Nowhere But Here by Katie McGarry (Book Review)

nbhAn 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.

Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Page Count:
 496

Before Nowhere But Here I have only read one book by Katie McGarry and I loved it. Now, neither NetGalley nor Goodreads could clearly identify whether this book is NA or YA and I think it is one that sort of dabbles in the grey area in between. I’ve put off this review for a while, because I am not really sure what to say though and I don’t understand why, because I had a blast reading it.

It starts off really funny, with Emily being thrown into this biker-world she clearly knows nothing about. At first, I thought she deserved some of the uncomfortableness (Is that a word? I say it’s one now), because I wasn’t sure how much I truly could relate to her or simply liked her. She seemed to have fears about basically everything and even about things I did not fully understand and then she just shut people out who were really trying. Yet, given her history and the time to get to know her made me really like her. Same with Oz. Those characters are brazen and confident and ridiculously good-looking. The whole story is not exactly an every-day-kind-of-occurrence, so it isn’t something everyone can relate to.

Despite the lack of realism, I love those kind of books. They may be full of over the top drama, but they still talk about topics that matter where it counts. Nowhere But Here was about truth, family, love and overcoming fear. There were some twists and turns I could guess and others I did not see coming in exactly that way. It was steamy and sweet and a great beginning to a new series. We already got to know the male MC for Walk the Edge, the second installment, and I can’t wait to pick that one up as well.

Fazit: 4.5/5 stars! Don’t put too much thought in it while reading and just enjoy the wild ride!

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Have you read any of Katie McGarry‘s books? Do you intend to take a look at the Thunder Road series?

T5W: Books With “Hard” Topics

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It’s time for Top 5 Wednesdays, a weekly meme created by gingerreadslainey and hosted by Sam @ThoughtsOnTomes. If you want to know more or join as well, just go to the Goodreads group by clicking here. This week we are talking about books with “hard” topics, which could be anything from sexual assault, mental or some other kind of illness to really anything you can think about. There are so many books that would be great examples to talk about here, so let’s see which devastating stories I can find.

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  1. Nineteen Minutes by Jodie Picoult
    This book is about the aftermath of a school shooting from various perspectives. I remember reading this one quite clearly and it was more than a little scary to see it broken down into components where you actually get the shooter …
  2. The Silver Linings Playbook by Matthew Quick
    I guess most of you know the movie and know that it’s about mental health. I thought it was a good book.
  3. The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold
    Murder and rape! All from the eyes of the victim! That book ruined my feels.
  4. The Bang-Bang Club by Greg Marinovich and João Silva
    This is the real account of photo-journalists and their dilemma between capturing war regions and intervering in events.
  5. How I Live Now by Meg Rosoff
    Okay, this one I have talked about before, but I remain of the opinion that it dealt brilliantly with a really difficult topic. I am not sure I could handle a World War III and the books raises some interesting questions about all the things we wouldn’t be prepared for.

What are some books with difficult topics you can think of? Have you read any from my list?