#RockMyTBR: NOWHERE BUT HERE

ROCKMYTBR

So, this will be another unconventional review- one for the #RockMyTBR challenge, hosted by Sarah! I’ve completed my first book (actually, it’s been about a week now) and I’m proud of that feat! The first book I decided to read was….*drumroll*

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Well. I’m glad I got through it, in anticipation of Walk the Edge, which releases on March 29th of this year (I’m pretty sure). While I still plan on reading that one, I’m afraid Nowhere But Here didn’t do much for me- not as much as Take Me On, which remains my favorite of McGarry’s books. Here’s my quick review, as posted previously on Goodreads, for all you lovelies waiting to see my reaction!

THOUGHTS

Finally made it through this chunky little baby! Not sure what my thoughts are yet- definitely a little slow in places, and I can’t wait for (hopefully) more information on Chevy and Violet. Emily got on my nerves more than I usually tolerate, and there were some weird personality morphs it seemed like, but I’ll have to ponder it more.

Update (added 3 days later):

Upon reflection, what really stands out to me about this book is how sexualized it was. It seemed like every two sentences one character or the other was thinking about various physical characteristics of the other person, and not in a ‘hey, he/she is pretty’ way. A ‘I want that person naked’ way. It got tiresome quickly, and it didn’t stop. Although it was by no means insta-love, it almost seemed like they got carried away by their physical wants and then decided to be in love after the fact. I know McGarry always writes romance, but this one was definitely the most romance-dependent- which is saying a lot. For a 500 page book, I thought there would be a lot more substance, especially as it was so hyped. I was really hoping for more of a blowout with the rival motorcycle gang, etc. On another note, the language was atrocious. I know most people don’t mind, and yeah, they’re a motorcycle gang, but Oz said it himself ‘We aren’t thugs.’ Anyhow, it was seriously chock full of f-bombs, which made more of an impression than a lot of the other parts of the book.

When you get right down to it, the underlying plot was really interesting- the secrets about Emily’s past and how everyone seems to have their own agenda really was what kept me going. But the romance was pretty off to me, maybe because I didn’t really like Emily or Oz all that much. I’ll still read Walk the Edge, because McGarry usually makes me happy, but this one was more of a miss than a hit for me.

WHAT TO WATCH

I think I would rate this one for older teens and up, although I won’t be recommending it for more reasons than one. As mentioned, there was a lot of foul language, a lot of not-so-innuendos, and all this hot and heavy hate-love-hate-love stuff that got pretty tiring after 500 pages. Maybe it’s just been too long since I read a McGarry book, but this one seemed more adult than the others. But obviously these are my opinions, and it’s all up to you.

Overall, I only give this one 2 stars. It wasn’t a strong start to the series for me, but my loyalty to the author (as well as my intense interest in a few select characters) will keep me reading.

IN ANY EVENT

Make sure you follow me on TWITTERbecause I’ll be giving away my hardcover copy of Nowhere But Here a little bit close to the release date of Walk the Edge! 

 

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TEASER TUESDAY

THIS WAS A GREAT IDEA

I’m talking about Dani from danireviewsthings.com!  She’s a super awesome person with really cool ideas for weekly memes to feature on your blog, and this one was just fabulous. Instead of trying to write some huge post with ten different things and explanations, this is a short blurb from A Daily Rhythm. Here are the rules:

• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

So, without further ado:

NOWHERE BUT HERE~ KATIE MCGARRY

‘A wildness strikes her eyes as tears line the edges.

“I don’t want to be a part of your family because your family kills!”‘

Woah. Intense, right? That’s the one I’m reading right now, and I just started it earlier today. Seriously, only on page 26 (at the time of typing this) Nothing like a quick random page skim to get you excited for more!

What’s YOUR Teaser Tuesday?! Post a link to your blog or post in the comments!

Questions? Comments? Books you’d like me to review? Post a comment below and I’ll be sure to check it out!

DARE YOU TO

“You’re so scared that you’re going to be caged in forever you can’t see the way out.”

Official Summary:

     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:

This book left me kind of conflicted. I enjoy the way Katie McGarry writes- the alternating perspectives, the intertwining stories through all four of her novels, etc- but this one left me feeling unsatisfied. I didn’t like Beth’s character in Pushing the Limits, the first novel in the series. I thought she was rude and ungrateful (and she was) and I didn’t feel any sympathy for her situation after I found out how bad it was because of her attitude in the first book. Although it was really bad, the way Beth reacted to every single thing that happened really got on my nerves- there’s closed off, and then there’s just absolutely ridiculous. Ryan is more understanding and sweet than any guy could ever be, and he just seemed unrealistic to me.

I got a little lost in this book, and not in the wonderful way that takes you out of the real world. I was lost in the plot. So much was happening in such short periods of time that I really felt overwhelmed in some places. There were a lot of new characters introduced all at once, so close together that it took me forever to figure out who was who and what their relationship was with the two principal characters, Beth and Ryan. I still haven’t figured out a lot of it, and I finished the book. I’m really hoping Crash Into You, book three, lives up to my expectations- expectations brought to life by the fourth book in the series, which, so far, is my absolute favorite.

I guess overall this book was pretty good, but the overwhelming number of plots, the impressions I had already formed from the first book, and the way some of the characters reacted to certain events really cooled my excitement for this one. I’m still eager to read McGarry’s upcoming novel, Nowhere But Here, and I think this may have just been the book every author writes once- the one that doesn’t live up to the rest.

What to Watch:

Answer: Everything.The language was abominable, f-bombs dropped at least once every page, it seemed. There was sex referenced and then actually done, homosexuality, violence, domestic abuse, drugs, underage drinking, bam bam bam- filling the book with unsavory sections. This was definitely not a good pick for a sensitive reader- or one who’d like to keep their heads clean. While the writing was good, I would not recommend it to a friend simply based on the content. I’m not going to go into details beyond this simply because there was so much, and going over it all would take pages and pages- it would almost be re-writing the book in this blog post. I did like the writing, but based on the content, I can’t recommend it. And I didn’t love it, anyway.

Questions? Comments? Have a book you’d like me to review? Post a comment below and tell me what you think!