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Wednesday, February 1, 2017

BBReview: "Long Way Home" by Katie McGarry

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The highly anticipated third book in Katie McGarry’s Thunder Road Series is finally here! LONG WAY HOME is a Young Adult Contemporary Romance being published by Harlequin Teen! Order your copy of the next book in this emotionally charged series, and don’t miss Violet and Chevy’s story! Check out all of the stops on this awesome tour and be sure to grab your copy today!
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LONG WAY HOME Synopsis:
Seventeen-year-old Violet has always been expected to sit back and let the boys do all the saving.

It’s the code her father, a member of the Reign of Terror motorcycle club, raised her to live by. Yet when her dad is killed carrying out Terror business, Violet knows it’s up to her to do the saving. To protect herself, and her vulnerable younger brother, she needs to cut all ties with the club—including Chevy, the boy she’s known and loved her whole life.
But when a rival club comes after Violet, exposing old secrets and making new threats, she’s forced to question what she thought she knew about her father, the Reign of Terror, and what she thinks she wants. Which means re-evaluating everything: love, family, friends . . . and forgiveness.
Caught in the crosshairs between loyalty and freedom, Violet must decide whether old friends can be trusted—and if she’s strong enough to be the one person to save them all.

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"An intoxicating and unforgettable story that kept me glued to the page."
Kami Garcia, #1 New York Times bestselling author, on Walk the Edge


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BBReview:
I honestly cannot get enough from this series. I absolutely love the romance and danger that each installment brings. Unfortunately, I believe this is the last book in the series. At least I haven't heard otherwise. Hopefully I am wrong and there are many more books to come, I just don't know from whose point of view they will be from, because we've covered all the kids, or rather all the newly adults.

Now, where to start with this review? This installment was much different from the first two, because in those ones we had a guy who was in the Terror and a girl who was on the outside. Emily never even heard of the Terror or Riot, but unknowingly was MC royalty, and Breanna only knew the clubs by their terrible reputations. This story was so different, because both characters are on the inside of the club and have grown up with it their entire lives. It was just a battle of one wanting to be involved in the club and the other wanting nothing to do with it.

Both of them being on the inside gave this book a very big element of danger. I mean I believe it's only chapter three when all hell breaks loose. There was always some kind of big danger in the other two stories, but this time it was much worse, in my opinion, and felt so very much real. All of the books in this series have crazy twists and turns and you never really know what is going to happen next, but this time it was even more intensified. I absolutely loved how thrilling this book was. Everyone is dealing with their own issues and own dangers, but yet they are all slightly tied together. It was just so neat to see how each character dealt with it and came together thanks to the amazing alternating POV's.

I still think the first book, Oz and Emily, is my favorite romance out of the series, but I definitely believe that this one is my favorite for the action and danger. I cannot believe what these young adults get into and what they are able to not only face, but overcome. It is seriously amazing. At that age I was worried about getting into college and here these kids are worrying about not only their own lives, but the lives of their loved ones. Absolutely nuts!

I don't think there is much more I can say without ruining the elements of surprise for you, but just know that this one is packed full of action. I love how strong and stubborn Violet is and it was so great to see not only her, but also Chevy, find themselves. There is a lot of self discovery in this book as well.

Overall:
Holy crap! I think that is the best way to sum up the action and danger in this book. In each book of this series there is an element of not only romance, but danger. Long Way Home has plenty of romance, but it is just completely action packed. More than either of the first two books. That was my favorite part about this book, because I loved how real it felt. It seriously had me hooked once I got to chapter three. We learn a lot more about not only the Terror, but also the characters we've come across so far in this series. It really was not only an exciting book, but also one filled with self discovery. Chevy and Violet are trying to figure out who they are and what the role of the club should be in their lives. One is adamant about having being a part of the club and one is adamant about wanting nothing to do with it. Will their wishes change once they go through the scariest time of their lives? Read it and find out!

Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ 5/5

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Excerpt:
VIOLET
 “You can do this.” I take Brandon’s hand in mine and give a reassuring squeeze. “I know you can.”

 Brandon swallows hard, but nods. A combination of nervous energy and pride rushes through my veins as he grasps my hand in return and fists the cash in his other hand. He’s going to face his fears. The lift of my lips is genuine now. My brother believes in himself, and I believe in him and maybe we’re both going to be okay.

