Sunday, September 14, 2014

"Crash Into You" by Katie McGarry

Series: Pushing the Limits #3
Genre: YA Contemporary
Format: Kindle
Publication: November 26, 2013 by Harlequin Teen
Cover Rating: 5/5 Stars
Links: GoodreadsAmazonB&NBook Depo

From Goodreads: The girl with straight As, designer clothes and the perfect life—that's who people expect Rachel Young to be. So the private-school junior keeps secrets from her wealthy parents and overbearing brothers...and she's just added two more to the list. One involves racing strangers down dark country roads in her Mustang GT. The other? Seventeen-year-old Isaiah Walker-a guy she has no business even talking to. But when the foster kid with the tattoos and intense gray eyes comes to her rescue, she can't get him out of her mind. 

Isaiah has secrets, too. About where he lives, and how he really feels about Rachel. The last thing he needs is to get tangled up with a rich girl who wants to slum it on the south side for kicks-no matter how angelic she might look. 

But when their shared love of street racing puts both their lives in jeopardy, they have six weeks to come up with a way out. Six weeks to discover just how far they'll go to save each other.

My Thoughts: Katie McGarry just keeps getting better and better with each story she writes. I thought I was in love with the last book, Dare You To, but after reading Crash Into You I can honestly say this one has to be my favorite!

Isaiah and Rachel just have this amazing, mind-blowing chemistry that keeps you turning the pages and ignoring the fact that you have to be up for work/ school in three hours. You get sucked in completely, and nothing else matters but finishing their story. Where as her previous two books have been an emotional roller-coaster, Crash Into You is an action packed, high-stakes romance that you absolutely cannot put down!

Of course, we get to see some of the old characters which I love. Noah and Echo are back in the scene, and we also get to see some of Logan from the previous book and a little of Beth and Ryan as well. The world Mrs.McGarry has set up is realistic and fantastic and I will now read anything the woman ever writes. She's definitely made a life long fan out of me!

Bottom line? I would highly recommend this book, along with all of the others in the series, to anyone who loves a good YA novel.

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Saturday, September 13, 2014

"Dare You To" by Katie McGarry

Genre: YA Contemporary
Format: Kindle
Publication: May 28, 2013 by Harlequin Teen
Cover Rating: 3/5 Stars
Links: GoodreadsAmazonB&NBook Depo

From Goodreads: Ryan lowers his lips to my ear. "Dance with me, Beth."

"No." I whisper the reply. I hate him and I hate myself for wanting him to touch me again....

"I dare you..."

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: Okay, so I have been in a major book funk for the past two months. I couldn't seem to finish anything I read and it was driving me crazy. Nothing was capturing my attention... until last night when I ran across Dare You To. I'll be honest, I was skeptical. Not because I don't absolutely love Katie McGarry, but just because my book funk was that bad. So there I was, 8:30 pm with my husband already fast asleep on my right, and this huge rolling cloud of defeat already starting to hang over my head when... BAM I became sucked into Ryan and Beth's story. Before I knew it, it was 3:00 am and I was feeling elated that I had just read (and FINISHED) one amazing story. It was like having my back popped after sitting stiff for days.

I fell in love with these characters and their story. I could so easily relate to Beth and her issues with her mom being her responsibility. Mrs. McGarry just wove that relationship so perfectly. And the chemistry between Ryan and Beth? It was magical and real and just so, so wonderfully done. What I really loved about this story though was simply Beth herself. She has quickly been labeled one of my favorite heroines and I'm not likely to forget her anytime soon. She was just so real and not like your average I'm-so-damaged-I-can't-trust-anyone MCs. Because while reading her story, you can actually feel that she has been damaged almost beyond repair. You're heart breaks for her and your fingers get all tingly because you know this girl has gone through some serious stuff. Books like this  just show that the YA Contemporary Romance Genre are worth so much more than what some people give it credit for.

Bottom line? I would absolutely completely recommend this book!

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