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Magan: Take Me On by Katie McGarry

Take Me On by Katie McGarry (twitter | website) Previously Reviewed: Pushing the Limits // Dare You To // Crash Into You Publication Date: May 27, 2014 Publisher: Harlequin TEEN Pages: 544 Target Audience: Young Adult Keywords: mixed martial arts, job loss, family injuries, fighting and kickboxing Format Read: ARC from Publisher via Netgalley. (Thank you!) Summary: After swearing she’d never date a fighter again, Haley […]

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June 12, 2014 - 11:17 pm

Ellice Y - Great review, M! I just finished writing my review for Take Me On, and I really found it difficult to explain my thoughts on it! Like you, I felt that the book was a bit too long. Not only did it drag in places, I thought that the dialogue between West and Haley was VERY repetitive. I understand that it’s necessary to prevent an “instalove” situation, but at the same time, it slowed the pace of the story down a little too much.

Other than that, I loved Take Me On. It may beat Pushing the Limits as my favorite of McGarry’s books. I especially love the family dynamics in this book despite the few horrible and unlikeable family members that Haley and West have. The relationship between Haley, Kaden, Jax, and John was my absolute favorite– I love that they shared a special bond not only as family but because of MMA, and I really loved that the guys respected Haley’s talent as a fighter! I did get mad at them at first because, like West, I wanted them to beat the hell out of her uncle (he SO deserved it), but I also understood the bad situation that it would put Haley’s family in.

Anyway (I could go on and on about this book!), I really enjoyed your review. We share a lot of the same feelings about Take Me On! 🙂

June 10, 2014 - 6:47 pm

Danielle @ Love at First Page - I am a huge fan of this series, with Ryan’s book being my favorite, followed by Isaiah’s, but I liked this one a lot too. Katie McGarry is so good at writing complex family issues and swoony romance. Like you, I think this could have been cut shorter and I wish the second half didn’t have so many ups and downs in West and Hayley’s relationship. Otherwise, I thought the build up was perfectly done – the type of slow burn I love, filled with lots of tension – and I’m really hoping we’ll get stories for Abby and now Jax!
Great review, Magan!

June 6, 2014 - 3:21 pm

Alexa - I’m glad you ended up liking this one. This book is a chunky book and I’m sure there are a few parts that drag on in such a long story. I really can’t wait to read this one though because I do like this author and her books.

Thanks for the great review!

June 5, 2014 - 5:02 pm

Alexa S. - My favorite thing about Take Me On? Getting to know West Young. I already found him interesting in Crash Into You. But I totally fell for him because of this book! There’s just something about his personality (and his story) that really wormed its way into my heart. While he hasn’t quite eclipsed Ryan, he’s vying with Noah for second place. Other than that, I thought this was a solid McGarry book. A little long, a little too dramatic, but otherwise, a very good read!

June 5, 2014 - 4:01 am

Sue - I read Pushing the Limits recently and loved it. Looking forward to reading the rest of the series!

June 4, 2014 - 8:28 pm

Quinn @ Quinn's Book Nook - I am a huge Katie McGarry fan. I’ve read everything she has written and enjoyed all of them. That said, Take Me On is my least favorite. I agree that things seemed slow at times. And I had a difficult time connecting to Haley and West, which is surprising because I’ve been able to connect to McGarry’s other leads so easily. I mean, I did care about Haley and West, but I just didn’t have that amazing connection to them that I usually do with McGarry’s characters.

I’m glad that you ultimately liked this one, though. Have you read McGarry’s other books besides Pushing the Limits?

Top Ten Books We Wouldn’t Mind Santa Bringing Us

Happy Almost-Christmas, friends! Today we’re participating in The Broke and the Bookish’s Top Ten Tuesday feature by sharing TEN books we wouldn’t mind Santa bringing us. (*hint, hint* *wink, wink*, husbands!) Do you have books on your wish lists this year? Let us know what they are and which of ours you’re hoping for, too! Estelle’s […]

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January 28, 2014 - 7:11 am

Judith - I also wouldn’t mind Santa bringing you If You Find Me, Estelle. (I forgot! Did he?) Did I mention that I like that book? Because I do. It’s pretty good. I guess.

