Series | All Saints High #1
Release Date | April 21, 2019
Genres | New Adult
Format | ARC
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From USA Today and Washington Post bestselling author L.J. Shen comes an intense, high school enemies-to-lovers romance with a twist.
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.
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No surprise here, L.J. is topping my 2019 #RSFAVE list again with her newest release, Pretty Reckless, in the highly-anticipated series, All Saints High. Since she first shared about her new series surrounding the kids from our favorite hotholes, Pretty Reckless quickly topped my most anticipated reading list for 2019. L.J. is definitely giving the hotholes a run for their money because I strongly believe their kids will be taking over Todos Santos by storm!
First up in this series is Daria and if you’ve read the Sinners of Saint series, she is the daughter of Jamie and Melody Followhill. With the little that we know and seen of Daria, she wasn’t exactly high on my list for favorite people. And I was a bit curious to see how L.J. was going to swing her story and having me like her by the end.
Well let me just say, throw out all of your assumptions about Daria, I fell in love with her character almost instantly and my heart was just constantly bleeding out for her. As I read through some of the reviews, I saw soooo many comments about a lot of the stupid things she does and all the angst. YES, this is a new adult book, but they’re both in HIGH SCHOOL, so keep that in mind as you’re reading. Also, this is L.J. Shen we’re talking about, if her know her writing well expect the same when it comes to the children of Todos Santos.
Anyways, Daria turned out to be a character that I wasn’t expecting at all. She was definitely complex, probably one of the more complex characters that L.J. has ever written. I understood where she was coming from and why she did what she did, but it was so damn destructive. (And yes, of course I didn’t agree with anything that she did!) More than anything, I loved that she grew into her character by the end and seeing all that growth completely solidified my love for her. Despite all her flaws, she is just so damn strong.
Penn Scully, another destructive character dealing with this strong attraction towards someone he absolutely shouldn’t and his loyalty to his twin sister (who seems to be less than deserving of any royal treatment). Penn’s story is very much falling for the guy from the other side of the tracks. His life has not been easy and he’s harboring a lot of something towards Daria because of her part in a very trivial thing that happened in his life.
These two are explosive together and yes … destructive. They go through so much together and separately. I can’t say that I was on-board with what these two, but it’s all very fitting of Shen’s writing style and it’s all just akin to these kids parents. SO, I can’t say that I’m surprised at all.
I LOVEEEEEDDDD seeing the strong and unbreakable bond that Daria has with her father. He was always there for her no matter what and constantly saw her worth. I felt so disconnected with Daria’s mom, Melody, and a lot has to do with their relationship throughout the entire book.
I know this is lengthy, so I’ll wrap things up. If I wasn’t already so familiar with the Sinners of Saint series, having all their kids mentioned in this book can be rather overwhelming. There’s a lot of different characters mentioned more than once and it can be tough to keep up with.
I know that Daria can be a tough character to like, but I’d say it was well worth sticking with her to the end. I have zero regrets! Todos Santos is definitely a place that will chew you up and spit you back out. Such a dynamic start to this series!
major thank you to the author for the complimentary copy in consideration for a review. this does not affect my opinion of the book or review.
“I don’t want you transferring into my school,” I hiss out. Melody would gladly file a transfer request, and Principal Prichard would salivate over the chance to snatch him up for our football team.
“That won’t be a problem. You guys suck so much ass, you have shit-breath.”
“Still smells better than poverty. You’re poor, right? Your sister was just bullshitting about being rich.”
When someone hits me with a stick, I run over them with a tank. I’m so mean to him I want to throw up. I hate this part of being me. The striking harder at all costs part.
“Just to make things clear.” I put the brush down, batting my lashes. “You’re not my step-sibling, foster brother, or a part of the family. You’re a stray dog. Last of the litter, most unlikely to be adopted, and a charity case.”
Penn takes a step toward me, and my heart is fighting its way out of my ribcage. The closer he gets, the more I realize that my heart might succeed. Penn’s eyes remind me of a snake’s. Mesmerizing, but inhuman altogether. They weren’t like that before.
His scent messes with my head. I want to reach out and caress his face. Kiss his wounds better. Beg for forgiveness. Curse him. Push him away. Cry on his shoulder for what we’ve done. For how it ended. For what we became afterwards, because I’m full of crap and he is totally empty.
We ruined ourselves the day of our first kiss.
Penn looks down at me. Time stops. It feels like the world is losing gravity, falling into a bottomless depth in space when he clasps my chin with his thumb and finger, lifting my head up. I can’t breathe. I’m not sure I want to, either. My towel drops to the floor with a thud, even though I secured it over my chest. I realize that he tugged at it intentionally. I’m naked. My body, my soul, my heart. All my walls are down. Somewhere in my head, a red alarm blasts and my inhibitions are getting armed, ready to fight back. I’m trying to decode his expression. He is amused, irritated, and…playful? The mixture of emotions doesn’t make any sense.
“Mess with me, Followhill, and I will ruin you.”
“Not if I ruin you first.”