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


Nowhere But Here
Series: Thunder Road #1
Author: Katie McGarry
Published June 4th 2015 by MIRA Ink

Goodreads Synopsis
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. 

I received an Advance Reader Copy from the publisher via NetGalley. This in no way impacted on my view.

Nowhere But Here is my first Katie McGarry book, but I can definitely say it won't be my last.

In Nowhere But Here we meet seventeen year old Emily, who is visiting her biological father's family for the first time ever. All her life she thought her father never wanted her, that her whole paternal family didn't want her, and she is now faced with the knowledge that there's a whole other life she could've had. Throughout the entire story Emily discovers new aspects to this world, a lot of which concern her. I especially loved the character development we saw in the majority of these characters, but especially Emily's development - I can't wait to see how she grows further in further instalments of this series. Emily was not the only memorable character though. Out of the whole cast, I especially loved Oz and Olivia, particularly the way they act towards, and around, Emily, who was, quite understandably, terrified to be thrust into a new world.

I've heard so many positive things about McGarry's writing, and especially her romance, and I was in no way disappointed here. I don't read many Contemporary YA's, or chose OTPs easily, but I can safely say that Emily and Oz are definitely my newest OTP. Their interactions were cute from the first meeting, and the intimacy just blossomed the more they were together. I ultimately loved the fact that it was not an "insta-love" situation here, that we could be there with the characters as their feeling grew - it undoubtedly made the book so much enjoyable, as if we were actually a part of the story.

I've never read anything to do with motorbike gangs before, nor seen Sons of Anarchy, which this book has been compared to, but the detail in which McGarry went to fully immerse the reader into this world was outstanding. Though I was scared at times of the craziness of gang, I loved that they were definitely close, they were a family.

The fact that it took me less than two days to basically devour a nearly 500 page book is testament to how amazing the plot line was, and how the writing just flowed, and was so enjoyable to read. I desperately can't wait to read book 2 (and books 3 & 4), and would encourage everyone who loves YA Contemporary novels to definitely try this book!

Dates Read:
April 8 to 9, 2015

5 Stars  

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