January 6, 2014 - 7:01 pm

Alexa S. - It makes me ridiculously happy to see that SOMETHING STRANGE & DEADLY is on your list, E! You know Rachel and I absolutely LOVED that series, and I hope you do too once you get a chance to read it. You’ll also have to let me know if you get Goodbye to All That — I have it but haven’t read it yet!

As for you M, I think you’ll enjoy Crash Into You. Even though it’s not my favorite of the McGarry books, it’s still pretty fun to read! Plus, the car and racing parts are awesome.

December 27, 2013 - 12:41 pm

Hannah @ So Obsessed With - Yippee for Crash Into You and Pivot Point! Those are both such good reads 🙂 Andddd I own If You Find Me and Something Strange and Deadly. I should probably get on reading those! Can’t wait to see if Santa brought you what you wanted!

December 25, 2013 - 8:35 am

alisa selene - Merry Christmas! I so want ‘Crash Into You’!

December 24, 2013 - 4:11 pm

Candice - With the exception of Something Strange and Deadly (which is fab, btw) I haven’t read any of these! I’d love a copy of The Art of Wishing; very nearly put this on my own list today! Hope Santa is good to both of you this year! Merry Christmas!

December 24, 2013 - 12:59 pm

Maggie @ Just a Couple More Pages - Sex & Violence, yay! I hope Estelle gets this so we can talk about it! And If you Find Me, Losing Hope, and Pivot Point were all favorite 2013 reads for me! Merry Christmas ladies!

December 24, 2013 - 12:46 pm

Lucy - I spy two books that I suspect will be on my year-end favorites list – If You Find Me and Sex and Violence. And Oh! Crash Into You and Losing Hope are awesome too.

Hope Santa is very good to both of you this year. Happy holidays, Estelle and Magan!

December 24, 2013 - 8:32 am

Ginger @ GReads! - Merry Christmas Eve ladies!! I hope “Santa” (aka husbands lol) bring see this post too 😉 Great picks!

December 24, 2013 - 3:01 am

Chrissi Reads - I loved Losing Hope, Crash Into You and Pivot Point. I hope Santa brings you these books or that you get your hands on them soon. Happy Christmas 🙂

December 24, 2013 - 2:42 am

Jen @ Books and Other Happy Ever Afters - I actually own a few of these on my Kindle, but I hear that the physical copy of CRASH INTO YOU is gorgeous, so I would love a copy of that one too! And I can imagine THE ART OF WISHING being all sorts of pretty, too. All of these are great Christmas gifts to wish for, I’m crossing my fingers for you both! 🙂

December 24, 2013 - 1:55 am

Sara (of The Page Sage) - Something Strange and Deadly!! I really (selfishly) hope you get that book so we can talk about it after you read it! 🙂 Pivot Point sounds really great- I shamefully haven’t read it either.

Hope you have have a Merry Christmas and that you get all the books on your wishlist! 🙂

December 24, 2013 - 1:36 am

Nicole - Pride and Prejudice, Jane Eyre, Mansfield Park (notice a theme??)

December 24, 2013 - 12:52 am

Aly @ My Heart Hearts Books - Pivot Point, Crash Into You and Something Strange & Deadly!!!! I haven’t read the other books on your list but I can’t personally vouch for those. But I hope you get some or any of the books on your list!

Aly @ My Heart Hearts BooksMy TTT

December 24, 2013 - 12:49 am

Jen @ Pop! Goes The Reader - Estelle: I’m quite certain only dolphins and dogs could hear me when I saw The Art Of Wishing on your Christmas wishlist and let out a resounding yelp. What can I say? I just ADORE that novel! Here’s hoping Santa remembers to bring you a copy as I would absolutely love to hear your thoughts on it. I really do think you would enjoy it! 🙂
Wishing you both a very Merry Christmas!

