaster movies or Supernatural, listening to Soundgarden, or drinking Diet Coke. She lives in Maryland with her family, and their dogs Spike and Oz (named after characters from Buffy the Vampire Slayer).

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About Margaret

margaret stohlMargaret Stohl is the author of Icons as well as the coauthor of the #1 New York Times bestselling coauthor of the Beautiful Creatures & Dangerous Creatures Novels (with Kami Garcia.) Margaret is a veteran of the video-game industry, and after working with Activision (now Activision Blizzard) and Westwood Studios (now Electronic Arts), Margaret became a cofounder of 7 Studios with her husband, Lewis Peterson. She has previously been nominated for Most Innovative Game Design at the Game Developers Conference. A graduate of Amherst College, where she won the Knox Prize for English Literature, Margaret earned a master’s degree in English from Stanford University and completed coursework for a doctorate in American Studies at Yale University. Margaret was a teaching assistant in Romantic Poetry at Stanford and in Film Studies at Yale. She attended the Creative Writing program of the University of East Anglia, where she was mentored by the Scottish poet George MacBeth. Margaret loves traveling the world with her daughters, who are épée fencers, and living in Santa Monica, California, with her husband and two bad beagles.

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