Category Archives: Katie McGarry

REVIEW {46} Nowhere but Here by Katie McGarry

AUTHOR: Katie McGarry
SERIES: Thunder Road [Book #1]
PUBLICATION INFO: Harlequin Teen | RELEASE DATE: May 26th 2015
CATEGORY: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance, Motorcycle Clubs, First Love, Four Star Rating
ACQUISITION: Own | EDITION: Hardcover; First Edition, 496 pages

WHAT IT’S ABOUT: An unforgettable new series from acclaimed author Katie McGarry about taking risks, opening your heart and ending up in a place you never imagined possible.

Seventeen-year-old Emily likes her life the way it is: doting parents, good friends, good school in a safe neighborhood. Sure, she’s curious about her biological father—the one who chose life in a motorcycle club, the Reign of Terror, over being a parent—but that doesn’t mean she wants to be a part of his world. But when a reluctant visit turns to an extended summer vacation among relatives she never knew she had, one thing becomes clear: nothing is what it seems. Not the club, not her secret-keeping father and not Oz, a guy with suck-me-in blue eyes who can help her understand them both.

Oz wants one thing: to join the Reign of Terror. They’re the good guys. They protect people. They’re…family. And while Emily—the gorgeous and sheltered daughter of the club’s most respected member—is in town, he’s gonna prove it to her. So when her father asks him to keep her safe from a rival club with a score to settle, Oz knows it’s his shot at his dream. What he doesn’t count on is that Emily just might turn that dream upside down.

No one wants them to be together. But sometimes the right person is the one you least expect, and the road you fear the most is the one that leads you home.

MY THOUGHTS: This one has been compared to the TV Show Sons of Anarchy, but having never seen the show, I cannot offer my opinion on that.
What I can do however; is tell you that if you loved McGarry’s Pushing the Limits series as much as I did (Which is a whole freaking lot!) then you will love this first entry in the Thunder Road series. It has all the bad boy yumminess, flawed characters, and a whole lot of anxiety-inducing action to keep  with Julie Kagawa (double-freaking-awesomeness!) and while I knew I’d read Nowhere But Here, it wasn’t until after I heard Katie speak that I got super pumped for this book, and decided that I was going to buy it instead of waiting for a copy from the library. These books are ones that I can see myself rereading in the future.
What I love about Katie’s books is that she isn’t afraid to take her characters anywhere she wants them to go – whether that puts them in danger or a dangerous downward spiral – she will have you laughing, crying, and screaming page after page at characters so real that they feel like they’re your friends in real life.
For me, I had a little trouble getting into Emily’s character at the start of NBH. She was so innocent and naive, so trusting and believing in her parents that she was completely ignorant to an entire other part of her life… that included her bio-dad. I came to care for Emily as the chapters flew by, and by the end of the book I was definitely happy to see the person she became over the course of the book.
The whole premise of the book, being based around a motorcycle club, was a refreshingly new idea that I fully embraced and was very curious about. While seeing Katie speak, she explained how she had actually spent time with a real motorcycle club – to remove the stigma that is associated with them. Not all clubs are bad, illegal, or gangs – and that is what she proved with this book.
I was not expecting the big secret of the book to end up being what it was. It was an awesome curve ball that she threw, and I think it was awesome the way the whole story was centered around this big secret, and the whole time I was thinking how this secret is being so over-hyped and it probably won’t even be that big of  a secret, but yes, it is quite a doozy – and the consequences are dire.
Overall, I fell in love with a little town called Snowflake, Kentucky and the Reign of Terror Motorcycle Club, and all of the characters that I got to meet and spend time with. I highly recommend this book to anyone who loves contemporary stories, romance done well, and some seriously sexy bad boys you can’t help but fall for too.

NEXT BOOK IN THE SERIES:  Walk the Edge | Expected Publication Date: March 2016

OTHER BOOKS BY KATIE MCGARRY: Pushing the Limits | Dare You To | Crash Into You | Take Me On | Crossing the Line | Breaking the Rules | Chasing Impossible

SIMILAR READS: Never Always Sometimes by Adi Alsaid | Jesse’s Girl by Miranda Kenneally | The Lies About the Truth by Courtney C. Stevens | Another Little Piece of my Heart  by Tracey Martin | What You Left Behind by Jessica Verdi

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Save the Date {15} Dare You To

Dare You To

AUTHOR: Katie McGarry
SERIES: Pushing the Limits #2| OTHER BOOKS IN THE SERIES: Pushing the Limits #1
EDITION: Hardcover, 462 pages
EXPECTED PUBLICATION: May 28th 2013 by Harlequin Teen
CATEGORIES: Young Adult, Romance, Contemporary, Book #2 in Series, Pushing the Limits Series
WHAT IT’S ABOUT: Ryan lowers his lips to my ear. “Dance with me, Beth.”

“No.” I whisper the reply. I hate him and I hate myself for wanting him to touch me again….

“I dare you…”

If anyone knew the truth about Beth Risk’s home life, they’d send her mother to jail and seventeen-year-old Beth who knows where. So she protects her mom at all costs. Until the day her uncle swoops in and forces Beth to choose between her mom’s freedom and her own happiness. That’s how Beth finds herself living with an aunt who doesn’t want her and going to a school that doesn’t understand her. At all. Except for the one guy who shouldn’t get her, but does….

Ryan Stone is the town golden boy, a popular baseball star jock-with secrets he can’t tell anyone. Not even the friends he shares everything with, including the constant dares to do crazy things. The craziest? Asking out the Skater girl who couldn’t be less interested in him.

