Title: Pushing the Limits (Goodreads)
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Source: Kaye Publicity
Publication Date: 28 May 2013
Series or Standalone: Series/Companion Book
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
First Line: I’m not interested in second place.
Pushing the Limits Series Order – Companion Book
Book 1: Pushing the Limits
Book 1.5: Crossing the Line
Book 2: Dare You To
Book 3: Crash Into You (26 Nov 2013)
When I first read Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry last year I was amazed at how good it was. I lost myself in the world that McGarry created and read the book in a single sitting and its a book I wish I could read again for the first time. When I finished the book I was so excited to hear that there would be at least one companion novel as I wasn’t ready to leave this world or these characters. I was eager to learn more about Beth and what made her so hard.
Throughout my read of Dare You To I flipped back and forth between absolute love and a wary outlook of the story. I wanted to love this one as much as I did Pushing the Limits but there was just something missing. I did enjoy this one, and it even kept me up well past my bed time the other night, but I was able to put it down. Beth and Ryan didn’t linger in my head whispering ideas on where their story might go after the final page was turned. They worked well together but didn’t seem to have the same chemistry as Echo and Noah. Perhaps it was because Beth was so very broken and Ryan not so much.
Ryan had his issues but they didn’t seem as intense as what Beth, Noah or Echo went through. This could be because Ryan’s issues weren’t as deeply explored as they could have been so they seemed to be more surfacy than anything else. Even Beth lacked some depth that I was hoping for in the first book. I think it might be because her surroundings changed so much and we really didn’t get to see Noah, Isaiah, or Echo all that much. I really missed seeing those familiar faces and I was always peaking around corners hoping to see that that I didn’t really pay as much attention to those new characters in front of me.
Now, it might seem like I didn’t like Dare You To at all and that is far from the case because I did like it. I’m just not head over heels I’ll beat you over the head until you read it over it. The story was fast paced and there were several heart in your throat moments. There were even those heart achy scenes that I loved as well. Like that seen with the rain when Ryan and Beth were starting to hang out more.*swoon* I did feel the ending was a little rushed but then I might be saying this even if Dare You To clocked in at 1000 pages long.
I do love the world that Katie McGarry creates and I can’t wait to read Isiah’s story later on in Crash Into You. As I said, I really missed seeming him in this book and I hope that in his story we’ll get to see more of Noah and Echo as well as Beth and Ryan. I really think this would have been a 5 star read for me if there were just as many scenes with old friends as well as the new. Or maybe even with Beth and Lacy or with Beth just hanging out in a group with Ryan. The secondary characters in this book just didn’t get much page time and as such they never really felt real.
I am still a huge fan of Katie McGarry’s writing and as I said I can’t wait to read not just Crash Into You but also the stories that come after. McGarry has a gift with creating wonder contemporary YA worlds and she’s definitely on my auto read/buy list for life. I may not fall head over heels in love with everything she writes but I know that each book of hers will be well written with realistic stories. You really can’t go wrong with a Katie McGarry novel.