Right as Brandon takes a courageous step forward, two black leather vests slip in front of us and staring back at me is a half skull with fire blazing out of its eye sockets.

The world surrounding me turns red, and my blood begins to boil. “There’s a line and you just cut.”

Eli, one of my father’s once best friends, glances over his shoulder and winks at us as he pulls out his wallet. Like always, he has dark hair cut close to his head, plugs in his ears and a huge grin like we should be glad to see him. “I got you covered.”

Fabulous. Here comes the Reign of Terror Motorcycle Club riding in on their black Harleys determined to save the day of people who really need to learn how to save themselves.

“No really, we got this,” I insist.

I try to muscle my way past to pay, but Eli’s right hand man, Pigpen, plants himself in front of me like the towering sack of testosterone and annoyance that he is. Then he’s on the move and I somehow find myself away from the ticket booth.

“Surprised to see you here, Violet.” Pigpen is in his late twenties and thinks he’s all handsome with his blond hair and big muscles. Because he was a Navy SEAL or Army Ranger or something outrageous like that, he also thinks he’s awesome, but he doesn’t impress me. “Surprised you’re here, but happy to see you. You haven’t been at a game all year.”

“I’ve been busy,” I say.

“Is that what you call avoiding anyone from the Terror? Busy?”

“Works for me.”

“Hi, Pigpen!” Brandon is lit up like a firefly who was convinced the rest of his species was extinct. Eli, of course, enjoying the role of savior, has his arm around Brandon’s shoulder as they join us.

“Hey, Stone.” Pigpen calls my brother by the stupid nickname the club created for him. “How’s it going?”

“Good. They bought our tickets, Vi!”

“Yep, they sure did, because little ol’ me couldn’t’ handle the big ol’ ticket booth on my own.” Heavy on the sarcasm and then a hard glare at Eli. “Brandon was going to buy his own ticket.”

Eli rolls his neck like  he’s the one who owns the right to be annoyed. “Most people say thank you.”

“You’re missing the point.”

Eli pats my brother’s back. “Why don’t you head in with Pigpen? I’d like to catch up with Violet.”

Brandon bounces like a damn puppy dog given a treat and then rushes off into the stadium, leaving me with Thing Two. And to think my brother called me Vi. The little traitor.

“Pigpen,” I call out. “Don’t leave him.”

I forced my brother to tattle today and while the football game will make him smile, I’m also taking a calculated risk that the people he told on won’t be here. If they are here, I’m betting they won’t mess with Brandon as long as I’m around.

“You worry too much,” Pigpen answers without glancing back.

When it comes to my brother, they don’t worry enough about the right problems.

Eli watches as Brandon and Pigpen go into the stadium. Instead of taking a left for the bleachers, they go right for the concession stand, and I’m contemplating how to stab Pigpen in the jugular. Concession food brings my brother into a near state of euphoria, and because of the crappy day my brother and I had, I wanted to be the one that made him happy with a hot dog, nachos and a slushy.

Motorcycle men around the world, as far as I’m concerned, can just plain suck it.

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About Katie McGarry:
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Katie McGarry was a teenager during the age of grunge and boy bands and remembers those years as the best and worst of her life. She is a lover of music, happy endings, reality television, and is a secret University of Kentucky basketball fan. Katie is the author of full length YA novels, PUSHING THE LIMITS, DARE YOU TO, CRASH INTO YOU, TAKE ME ON, BREAKING THE RULES, NOWHERE BUT HERE and WALK THE EDGE and the e-novellas, CROSSING THE LINE and RED AT NIGHT. Her debut YA novel, PUSHING THE LIMITS was a 2012 Goodreads Choice Finalist for YA Fiction, a RT Magazine’s 2012 Reviewer’s Choice Awards Nominee for Young Adult Contemporary Novel, a double Rita Finalist, and a 2013 YALSA Top Ten Teen Pick. DARE YOU TO was also a Goodreads Choice Finalist for YA Fiction and won RT Magazine’s Reviewer’s Choice Best Book Award for Young Adult Contemporary fiction in 2013.





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