Thursday, February 29, 2024

#BookReview: Pretty Reckless (All Saints High #1) by L.J. Shen

Synopsis: They say revenge is a dish best served cold… 

Penn Scully has had four years to stew on what Daria Followhill did to him, and now his heart is completely iced over. 

He took her first kiss, and she took away the only person he ever loved. 

He asked her to save the rest of her firsts for him, and she walked all over his heart in stiletto heels and left it bleeding out on a bright summer day. 

Now, everything has changed. 

When circumstances leave Penn homeless in his senior year, the Followhills take him in as their latest shiny project. That means, for the time being, he's Daria's housemate, living right across the hall. 

And once he sees her again, he's determined to make this spoiled princess pay for ruining the only good thing in his life. 

But Daria is used to being misunderstood. Being slammed for every snarky comment, cynical eye roll, and foot she puts in the way of the people who hurt her. 

Being the girl everyone wants to see cry, and keeping her tears hidden. Penn wanted her firsts, but she wants to be his last everything. 

The problem is, once they see past each other's cutting barbs and wounded hearts, the truths they uncover might just start something new altogether.


Rating: 4 Stars
My Review: This one has a lot of trigger warnings but man this one was good.  I couldn't put this one down.  And can not wait for more. 


"Add claws, teeth and nails towhatever you expect of a 'high school' romance and you've got All Saints High.With the first installment, Shen has crafted a story so fresh, it feels likeits own new genre." - Kennedy Ryan, award-winning bestselling author.
"Mywords are inadequate to describe how freaking epic Pretty Reckless is. I'mbroken and destroyed for all else. The talent this author possess has onceagain soared to another level. LJ Shen takes us up to the stars with PrettyReckless and I never want to come down." - 
Harloe Rae, USA Today bestsellingauthor.
"Nobody gives me the feels for abad boy like LJ Shen! I loved every minute of this delicious read, and I wentback and reread the end twice just to get the rush again and again!" - 
GingerScott, bestselling author.
"Each chapter was a punch, each poem was a stab, and each wordwas a promise. Thisbook was everything and more, and I can honestly say, I didn't see it coming."- 
CL Matthews, bestselling author. 
"The ultimate read. I couldn't putit down. I'm breathless from it. The angst! I could cry again." - 
Angie,Angie's Dreamy Reads. 
"Eight out of five stars. Thisseries was written in the stars. I was living for this book but at the sametime I was dead." - 
Elsa Gomes, Bookish Aurora.
"Thisbook went from my most anticipated read of 2019 to the best book I've read in2019 in a matter of hours. And that's only because that's how long it took meto read it." - 
Emma Johnson, Goodreads.
"An unforgettable love story thatleft me holding my breath until the very last page." - 
Julia, The RomanceRebels.
"This book rendered me speechless. Ithink I broke the highlight option on my kindle." - 
Amo Jones, bestsellingauthor of the Elite Kings series.
"Pretty Reckless for me, was anunputdownable story of raw emotions. I absolutely loved it." - 
Arabella, ILove Book Love.
"Nothing can prepare you to PrettyReckless. The twists and turns this story took, left me with one solution, andthat was to read the book in one sitting." - 
Lizzy Booklicious. 
"I'm in complete shock and awe. Ms.Shen has outdone herself with this book." - 
"I think this is my favorite LJ Shenbook to date." - 
Book Boyfriend Whoarder Mari.
"Daria and Penn are so different andfilled with so much hate, it's crazy, insane and it works!" - 
Lisa, TwoBookish Brits.
"I loved Penn and Daria together. They were both broken indifferent ways and needed someone to fix the pieces. Their chemistry was offthe charts. And I was excited to get a glimpse of Knight, Vaughn, and Luna. Ican't wait for their books." - 
Shantel Tessier, bestselling author.
"Loved, loved, loved it!" - 
"Best. Book. Of. 2019." - 
Stacey,Total Books Addicts.
"The best book of the year." - 
VanessaVillegas, When Vane Reads.
"Pretty Reckless emotionally wreckedme!" 
- BluvsBooks.
"Thisstory was so much more than I ever anticipated and I can't even wrap my headfully around everything much less what lies ahead for the rest of thisgeneration!" - 
Patricia, Words We Love by Blog.
"How?!How do I put into words what I just read? Pretty Reckless was heartbreaking,heart wrenching, beautiful and emotional all in the same breath. I couldn't putthis book down, devoured it within hours and I'm currently craving more. L.J. Shen'sbest book to date in my opinion." - 
Krys the Reading Blogger.
"Icried tears of joy and pain for these two characters." - 
Sarah, AllEncompassing Book Blog. 
"PrettyReckless is gonna be one of those books that you are gonna wanna read andreread again. Once I started I could stop reading." - 
Tara, Sexy Book Divas. 
"Thisis so much better then even I imagined! Relentless in its rawness letting yousee every ugly part we possess as humans...the scars, the insecurities,the depravity,  but there is also so much kindness and vulnerability andlove. It completely broke me down, shook me up and wrecked me." - 
Chele',For the Love of Books. 
"PrettyReckless took high school rivals, added a splash of enemies to lovers, wrappedaround heart-wrenching angst, and delivered one finger-licking utterlyaddicting page-turner! If NA angst is your crack of choice, then Shen is aboutto become your favorite dealer." - 
Lana, Dirty Girl Romance.
"Thisbook is pure ******* kindle crack. The angst! The drama!" - 
Tijuana, BookTwins Reviews.
"LEIGHSHEN certainly kicks of the second generation of the Sinners of Saints with abang. The angst and twists and turns are many, the characters are mostly rottenand devious, and yet I was consumed by the whole world and each devianttothole." - 
Sarah, Musings of a Modern Belle. 
"L.J.Shen has once again delivered a powerful and emotional story that has left meobsessed and begging for more!" - 
Ratula, Bookgasms Book Blog.
"Easiest five stars given." - 
Kat,Kitty Katz Book Blog.
"So much angst, so little time." - 
Amy,Obsessive Book W*ore.
"Hands-down my favorite L.J. Shenbook!" - 
Keri Loves Books.
"Emotional and delicious, even if itbreaks your poor heart." - 
Marta Bor, blogger.
"This is not your typical YA/NAromance." - 
Isa Lopez,

About the Author

L.J. Shen is a USA Today and Amazon #1 Best-selling author of contemporary and YA romance. Her books are translated into several languages. She lives in California with her husband and son, and enjoys good wine, bad reality TV shows and catching sun rays with her lazy cat.

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