{Book Review} Nowhere But Here by Katie McGarry

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{Book Review} Nowhere But Here by Katie McGarryNowhere But Here by Katie McGarry
(Website, Blog, Twitter, Facebook, Goodreads)on May 26, 2015
Pages: 496
Format: Hardcover
AmazonBarnes and Noble four-half-stars
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.

“Respect the rules. Respect the club.”

Emily can name the worst three moments of her life, and since then has forced herself to live a bland life. It may be boring, concrete, and repetitive, but she likes her life just the way it is. Her mother has hidden half of her life from her, twisting and turning  the truth to keep her daughter safe. When Emily takes an unexpected and unwanted vacation to the belly of the beast—Snowflake, Kentucky—she only expects a few hours visit before she’s back on the plane, heading home to Florida. Unexpected events unfold and her short vacation turns into a more permanent stay for the summer.

“The club is a brotherhood, a family.”

This was the first Katie McGarry book that I’ve read. I’ve heard of her books, picked them up a few times, but never actually cracked open a page. Her newest book, Nowhere But Here, had been getting a lot of attention months before it hit shelves. Since I couldn’t go to BEA, Book Expo America, myself, Deitre brought back the best part of the expo: the books. One of those books being a signed copy of McGarry’s newest book—a completed copy before it hit shelves. I couldn’t resist starting the book and joining Emily and Oz on the rides of their lives.

“’Our fears are what stifle us and we’re only scared of what we don’t understand. Fear can be handed down generationally…I don’t want to see your mother’s fears turn into chains that drag you down.’”

To be the daughter of a member of a motorcycle club, no matter how demurred or legal they were, she was quite calm and utterly boring, but in an interesting character kind of way. Two of the three events that she categorized as the worst moments of her life played key roles in the person she became. Meeting her father meant she could put a face to the man who had given her up and let her mother leave. When she fell in the grave on a girl scout escapade, she developed her fear of the unknown. When she got thrown into a precarious combination of both, her resolve was tested more than once. Not only did she have to decide what she believed in, eventually questioning the truths that she had been fed her entire life, but she also was figuring out how she fit into it all. There was the life she knew and the life she could have had that she had to come to terms with.

“Mom has warned me about boys like him.”

 So, if you don’t follow Katie McGarry on Facebook, go like her page immediately and read her anniversary post. It is almost too sweet—absolutely beautiful. She talks about how she writes love stories because of her husband’s influence (sickly sweet, right?). After meeting Oz and falling in love with him along with Emily, her post that basically says she writes to her husband made my heart swell. Once you meet Oz for yourself, you’ll understand. He was the bad boy that Emily needed to stay away from but kept on finding herself migrating towards. Every encounter they have was exciting in its own way. Their love story will make your heart race, your emotions become more tumultuous than the sea before a hurricane.

“’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.’”

Needless to say, my first Katie McGarry book can be marked as a complete success. Can I have the next book in the series already? Even the minor characters had me intrigued, which makes it even better that the next book in the Thunder Road series will give readers a completely different look into the club.

Prepare for the ride of your life in the first installment of a guaranteed series success. Pick up your copy before it will be impossible to find one!

Moriah (1)

KGSo here is a little #BEA15 side note.  A subway ride that should’ve only taken 6 minutes, ended up taking 45 minutes, thus we were very late for the TEEN Carnival YA author panel and signing. However, I got there just in time to have this signed for Moriah.  I’m sure I’ll beg to borrow it :) {Deitre}

About Katie McGarry


Katie McGarry was a teenager during the age of grunge and boy bands and remembers those years as the best and worst of her life. She is a lover of music, happy endings, reality television, and is a secret University of Kentucky basketball fan.

Katie is the author of full length YA novels, PUSHING THE LIMITS, DARE YOU TO, CRASH INTO YOU, TAKE ME ON, BREAKING THE RULES, and NOWHERE BUT HERE and the e-novellas, CROSSING THE LINE and RED AT NIGHT. Her debut YA novel, PUSHING THE LIMITS was a 2012 Goodreads Choice Finalist for YA Fiction, a RT Magazine’s 2012 Reviewer’s Choice Awards Nominee for Young Adult Contemporary Novel, a double Rita Finalist, and a 2013 YALSA Top Ten Teen Pick. DARE YOU TO was also a Goodreads Choice Finalist for YA Fiction and won RT Magazine’s Reviewer’s Choice Best Book Award for Young Adult Contemporary fiction in 2013.

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