Thursday, 13 June 2013

Review: Crossing the Line by Katie McGarry

Title: Crossing The Line
Author: Katie McGarry
Published: 1 April 2013

Source: ibooks Australia
Reviewed: Sapphireddragon
SapphiredDragon Rating: ****

Crossing the Line (Pushing the Limits #1.5) by Katie McGarry

Katie McGarry captivated readers with her “riveting, emotional”* Young Adult debut, Pushing the Limits. In this gripping novella, she tells the story of Lila and Lincoln, who discover that sometimes it’s worth crossing the line for love…

Lila McCormick, Echo's best friend from Pushing the Limits, first met Lincoln Turner when tragedy struck both their lives. But she never expected their surprise encounter would lead to two years of exchanging letters—or that she’d fall for the boy she’s only seen once. Their relationship is a secret, but Lila feels closer to Lincoln than anyone else. Until she finds out that he lied to her about the one thing she depended on him for the most.

Hurting Lila is the last thing Lincoln wanted. For two years, her letters have been the only thing getting him through the day. Admitting his feelings would cross a line he’s never dared breach before. But Lincoln will do whatever it takes to fix his mistakes, earn Lila’s forgiveness—and finally win a chance to be with the girl he loves.


Yet another awesome story by Katie Mcgarry.  While only a short novella, this story still comes alive under Ms McGarry's capable pen.  

It tells the story of Lila, Echo's best friend from Pushing the Limits, and the boy she met at Echo's brother Aires memorial.  For two years they have exchanged letters and shared their innermost thoughts with each other till Lila finds out Lincoln has lied to her.

While short and sweet, this novella is in a similar style to Pushing the Limits and Dare You To with each chapter alternating between Lila and Lincoln's perspective.  I like this format as its a great way to stay inside both main character's heads but occasionally i found myself checking whose perspective I was looking from as each would start with a quote from a letter from the other main character.

While not as gritty as Ms McGarry's longer books, this novella focuses more on the love story being told and the two people involved and while its about how one deals with outside factors, the really important part, I felt, was the relationship between Lila and Lincoln.

I think I got a little bit of a crush on Lincoln.  Tall dark and handsome and willing to go out of his way to protect and reclaim the one he loves.  He has made mistakes and this novella is about fixing them.  I liked Lila in pushing the limits and I still like her now.

Over all this is an incredibly sweet story that will fly you from page 1 till the end in the blink of an eye. If you have read Pushing the Limits and/or Dare you to and want more then this novella is for you.  If you haven't read Pushing the Limits, then why haven't you yet?

A worthy instalment to this series. I give this novella four stars.

Sapphired Dragon xx

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