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review 2016-10-20 11:10
Crash into You (Pushing The Limits #3) by Katie McGarry
Crash into You - Katie McGarry

Goodreads Synopsis: From acclaimed author Katie McGarry comes an explosive new tale of a romance forged in the fast lane

The girl with straight A's and the perfect life—that's who people expect Rachel Young to be. So the private school junior keeps secrets from her wealthy family…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 after the foster kid with the tattoos and intense gray eyes comes to her rescue, she can't get him out of her mind.

The last thing Isaiah needs is to get tangled up with a rich girl who wants to slum it on the south side for kicks. But when their shared love of street racing puts their lives in jeopardy, Isaiah and Rachel will have six weeks to come up with a way out. Six weeks to discover just how far they'll go to save each other.





I’ve read this book at least 3 times now so its obvious how much I love it. I wanted to review it though because everyone should know how amazing this series is! I loved the first two books but this is one is definitely my favourite so far.


We have Isaiah and Rachel, two completely different people who are thrown together in an unexpected situation but develop a deeper connection through their love of cars and mutual understanding of each other and the struggles they have gone through in their lives. Their love was so beautiful and just filled my heart with so much emotion!


I loved how we got to see the characters from the first two books in this one while also getting to know Logan and Abby. Isaiah and Noah’s brotherly love and the love, loyalty and respect all the characters have for each other is so touching. I want to be a part of their group! It’s rare to find a book or series in which you love every character and feel as though you know them personally. This is the kind of story that when you’re reading you don’t even realise time is passing because you become so engrossed in the characters and what is happening to them that nothing else matters.


Katie McGarry’s books will leave you with the biggest book hangover but oh is it worth it! I would give all her books more than 5 stars if I could! I cannot recommend this author or this series enough, I promise you won’t be disappointed!

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review 2016-02-10 20:14
Crash Into You by Katie McGarry
Crash into You - Katie McGarry

You know shit is bad when you're rooting for the bad guy.

And I did. Why?

The driver shuts down the engine, opens the door and a halo of sunshine slides out of the car and into the light of the only working streetlamp. Fuck me. God does exist and he sent an angel in a white Mustang to prove it.

Because the badass Isaiah, who was the main reason I bothered with the second book in the first place, turned out to be the biggest disappointment of the year (and yes, I am confident this will still be true eleven months from now). In the two first book, he was the strong, silent type that didn't take shit. In this book he's just a bore. He turned into the clichéd bad boy with parental issues. There was no depth to him any more. And also, he refers to Rachel as angel 46 times, the first time being one second after he sees her for the first time. Tell me that is not boring on a level I wish was new, but this is rather common but it's still as boring and annoying.

The other one, the guy they call Isaiah, doesn’t freak me out, though he should.

Did I mention there is no build up to this relationship? From the go they are pretty much "let's do this". There's not much that actually draws them together. With Echo and Noah I understood why they were drawn to each other, but these two? Not so much. All they (especially Isaiah) complain about how they are not from the same world and she's too good for his and blah, blah, blah. And you're never allowed to forget it because it's referred to on about every single page.

Hell yes, she’s hot and my mind won’t stop replaying the twelve different ways I could possibly do her, but she’s not that type of girl.

Isaiah didn't just loose his personality, he adapted a trait that a bunch of New Adult heroes have. Categorizing women into the ones that are "too good to have sex" and "the other ones". Yeah, Isaiah, I'm judging you for that one.

Crash Into You also shows that the books in this series are written based on the same formula. Good girl/boy meets bad girl/boy. They have issues with their parents. They fall in love. Drama with family. Family drama is resolved. They have a happy ending. Really, Crash Into You would've stood out more had it not been for the two previous books with basically the same plot with a few alterations. What more is that the resolutions at the end of these books are all a little too convenient. Rachel's issues with her family is taken care of a little to easily, if you ask me, after nearly two decades of tension.

I wanted to love this. Isaiah was my favorite character until this book came along and turned his character upside down. I'd thought he'd have a rougher edge than Noah had, not be the same "rough on the outside, softie on the inside" type that's been done so many times. Unfortunately, Isaiah's character lost it's appeal the moment he saw Rachel.

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review 2016-01-19 17:48
"Crash into You" by Katie McGarry
Crash into You - Katie McGarry

My full-on glom of this YA series continues. This third installment focuses on Isaiah, who is about to age out of the foster care system. (Readers of prior books in the series will know Isaiah as the best friend of book one's hero, Noah, and the boy who was in unrequited love with book two's heroine, Beth.) Needing to come up with rent money, Isaiah enters his Mustang in an illegal street race, where he meets Rachel. Rachel is the precious daughter of one of Louisville's most privileged families, but when she can sneak out from under the parents' and brothers' overprotective thumbs, she likes to race. She winds up at the street race more or less by accident, because Plot.