But what begins as a dare becomes an intense attraction neither Ryan nor Beth expected. Suddenly, the boy with the flawless image risks his dreams-and his life-for the girl he loves, and the girl who won’t let anyone get too close is daring herself to want it all….

MY THOUGHTS: I absolutely LOVED Pushing the Limits, so imagine my anticipated excitement when I learned that a companion novel was coming out! I will definitely be getting this one ASAP. If you love contemporary romances that don’t fit the typical mold, you will adore McGarry’s writing and characters. Each are fantastically wonderful and flawed all at the same time. She doesn’t hold back with any topic or worry about giving the reader a heart attack with her story lines that you won’t see coming. I recommend everyone read this book if you loved Pushing the Limits; and if you haven’t experienced McGarry’s writing yet, then you need to do so immediately so that you can see why I will read absolutely anything that she publishes.
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Cover Reveal {19} Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry

Pushing the Limits
By: Katie McGarry
Edition: Paperback
Publication Information: July 31st 2012 by Harlequin Teen

My Thoughts: This was probably one of my favorite books of 2012… if you haven’t read it yet, please, I beg of you, go get it from the library and start it ASAP. You won’t be sorry! 
So this is the cover just revealed for the paperback edition of this YA Contemporary-Romance. If you’re familiar with the hardcover edition, then this probably looks pretty familiar to you. It looks like they stuck with the same fonts as the HC, but flipped the image sideways to run the horizontal length of the front and back flaps. Sometimes I get annoyed when a cover is completely redesigned when it’s released in paperback edition, but I’m kind of glad this one stayed pretty similar. I think the photo sideways works really well with the title, like it’s kind of “pushing the limits of what’s normal”. Plus, we all know Echo and Noah’s relationship is anything BUT normal! I love the blaze of Echo’s red hair against all of the black, gray, and white of the cover too. Overall, I’d say I’m satisfied with the PB cover.
What do you think?
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Review {7} Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry

Pushing the Limits
By: Katie McGarry
Published: July 31st 2012 by Harlequin Teen
Obtained: Library – But I’m definitely buying this one!
Rating: 5 Stars
Categories: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance, Drama, Five Star Rating.

What the Back of the Book Says: No one knows what happened the night Echo Emerson went from popular girl with jock boyfriend to gossiped-about outsider with “freaky” scars on her arms. Even Echo can’t remember the whole truth of that horrible night. All she knows is that she wants everything to go back to normal.But when Noah Hutchins, the smoking-hot, girl-using loner in the black leather jacket, explodes into her life with his tough attitude and surprising understanding, Echo’s world shifts in ways she could never have imagined. They should have nothing in common. And with the secrets they both keep, being together is pretty much impossible.

Yet the crazy attraction between them refuses to go away. And Echo has to ask herself just how far they can push the limits and what she’ll risk for the one guy who might teach her how to love again.

My Thoughts: I am not the contemporary-romance type, so I was majorly surprised when I realized how much I loved this book. And while there is definitely romance, there is so much more to this novel than I ever expected. It’s hard to even summarize Echo and Noah’s characters because they are so multi-dimensional and just probably two people who’s story I’d love to see in a movie. This book could easily become a movie.

What I love about this book is that the character’s are all so real. I mean, they have different backgrounds and different struggles, but they sympathize because they share the same feelings and emotions. When both feel at their lowest and most depressed and feel that they are fighting their toughest battles, they find each other. The relationship between Echo and Noah is unlike most young-adult book relationships. They don’t fall instantly in love. They do admit to an attraction, but they don’t just jump in and fall in love. They slowly build their love on trust, and friendship. They build the type of relationship that can last the distance.

Echo is not only fighting a battle within herself, but with the fact that something happened to her, at the hands of her mother, and she cannot remember anything. No one will tell her what really happened either. She is living at home with her father and step-mother (who used to be her babysitter until her parents divorced) and dealing with the death of her brother Aires and the birth of her soon-to-be step-brother. She’s lost most of her friends at school since she’s become very self conscious since the accident, which left nasty scars up her arms. Everyone assumes she cut herself and attempted suicide. They all want her to be “Normal” again, and try forcing Echo back with her ex-boyfriend Luke. Things are starting to get back to normal – somewhat – but things come to blows when Luke and Noah get into a fist fight – and Echo ends up getting knocked down.

Noah is dealing with the death of his parents and the subsequent placement of his little brothers’ in foster care. Noah’s been deemed “emotionally unstable” since he punched his first foster father for hitting his own son, and his brothers’ foster parents are trying very hard to keep him from seeing Jacob and Tyler. Noah’s determined to graduate high school and get his own apartment and work full time so that he can get custody of his brothers. Noah’s currently living with foster parents Shirley and Dale, their niece Beth, and another foster kid, Isaiah.  Noah considers them his brother and sister.

Once Noah and Echo meet and start dating, they begin to support each other, and help get each other through tons of really tough things. They both are devoted to one another, and having someone that you can truly love and trust by their side regardless of whats going on is really endearing. I really believe their story was one of my favorite to read about ever.

For anyone who’s ever struggled in life – regardless of what it was with; friends, family, etc – this book is one you can easily find something to relate to and will find yourself unable to put the book down, craving more and more and more. I think the ending was perfect and I am pretty sure that I would read absolutely anything that McGarry writes. Her writing is amazing and wonderful and she is incredible with writing her characters and the situations that she puts them in.

My final words are that you HAVE to read this book. HAVE TO.

Happy Reading,