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REVIEW: Take Me On by Katie McGarryTake Me On by Katie McGarry
Series: Pushing the Limits #4
Published by Harlequin Teen on May 27, 2014
Pages: 544
Format: eBook
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Acclaimed author Katie McGarry returns with the knockout new story of two high school seniors who are about to learn what winning really means.

Champion kickboxer Haley swore she'd never set foot in the ring again after one tragic night. But then the guy she can't stop thinking about accepts a mixed martial arts fight in her honor. Suddenly, Haley has to train West Young. All attitude, West is everything Haley promised herself she'd stay away from. Yet he won't last five seconds in the ring without her help.

West is keeping a big secret from Haley. About who he really is. But helping her-fighting for her-is a shot at redemption. Especially since it's his fault his family is falling apart. He can't change the past, but maybe he can change Haley's future.

Hayley and West have agreed to keep their relationship strictly in the ring. But as an unexpected bond forms between them and attraction mocks their best intentions, they'll face their darkest fears and discover love is worth fighting for.

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My thoughts…

Take Me On is part of one of my favorite YA series. It’s well written and very enjoyable. I really liked West in the previous book and was happy that Take Me On was his book. I also really liked Haley too. She’s a very strong heroine and I think her and West made a great couple. I enjoyed sinking into their world.

Even though I really enjoyed this book it took me some time to get through it. It started out slow for me and I had trouble getting into it. Along with that I kept getting distracted. :/

The storyline was intriguing though and there were a few surprises along the way that kept thing interesting. Once I did reach the end I was very happy with the way things turned out.

Overall, Take Me On is a great addition to this incredible series. I can’t wait to see who’s book is next.

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REVIEW: Red at Night by Katie McGarryRed at Night by Katie McGarry
Published by Harlequin Teen on April 1, 2014
Pages: 84
Format: eBook
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In Red at Night, Stella and Jonah are total opposites. She's the girl with purple hair from the wrong part of town. He's a high school senior who hangs with the cool crowd. Until a car accident leaves him haunted by guilt, and Jonah starts spending time at Stella's favorite refuge…the local cemetery.

Stella knows she should keep her distance—after all, she spent her girlhood being bullied by Jonah's friends. Once he's sorted out his tangled emotions, Jonah won't have time for her anymore. Too bad she's already fallen for him.

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What a great novella. It’s a beautifully written short story about two high school seniors who come from different backgrounds. Way different. I found both Jonah and Stella interesting and I enjoyed slipping into their world. Even though they’ve been aware of each other for years, they’ve never been friends. That all changes in the most unlikely place.

Once I started reading I couldn’t put this one down. It had me experiencing all sorts of emotions. I cried, I got mad, I cried a bit more, and I awe’d a little bit too.

The moral of this story is that people can change. They can stand up for what is right, treat everyone with respect regardless of their background, and live life as a better person.

Brilliant. Loved this one.

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Review: Crash into You by Katie McGarryCrash into You by Katie McGarry
Series: Pushing the Limits #3
Published by Harlequin Teen on November 26, 2013
Pages: 474
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From acclaimed author Katie McGarry comes an explosive new tale of a good girl with a reckless streak, a street-smart guy with nothing to lose, and a romance forged in the fast lane

The girl with straight As, designer clothes and the perfect life-that's who people expect Rachel Young to be. So the private-school junior keeps secrets from her wealthy parents and overbearing brothers...and she's just added two more to the list. One involves racing strangers down dark country roads in her Mustang GT. The other? Seventeen-year-old Isaiah Walker-a guy she has no business even talking to. But when the foster kid with the tattoos and intense gray eyes comes to her rescue, she can't get him out of her mind.

Isaiah has secrets, too. About where he lives, and how he really feels about Rachel. The last thing he needs is to get tangled up with a rich girl who wants to slum it on the south side for kicks-no matter how angelic she might look.

But when their shared love of street racing puts both their lives in jeopardy, they have six weeks to come up with a way out. Six weeks to discover just how far they'll go to save each other.

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Omigosh! I loved this book so much!!! This is a fantastic series. One of my favorite young adult series. Crash Into You didn’t disappoint. The storyline was intriguing. The characters and the situation they were faced were realistic. I just loved this story overall.

The hero is Isaiah. He has been a secondary character in the first two books. I was so excited to get my hands on this one because I really liked him in the previous books. There is just something about him that drew me in and I couldn’t wait to read his story.

His love interest is Rachel. I really liked her. She’s a replacement “sister / daughter” for her older sister that died of Leukemia. She is expected to be someone she is not and I couldn’t help but feel bad for her. There just seemed to be all these expectations and it didn’t matter that she would have to sacrifice herself to please others.

Together Isaiah & Rachel share of love of fast cars. Mustangs in particular. Their love of cars is what brought them together. That’s pretty much all they had in common. Their backgrounds couldn’t have been more different. Isaiah is a part of the system. His mother was sent to prison when he was six years old and he was placed in foster care. Rachel has grown up in a big house. It seemed money wasn’t a problem for her family. She had a badass car, name brand clothes, jewelry, and a lot of things Isaiah did not.