When things at the race go sideways, Rachel and Isaiah end up indebted to a scary crime boss who will hurt/rape/kill them if they don't pay him back. (Also because Plot.) This makes them unlikely allies, who eventually become unlikely lovers. (Well, unlikely heavy petters, anyway -- this is YA.)


I was fond enough of Isaiah from the previous books to be excited to read his story, and mostly this didn't disappoint, though this whole series is a little angsty for my tastes. (Again, it is YA.) I thought Rachel's backstory was interesting and well done. (There are only so many ways you can make a "poor little rich girl" a sympathetic figure, and McGarry did well in taking an unexpected route.)


I really disliked the ending, which was abrupt and rather of the deus ex machina variety, but otherwise this book was fun. On to the next!

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text 2014-08-04 23:21
July Wrap Up & August TBR

Name, Date Finished, Rating, & Mini Review

So I read six books this month, which wasn't as many as I had hoped but it was still a fair amount seeing as I have a lot going on like working and spending time with family.  But I really enjoyed all of the books that I read, so I don't consider it a failed month for reading.


July Wrap Up


READ: Monday 7th

Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige {4/5 Stars}

~This is the first novel in the Dorothy Must Die Trilogy...? Is it going to be a trilogy? I'm not really sure.  Anyway, it was a fast paced novel. A great start to the series.  Though it was slow at times through the middle when the world was developing which I understand was needed to show the contrast between the old Oz and the new.  Which was extremely interesting to read about


READ: Friday 11th

The Elite by Kiera Cass {3/5 Stars}

~ The second novel in the Selection Trilogy.  I usually don't agree with the general public when it comes to books.  I have to agree with everyone when they say that America is infuriating in this novel.  She seemed almost bipolar in this novel.  As well, I've never really enjoyed the idea of a love triangle, and it was sort of there in the first book, but I could ignore it.  In this novel it's a main aspect, and I find that the love triangle makes American another typical whinny YA character.


READ: Monday 14th

Head Over Heels created by Francine Pascal written by Kate Williams {3/5 Stars}

~ This is book eighteen in the Sweet Valley High series.  This follows Regina Marrow and Bruce Patman two side characters, along with the usual two main characters the Wakefield twins.  I enjoyed reading about Regina and Bruce.  I overall enjoy the Sweet Valley High series because of books like this where they tell the story of different characters throughout the town, so i really gives you the feeling that you're in Sweet Valley.  You get to see the entire community, which you don't often get to see in novels.


READ: Wednesday 16th

Tomorrow's Kingdom by Maureen Fergus {5/5 Stars}

An amazing conclusion to the Gypsy King Trilogy.  It was face paced throughout the entire book.  All loose ends were tied up very nicely and practically.  I absolutely loved the ending, it was extremely satisfying, in my opinion.  Just an overall great book.


Return to Paradise by Simone Elkeles {5/5 Stars}

The second novel in the Leaving Paradise Duology.  I have nothing but amazing things to say about this novel and the first novel.  I absolutely love the characters Maggie and Caleb.  Simone Elkeles always has the most amazing book boys who are ever so swoon-worthy! I love the change of scenery, and how different it is from the first book, and how it still seems to work.


READ Thursday 24th

Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell {5/5 Stars}

A stand alone contemporary, although Rowell is reportedly working on or contemplating a squeal.  Everything about this book was phenomenal!  Eleanor and Park's relationship was adorable.  The novel was nicely paced.  Events and situations were real and relatable.  Eleanor was refreshing because plainness, she isn't the typical pretty, thin and bubbly character.  She's just a regular girl.  Definitely a work of art!


August TBR



1. Onyx by Jennifer L. Armentrout (& maybe the rest of the series...?)

2. The Notebook by Nicolas Sparks

3. Crash Into You- Katie McGarry

4. A Walk to Remember by Nicolas Sparks

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text 2014-06-29 03:35
Binge Reading
Pushing the Limits - Katie McGarry
Crash into You - Katie McGarry
Take Me On - Katie McGarry

A few weeks ago, I read Dare You To which was my first Katy McGarry book,  since the I sort of binge read the rest  of the Pushing the Limits series.  And decided to do binge read the rest of the series.




Yes, binge read.  I have to say, since I started blogging I haven’t read a series in one setting in a long, long time.  And technically, I didn’t read this series in one read since I read Dare You To, about a month ago.  But even though this wasn’t a complete series binge read, I do think by reading most of the books in the series back to back, I learned a lot more about why and why not this series works.



For a binge review, what I’m going to do is give a brief review for each book in the series and then at the end of the review, I’ll give my overall thoughts.


Before I start the review, if you’re interested in my thoughts on Dare You To click here.


Pushing the Limits:


Besides, Dare You To, this book is the strongest out of the series.  If not the strongest.


The characters in Pushing the Limits aren’t cookie cutter.  And the plot isn’t that cliche.


Grant it, this is the first book in the series.  So the cliches that I’m going to note as the binge review continues, aren’t going to be so much as an annoying roll your eyes moment cliche as they were later on.



