Mundie Moms

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

THE LOVELY RECKLESS by Kami Garcia / Blog Tour: Book Review / Author Interview

Hello and welcome to today's stop for THE LOVELY RECKLESS blog tour. I am so thrilled to not only share my review of what I think is Kami Garcia's best book yet, I have an interview with Kami to share as well. First, here's a little bit about her upcoming release:


By: Kami Garcia
Published by: Fierce Reads
To Be Released on: October 4th, 2016
Purchase from: Amazon 
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Rating: 5 stars - I LOVED It!
I received an arc from the publisher at BEA

From #1 New York Times bestselling author Kami Garcia, a contemporary romance full of loss, love and redemption…
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.

A thrilling, fast paced, action packed read. The Lovely Reckless wrecked me, and in a good way. I still haven't recovered from it. My emotions were all over the place. Garcia had my adrenaline rushing, my heart pounding, and she effortlessly made me fall in love with two incredible characters. I was not excepting to be so addicted to this book, it's characters, and all that happens in this story. 

The Lovely Reckless was not what I was excepting it to be, and I loved it. This book was full of surprises. I loved every moment I spent reading it. I'm not a huge contemporary fan, but similar to what I love about Katie McGarry's realistic contemporary books, Kami Garcia gave me in this book. I love how realistic Garcia's characters are written. She made me understand them, their decisions, and sympathize with the choices they made. My word I couldn't read this book fast enough to find out what happens between Marco and Frankie, and their friends. It's been awhile since I really yearned for everything to work out between two characters, even when the odds are stacked against them. 

Marco and Frankie are something special. These two just fit together. They have a relationship that made sense, even if it didn't make sense to them, and a chemistry that ignites the pages. They also saw each other for who they really were. No pretending, no hiding from their pasts. Just the here and now, and hopefully a future together. Together, they give each other strength, a need to want to be better, and hope. I loved how they made each other stronger. More importantly, I love how these two learned to save themselves, while saving each other. These two have very similar strengths and weaknesses. They will do anything for those they love, even if that means they do so with little regard for what's at stake for themselves. 

All the book feels to this book! I rarely fall in love with contemporary, but my word, when I do, I want to shout to all the readers in a bookstore than they need to pick up this book. Garcia created realistic characters who needed a voice, and allowed me to love them for who each of them was. It didn't matter what side of the town they lived on, or what their upbringing was like. Garcia didn't just tell Frankie and Marco's story, she made me feel as though I was actually watching their story come to life.
 I felt every range of emotion in this book, and fell in love with not just Frankie and Marco, but those characters who are apart of their lives as well.

Garcia has found her niche in writing! The Lovely Reckless is my new favorite Kami Garcia book. This book is her best book yet. I love the realistic, gritty way Garcia wrote this story. I love the diversity of it, the realism of it, and I loved being apart of Frankie and Marco's journey. What's not to love about a book that has street racing, romance, and an element to danger to it? Trust me, this book is so much more than that. What a thrill ride of a read! I look forward to reading more stories like from Garcia. 

*There is some language, violence and a sensual scene, which may not be suitable for younger readers.


“As exciting as a high-stakes drag race with a hero hotter than a red-lined engine, The Lovely Reckless is a thrill ride without compare! You’ll fall in love with sexy bad-boy Marco and root for the daring heroine Frankie as they fight to be together against all odds. The Lovely Reckless is a bold and original love story sure to delight readers everywhere." 
―Kresley Cole, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Arcana Chronicles.

"Sexy, fast-paced, and action-packed―this is Kami Garcia like you’ve never seen her before.” 
―Tahereh Mafi, New York Times bestselling author of Shatter Me

"Kami Garcia turns up the heat with The Lovely Reckless! The Fast and the Furious meets Romeo and Juliet, with a romance guaranteed to get your pulse racing.”
 ―Carrie Ryan, New York Times bestselling author of The Forest of Hands and Teeth


Hi Kami! Welcome back to Mundie Moms. To keep with the racing theme in The Lovely Reckless, today's interview questions are a "speed" round of questions.

If you could race any car, what kind of car would you race? 

Agent 47 Mustang Harbinger 

Which was more fun to write, the racing scenes or the kissy scenes? 

Both. But writing racing scenes is definitely fun! 

If you could be friends with any of your characters, who would you have been friends with in school? 


What's a page # of one of your favorite scenes from the book? 

Page 135 

What is one thing you never leave the house without? 


Favorite article of clothing? 

My black All Saints leather jacket

What is one must have item you need when writing? 
Noise cancelling headphones 

Title of one of the books sitting on your night stand? 
The Edge of Everything by Jeff Giles 

Favorite kind of coke product?
Diet Coke 

You know I have to ask this, which is your favorite Supernatural season? 

Season 4 when Dean comes back from hell

Since you're hitting the road soon for your tour (she's coming to AUSTIN), what's one thing you always take with when you're away from home? 

A necklace laden with good luck charms for when I fly 


 Kami Garcia is the #1 New York Times, USA Today & international bestselling coauthor of the Beautiful Creatures and Dangerous Creatures novels. Kami’s solo series, The Legion, includes the instant New York Times bestseller UNBREAKABLE, and the sequel UNMARKED. Her forthcoming YA contemporary romance THE LOVELY RECKLESS releases on October 4, 2016, followed by THE X-FILESORIGINS: AGENT OF CHAOS, a novel about a teenage Fox Mulder, in January 2017, both from Imprint (Macmillan).

Kami was a teacher for seventeen years before co-authoring her first novel on a dare from seven of her students. If she isn’t busy watching Supernatural, Kami can teach you how to escape from a pair of handcuffs or bake a Coca-Cola cake. She lives in Maryland with her family, and their dogs Spike and Oz (named after characters from Buffy the Vampire Slayer). Visit Kami at and on Twitter and Instagram @kamigarcia.
Kami's Website:



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Lost in Literature Blog (Blog Review + Insta Feature and ARC giveaway) 
- Mara @bookmarauder (Instagram Review + Feature) 
 - My, My Shelf and I Blog (Review & 25 things you don't know about Kami)
September 28 
- Mundie Moms (Review + Interview) 
- Bookworm Boutique Blog (Review + BookTag) 
September 29 
- Vilma's Book Blog (Review) 
- Page Turners Blog (Review)
September 30 
- Benjamin of Tomes (YouTube Review) 
- Once Upon a Twilight (Review and Interview)
October 1 
- Courtney @LibraryCutie (Review and Instagram Feature) 
- Schmexy Girl (Review)
October 2
- Nose Stuck in Book Blog (Review + Interview)
October 3 
- Taylor @Taylorreads (Instagram feature + review) 
- Ursula @Ursula_Uriarte (Instagram review and feature)
October 4
- Oh The Book Feels Blog (Review + Insta feature)
October 5
- Supernatural Snark Blog (Interview)
October 6 
- Hikari @foldedpagesdistillery (Insta feature and review)
October 7 
- Jenuine Cupcakes Blog (Review)
October 8
- Caden @athousandbookstoreads (YouTube booktag + Insta feature)
October 9
- Evie @eviebookish (Review) 
- Reading Teen Blog (ARC Giveaway)
October 10
- YA Bibliophile Blog (Review) 
- Casey @caseyannbooks (Insta feature)
October 11
- Fangirlish (Review) 
- Young Adult Book Addict (Review + Insta feature) 
- Supernatural Snark Blog (Review)