First Booktube Video + REVIEW: Nowhere But Here by Katie McGarry

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Here is my first BookTube video! It's just an introduction along with a book tag just so y'all can get to know me a bit better! I'll be doing more videos soon. Probably once a week! I'll do book hauls, wrap-ups, anticipated reads, etc. Also, I'll be doing more posts on here, too, besides reviews and reactions. I'm gonna have a top ten Tuesday type thing as well some others that I'm excited to show y'all this week! Make sure you subscribe so you can keep up on new videos! Next, a review!

“Running is still running. It doesn’t matter if it’s a physical move from one place to another or if it’s to within yourself.”

Publication date: May 26, 2015
Publisher: Harlequin TEEN
Pages: 496
ISBN: 9780373211425

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Back of the book blurb:

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 into 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 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.

A message from the cosmos: 

My rating: 

Fuck, that was a long-ass description. But, hey, it’s my blog so I can do whatever I want. That’s a great feeling—freedom. That was a huge theme in this book: Freedom to find yourself, freedom to be your own person, freedom to live. That was probably my favorite part about this book, besides the romance because let’s face it, I’m a sucker for love.

This was my first Katie McGarry novel. I hadn’t really heard anything about her before even though I had seen her Pushing The Limits series at B&N multiple times. I’m definitely going to pick up that series, though, after reading Nowhere But Here because I just absolutely adored this book. While I did have a couple problems with this book, which I will get to later, I just… this is definitely a book that will stay with you for a while.

I loved the characters in this book so much. I’m not really close with any of my family. Like, I don’t open up with anyone very well, especially family, so to see all of these people be so tight-knitted and loving was beautiful to me. I especially loved the main characters Emily and Oz. Yeah, they were pretty generic but they each had something to them that made them stand out; for Emily, it was her feistiness even though she was a shy, sheltered girl and for Oz, it was how much he cared about everyone even though he was made out to be the “bad boy.” Also, let’s be real, Olivia was a gem and we could all learn a lesson from her: use “fuck” as much as you can (even when you’re old) and take no one’s shit!

This was actually pretty sexy for a YA novel, which is totally fine by me, but I was surprised. I was happy that McGarry was blunt with her words when describing how sexually charged the scenes between Oz and Emily were. I know a younger crowd reads YA but still, I read so many YA novels that just skirt right around the fact that teenagers definitely have hormones and teenagers know what sex is. I was so glad when Emily told Oz what she wanted outright and wasn’t scared to do so. That’s an important lesson in itself—for girls to be comfortable with telling guys what they want and if they’re scared, they definitely should not be with the guy in the first place.

The plot was very interesting and honestly, that funeral scene with Olivia freaked me out as much as it freaked Emily out. All the twists and turns that took me to the end of the novel were all thrilling and so surprising. I definitely cannot wait for the next book in this series!

Like I said earlier, there were a couple problems with this book. To reiterate, the characters were a bit generic, especially Emily and Oz. Yes, they did have things that made them stand out, but the innocent girl and the bad boy? Let’s get something a little more original. I mean, if it sells, it sells. There was also an instance of slut-shaming, which is why I rated this book 4 stars instead of five. YA readers are at such a delicate age where they need to be learning things such as slut-shaming is bad, feminism is good, etc.

To bring it all back, my first experience with a Katie McGarry novel was extremely pleasant and I am very excited to continue to add her books to my shelves.

Happy reading!

The Cosmic Reader.

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