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Pretty Reckless

By: L.J. Shen
Series: All Saints High, Book 1
Length: 10 hrs and 55 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (53 ratings)

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We were supposed to be best friends....

But turned out to be worst enemies.

Penn

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.

Daria

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.

©2019 L.J. Shen (P)2019 Audible, Inc.

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Wanting More!<br />

loved it!

well written and made me want more to the series

I'm off to explore more of the author and voice overs

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The ending is overboard

Didn't read the last 3 chapters. I know this is written for YA and teenagers but the ending is so overdone. Good banter in the first half. I read a lot of books and my bar is not that high, so when I say I didn't finish a book it means it went south fast. The scene with all the teenagers together towards the end is so unbelievable, especially the banter between characters during that moment. I think it's an amazing feet to write a book and perhaps that overcooked style is popular with an audience under 18. However, I still think a portion of the audience that age would also be too smart.

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Deserves 10 stars

L. J. Shen is a genius.
I always think she can’t out do her previous books but she definitely can.
Each time I’m amazed at how clever her writing is and how your interest never fades.
Loved the narration. Michael Crouch was brilliant.

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Awesome book

I loved this book and couldn’t put it down I have it on kindle and audio. The audio changed the principal’s name from Gabe what is written as in the books to Ryan ???

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  • 29-04-2019

Pretty Reckless

Wow I don’t even know where to start with this!!

I have been waiting what feels like forever to get my hands on this book and it was everything and more. The hot holes still being their badass selves and the totholes (love this name for them) growing older and wiser is what I live for.

L. J. Shen is truly a master with the words and knows how to weave a story that will have you hooked from start to finish.
Seeing the relationship between Daria and Penn grow and adapt to each new hurdle that life through at them as well as the everyday struggles that teenagers (as well as the parents of said teenagers) face and conquer was so very real and relatable that it felt like I was experiencing those things right along with the characters.
Not going to lie, I went through most of this book hating Mel and Via and basically just wanting to scream and throw my ereader across the room at some points with some of the actions and decisions that had been made, Jaime had always been my least favourite of the hot holes, with Daria being my least favourite of the offspring but by the end of the book I had a new found understanding and love for the hurt and pasts that shaped them all as people.
The way L. J. Shen wove this tale, you can’t help but to fall in love with even the most broken and screwed up characters and gave a life and light to issues and flaws that I think everyone has faced and experienced at some point.

If you haven’t read the Sinners of Saint series yet I can recommend enough that you get on that so that you may experience all that is Pretty Reckless. It is truly 100/10!!!

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SHEN DOES IT FOR HER READERS AGAIN - 2019 🔱

I just want to quickly say before i start my review that i got the audio version of this book, but haven't had great experiences with previous audios so was a little hesitant. I can't get into them, the voices are just all wrong from what's in my head BUT... I am happy to say this might have been the one to convert me? Pretty Reckless was the first audio book I have ever listened to from start to finish in one sitting and I loved it! It took me the first chapter or so to get use to it... it's like my brain struggles to read the story if I'm not actually reading it, but come a few chapters in and I had this sheeit down like Charlie Brown 😉 OR, It might have been the story was just so damn good a didn't give a hoot what it sounded like?

WOW, WOW, WOW....PR (Pretty Reckless) is going straight into my 2019 BEST OF BOOKS, and let me tell you they are far and few between. I am truly awed at how LJ SHEN continues to outdo herself and just when you think her last book is best of, she blows her readers minds with her next!!! Makes it next to impossible to single any of her reads out as your favorite, let me tell you!

PR is the next generation of the "Hothole's" literally... and this book featured Jamie and Mel's daughter, Daria and what it means to be the "popular" girl and sometimes it just ain't all its cracked up to be? This book blew any expectations I had right out of the universe and I'm so glad I temporarily dropped everything to hear this one out, couldn't have put it down if I tried... the story revolves around high school life but was anything and everything high school. If you are one to shy away from these reads, PLEASE DON'T! This is so beyond what you would expect from this sub-genre... and there is no "norm" when it comes to this author, it's not even in her vocabulary, so I'm not surprised.

