Jun 26, 2015

Review: Nowhere But Here by Katie McGarry

Author: Katie McGarry
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Number of Pages: 496

"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."

I've wanted to read this book ever since it came out because I love Katie McGarry, but I didn't really know what it was about when I started it. And even when I put it on my TBR list I didn't expect much from it because I really just wanted more about from the Pushing the Limits series, but what I found was better than I what I wanted.

When I started reading this book I found that I couldn't stop. It's one of those stories that just pulls you in, right up until the end. I loved the concept of an unknown side of the family that's actually a biker gang kind of thing. It added a sort of spunk not only to the plot, but also to the characters. 

The plot was to me the perfect balance of conflict and romance. There wasn't so much romance that it became the focal point of the entire story, but there was enough for you to fall in love with Oz and the relationship he had for Emily. Also, the book didn't have dragged out conflicts. There were multiple conflicts that Oz and Emily had to face, either together or separately, but it didn't seem as if there were so many problems that it became unrealistic or pathetic. It was the perfect balance and I loved it!

My favorite part of the book, and what made me so happy to find out that it's a series, was the characters. Not only were Emily and Oz cute, hilarious at time, and perfect for each other, but so were their family. Trust me when I tell you that if you ever read this book you will love Olivia. But also the book opened up paths to other characters, mainly Oz's friends, which makes you want to read about them because you already known some of their internal conflicts.

Overall, I loved this book, and I have absolutely no complaints. The book was perfect, and I can't wait for the next one! I would recommend it to everyone who loves YA especially if you have read Katie McGarry's Pushing the Limits. 

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

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