Friday, April 29, 2016

Novel Review: Walk the Edge (Thunder Road, #2) by Katie McGarry

Rating (Out of 5): ~3.5-4
Genre: YA Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Release Date: March 29, 2016
Spoilers?: No.
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Goodreads Synopsis:

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.

The Cover:

I like this cover. I think it's pretty, though not particularly eye-catching. It goes with the first book in the series well. And instead of showing the romance in the book, it's showing a different part of the book, but a very important side as well. I do like that the bridge is actually an important setting.


“There are lies in life we accept. Whether it’s for the sake of ignorance, bliss or, in my case, survival, we all make our choices.” (Hardback, pg. 7)
“Everyone says the same thing: Breanna’s smart, she’s quiet. On the inside, I’m not at all quiet. Most of the time, I’m screaming.” (Pg. 14)
“Home is supposed to be safe. Home is supposed to be the one place you can go and know that the horrible things people say to you won’t be said to you there. It should be that place that forms a protective shield and it’s okay to be quirky and messed up and… and… accepted.” (Pg. 354)

I did enjoy this book more than the previous one. But it’s not one of my favorites.
I liked Breanna and Razor’s story, and their attraction. Breanna has always been the good girl, and she wants to have a little adventure, she wants to push for more. She’s too smart for her school, and she’s being forced to take care of her siblings instead of going to a better school. And then there’s Razor, who lives adventure and recklessness. He’s looking for answers to what really caused his mothers death.
Their chemistry was nice, and I enjoyed seeing their relationship form. There are definite difficulties, since everyone in town fears the Terror motorcycle gang and especially Razor, so people keep trying to force them apart.
My biggest fault with this series is the motorcycle club. Sometimes I understand the appeal—having a group of people who are there for each other and understand each other—but I also hate the closed-mindedness of it. It’s only men, and the women are seen on the side and don’t hold much power at all. And the way everything is a secret and no one can know anything. It was hard to see why they thought Razor could trust them when they wouldn’t tell him a single thing about his mother. It just frustrates me so much.
This series is just okay for me right now. I’m sure I’ll be picking up the next one, because I usually enjoy McGarry’s stories. I do want to see Addison’s story. I’ll be more excited when she starts a new series though, because motorcycle gangs are just not my thing.

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