Firstly, I was totally shocked by the family dynamics. Who would have thought it would be an anything but perfect? What a tragic yet DEFYing outcome.
Secondly, Penn and Daria... perfect! From the first time they met the bond was real and I was hooked. A boy from the wrong side of the tracks to a girl with everything, yet both lived in worlds with equally fkd up situations, this book dealt with some pretty serious real-life stuff that can make or break you, but Daria, Penn and everyone (Well maybe not everyone) handled it wonderfully, all contributing to making this story just a little bit special 😍
Thirdly, there is no thirdly....I cannot say anymore!

The only thing left to say is GO. GET. THIS. BOOK!

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  • Love2ReaD
  • 15-05-2019

4 We're all human stars

I have to admit that I didn't like Daria going in. From what was mentioned of her in the previous series I thought she'd be awful. While she was queen bee and ugly most of the time, I felt her pain. Knowing what she felt and what she was going through I immediately understood her actions. Did that excuse her? No. But in the end we are all human.

I hope to get more of her and Penn. I fell in love with him too. When he was hurting I hurt too. He was a jerk but he had a lot of anger towards Daria. I'm just glad that he didn't give up on her or on himself.

Now Melody....yeah I've never been her biggest fan.


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Male 5 stars, he was perfect for Penn.

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  • M. Knight
  • 11-07-2019

Pretty good!

I actually enjoyed this book. I completed it in one day. I loved Daria’s evolution. She went from a selfish, heartless mean girl to a lovable, humbled woman. I found the story to be well executed. The book showed how much more difficult and destructive life can be when we let miscommunications, jealousy and envy fester and spread like cancer. I felt the emotions conveyed by the author and narrators. I felt the compassion, love and forgiveness of family and friends, the hatred of misguided, envious enemies, the heartbreak of unrequited love, a fathers revenge, the struggles of adolescence and the redemption of broken souls. I felt all of this and more in one pretty awesome story. well done!

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  • Ryan Mauricio
  • 06-06-2019

A millennial story of A Hazy Shade of Winter

For those whom suffered thru the 80's... it's an angsty high school melodrama with an HEA

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  • Maria Stentebjerg
  • 13-05-2019

One of the best!

This book really touched and moved me at the same time. The characters in the book struggle - but with issues far from what you normally meet in romance novels. Therefore this story really caught me and I will definitely listen to the story again and go look for more from this auditor.
Furthermore, the author includes point of view from others charactors than the main two, adding further to the story. Really interesting story and totally captivating.

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  • Stephanie Mills
  • 09-05-2019

Such a great book!!

Have you ever read a book and not be able to put it down? You skip sleep because you can’t not read the next sentence? This was that for me! I start this book at 11 o’clock at night and finished seven hours later! The drama, the personal growth, and the world building in this book are perfection! I have read one other book by this author and love that one too. I look forward to reading many more by L.J. Shen!

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  • Niaboo2000
  • 03-05-2019

NOT THE HOTHOLES

I don't like this spin off. I was blown away by the Hotholes series and expected more than what I got from this story. The actual plot was too thin to warrant the amount of angst from the characters. The female narrator was terrible. The nuances in her delivery were annoying. Her speech was drawn out, over the top and not natural at all. Daria had absolutely no redeeming qualities. She was also written like she had a mental illness (bipolar, split personality, depression, etc.) with no mention of mental health issues. Hard to through.

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  • Falling_with_the_leaves
  • 14-06-2019

This one just cracked my heart wide open!

There’s something to be said when someone’s writing just reaches in and grasps your beating heart. Just completely takes hold, squeezing, until it bursts and then pieces you back together again. I’m in awe of L.J. Shen. I anticipated the greatness that is her writing but what I found was so much more. Daria Followhill and Penn Scully had me a complete mess, in the most satisfying way.

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  • Addicted2Audiable
  • 13-05-2019

loved

this book should be read after reading Defy. Defy is Dorias parents loved both... I enjoyed the hole series.....and now enjoying this series.....

