Friday, 27 January 2017

Review and Excerpt Tour: Long Way Home (Thunder Road #3) by Katie McGarry

I am so excited to bring you the Long Way Home Review and Excerpt Tour! Long Way Home is the third and last book in Thunder Road series by Katie McGarry, being released January 31st, and this book is amazing! It might even be my favorite in the series. Keep on reading for my review, an excerpt, and an awesome giveaway!
Title: Long Way Home
Author: Katie McGarry
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance
My rating: 5 hearts
Pub. date: January 31st 2017
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
SynopsisSeventeen-year-old Violet has always been expected to sit back and let the boys do all the saving.

It’s the code her father, a member of the Reign of Terror motorcycle club, raised her to live by. Yet when her dad is killed carrying out Terror business, Violet knows it’s up to her to do the saving. To protect herself, and her vulnerable younger brother, she needs to cut all ties with the club—including Chevy, the boy she’s known and loved her whole life.

But when a rival club comes after Violet, exposing old secrets and making new threats, she’s forced to question what she thought she knew about her father, the Reign of Terror, and what she thinks she wants. Which means re-evaluating everything: love, family, friends . . . and forgiveness.

Caught in the crosshairs between loyalty and freedom, Violet must decide whether old friends can be trusted—and if she’s strong enough to be the one person to save them all. 

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IndieBound: http://bit.ly/29aLSkP

"An intoxicating and unforgettable story that kept me glued to the page."
Kami Garcia, #1 New York Times bestselling author, on Walk the Edge

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Where to even start? I loved this book beyond words, but I will try to explain how much I loved this book. Long Way Home could be my favorite book in Thunder Road. It could even be my favorite book by Katie McGarry, and that’s saying a lot. I had huge expectations of this book, because I know McGarry writes amazing books, and I know I love her books, so high expectations that they’re practically impossible to live up to. Long Way Home didn’t live up to my expectations. It beat them.

   I LOVE Violet.
  
   I always liked Violet, from the first time we met her in Nowhere but Here. But I started loving her in this book. I loved following her thoughts. Violet is a great character. She’s independent and relatable, but she isn’t perfect. She makes mistakes, has trust issues, and she blames the Terror for her father’s death. She can be downright mean to Eli. But that is great, because what person is perfect? Her flaws only make her realistic and more relatable. What’s great is that Violet grows a lot through the book. I don’t want to say too much and spoil anything, but let’s just say her life changes, and so does she. Violet is the perfect (imperfect) heroine.

   How about Chevy?

   Here’s the thing: I’ve always loved Chevy. Like, really loved him. Since the moment I met him in Nowhere but Here, I’ve loved him. And this didn’t change in Long Way Home. If possible, I fell even more in love with him. Chevy is the perfect swoon-worthy male: he’s sweet and protective and caring and just generally swoon-worthy.


   I’ve always shipped Chevy and Violet, but in this book, I was seriously considering stopping just so I could have him for myself.

   The plot was amazing!

   It started out very fast, with a lot of things happening right at the beginning. Often, I write that the ending of a book is heartbreaking, but in this case, the beginning was. I cried and yelled and then cried some more, because it hurt that Chevy and Violet had to go through that. That being said, it kicked the book off in a great way, and it only got better from there. Sure, it still hurt to see Chevy and Violet struggle with what had happened, but it only made it more impossible to put it away. This whole book, and not just the ending, was the perfect ending to the series, but especially the ending. It felt right that this was the end, even if I’m sad that there won’t be any more books. I can’t say anything else about it without spoiling it, so you’ll just have to read the book.

   The end.

   This is the end, you guys. The end. I’m not sure how to cope with that. This series is one of my favorite Contemporary series, it has had me crying and laughing and swooning and crying some more. I am so sad it’s over. If you excuse me, I’m going to go cry some more because it’s over.


   Long Way Home was the perfect blend between swoon-worthy romance, jealousy-inducing friendship and heart-stopping suspense. It kept me up all night, crying, laughing, fangirling, and then crying some more. So, in case you didn’t get it from my review, you MUST read this book!

