Friday, 4 September 2015

Review: Nowhere But Here by Katie McGarry

Nowhere But Here
by Katie McGarry
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Pages: 496
Format: Hardcover, Ebook,
Release Date: May 26th, 2015
Purchase: [Amazon] [Chapters/Indigo]
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.

*Note: This review might contain spoilers pertaining to the story*

Katie McGarry had me at "biker club". Being a major fan of Sons of Anarchy and Gangland Undercover, I was pleased to see that Katie's new book would focus on a different world where not everyone grows up in a shiny big house with their whole future written in stone. Life isn't all sunshine and rainbows, and it's one of the reasons why I've enjoyed Katie's novels.

“Running is still running. It doesn't matter if it's a physical move from one place to another or if it's to within yourself.” 
-Nowhere But Here

I'm typically not a fan of bad boys in YA fiction. I always worry that a younger reader will glorify being with a guy who enjoys getting into trouble, maybe picture themselves finding their own bad boy they can change. Katie McGarry's Nowhere But Here, thankfully, does not glorify that idea.

The character's in Nowhere But Here are part of a legit club (something that's mentioned quite often, in fact) and work as security for hire. Olivia, Eli and Oz, characters that are connected to the Reign of Terror club in one way or another, are by far the best characters of the story. Eli is the hardworking leader behind Reign of Terror and a determined father desperately trying to protect his daughter Emily and give her everything she could ever want and need. Olivia is the grandmother we all want - stubborn, sassy, and bad ass. Last but not least, Oz is the hunky love interest with a soft spot for kids, and a determination to protect his family and members of the club.

“This is your family … If you learn to love us then you will forever have our love in return.” 
 -Nowhere But Here

To put is simply - I adored Oz, Eli and Olivia. Their interactions with one another are the only ones that truly moved me, hooked me into the story, and made me want to stick around for book two, Walk The Edge. Emily, unfortunately, wasn't the character I was hoping she would be. She was flawed and real, not a perfect princess, but I couldn't stand her disgusting inner dialogue. She was wrongful in judging others based on their occupations, and based those judgments on what she'd seen on television. Furthermore, she failed, for much of the novel, to show any interest in learning about her family or her past. She came across as someone who was more willing to run away from her issues and forget they ever happened, not characteristics I'd ever admire in a protagonist.

Even though I couldn't stand Emily; Katie's other characters, the action, and exciting twists kept me hooked to Nowhere But Here. Readers who enjoyed Katie's Pushing the Limits series will, without a doubt, fall in love with the first title in the Thunder Road series. Expect to be pulled into a world that will leave you wanting more from Katie McGarry.

Rating: 4 / 5 Cupcakes. Recommended

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  1. Great review Wendy. Emily sounds like a person I wouldn't dare hang around with irl. She sounds like a scared brat which is okay for a book character to be but not exactly someone i'd admire either if you know what I mean. I can't wait to read this though. I haven't read her other books either. Looking into them right now.

  2. I felt the same way about Emily and the others.
    Good to see I'm not alone even though I loved NOWHERE BUT HERE.