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Sunday, 3 March 2013

Review: Dare You To (Pushing the Limits, #2) by Katie McGarry

Release Date: May 28, 2013
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Rating: YA 15+
Genre/s: Realistic Fiction, Romance
Pages: 304

Ryan lowers his lips to my ear. "Dance with me, Beth."

"No." I whisper the reply. I hate him and I hate myself for wanting him to touch me again....

"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..

**An ARC was provided by the publisher (thank you!)**

My brain is a bowl of over cooked, mushy, slimy spaghetti right now. But even in this deranged state of mind, I can process and understand the forte and artistry McGarry has woven yet again. Call the firefighters! Alert the neighbours! Sound the alarms! We've got ourselves another immaculate conception!

I don't want to go into too much detail, since the release date is months away, but the characters in DYT are so realistic and will you guys be my friends? Beth? Isaiah? Lace? RYAN? What I loved is that although the romance was the main focus, it wasn't the only attraction. I really enjoyed getting to meet Lace and watching her friendship with Beth grow was so beautiful. Ryan's friends were surprisingly likable as well! Chris and Lace's romance took a backseat, but it added depth to what could have easily been a one-sided (admittedly hot) affair.

I've heard that some people got annoyed with Beth's character, but I actually found her to be a breath of fresh air. I loved the fact that she had scars and flaws, I admired her devotion (even though it was a tad infuriating) to her addicted Mother, and her friendship with Isaiah broke my heart. The knowledge that his story's currently in the works is all that kept me going. Ryan was a sweetheart, y'all! He's not by any means a 'bad-boy', and to be quite frank, I'm surprised I fell for him, I didn't think he was my type. Actually, who am I kidding, my type is just 'guy'...

Dare You To is intricately composed of multi-dimentional relationships that sneakily and craftily add profundity and variation to the plot. Instead of just reading sizzling love scenes (which, come on, I don't quite mind either), we got to experience Beth's rocky relationship with her fragile mom, and Ryan's first-class family problems. It was touching to watch them go through all the hardships together, and even more rewarding to see them try and reach out, even when it must have killed.

McGarry's breathtaking romances are unmatched, and always will be. Book lovers and hopeless romantics everywhere: hold on to your hats, get ahold of your skivvies, and prepare to be blown away by the intensity, passion and indubitable sincerity that is the core of Dare You To.
If you like this, try:

Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry

Crush by Nicole Williams

Perfect Chemistry by Simon Elkeles


  1. Such a gorgeous review, Riya! I'm so so glad that you loved it so much! I loved it too (What I mean is I love Ryan ;) )
    I was one of those readers who had a hard time with Beth, but I liked that she grew throughout the book.
    Lovely review, girly! :)

  2. I have this for review and now I am desperate to read it! I liked PTL but I really didn't like Beth so I've been a bit apprehensive about this book. But since people say how much they warm to Beth, I'm really excited about reading it! Especially the Ryan parts ;)
    Fantastic review, Riya! :)

  3. Great review. Really looking forward to reading this one (:

  4. hhhhhh, I published the review for this book just today, you can check it out on my blog! I loved Beth. She is indeed, a refreshing character. Her inner turmoil is refreshing as well. Well, yes, I din't expect to fall for the goody two shoes, Mr. Ryan but I did. Yeah, my type is "guy" too!
    Anyway, I think I loved Beth more than Echo and Noah more than Ryan. I cannot wait to read about Mr. Isaiah
    Your reader,

  5. Oh my! Oh my! Your review made me want to read this book badly especially now that I feel like reading romantic books! haha

    Thanks for the review! BTW, I'm currently having a giveaway on my blog. You can check it out and join :) FOllower APpreciation GIVEAWAY!

  6. I won't be reading DYT because I was not a fan of PTL, but it is great to know that this sequel will please fans of PTL!

  7. Um, I think I've commented, but my comment doesn't show up for unknown reason? Maybe a bug or something? Oh well, maybe it got into spam. >.< Well, I'll just rewrite the comment then hehe! c:

    Love love love the review, Riya! <3 I didn't think that I would read this book, maybe sometime lateeeer in the far away future. But your review makes me aching to get to know Beth! I'm not a big fan of Beth since she's quite, um, rude in Echo's story, but I guess there's more in her story! Ryan sounds amazing as well, though I still have weird wish that Beth would end up with Isaiah. I like Isaiah's personality very well, I think I'll definitely read his story! <3

    Amazing review as always, girlie! <3 MISSED you a lot! x)

  8. What I loved is that although the romance was the main focus, it wasn't the only attraction.

    YES. This! I felt exactly the same way about this book. As much as I loved the romance (and trust me, I REALLY liked the romance! Ryan! <3), I also appreciated the look at friendship and family. I agree about Beth, too. I liked that she was flawed, but still likeable, even though it took me a few chapter to fully connect with her.

    Awesome review, Riya! I'm really glad you loved this one. :)

  9. Great review! I have a signed copy of this book and I love it. Pushing the Limits was really good too. I can't wait to read Crash Into You. <3

  10. This is more of a gal's book, but I won't degrade it by calling it "chick lit". It's sure better than that. It is emotional and that's sort of why I say it's more for the gals. It is young adult, but I'm definitely senior adult and still find it emotional, with characters I can empathize with. So give it a try, regardless of your age and/or gender.

    Maycee Greene (Seattle IT Consultant)


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