Book Review: Nowhere But Here

Posted August 12, 2016 by Maryam in book review, Maryam / 1 Comment

Book Review: Nowhere But HereNowhere But Here (Thunder Road, #1) by Katie McGarry
Published by Harlequin Teen on May 26th 2015
Genres: new adult, contemporary, romance
Pages: 496
Format: eBook
Source: Overdrive

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.


To be honest, I was quite dubious about reading this book because me and New Adult genres usually don’t get along well. BUT OH MY GOD, THIS BOOK IS FREAKING FANTASTIC. And Oz is hella sexy. Though, I have to admit that I was quite intrigued by the motorcycle club part, because not gonna lie, I actually had the same opinions about them as the other characters in the book did. I thought this book would have a lot of slang, and yknow, those typical biker-gangsta crap that always seem to be going on in movies, BUT NO. This book was actually perfect. It didn’t go overboard, but at the same time, it gave me more insight into the different types of biker groups.

I definitely relate with Emily from the start, even though there were times that I wanted to strangle her, because I do get how it feels like to suddenly have to live with the father that your mom has been talking crap about your whole life. I would definitely hate my father and everyone related to him, too, if I were Emily. It was pretty interesting to see the transitions in Emily’s attitude, from downright hostile to begrudgingly accepting, to finally fully loving.

Oz was, like I said, HOT. AS. HELL. I mean, DAMN. *looks to boyfriend* yep, my Oz. HAHAH. But anyway, even though Oz was handsome and all, it took me awhile to get used to him. Because I felt that this book was about family ties, and he was, well NOT A FAMILY. But nevertheless, I still love his character, because I felt that it kinda tied in with the family aspect, in a way that helps Emily. Like, he actually helped make it more clear about her father, than what Emily and her father actually knew about each other. Makes sense?

Thunder Road is one of those books that makes you fall in love with each and every one of its characters, and that’s why with just the first book, I can already guarantee you that I will be in love with the rest of the series. BECAUSE THEY’RE THUNDER ROAD PEEPS.


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