Friday, November 6, 2015

Book Review: Nowhere But Here

About the Book

Title: Nowhere But Here
Author: Katie McGarry
Series: Thunder Road #1
Publication Date: May 26, 2015
Genres: Young Adult, Romance, 
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.

My Review of Nowhere But Here
As I started Nowhere But Here, I knew it was just the book to fill my Sons of Anarchy void. Thankfully, the Reign of Terror is a legal motorcycle club. The story is about family, instead of murder and mayhem. Emily has no real connection to her biological father except when he visits once a year. When she ends up stuck in her father’s hometown for the summer, she has no choice but to get to know the family she never had the chance to know. 

Of course, my favorite part of Nowhere But Here is the blooming romance between Emily and Oz. The alternating points-of-view allows readers to get the entire picture of Emily and Oz’s story. Nowhere But Here is not just a love story. It is full of adrenaline inducing action especially when Emily could be in serious danger if the Reign of Terror’s rivals, The Riot, find her. The suspense plus the love story really ties the story together and makes the story addicting. 

Emily is a young, sheltered woman who trusts everything her mother has said about her father and his motorcycle club. Even with her sheltered innocence, she manages to be brave, kind, and loyal in the face of dangerous and unfamiliar situations. Oz on the other hand has grown up wanting to be a member of the Reign of Terror just like his father, and has unquestionable loyalty. This bond puts Emily and Oz at odds and makes Oz question following every order handed down. Katie McGarry has a way of writing characters that I could not help but root for them throughout the story. 

Nowhere But Here is only the first book in the Thunder Road series. I, for one, cannot wait to see what the next installment had in store. I have a feeling it is going to be just as action-packed as Nowhere But Here.  I really want to see where some of the other characters end up. 

**Unabridged Bookshelf borrowed this book from the local library**

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