Published March 14th 2011
From Goodreads: 16 year old Eden Matthews has been in and out of private schools for the last two years. She can't seem to stop herself from closing them down. Kingsley is her last chance to finish high school and the last private school willing to accept her. She is focused on just getting through graduation until she realizes Kingsley is not like the other private schools she's been to. The students may be different, but so is she. And after meeting Kiran Kendrick, the boy who won't leave her alone and seems to be the source of all of her problems, she is suddenly in a world that seems more make-believe than reality. To top it off, she is being hunted by men who want to kill Kiran and her best friend Lilly is taken away to a foreign prison. Eden finds herself right in the middle of an ancient war, threatening everything she loves. She alone has to find a way to save her best friend and the boy who has captivated her heart. Reckless is an intricate story about mystery, adventure, magic and forbidden love. Eden Matthews is an unlikely heroine determined to save the world and be with her one, true love before its too late.
You know, I really liked the sound of this book when I first read the blurb. Something about it caught my attention, and I thought it would be a good read. I was so right. I love it when that happens. From the very start, Higginson sets up a story with action, twists, and romance.
Eden is a very relatable character. I easily saw how a girl who keeps flooding or setting fire to her schools, would be a nervous wreck on her first day at a new school. Not the simple cliché girl we always see who’s scared of not making friends or talking in front of the class, she has genuine fears. She could blow everyone up! And it’s humorous being inside her head at times. She definitely looks at things like a true teen girl would. I thought her character was very well developed.
Enter the mega swoon worthy Prince Kiran. Need I say more? He’s a flippin’ prince! That alone made me fall all over myself. But toss in a cocky, self-assured jokester who wants Eden and goes after at all costs, and this guy had me at *grin*. Their relationship was so much fun. Eden trying her hardest not to fall for his advances, and Kiran loving to make her squirm. As the story continues, we see the deeper side of Kiran, and Eden begins to truly fall for him. I thought their relationship progressed perfectly.
There are more characters that I liked. Like Talbot, Kiran’s body guard. He was just a fun, cool guy. And Angelo, who I don’t want to say much about or else I’ll spoil it. But I loved this guy. The plot was awesome. I enjoyed how the author weaved magic together with different races and added an original spin. The writing itself was good. Honestly, it’s hard for me to read anything and not see things that could be improved. It’s difficult to turn off that inner editor. I’d love to see this story tightened up a bit on punctuation, just because it would make a fantastic story phenomenal, but I don’t believe it’s anything that will distract the reader. As soon as you start reading, you’re immediately sucked in. I recommend this to anyone who’s looking for something fun, action-packed, and romantic. And it's FREE right now on Amazon!