Book Review: Walk the Edge by Katie McGarry

Posted March 17, 2016 by Lori in Books, Reviews / 1 Comment Tags:

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Book Review: Walk the Edge by Katie McGarryWalk the Edge by Katie McGarry
Series: Thunder Road #2
Published by HarlequinTeen on 2016-03-29
Genres: Friendship, Love & Romance, Social Issues, Young Adult
Pages: 384
Format: ARC
Source: Gifted
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four-half-stars

One moment of recklessness will change their worlds.

Smart. Responsible. That's seventeen-year-old Breanna's role in her large family, and heaven forbid she put a toe out of line. Until one night of shockingly un-Breanna-like behavior puts her into a vicious cyber-bully's line of fire—and brings fellow senior Thomas "Razor" Turner into her life.

Razor lives for the Reign of Terror motorcycle club, and good girls like Breanna just don't belong. But when he learns she's being blackmailed over a compromising picture of the two of them—a picture that turns one unexpected and beautiful moment into ugliness—he knows it's time to step outside the rules.

And so they make a pact: he'll help her track down her blackmailer, and in return she'll help him seek answers to the mystery that's haunted him—one that not even his club brothers have been willing to discuss. But the more time they spend together, the more their feelings grow. And suddenly they're both walking the edge of discovering who they really are, what they want, and where they're going from here.

This book was really good. I understand if you are worried because you didn’t love Nowhere But Here. I was excited for that one because I loved the Pushing the Limits series so much and just didn’t end up loving the new one. But this one felt more like the older series than NBH. There was less motorcycle club drama, though there was still some there, but it was so much more manageable in this one. My biggest con from the one was just how overwhelming the Reign and Riot drama was. I felt like there were times it really overshadowed the romance and the characters that I really wanted to get to know. I also felt like it was almost too dramatic, everything was life or death. And that’s fine, I just didn’t love it. But this felt different. Still Reign of Terror, but in a better way, and still all of the normal chemistry and romance from Katie McGarry books that we love so much. So if you didn’t love the first book in the series, definitely still give this one a try. I really enjoyed it!

I should probably mention, again, that I absolutely love Katie McGarry and all of her books. The drama drags me in and doesn’t let me go until it’s over and I love every minute of it. I love the chemistry she is always so good at creating between her characters. Breanna and Razor are no different. They gave me all of the Isaiah and Rachel feels and I loved it so much. In fact, this book definitely felt closest to Crash Into You out of all of her books for me and that’s one of my favorites.

Breanna and Razor are also really interesting characters with backgrounds that will draw you in and make you want to know more about them. I don’t want to give anything away about them, especially Razor’s past, but I will say that they are perfectly flawed and work so great together. Their personalities are so different but they are struggling with something very similar and you don’t even find out how similar they really are until quite a ways into the book but you can feel that they’re both struggling with something deep. But what I really liked most about them was how they fit with each other. Breanna and Razor are also at points in their lives where they’re trying to decide who they want to be and where they want to go. As seniors, they’re both on the brink of their futures and they have to make decisions about them. For Razor, if he’ll stay with the club, and for Breanna, where she’ll go to school. I really enjoyed watching them work through their own struggles as well as talking about their future together, if there even was one. I appreciated that they actually discussed things instead of everything being a dramatic life or death, forever and ever decision.

I didn’t love everything about the book but there wasn’t any one thing that stood out enough for me to really make me dislike it. The main problem that comes about is one that could probably be dealt with in a much easier and faster way than how it actually is. But I’m willing to look past that becuse I think that’s partially a perspective thing. As an adult reading about teens, it’s about a million times easier to see a solution to a problem that probably seems enormous to teens. Also, Breanna’s family seriously made my blood boil. This isn’t a thing about the book being “bad” it’s just something that drove me completely insane. I could go on for hours about how horrible they were, especially her parents, but I won’t. (There’s no abuse or anything.) Just know that absent parents play a part in this one and her siblings are horrible and it still makes me angry thinking of how they all treated her. Also, I really missed Olivia in this book. Nothing can be done about that (and it didn’t affect my rating) but her absence was definitely felt.

I highly recommend this book, especially if you’re a fan of the Pushing the Limits series. Also, if you didn’t love Nowhere but Here and are unsure if you want to continue the series, I’m here to tell you that you do. You really do. Between the fact that we’re pulled back a little from the motorcycle club, that the problem feels 100% more realistic to actual high schoolers, and just how adorable Breanna and Razor are, it’s definitely worth a read!

 

You can head to this post to read the first chapter of Walk the Edge and find out information on the pre-order campaign. If you’re a Pushing the Limits fan, you’re going to want to check it out!

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