Sunday, 27 March 2016

Review: Walk the Edge by Katie McGarry

Title: Walk the Edge (Thunder Road #2)
Author: Katie McGarry

Release date: March 29th 2016
Publisher: Harlequin TEEN
Genre: Young Adult Contemporary

Format: eARC
Pages: 434

Source: NetGalley

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.

I loved Walk the Edge even more than its predecessor! If you haven't read Nowhere But Here and have no idea what this series is about, here's the breakdown - it's a series of companion novels following different members of a motorcycle club, the Reign of Terror. There's danger, intrigue, lots of action, and of course some great romance, because Katie McGarry is awesome at that. Walk the Edge is Razor's story, and I'd been waiting for it ever since I finished Nowhere But Here.

Razor is a full-fledged member of the Terror, but there's always been something holding him back from fully trusting them - the circumstances around the death of his mother. The club is completely tight-lipped about it, but when Razor receives news that it may have been a murder, he knows he can't rest before finding out the whole truth. Since the club won't help him, he has to turn to someone else, someone who can help him crack the code given to him - someone smart like Breanna Miller. She needs his help too, in finding who's blackmailing her and make sure the picture never gets online. They agree to help each other, but the more they find out, the more dangerous their lives get.

Razor is my favourite of the characters we've met so far, and for good reason. He's obviously confident, kind of arrogant, and really charming, but there's a softer side of him too. He has a really good heart, he's moral, and also sweet and protective. Razor's been through a lot ever since his mom died and people around him began blaming him for it. After everything, I'm really glad he found someone perfect for him like Breanna to be his pillar of support.

Breanna is very different from any protagonist I've read about. Her brain is.. well, it's wired differently in the sense that once she gets a puzzle to solve, she actually can't relax until she's solved it. It'll stay there in her head. And her brain is always working on something, which is pretty intense. It's how she's so smart and intellectual, but it's also a burden for her. When Breanna starts getting to know Razor, she realizes how wrong she was about the Terror and she doubts everything her parents instilled in her about staying away from the club. No, she doesn't trust the club, but she does trust Razor with her life. It was beautiful seeing two very different people grow closer together and discover how much they actually have in common.

I don't want to say too much about the plot, but the blackmailing is a big part of it and it angers me to see how high schoolers can be so menacing. I know for sure that no one in my high school or anyone I know would ever have done something like that! It's also opened my eyes a little more and made me realize why so many people think high school was the worst time of their life. Of course, it probably wasn't anything on this scale, but still.

We do get to see Oz and Emily again, the protagonists from the previous book, and I loved seeing all the young club members and their significant others gathered around a fire outside the cabin and having a good time. These are the people who will grow up to shape the club the way they want it, and it's exciting to see the beginning of that.

All in all, I adored this book and especially Razor and Breanna. They're so good for each other and they basically pieced each other back together in this book. Loyalty is a huge theme here, and overall in this series as well I believe, and it's fascinating to see it being tested thoroughly yet always staying strong. And now I really cannot wait for the next book, which I believe is Chevy and Violet's story!

*Thank you to Harlequin TEEN and Inkslinger PR for providing me with an eARC for review*

Rating: 4.5/5

1 comment:

  1. Ooh I couldn't wait for this book anyway, but after your review, now I truly can't wait!! Great review! I adore Katie McGarry and I hope more people read her books and realise what a great author she is!


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