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Excerpt:
CHEVY 
“Chevy,” Cyrus calls near the entrance, “We need to talk.”
   Damned knot in the tug-of-war-rope and I’m starting to feel frayed. Mom doesn’t blink as she waits for me to say something. To tell Cyrus he can wait. To tell her what she wants to hear. But as much as I love her, I’m also drawn to the club. She’s right, I do want both.
   “I’ll be back to pick you up later,” I say.
   Mom throws the towel she had expertly throttled into the sink behind her, walks to the other side of the bar and the strobe light casts a red haze around her. If I didn’t know her better, I’d buy the flirty smile and the way she giggles in happiness as she leans on the bar to take a drink order. But that’s not her real smile and that’s not her real laugh. It’s part of her job, part of her act, because that’s what working her requires—performing.
   With a kick to a barstool, I head for the exit. Cyrus walks out into the night and I follow. Once outside, Cyrus turns to me and his warm breath creates a cloud in the cool night. “We’ve had some trouble tonight with the Riot.”
   The Riot would be a motorcycle club north of us in Louisville. They’re pissed at the Terror for myriad reasons, the main one being we’re a legit club and they deal in illegal. They’re also angry at one of our main members, Eli. They feel he stole their daughter and granddaughter from them. Eli didn’t steal a thing. Can’t call someone’s free will in walking away from crazy a crime.
   Life sucks for the Riot and I’m fine with that. “Everything okay?”
   “Yeah. Everyone’s safe, but we’ve had word that they’ve ridden past the boundary lines we set with them a few months back. It’s all rumor and no one on our side has confirmed it. Could be someone’s overactive imagination, but I’ll feel better knowing you’re off the road.”
   I’m under eighteen, still a kid to him. Cyrus used to act this way with my two best friends, Oz and Razor, but both are eighteen and full members of the club now. The babysitting twists my gut, but then again, I’m not ready for the decision eighteen will bring. “How about Violet?”
   “I’m on my way now to look for her. She’s also not answering her cell.”
   Yeah. A lot of that going around. “If she took Stone to the game, she would have headed straight home. I’ll check on her on my way to Mom’s if you want.”
   This gives me the excuse I need to see Violet. Because I won’t be able to sleep without knowing she’s okay. So I can thank her for what she did for me with the note. To gauge whether or not Violet is waving the white flag.
   Cyrus lays a hand on my shoulder. “I’d appreciate that. I need to head back to the clubhouse to take care of some business. I’m serious about what I said though. Me and a lot of guys would love to hear about the game.”
   I know they would and I’d enjoy being with them, but Mom’s already sore that I walked out on her to talk to Cyrus. “I’m beat. After I check on Violet, I’m crashing.”
   Cyrus gives me a fast pat and a hug. We both mount our bikes and start our engines with a growl. My grandfather takes the lead and I follow him as long as I can before taking the path that leads away from him and toward where Violet lives.

Katie McGarry was a teenager during the age of grunge and boy bands and remembers those years as the best and worst of her life. She is a lover of music, happy endings, reality television, and is a secret University of Kentucky basketball fan. 

Katie is the author of full length YA novels, PUSHING THE LIMITS, DARE YOU TO, CRASH INTO YOU, TAKE ME ON,  BREAKING THE RULES, NOWHERE BUT HERE, and WALK THE EDGE and the e-novellas, CROSSING THE LINE and RED AT NIGHT. Her debut YA novel, PUSHING THE LIMITS was a 2012 Goodreads Choice Finalist for YA Fiction, a RT Magazine's 2012 Reviewer's Choice Awards Nominee for Young Adult Contemporary Novel, a double Rita Finalist, and a 2013 YALSA Top Ten Teen Pick. DARE YOU TO was also a Goodreads Choice Finalist for YA Fiction and won RT Magazine’s Reviewer’s Choice Best Book Award for Young Adult Contemporary fiction in 2013.

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