Review: Nowhere But Here (Thunder Road #1) by Katie McGarry


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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.

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3 stars


Emily is staying with her biological father for the time being. Her step-dad has told her she was safe there, but the rest of the people in snowflake are acting like she isn’t. I was confused along with her.

Oz’s dream has always been to join the Reign of Terror. Emily is his way in. He needs to take care of her while she’s staying with them in Snowflake. They have an instant connection, but they’re not very fond of each other. Oz thinks that all Emily has ever done is hurt his family, and Emily thinks that Oz is a stereotypical gangster.

It took me a long time to finish reading this book. I just felt like nothing was really happening. I wasn’t very connected to the characters. It picked up towards the end, because that’s when all the secrets are revealed. I wish it could have been revealed sooner. It wasn’t that big of a deal really. The book centered around that secret, and a lot more stuff could have made the book exciting after it could have been revealed.

I didn’t hate this book, but I didn’t love it either. I adored the Pushing the Limits series, so I was quite disappointed when I didn’t love this one. I think I’ll still read the second book, it might redeem this series.



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