Monday, November 4, 2013

Review and Giveaway: Reckless by Danielle Weiler

Reckless by Danielle Weiler 
Publication date: August 9th 2013
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult
Source: Xpresso Book Tours

‘Are you going to ask me in?’ he replied, a cheeky smile forming on the edges of his lips. Then he leaned towards me conspiratorially. ‘We aren’t strangers, you know.’

Milly Benton wants it all to go away. Wants to flip the bird to the nightmares and her parent’s grief and the incessant questions about when she’s going to make something of herself.

But when her parents exile her to the country, Milly has to cope with her annoyingly helpful aunt and three cousins instead. Bitter at the hand she’s been dealt, Milly has stopped dreaming of a future.

In steps Jerome with his tormented blue eyes. Familiar from her childhood and as broken as she. They need each other. But how can they forget?

Reckless got off to a bit of a rough start for me.  I really hated Milly.  She was just not a very good person.  There was a time I almost put the book down, but then something about her caught my attention.  It wasn't that she was just a bad person - she was damaged and lashing out in some pretty terribly ways, but it wasn't really her.  Although I probably could have down without her relationship with the French guy, he was disgusting.  

Once we get past that first part though we get to see who the real Milly is.  The real Milly slowly comes out of her bomb shelter when she goes to visit her Aunt in the country.  She begins to heal until she runs into a boy from her past.  This is where the real meat of the story begins.  I wish it had started sooner because I really enjoyed the last half far more than the first.  Secrets begin to come out, old woulds are opened, and new wounds are healed.  It was a fantastic story about the power of life and forgiving.

Danielle Weiler loves all things written. She has her best story ideas in the middle of the night when there’s no chance to remember them the next day. Her first YA novel, Friendship on Fire, was published in 2011. Reckless is Danielle’s first novel for new adults. She has lived and taught high school in New South Wales and Victoria but prefers the sunny weather in Perth. She is kept company by her husband, son and naughty cat, Ginger.

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