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
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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!


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

19 thoughts on “Nowhere But Here by Katie McGarry (Book Review)

  1. I second the motion to add uncomfortableness to the dictionary, if it’s not a word yet it should definitely be one. 😀

    I wanted to read this book, and I recognized the trouble choosing which shelf to put it (NA/YA) after reading the reviews. I loved what you said about it though, so I am definitely reading this one. I am always up for steamy and sweet.

    Great review 🙂

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    • YAY! Someone who understands me!!!
      I really hope you do give the book a try at some point 🙂 This book was so hot sometimes, without anything actually happening. It was fascinating hahaha but I couldn’t shut my brain off that those characters looked a little too much like superstars. hahaha

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      • Agh, that very same thought pops up in my head when I read NA books in general. I’m like “uh I love this, but man, it so unrealistic” haha the classic “this would neeeeever happen in real life” kind of feeling. But hey, whatever, it’s not like I’m going to stop reading these books, I love them too much ❤

        As a matter of fact I have a couple of unrealistic characters to go back right now. I am in those days of the month where my heart shouts at my head to shut the hell up and gave him some candy.

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  2. Let’s make uncomfortableness a word haha.
    I really love over the top drama in books sometimes, it is so entertaining especially if it deals with more important things. It kind of balances everything out.

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    • I definitely get it too! I would have been so intimidated by the setting though and then when the casket thing happened – I am not a screamer, but that might have been a moment where I would have screamed too hahaha

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  3. Nowhere but Here definitely stands on the line between YA and NA. I was surprised at how much I enjoyed this book because admittedly the only knowledge I had of the bikers community was mainly based on stereotypes so I liked that we got to explore that community and brotherhood a bit more. I definitely agree with some of the events being a bit unbelievable but I loved exploring the relationships between Emily and Oz, her family and the community itself. Now I need to get my hands on Razor’s story. 😀

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    • I really enjoyed the bike-gang-aspect of the novel as well, seen as I didn’t know much about it either. I knew that they weren’t all delinquents, but still had no idea about it as a whole.
      I need to read Razor’s story soon as well, I thought he was really interesting with his quietness and anger issues hahaha

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