Monday, 1 June 2015

Review: Nowhere But Here (Thunder Road #1) by Katie McGarry

Title: Nowhere But Here (Thunder Road #1)
Author: Katie McGarry
Published: 1 June 2015
Publisher: Harlequin Teen Australia
Source: HarlequinTeen Australia in return for an honest review
Reviewed: Sapphired Dragon
Rating: **** 

My Review:

I went into this novel expecting to love it as its Katie McGarry and I love all her novels so I was extremely excited about this new series.  I am so glad I was right. 

This novel has everything you expect from a Katie McGarry novel, real, authentic teenagers dealing with complex situations and/or feelings and a story that always leaves you wanting more.

Main characters Oz and Emily have grown up in totally different worlds but are very similar in their desire to not to venture outside their little piece of the world. Happy to stay with what is comfortable and safe. Then Oz is given the task of protecting Emily whilst she is staying with her father and her father's motorcycle club and all of a sudden both find their blinkered views being challenged in more ways than one as they get to know and to feel more about each other.

I love Ms McGarry's characters, be they main or peripheral as they always seem to have their own distinct voice. Emily, Oz, Eli, Violet, Chevy and Olivia to name a few, all had their own charm that made you want to get to know them and their stories better and the way Ms McGarry wrote the relationships between them be they good or bad really helped you to feel all the emotions that were brewing under the surface of these characters.

At the end of the day, what really drove this story was indeed the story itself. Following Emily's journey as she struggles to reconcile what she has always been told about her family and her past,, with the truths that lie before her that say otherwise and what that means for her future. I also loved the story of Oz and Emily and felt like I could have continued reading more about their story for ever.

I enjoyed this story immensely. As always, with Ms McGarry's books, I finished the story eager to know what comes next and immediately looked the series up on Goodreads to find out what I could about book number 2.

An awesome new series from Katie McGarry, I give this novel 4 stars

Sapphired Dragon xx

About The Book:

Nowhere But Here (Thunder Road #1) by Katie McGarry

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.

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