May 15, 2013

Early Review + Giveaway: Dare You To by Katie McGarry

Series: Pushing The Limits 2
Format: eGalley
Source: NetGalley
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Release Date: May 28, 2013
Purchase: Amazon | Barnes & Noble 

"I dare you..."

If anyone knew the truth about Beth Risk's home life, they'd send her mother to jail and seventeen-year-old Beth who knows where. So she protects her mom at all costs. Until the day her uncle swoops in and forces Beth to choose between her mom's freedom and her own happiness. That's how Beth finds herself living with an aunt who doesn't want her and going to a school that doesn't understand her. At all. Except for the one guy who shouldn't get her, but does...

Ryan Stone is the town golden boy, a popular baseball star jock-with secrets he can't tell anyone. Not even the friends he shares everything with, including the constant dares to do crazy things. The craziest? Asking out the Skater girl who couldn't be less interested in him.

But what begins as a dare becomes an intense attraction neither Ryan nor Beth expected. Suddenly, the boy with the flawless image risks his dreams-and his life-for the girl he loves, and the girl who won't let anyone get too close is daring herself to want it all.

DARE YOU TO is probably one of my most anticipated contemporary summer read for this year. Pushing The Limits had me bawling and I'm one of those who just love to be tortured by heartbreaking stories and well-earned happy endings. Plus if you've read book 1, you know that Noah, Beth and Isiah are categorically fudged kids who needs a break. For ones so young, their little crew sure has been through a lot of things them being teenagers is just a small technicality.

DARE YOU TO is Beth Risk's second chance in life. When I met Beth in Pushing The Limits, my heart instantly went out to her. We all saw that despite her tough-chick exterior and sassy attitude, there's a lot of pain and vulnerability she's hiding under her carefully placed facade. I guess I'm not the only one who's curious to know what happened to this girl that had her so bent and frayed at a very young age. Beth's story isn't unique per se, drug dealers for parents, deadbeat Dad, heroine addict mom who hooked up with an abusive boyfriend whose past time includes beating her up and her pretty daughter, it still breaks my heart.

Beth's relationship with her mom tore me apart. Loyal to a fault, Beth is relentless in wanting to save her mom. I get why she wants to save her but the hard truth is, Beth's mother is a hopeless case and the only person who can save her is herself. Unfortunately, it took a very horrible evening to have Beth finally realize this and Ryan Stone is the guy we have to thank for.

I have to admit, when I first read the synopsis for DARE YOU TO I was a little skeptical about Ryan Stone. Like some of you, I was conditioned that Beth and Isiah belong together and their break-up was so hard to read. I mean unrequited love is probably one of the worst things a person can feel and my heart goes out to Isaiah but I think it is for the best. In hindsight, Beth and Isaiah can be a destructive pair because their love for each other makes them enablers and if they do hook up, I think that same love will tear them apart. So though I'm a little heartbroken, I get why Ryan is The Guy for Beth and why she fell in love with him.

Ryan Stone. This boy deserves a medal for sticking it out with Beth and for being extra patient with her. Though Ryan's personal life is far from perfect with overbearing parents who are more concerned with keeping up appearances, he still managed to remain grounded and true to himself. I loved how he showed Beth how beautiful and lovable she is and despite their very young age, I would say that Ryan's love for her is unconditional. It might have started as a dare but Ryan embraced EVERYTHING about Beth, past and present, the good and the ugly. He never asked her to be anybody else but herself and that alone is exceptional. It's simply hard not to love the guy!

DARE YOU TO is beautifully written, very inspired, and a well drawn out emotional story. It's not exaggerated, the emotions running through the story felt very authentic and organic and like Pushing The Limits, it's about family, friendship and a great coming of age story that will pull every reader's heartstrings. Beth's courage and Ryan's tenacity is admirable. Theirs might be a spontaneous, slow burning romance but it's not impulsive nor is it calculated. It's so natural and for a change, I love how the good guy tamed the bad girl and not the other way around.

That said, who's ready for Crash Into You?!

Quotable Quotes

Destiny is knocking, Ry, and you need to get your ass up to answer.

With one touch, Isaiah could ground me. Keep me from floating away with his arms as my anchor. his steady beating heart the reminder he would never let go. 

