ARC Review: Nowhere But Here by Katie McGarry

June 2, 2015 Review 26 ★★★

ARC Review: Nowhere But Here by Katie McGarry
Nowhere But Here by Katie McGarry
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Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Source: Netgalley
Pages: 496
Release Date: May 26th 2015
Series: Thunder Road #1
Genres: Death & Dying, General, Love & Romance, Motorcycles, Social Issues, Transportation, Young Adult
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.
This book may be unsuitable for younger readers due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence. Note that this review itself does not contain any inappropriate material.

I received this book for free from the source listed above in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.


My worst fear about McGarry’s books might be coming true: I think I am getting tired of the same old song and dance. The characters in NOWHERE BUT HERE reminded me of the characters in the PUSHING THE LIMITS series, and not just a similarity here and there, even the basis of their personalities were the same.  The motorcycle club aspect puts a unique spin on the plot but if you take that out this novel introduces nothing new.

I like a good romance, but I dislike when said romance takes over the entire book, especially when there is so much potential for more. We are talking about a motorcycle club here-the possibilities are endless. Unfortunately, all the cool stuff seems to happen in the background and we are just kind of told these things are happening rather then them actually taking part in the plot.

You can tell the author did a lot of research about the topic, and getting to know the inner workings of such a club was really interesting, although some elements rubbed me the wrong way. There were a few references to how the women belonged to the men and how some were just treated as conquests.

There was a part towards the end I was really emotional about and I’m like okay, this will be good, better get the tissues but it is basically dealt with in a few paragraphs and shoved aside for a love scene because apparently View Spoiler »

no let's not.
NOWHERE BUT HERE is a large book but it did have great pacing.
However, that was in part due to the writing, but also the fact that I was always waiting for the action, on the edge of my seat just waiting for that badass “this is it” moment but it never really came, another thing overshadowed by the romance.

I would recommend this one for those who might be new to McGarry or love YA contemporary romance in general.

Rating Report
Overall: 3

26 Responses to “ARC Review: Nowhere But Here by Katie McGarry”

  1. Soudha Parsan

    I hate it when it gets hard to tell between two of an author’s books. Some authors seem to believe that if something worked well before, they absolutely need to stick to it in all of their books. Nice review though :)
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    • Alise

      Same! Yeah, I had hoped it would be different since this is a fresh series but nope, way too many similarities to her other contemporary books. Thank you!

  2. Maja (The Nocturnal Library)

    We’re review twins today and we pretty much felt the same way about it. I am so tired of the bad boy reformed trope, I just can’t read that anymore. It’s entirely possible that I’m getting too old, who knows. But McGarry’s song and dance, as you put it, never really worked for me. This is just the latest, and perhaps the worst example of it.
    And yet her writing style is really good.
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    • Alise

      Yay! I totally agree, they all are blending together in my mind and it is making contemporary YA seem repetitive. I’m twenty so unless that’s even too old I don’t think it’s us, ha! It is! I’d be interested if she ever ventured into another genre.

    • Alise

      It’s still a fun read that keeps your attention, just a repetitive one if you are familiar with the rest of the author’s novels. I hope you like it though!

  3. Kezia

    Great review, Alise! I haven’t read any of her books even though Pushing the Limit and its companion books have literally received so much rave for the past few years. It’s sad to hear that her plot is repetitive and for some reason I’m guessing that this series will be treated in the same way as Pushing the Limit — getting companion books that focus on different characters. The cover is pretty bold for a contemporary though. I like it. But I doubt that I will ever pick it up. Right now I have other books that I need to prioritize catching up *coughThroneofGlasscough*
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    • Alise

      Thank you! You are exactly right, there are already other companions planned just like Pushing the Limits. I wouldn’t mind so much if they weren’t so dang similar! I like the cover too. THRONE OF GLASS YES

    • Alise

      Can’t blame you, I liked her other novels as well but this one wasn’t for me, either. I was SO mad about that part in the spoiler! That character was the only one I really liked and what happened to her was basically shoved aside!

    • Alise

      No worries! That’s what I think too, the genre always seems to follow the same formula, but I guess there is only so much you can do it with as opposed to something like fantasy? I hope you like it!

    • Alise

      That makes sense, if I hadn’t read her other books I believe I would really like this one because I wouldn’t be connecting the similarities.

    • Alise

      I haven’t read Nora Roberts but I can see how it would be similar! Aha, it might be! I know I would have enjoyed this one a lot more if I was new to the author.

  4. Kirsty-Marie

    Oh yikes, I haven’t read one of hers (still, I keep saying I will) but I think if I ever do, I’d have to read the Pushing the Limit series instead, since it’s the original version and not basically the same but different spin on it. I sometimes don’t mind the romance taking over (if it’s a good romance and I like the characters) so that wouldn’t annoy me too bad. Ohmygod I just read the spoiler and really? I-no. Sorry, but no.
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    • Alise

      I really liked the Pushing the Limits series so I would say that’s a good idea. You can always decide later if you want to try this one if you like her other books. The thing in the spoiler-ARGH. Made me so mad!

    • Alise

      That’s the trend I am beginning to see as well, and it’s really a shame since the books are so readable. Agreed.

  5. Ju @ Fictional Skylines

    Nice review! I’ve never read one of her books so maybe it’ll be new for me but I’m not a fan of “we are just kind of told these things are happening rather then them actually taking part in the plot” moments. I prefer experiencing the interesting part of the blurb, not the cliche parts haha

    • Alise

      Thanks! If you are new to the author I think you might avoid some of the issues I had with this one. Exactly!

    • Alise

      I didn’t have the fear going in because all her novels have been unique so I was really disappointed at how this series is shaping up to be like her last. Thank you!

    • Alise

      I liked her other novels as well, and although they were somewhat similar there wasn’t really a point where I said X reminds me of Y. Not the case here. Sure :)

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