This book had me on the edge of my seat wondering what would happen. My heart was in my throat at the end as everything came to a head. A truly grippiThis book had me on the edge of my seat wondering what would happen. My heart was in my throat at the end as everything came to a head. A truly gripping read!!
It's amazing how much your thoughts can change in the span of reading a book. When I first started Moon Chosen I have to admit to it being a bit of aIt's amazing how much your thoughts can change in the span of reading a book. When I first started Moon Chosen I have to admit to it being a bit of a struggle. Ok, maybe a little more than a bit. It was very slow paced, and with the book being around 600 pages in length I wondered at how the story would play out if things continued in that vain. Continue in that vain for the most part it did, but I ended up really enjoying the chance to get to know the characters really well. And the pacing did pick up through certain stages when called for. I also had a few issues with the main character, Mari. She was really rather childlike for her age and I really struggled to connect with her. But somewhere along the line I found that the times when I wasn't reading the book, I was thinking about it, and I'd find myself sneaking in a few chapters here and there throughout the day when I should have been doing other things. Yeah, I was kind of hooked!
One of the early saving graces for Moon Chosen is that it's told from a few different character perspectives, and that's what kept me interested. I wanted to see how this very different group of characters would fit together and impact the story, and each other. As I said, Mari came across as very young, but things happen and circumstances change and so did Mari. Her growth ended up being one of the things that I enjoyed most. She has strength, and wisdom, and compassion, but she's also able to make hard choices. The relationships that she forms with the other characters were just wonderful. Friendship and romance developed really naturally, and everything was just so believable.
And what's a good story without a good villain, and Moon Chosen sure has a few of those. Even the completely deranged and sadistic evil villain. Yeah, my skin crawled. Itched even. And once you read the book, then you'll understand.
And how could I not mention Rigel. I'm pretty sure he stole the whole damn show!
While I ended up absolutely falling in love with this book and the characters and world that P.C. Cast has created, I still have questions. In fact, I have a whole lot of questions. But with more books to follow I'm sure that some, if not all of those questions will be answered. I just have to find some patience somewhere while I wait for the next book....more
Out heart is like an unfinished puzzle- that is why we search for the perfect one to complete it.
The Lovely Reckless was my first foray into the writi Out heart is like an unfinished puzzle- that is why we search for the perfect one to complete it.
The Lovely Reckless was my first foray into the writing of Kami Garcia and I have to say that it was a mighty fine success! Contemporary YA is so my thing, but add in some grittiness along with a huge dose of angsty reality and I'm all over that!
Sometimes you have to do the wrong thing for the right reason. The trick is knowing when the reason is right.
Seventeen year old Frankie Devereux is trying to come to grips with the brutal death of her boyfriend Noah. She's taken a new approach to life, one where nothing really matters. It's following that new path that see's her sent to live with her undercover cop Dad on the seedier side of town. It's here that she meets bad boy Marco Leone. The attraction is instant. But Marco is hiding a huge secret. That bad boy vibe goes so much deeper than Frankie could have ever guessed. When she learns Marco's secret she'll have to decide if the feelings she's developing for him are enough to overcome the hurdles placed in their paths.
For me, The Lovely Reckless reminded me a lot of Katie McGarry's Pushing the Limits. And since that's one of my favourite series by one of my favourite authors, I couldn't read this book fast enough. I love stories where opposites attract, and Frankie and Marco definitely come from different sides of the tracks. But the more time that Frankie spends in Marco's world the more she realises that she's much more herself there than surrounded by the excesses of her past.
I loved the dynamic between Frankie and Marco. Both of them are dealing with so much. Their attraction to each other was very real and they both had such a need to protect and care for the other. I think that sometimes environment and circumstance can cause feelings to develop really quickly, so I didn't even have an issue with what some people might see as insta love.
Kami Garcia is definitely a wonderful author. She managed to drag me into the story completely and had me caring for the characters and the choices that they'd make. I really hope that Kami will explore some of the other characters stories in the future because there's a few that I would love to spend more time with and get to know better.
Overall, The Lovely Reckless was an enjoyable and gritty YA contemporary. If that's your thing then I highly suggest picking this one up.
Thanks so much to the published for providing me with a copy for my honest review....more