Monday, May 25, 2015

Book Review: Nowhere But Here (Thunder Road #1) by: Katie McGarry

Release Date: May 26, 2015
from Harlequin Teen
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Source: I received a copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley/edelweiss in exchange for a fair and honest review.
"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 book gave me a serious case of emotional whiplash and I loved every second of it. I went back and forth so much with what I wanted pretty much the entire book. Katie McGarry delivered another great read and I’m excited to see where she goes with this series.

Oz and Emily are polar opposites in the beginning and I absolutely loved watching their progression. They really kinda hate each other in the beginning, so watching them grow together was really awesome. Their varying perspectives is probably both my favorite and least favorite part of the book. I loved getting two sides to the story, but getting those two sides is what gave me emotional whiplash. I would read Emily’s perspective and completely agree and see myself nodding along. Then I would get to Oz’s perspective and completely agree with him. The problem was that in the beginning they both wanted completely different things and it made my head spin. Hence the whiplash. I loved the whiplash though. And their chemistry together is insane and I absolutely loved them as a couple and loved that they brought out the best in each other.

This book had so many secrets and lies and it kept me invested. I may have begged my bloggy Wifey multiple times to TELL ME ALL THE THINGS, because while I had good guesses that turned out to be right, the anticipation was killing me. Good thing my Wifey is strong and didn’t bend to my incessant “I NEED TO KNOW ALL THE THINGS” texts. In the end I loved unraveling the pieces slowly and finding them out was a ton of fun.

My only slight issue is with the adults in this book, because dayumm they all aggravated me at times. Except maybe Olivia, I adored her. But the rest of them made me crazy. So many secrets and lies and nobody wants to come clean. And so many times they acted like children. I may have yelled through my iPad at them to realize they are the adults in this situation. But this also added something great to the story. It showed that people make mistakes and that sometimes it is up to the next generation to learn from them.

All in all, Nowhere But Here was a great read and is one that can be devoured. I can’t wait to see where this series goes next.


  1. Wow you reviewed this fast! I need to read this but it's sooooo long...

  2. I really enjoyed this one too girl! I agree- you know me and how I love my spoilers, but I don't think I flipped ahead to see what the secret was! Instead, I was devouring the book trying to find out! I ended up loving the romance the most about this one. Emily and Oz ended up being so good for one another! I wish another couple had made it (adult wise), but sadly I realize it's not meant to be. I can't wait for Razor's book next!

  3. I devoured it as well and can't wait for more in this world

  4. I'm glad to see that you really enjoyed this one! I've wanted to check it out since I first heard about it. I'm glad that the release date is soon too! Great review. :)
    Krystianna @ Downright Dystopian

  5. YAY for emotional books. I love ones that just leave me an emotional roller-coaster. I'm glad to read that you enjoyed this one so much, despite the adult characters driving you crazy! I can't wait to read it and unravel this book. :) I'm so excited!

    Wonderful review my dear friend *huggles*

  6. Yep. Agree. Love OZ and Emily!

  7. So glad you enjoyed this one. My copy is on it's way and after reading your review I am more deseprate to get my hands on my copy than ever. Thank you for another great review!

  8. I haven't read any Katie McGarry yet but I'm actually excited to now! This one looks amazing (especially after your review - I'm constantly looking for more emotional messes to get myself into haha) and I keep hearing amazing things. I was hesitant for a while but...I'm ready to get sucked in now. ;)

    Great review!

    Sierra @ Yearning to Read

  9. I enjoyed reading this because of the dual POV. I wanted to know the secret too! I kept waiting and waiting for it... and I can never guess correctly with books like this, so I was surprised. Now I can't wait for the next book.

    Sandra @ Waiting For Wentworth

  10. Yes! Adults acting like children. I just couldn't stand it! Oz def grew on me. Not bad at all.

  11. This book, this book, this BOOK. I would tell you how much I loved it, but you so already know. I'm so happy you enjoyed this one, and I loved reliving it with you -- especially when we found out that little somethin' somethin' that made us have late night texty texts -- BEST NIGHT EVER. Hahaha! You DID beg me to tell you all the things, and it was so hard not telling! This review is perfect! Whiplash is the best way to describe this; and like you, I loved it! I totally agree about the parents... grrrrrr. But you know I love my Eli ;) The only thing better than reading this book was sharing all my feelings about this book with you! Brilliant review, Wifey! xoxo


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