Even though they come from different backgrounds I think they were good for each other and great together. Rachel could be her true self with Isaiah. She didn’t have to pretend to be someone she wasn’t. And Rachel excepted Isaiah for who he was. She didn’t look down on him because he was a foster kid with tattoos and piercings.

Crash Into You is really fast paced. I was able to read it relatively quickly. I kept turning page after page because I had to know what would happen next.

Overall, this book was really good. If you’re a fan of young adult contemporary series I highly suggestion this series.

Up next is Rachel’s brother West’s story. I’m so excited Ms McGarry is writing more books. Rachel has four brothers. I hope they each get their own book.

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Review: Dare You To by Katie McGarryDare You To by Katie McGarry
Series: Pushing The Limits #2
Published by Harlequin Teen on May 28, 2013
Pages: 462
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"I dare you..."

If anyone knew the truth about Beth Risk's home life, they'd send her mother to jail and seventeen-year-old Beth who knows where. So she protects her mom at all costs. Until the day her uncle swoops in and forces Beth to choose between her mom's freedom and her own happiness. That's how Beth finds herself living with an aunt who doesn't want her and going to a school that doesn't understand her. At all. Except for the one guy who shouldn't get her, but does....

Ryan Stone is the town golden boy, a popular baseball star jock-with secrets he can't tell anyone. Not even the friends he shares everything with, including the constant dares to do crazy things. The craziest? Asking out the Skater girl who couldn't be less interested in him.

But what begins as a dare becomes an intense attraction neither Ryan nor Beth expected. Suddenly, the boy with the flawless image risks his dreams-and his life-for the girl he loves, and the girl who won't let anyone get too close is daring herself to want it all....

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I really didn’t know what to expect with this book. I loved the Pushing The Limits which is the first book in this series. I wasn’t a fan of Beth in the first book. I thought she was both mean and rude. Hardened if you will. But after reading her story I can understand why she acts or acted the way she did. She’s hard it rough. A hard life from the time she was born.

After moving from her hometown of Louisville, she’s transplanted to Groveton with her Uncle Scott and his wife Allison. Right from the beginning Beth and Allison don’t get along. She’s not real thrilled to be living with her Uncle Scott either. Immediately they start to change her. New clothes that aren’t her style. They put a stop to any and drug use and smoking. She’s not allowed to see or visit her friends from back home in Louisville. Basically she’s not happy at all.

Before she moved Groveton, Beth had an encounter with Ryan in a Taco Bell. Ryan was dared by his best friend, Chris, to ask Beth for her phone number. Ryan isn’t a loser and doesn’t back down from a dare but ultimately he’s wasn’t able to get her number. The next week school starts and Ryan is faced with seeing Beth again. This time he’ll do whatever he can to get her number. But when Chris finds out Beth is also going to the same school the dare changes. Ryan must get Beth to agree to a date.

Ryan tries to talk Beth into dating him. She doesn’t like him. He’s leads the perfect life or so it seems from the outside. He’s not at all Beth’s type and she thinks guys like Ryan only use girls like herself. She wants no part of him.

Even though these two butted heads in the beginning, it was enjoyable to read just how things played out for them. The attraction between these two was apparent from the beginning and as the story unfolded you get to see that although they are different in many ways including their backgrounds that they really are perfect each other.

The next book in this series is Crash Into You which is Isaiah’s book. As of this posting there isn’t a set release date for this book. I’ll be patiently waiting for it’s release. I’ve really enjoyed this series so far.

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Review: Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarryPushing The Limits by Katie McGarry
Series: Pushing The Limits #1
Published by Harlequin Teen on July 31, 2012
Pages: 392
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No one knows what happened the night Echo Emerson went from popular girl with jock boyfriend to gossiped-about outsider with "freaky" scars on her arms. Even Echo can't remember the whole truth of that horrible night. All she knows is that she wants everything to go back to normal.But when Noah Hutchins, the smoking-hot, girl-using loner in the black leather jacket, explodes into her life with his tough attitude and surprising understanding, Echo's world shifts in ways she could never have imagined. They should have nothing in common. And with the secrets they both keep, being together is pretty much impossible.

Yet the crazy attraction between them refuses to go away. And Echo has to ask herself just how far they can push the limits and what she'll risk for the one guy who might teach her how to love again.

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Pushing the Limits is a contemporary story written by Author Katie McGarry. She’s a new author to me and I wasn’t sure what to expect when selecting this book. I have heard many good things about it and I’ve read several positive reviews so I decided to take a chance on it and I’m very happy that I did. This highly emotional realistic story will captivate you from the beginning and keep your interest until the very end.

I loved getting to know both Echo and Noah. They’ve both been through some hard times and faced challenges most normal teenagers will never have to face. Their story is an love story that will take you on an emotional journey. I highly recommend Pushing the Limits and hope you will take a chance like I did and give it a try.

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