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  • AMP5
  • 25-09-2019

Beautiful, very painful, but ultimately relief

Crazy how a story about teenagers and the adults in their life could wring out so much pain in me, it almost was too much but counting on some resolution of any of the increasing mess made me soldier through to the end.
L. J. Shen is a poet: I was dazzled by it in the equally troubling but much more fun for some reason book Midnight Blue. That book dazzled me with her writing, and this one shocked me with whatever it is her talent is. Is it the plotting, or the writing, or the characters? Her plotting skills definitely cannot be ignored. Not sure I can handle another of her scary rides of stories, though ultimately she does “the kind thing” and let’s redemption slowly work it’s way into ending. Thank “Marx”. 😉 I hope if she ever writes a full-on tragedy there’s a warning label.
The narration was good but sometimes voices sounded the same and I would have to rewind to figure out who’s talking. Also, the trouble with writing a book then making it an audio is the inability to tell if the words are thoughts or
the spoken word. It’s like the verb needs to come first or something, because Shen often has the thoughts roll out of the character THEN the next sentence, “What she finally said aloud was...” or something so you have to scramble to rearrange what’s happening in your head. There’s often trouble like that in all audio books but this one made me doubly aware of it.
So yeah, I think it was a brilliant book but I’m going to have to go to some lighter fare for awhile. Lighter hearts may enjoy the pain, able to enjoy the fiction for what it is, just a story, but if you have a heavy heart or
living through rough seas, and like me fall heavily into good writing or a good movie like it’s real life; it’s difficult to enjoy “living” through such a realistic and honest traipse through thorns and cracking hearts despite knowing the writer will have mercy at the end.

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  • Tanya Locke
  • 22-09-2019

My 2nd by this author

I read series in reverse but this was a good audiobook! It’s a great high school/adult problem read. I enjoyed the rich girl poor boy angle but not the vindictiveness of a certain family member or the rich girl in the beginning.

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  • N. Mahoney
  • 20-05-2019

A great story with fantastic voice acting.

I didn't know how to categorise this story. YA or NA. Most of the characters are in their final year of high school and adults surrounding those students, but this is a dark romance, suspense and is a raw, angst filled tale that is too violent and sexually explicit to be a YA. 
Having said that, this was such a good story. The angst and intensity made this a raw story of both love and hate. While Penn and Darla are the main focus of the book, there are so many other relevant characters and they are so well developed. The whole plot is so involved and so well written.
 I cannot fault the narration by Angela Goethals, Maxine Mitchell, Michael Crouch. Their vocal talents give a voice and intensity to the story and bring it to life. This story requires proper voice acting and the narrators all delivered.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 29-04-2019

All the feels! One of Shen's best books to date!

Not sure I can do justice to how amazing this book really was. I devoured it so quick and now I am bereft. I love the characters. It was pure Shen magic. It is very difficult to capture the same magic when it comes to spin off series but honestly, she outdid herself with Pretty Reckless. Penn and Daria are not typical teenagers, there is so much depth to both of these characters. Shen is a master at making you feel for her characters and feel you will!!! All of the characters are flawed and human and so relatable and this to me is the best aspect of this book. This one would be reread many times over, for sure. Cannot wait for the rest for the series. Love love love LJ Shen and I wish she would write 100 hooks a year :) kidding... Not really :)

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  • Jenisse Melo
  • 11-10-2019

Read now!

At first I was thrown off by the narrators but grew to love them! Read it in 2 days, sooo good!

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  • Ellen Gene Long
  • 14-09-2019

LOVE THIS

Couldn’t put this down and completed it in 2 days. Just downloaded another audio book of LJ Shen 🥰

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  • Samantha Lewis
  • 03-08-2019

amazing

absolutely loved this book. my first audiobook and a great choice. I'm now addicted. love the story the characters and everything about it

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  • Ola
  • 30-07-2019

Great voice acting

Great voice acting. it is also a beautiful and gripping story. I went through it in one listen.

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  • Primsale
  • 22-05-2019

predictable

The sex scenes were too graphic and the language was atrocious. of course at the end the boy gets the girl.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 24-06-2019

5 stars

I love Leah's books her writing is amazing no matter the genre haven't been disappointed once. This one was really good i have a daughter and this book really resonated with me. Loved Daria and Penn hope to see them in the upcoming books in the series. I highly red this one.

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  • emk
  • 23-06-2019

My fav chapter is 24/23

This hole book is AMAZING I want a continuation from this book, hear about them in college and there engagement

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  • Mrs.Nayyar Hayat
  • 03-05-2019

Left me an emotional wreck!

Brilliant story—had me laughing, crying —angry,a rollercoaster!
Loved it!
Absolutely fantastic—so real!

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