When you kiss guys, do they drop dead from the venom that spews out of your mouth?
I wish, because I would have kissed you days ago.

  • I’m crazy in love with the guy I married.
  • When asked what I do for a living, I answer that I’m a writer and a mom.
  • I majored in political science in college with concentrations in philosophy and history.
  • When I was in high school, I was ranked in the top twenty in the Kentucky Tennis Association.
  • I never picked up a racket until I was fourteen and I only took two private lessons in my life. I had to work for two months at the K-Mart shoe department in order to pay for those lessons.
  • I don’t remember meeting my best friend, Tiffany. She always had been a fixture in my life.
  • Tiffany and I shared a locker even when we didn’t have to. We also shared a dorm room in college and a basement apartment.
  • Cemeteries creep me out.
  • I live one block away from a cemetery.
  • As a teenager, I read the OUTSIDERS so much that the cover fell off and almost every page in the book was dog-eared.
  • I hope one day someone will read my book so much that the cover falls off.

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  1. I loved Pushing the Limits. At times I felt as if my heart hurt because I had that heavy feeling in my chest while reading about Echo. It was just am amazing book.

  2. I really need to read Pushing the Limits...I feel so left out. :(

  3. Havent read it yet :( But I want too!!

  4. I haven't read Pushing the Limits yet :( It is on my TBR list though & I am about to one click it!!

  5. Pushing the Limits was one of my favorite reads last year!

  6. Can't wait to read this, its gonna be awesome!
    great review!
    Feel free to stop by my blog and check it out ^_^

  7. This is a new series for me, but have seen other posts and reviews and I want both books. Love the covers and the excerpts that I have seen about this book. Thanks for the chance to win.
    christinebails at yahoo dot com

  8. I loved series and can't wait to read this. I would love to win. This was awesome review.

  9. I didn't like this one as much as PTL, still I'm looking forward to Isaiah's book. Hopefully his chick is just as badass and can love himfor who he is without trying to change him, only help him. Great review Braine

  10. PTL hit me hard emotionally and I couldn't put the book down. I enjoyed this special post and the excitement around Dare You To after reading the first book. Loved the getting to know you facts about Katie.

    Thanks for the giveaway opportunity.

  11. I have not read Pushing the Limits but I am adding this to my TBR list. Thank you for the giveaway.

  12. I totally loved Pushing the Limits! It was one of my favorites.

  13. I haven't read Pushing the Limits yet, but I can't wait to!

  14. I loved Pushing the Limits! Beautifully written. Loved how the author addressed the subject matter; so much emotion and sensitivity. It was one of my favorite reads last year. Looking forward to reading the next book.

    Damaris dsr002(at)gmail(dot)com

  15. I'm stll working my way to PTL on my TBR pile.

  16. I loved Beth and Ryan too, and can't wait for Crash.

  17. I haven't read it yet - still on my TBR shelf! Read great reviews for it though!


  18. I LOVED Pushing The Limits!! One of my favorite books ever!

  19. I LOVED Pushing the Limits! I hope Dare You To is just as good!

  20. Pushing the Limits is one of my favorites. Noah and Echo's chemistry was amazing. I read an ARC of DYT and I loved it as well! Thanks for the giveaway.

  21. LOVED Pushing the Limits :) It was one of my favorite books of last year! Can't wait to read Beth and Ryan's story!
    Lacey T

  22. I really liked Pushing the Limits. I am really excited to read Dare You to I have heard really great things about it.

  23. I truly enjoyed Pushing the Limits. :)

  24. I LOVED Pushing the Limits. It was one of my favorite new adult books that I read last year.

  25. I haven't read Pushing The Limits yet. I'm relatively new to the blogging world and have just recently found all of these great books. I'm trying to catch up on all my reading now:)

  26. I really loved Pushing The Limits! Definitely love Katie's writing!! <3

  27. OH my gosh, I LOVED it!!! Can't wait to read this one. Thanks for the chance at winning! :)

  28. I have not read Pushing the Limits yet. It's at the top of my TBR pile.

  29. GREAT post!!!! I can't wait to read this series :) Kait Vixen tells me about them all the time!


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