The problems that Echo and Noah face seem to be handled with relative realism.  I also like how the problems aren’t one dimensional and how everything isn’t perfectly resolved by the end of the book.



There’s a feeling of realism to Pushing the Limits  and I could almost buy Echo and Noah as a real couple.



Like with Dare You To, there melodramatic bits to Pushing the Limits, but like with Dare You To, the melodrama actually helped the book.  It’s an odd thing to say, since usually melodrama is what kills a book.  But I think in McGarry’s work it actually helps her writing (for the most parts).



Yes, the drama factor with the court appointed social worker/therapist, was a bit cheesy but once again.  Worked.  At least for the most part.  Though I did get annoyed with how the social worker obviously manipulated Noah concerning the custody of his brothers (lady, I would of ripped you into shreds).



I felt really odd after reading this one,  because I really shouldn’t have liked it as much as I did.  It was cheesy.  While Noah and Echo were a bit more fully formed than Beth and Ryan, they were still a bit of a walking cliche.  But somehow how it worked.  And I still haven’t figured out quite why I liked it.




Overall Rating: B+


Crash Into You:





As much as the melodrama from the previous installments works.  It just doesn’t here.  Maybe because McGarry went a little too far here (really that ending).





The whole plot is a little ridiculous.  And let’s not start on those panic attacks.  Having have the displeasure of having an anxiety attack or two, I can tell you while bad it’s not as dramatic as Rachel makes them out to be.



There were some good things about this installment though.  As much as the insta love relationship between Rachel and Isaiah annoyed me, they were cute together.  This is a good girl/bad boy relationship I could get behind.  Mostly because Isaiah isn’t that much of a bad boy.



Rachel, however, is a bit bland.  Unlike Beth or Echo, I didn’t really feel so much for her.  Isaiah too, was not doing it for me that much which surprised me because in Dare You To,  I actually wanted a spinoff with him starring in it.



I think the weakest thing about Crash Into You was that its more than a little obvious now that McGarry is working from a formula.  While Pushing the Limits and Dare You To had some original aspects about them to make them interesting, Crash Into You just seemed tired.



Yes, I’m calling an in-animated object tired.



The tropes have been played out.  And honestly, Rachel and Isaiah’s bad home life isn’t that compelling.  Neither is the “cool” adult that gives Isaiah advice.



Then there’s the drama that’s in this book.






So unnecessary and then that ending…No just no.



However, I still liked Crashed Into You unlike…the next installment.





Overall Rating: C+


Take Me On:





This is just a disappointment.



Honestly, I really wish that this would’ve been Abby’s story.  Haley is just a drip. As for West…well, again I think I would’ve preferred another Young brother (Ethan) than him.  But he’s not terrible.






To be honest, this book feels like it was written in a rush.  As cliche as Crash Into You was, at least it didn’t seem half hearted.



Yes, I said Take Me On seemed half hearted.  All the McGarry tropes were used, but failed miserably.



Probably because I’ve seen the tropes used several times already in the past week, and used better.



I really don’t know why it’s so hard for McGarry to do something new.  Yes, I know that contemporary romances will always rely on some tropes but she could ditch some of them.  Or at the very least have a heroine who’s actually interesting.



God, I hated Haley.



Probably because Abby was just sitting there waiting in the wings waiting to have her own story written with Ethan (hopefully) or Logan being her other half.  Heck, I’d even be willing to deal with a love triangle because that’s how much I wanted Abby’s story.



Because she’s interesting.






Well, she’s nice.  She fights (used to).  And she’s homeless with a dick of an ex-boyfriend.  That’s really it.



And while I understood why Echo, Beth, and Rachel had problems dealing with their issues not so much with Haley.



As for West, he’s not that great either.  He’s doable enough though.  I think had Haley been a stronger character he might’ve came off better than he did.




Overall Rating: C



Overall Thoughts:



The Pushing the Limits series is a guilty pleasure.  I think if I didn’t binge read the series, I would’ve enjoyed the last two installments more.



Binge reading made me see how repetitive the themes in this series are.  You have:



1) Two broken messed up characters that are the leads (and of course they fall in love with each other).



2) Both have dark secrets. That are completely unrealistic and filled completely with melodrama.



3) There are two types of adults: 1) complete dicks or 2) lame adults that despite being totally weird and uncool are really right.



4) You will only be attracted to someone of a different socioeconomic class.  Rich boys get with poor girls (or in Beth’s case formerly poor girls) and rich girls get with poor boys.



5) Your deep dark secret will be seemingly resolved throughout the entire book.


As much as McGarry’s work was having me roll my eyes towards the end, I have to say I do like her writing style and probably will be continuing with this series or any new series she has in the near future.






Source: howdyyal.wordpress.com/2014/06/29/binge-reading-the-pushing-the-limits-series-by-katie-mcgarry
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