Estelle: Crash Into You by Katie McGarry

Crash Into You by Katie McGarry ( web | tweet ) Publication Date: 11/26/2013 Publisher: Harlequin Teen Pages: 474 Target audience: Young adult Keywords: parents, cars, foster children Format read: ARC borrowed from Cassie. (Thanks!) RBR reviews of Katie McGarry books: Pushing the Limits | Dare You To Summary: With Noah doing his own thing and […]

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June 4, 2014 - 1:33 pm

Young Adult Book Review: Take Me On by Katie McGarry - […] Katie McGarry (twitter | website) Previously Reviewed: Pushing the Limits // Dare You To // Crash Into You Publication Date: May 27, 2014 Publisher: Harlequin TEEN Pages: 544 Target Audience: Young Adult […]

December 2, 2013 - 11:43 pm

Wendy @ Book Scents - Ahh I loved this one! It’s pretty hard for me to choose my favorite actually. You’re right – I know ZERO things about cars. Fiance’s car died the other day and he popped hte hood open and I peered in and was like hmmm – strange shapes and blobs. Cool. However, I wanted to go race cars or something after this! Their passion was infectious! Loved the family aspect too — def touched my heart!!

November 28, 2013 - 1:04 am

Bookworm1858 - I agree on your ranking for the three books (so far; we’ll see what happens when/if Abby gets her own book). The writing is still compulsively readable throughout though. I kept trying to put it down and succeeding for a few minutes before having to go pick it back up to see what came next!

November 26, 2013 - 5:51 pm

Alexa Y. - Dare You To is still my number one as well, although Crash Into You was pretty fun. This book convinced me that I need to start driving regularly again, because I haven’t in years. The way that Rachel and Isaiah talk about it just makes me want to hop in a car and GO. Other than that, I loved the supporting characters, particularly this little (unexpected) band of friends that all come together in this one!

November 26, 2013 - 2:39 pm

Iris - Katie McGarry does make 500 pages go by in a snap!
I think Crash Into You is my favourite of the three. I just love the depth of Isaiah’s character, and Rachel’s for that matter.
The passion they both have about cars is something I love as well! I love cars myself very much (don’t know half as much as Isaiah and Rachel though… I wish I did lol).
Great Review! I just finished reading and reviewing this book as well. It was a great read!

November 25, 2013 - 2:12 pm

Maggie @ Just a Couple More Pages - I agree with like 99% of what you’ve said, but I still just couldn’t get past the mother effing drama. And the length, which I think maybe compounded the drama. But I still love Kate McGarry.

November 25, 2013 - 10:55 am

Quinn @ Quinn's Book Nook - This is the second review today for Crash Into You that I’ve read, and you both had very similar things to say. I meant to read Crash Into You earlier in the month – but then things got crazy and I never did get to it. I plan to make time for it ASAP, though, because I love Katie McGarry. I actually like PtL more than DYT, but I love them both to pieces. I’m a little nervous to read CIY though, because my expectations are so high.

Sweet Summertime Reads: The Yearbook

Welcome back for another Sweet Summertime Reads post. As summer winds down, stores fill up with huge school supplies displays that make us yearn for the days we’d be doing our school shopping and prepping for our first days of school. So this week, Ginger, Tara, and the two of us are focusing on going […]

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September 22, 2013 - 1:29 pm

Hannah @ So Obsessed With - THIS POST IS EVERYTHING AWESOME! I loved your comments on the different aspects of going back to school, and I’m in love with your superlatives and graphics! Y’all are always coming up with such great new ideas and posts! Love that about your blog :0

August 28, 2013 - 11:18 am

Alexa Y. - THIS POST IS MADE OF WIN. I’m sorely tempted to leave my comment at that, but seriously, you girls just NAILED IT. I love your choices for your back to school reading selections, and the categories you filed them under! Such spot on recommendations. Gotta definitely check out the ones I haven’t yet read!

August 15, 2013 - 4:12 pm

katy - Band Geek Love sounds so great! I wasn’t in Band but I was the only one in my group of friends who wasn’t, so I felt like I was. I knew all the drama and sat with the band during their quarter off during football games and the band directors knew me. Queen of Kentucky and Welcome, Caller, This is Chloe sound cute and fun!

August 15, 2013 - 11:34 am

Candice @ The Grown-Up YA - Fun post! I loved when it was time to go back to school. There was always something so exciting and fresh about it, despite the fact that I’d been there for a month already with band camp! I never thought about all the new friends I’d make, but rather all the old friends I’d get to see again. And shopping… whoa I LOVED it! Even though I really was a jeans and t-shirt kind of gal in high school, buying new clothes and pens was my favorite!

August 15, 2013 - 1:02 am

Sweet Summertime Reads: It’s Back to School Time! | Fiction Folio - […] some books that take place during the school year and Magan & Estelle featured some of their favorite books about going back to school. Today, I’m going to share some books I think will either help you get back into that school […]

August 13, 2013 - 11:01 pm

Lucy @ The Reading Date - Hey, I was a band geek too! I played the flute in marching band in hs. Now I really need to read Band Geek Love.
Your post is very timely – we’re getting ready for back to school shopping this week.
Love your back to school book choices. Reece Malcolm is a fave, and I’m eager to check out Winger too. Good stuff as always!

August 13, 2013 - 8:22 pm

Tara @ Hobbitsies - You guys always have the prettiest freaking posts. Can you do all the graphics for my blog too? HAHA.

Anyway, I saw Winger at the bookstore today and was SO CLOSE to buying it. Man, now I want to go back to it. A million times yes to Queen of Kentucky and Going Vintage – loved both of those. Somehow I haven’t read the rest of the books on this post, but I need to! Moving some of these up on my TBR list 🙂

August 13, 2013 - 7:26 pm

Rose @ The Bedtime Bookworm - I feel like I should read more YA contemporary, and I already thought I read quite a bit of it. I haven’t read any of these books! I have a few of them on my TBR list.

I can definitely relate to what Estelle wrote about back to school shopping – I did all of my clothes shopping with my mum (mostly because she’d buy me shoes. That’s a good reason, right??). The only problem was that my mum would conveniently forget that we were there to buy clothes for me, not her! She’d usually end up with a pile for herself double the size of my pile, though we were both expert sales shoppers!

August 13, 2013 - 10:02 am

Ginger @ GReads! - I like how we both chose Reece Malcolm List for a ‘back to school’ pick 🙂 hehe. Such a great book! This was a fun post ladies. I’ve heard a lot about Dairy Queen.. and anything related to FNL is a definite win for me!

Estelle: Dare You To by Katie McGarry

Dare You To by Katie McGarry ( web | tweet ) Publication Date: May 28, 2013 Publisher: Harlequin Teen Pages: 462 Target audience: Young adult Keywords: family secrets, baseball, new school, romance Format read: Paperback ARC from Harlequin Teen (Thanks!) Summary: Ryan and Beth couldn’t be anymore different. While Ryan is maintaining focus on the […]

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June 4, 2014 - 1:30 pm

Magan: Take Me On by Katie McGarry, Magan - […] Me On by Katie McGarry (twitter | website) Previously Reviewed: Pushing the Limits // Dare You To // Crash Into You Publication Date: May 27, 2014 Publisher: Harlequin TEEN Pages: 544 Target […]

August 13, 2013 - 12:43 pm

Sweet Summertime Reads: The Yearbook, Magan - […] Dairy Queen by Catherine Gilbert Murdoch: Goodreads | Amazon Dare You To by Katie McGarry: Goodreads | Amazon | Estelle’s Review […]

June 3, 2013 - 9:34 pm

Kelly - I’ve been putting this one off because a) 400+ pages?! and b) I just don’t know how it can live up to PtL. BUT you are one of several bloggers who have promised me that this story is better, so I think I’m just going to have to put on my big girl panties and get this read!

May 31, 2013 - 1:49 pm

tabithasbookblog - I finished this one in one sitting as well! it was so good, and I loved Ryan and Beth’s chemistry! This one was better than the first, and I can’t wait to see how the next book plays out. (:

May 30, 2013 - 3:36 pm

Quinn @ Quinn's Book Nook - Estelle! I loved Pushing the Limits more than Dare You To. I still loved this book, but PtL was just, I don’t know. Love love love for me.

Haha, yes Ryan is always telling us he doesn’t lose, which didn’t get a little frustrating. But I still loved this book. Katie McGarry writes my kind of books 🙂

May 30, 2013 - 2:32 pm

Bookworm1858 - I definitely agree that this book is better than PTL-I loved Beth and Ryan’s stories and he brought the swoon hard for me.

May 29, 2013 - 7:54 pm

Molli - Glad you liked this one, Estelle! I didn’t, but I really do want to maybe snag it from the library to give it another try at some point. I loved PTL SO much that it seems wrong I didn’t love DYT. Maybe if I read it again, I’ll be more into it. 🙂

May 29, 2013 - 2:03 pm

Alexa Y. - Oh, your review is PERFECTION. It explains perfectly how I felt about Ryan and Beth and Ryan-and-Beth. It’s such a good book! I’m still swooning thinking about Ryan. Just saying.

May 29, 2013 - 12:45 am

Suzy Soule - Sounds like a must read to me–can I skip book one, do you think?

May 28, 2013 - 3:35 pm

Rachel - Well, now I have to read this book. There’s something about your review that makes it sound so addicting. I know I tried it earlier and couldn’t get into it, but I don’t think I was in the right mindset at the time.

May 28, 2013 - 9:35 am

Cassie - This is up next for me and I must read it before Rules of Summer comes to my Kindle! SUPER EXCITED since I know how much you loved it 😀

Estelle’s Shelve It from 4/20/2013

Yes. You read that right! There’s actually a Shelve It + IT’S A V-LOG. Your eyes are not playing tricks on you! Sorry about the lack of these lately but between my Lent “break” from buying books, the eBooks I’ve been purchasing (which are no fun to show to you in a video), and this […]

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April 21, 2013 - 10:44 pm

Alexa Y. - That party was a lot of fun even though I was really nervous! It was definitely nice to catch up with blogger friends though, and to eat at LT Burger afterwards 😉 We need to eat there again and soon!

April 21, 2013 - 5:51 pm

Bonnie - I really enjoyed The Eternity Cure! Even more than the first installment.. can’t wait for the next one! Gosh, I still need to get on it and read Pushing the Limits. Happy Reading!
My Showcase Sunday!

April 21, 2013 - 11:39 am

Ginger @ GReads! - Look at that necklace!! hehe 😉 Estelle, I am proud of you for branching out to more paranormal. You know how much I love contemps, so I tend to be very picky with the paranormals I read, too. Hit me up for rec’s anytime! I hope your cold goes away soon deary. Loved SEEING you though, xoxo.

April 21, 2013 - 9:57 am

Mel@thedailyprophecy - The eternity cure!! I can’t wait, since I love The immortal rules.

Happy reading 😀
Mel@thedailyprophecy

April 21, 2013 - 8:30 am

April Books & Wine - Ah, I wish I was going to read after leaving you a lovely comment, but alas, I have to sit at a health fair from like 10:30-2 p.m. Sigh.

Anyways, I loved your story about getting invested in Harlequin novels while on road trips with your mom. That’s so funny, but awesome too. And yay reading and yay parents reading. My mom and my grandma are total Harlequin readers too.

Man, that disney guidebook makes me want to go back, but alas, I cannot afford a vacation right now and refuse to take one until I’ve paid down my car. Sigh.

AND.

That party you mentioned sounds great — how cool that you got the opportunity to go! 😀

Happy reading!

April 21, 2013 - 1:27 am

Rebecca @ Reading Wishes - I’m a contemporary girl at heart too so I get where your coming from. Before I started blogging, it’s the only genre I used to read. But now, I can be found reading some paranormal and from time to time, the occasional sci-fi and dystopian. How come this is the first I’m hearing about Heartbeat! *runs to check out* Oh, that would probably be due to it not being on Goodreads yet! It sounds amazing though and super intense. Bloom is my favourite book of Elizabeth’s also 🙂 Have fun reading!

April 20, 2013 - 11:48 pm

Sarah O - First of all, LOVE Elizabeth Scott. I’ve actually only read her four less intense contemporary books but I love them. I reread them a few months ago and I realized that Bloom is definitely my favourite, which I didn’t pick up on the first time around. She is the queen of writing misunderstandings where you totally understand both sides so it makes her MCs slightly frustrating but you still love them.

So I’ve read The Immortal Rules and I wasn’t a huge fan to be honest. I definitely wouldn’t buy the sequel but I might read it if I could borrow it. I remember it was around 400 pages and not enough of those were interesting to me to enjoy it overall. I do know that some people liked it, but it wasn’t for me. And even though contemporary is my favourite I read a lot of other genres.

So yes, so jealous of Heartbeat. I’ll definitely be picking that up!