Sunday, January 05, 2014

REVIEW - CRASH INTO YOU by Katie McGarry

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Crash Into You (Pushing the Limits #3)
by Katie McGarry
Publisher - MiraInk
Release Date - November 23 2013

The girl with straight A's, designer clothes, and the perfect life - that's who people expect Rachel Young to be. So the private school junior keeps secrets from her wealthy parents and overbearing brothers...and she's just added two more to the list.

One involves racing strangers down dark country roads in her Mustang GT. The other? Seventeen-year-old Isaiah Walker - a guy she has no business even talking to. But when the foster kid with the tattoos and intense gray eyes comes to her rescue, she can't get him out of her mind.

Isaiah has secrets too. About where he lives, and how he really feels about Rachel. The last thing he needs is to get tangled up with a rich girl who wants to slum it on the south side for kicks - no matter how angelic she might look. But when their shared love of street racing puts both their lives in jeopardy, they have six weeks to come up with a way out. Six weeks to discover just how far they'll go to save each other.
A very highly anticipated book from Katie McGarry and one that we really want to know the true nature of Isaiah. For me it didn't live up to the expectation of Ryan for me but despite Isiah's back story and past it was still a rather enjoyable book.

Isaiah, a wannabe mechanic wants to escape and be free of the system that he has been a part of since he was 6. If it wasn't for his lenient foster parents now to have an apartment with his friend and brother Noah, then he would still be in the thick of it... He isn't criminal but with a well built figure, tattoos and piercings, people see the bad-ass in him. Isaiah wants that...yet only have a poker face to the other who give it back to him. That what I love about Katie's writing, how she ideals in the form of judging a person before they get to know them. I have always admired that and believed in it quite passionately. But after running low on payments, he has to drag race. An illegal form of racing that receives a hell of a lot of money and one where Isaiah is accustomed to. But what he didn't expect was a blonde barbie with a need for speed and a wager that's building. 

Rachel wasn't what I expect her to be, amongst her money and status and going to the most prestigious school in the county she is actually a very fragile and innocent girl. Rachel doesn't live by any standards, she has no friends, she hates being stared at or being the center attention leads to her panic attacks, her secret panic attacks. Since her old sister died before she was born of cancer, she has always been a reminder, a replacement of the family member that was adored. Rachel will never be accepted for who she is... Until she meets bad-boy, Isaiah. 

Both of them escape with each other. They can finally breath from the expectations that society and their families has built upon. But danger looms over them when they have to collect a debt that started their relationship. Katie's plotline was a little bitty at times as it didn't quite flow for me or wasn't as fast paced as her other novels. I think for me was that Isaiah's character has been present in all of her books and seeing so many versions of him and how his nature came out on Beth in DYT, it kind of through me for a bit. But realizing this it also built on his character, to see his troubled life experienced throughout the book until now, when all the pieces fit together. 

Aside from the primary characters, I thought the secondary added something beautiful to it. Rachel's brothers added a sense of loving yet twisted family, especially West. But my favourite character has to be Abby. I loved how Rachel and her just connected in an instant as if they both needed each other in more ways than. She was kickass, fresh and unique girl who's had her fair share of a difficult past. It was also their link to Isaiah that let them be who they really are with each other.

This book isn't the end but for me its the end of the first chapter of the Pushing the Limits series. Past, present and future was entwined together to form this novel. Katie McGarry has created a beautiful adrenaline fueled contemporary that would leave your toes curled, feeling warm and fuzzy inside.

Rating - 4

I received this book from MiraInk in exchange for a honest review.

20 comments:

  1. I really enjoyed the secondary characters in this one too. I'm very excited for the spin-off companions featuring Rachel's brothers and thought her entire family situation was really well written and believable. Great review, Emma!(:

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    1. I think that Rachel's brothers and their family situation was the highlight for me and any future books that Katie is going do. I'm really looking forward to West's story next I think! Thanks Keertana!

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  2. While I did enjoy this, it was my least favorite of the series. There seemed to be just a little too many things going on for me. I did love Isaiah and Rachel as a couple, though. Wonderful review, Emma. :)

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    1. I agree Rachel! Despite her writing that I just adore. This was my least favourite in comparison Dare You To, which was just brilliant. Thanks Rachel!

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  3. Pushing the Limits was enjoyable but Dare You to blew me away! I loved Ryan so much! I need to get my hands on this one soon, along with the novella. Even though you didn't love this as much as the first two, I'm glad you enjoyed it.

    I like how the author uses a secondary character from the previous book(s) and makes us feel emotions for a character we hadn't connected with before. Isaiah's backstory sounds interesting. And I really want to see him and Rachel as a couple. I agree that Katie does an excellent job of making us getting to know the person and that there's more to them than what meets the eye. Great review, Emma :)

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    1. I love when Katie adds hidden meaning to each of her characters. It like we unlock them as we read through the whole book. I do agree that Ryan and Beth will always be my favourite couple in the Pushing the Limits series. For me it does it justice to the rest of the series. Thanks for stopping by Zoe. :)

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  4. Abby was flipping amazing but I agree with you about the book. Crash Into You didn't quite manage to top Dare You To even though I was more excited for it. Still lots of fun to read though :D Great review, Emma!

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    1. I was excited for the next book in the series but it never for me lived up to my expectations that I got from Dare You To. Just something about both Ryan and Beth that didn't emotionally hit me than with Isaiah. Thanks Rebekah!

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  5. I'm so glad you liked this one overall Emma, I just adore this series and will read anything and everything Katie wants to write:) I too was a huge fan of Abby, and I'm holding out hope there might be a novel or novella for her down the line. I'm not ready to give her up yet. Maybe we'll get lucky and she'll be in West's story too:) Lovely review!

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    1. Me too! I think that Abby should really have a story of her own. I know Katie mostly focuses on the male role with the relationship rather than any of the female protag friends like Abby. I think that would be awesome to get to know her better. We'll keep our fingers crossed! Thanks Jenny!

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  6. I loved this book as well! West was awesome, and I'm really excited for his book. I thought Isaiah and Rachel were so amazing together. Great review :)

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    1. I completely agree. I too, am eagerly awaiting West's story. Anything if Katie's writing I will just adore. Thanks for stopping by Montana! :)

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  7. I loved this book as well! Though it wasn't my favorite in the series, I felt that Rachel let off her brothers off the hook very easily, but then again she wasn't the bold, confronting type. Yeah, I did have some tiny issue's with Rachel, but none of that mattered the minute Isaiah started liking her. oh and her brothers were just great! I'm really looking forward to the older one's book (don't remember his name, but he's the stuck up type), and offcourse Abby's!!! I love that girl and Katie just mentioned on fb who we want as her partner- I like Ethan, but Logan is in the running too.

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    1. Totally! I think Rachel's brother's were awesome and I can't wait for West's story which I think is the older one. Abby's will be awesome and I just saw that on FB as well... it would be awesome to have Ethan to fall in love with. I really liked him as well as West! Thanks Aman! :)

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  8. I loved Abby too. Thanks for sharing your view about the characters! Can't wait to read West's story :)

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    1. Me too! Thanks for stopping by Henrietta! :)

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  9. I kind of skimmed parts of your review just because I don't want to remember anything when I finally crack the spine of this book. The hardcover copy sitting on my shelf is sooooo alluring and inviting. I'm always up for crazy, yet loving families and great secondary characters you say? SIGN ME UP!!!! I love secondary characters who make you feel, adore and love and laugh. Abby sounds wonderful, by the way :) I'm glad that you had fun with Isaiah's story and just as you said, we all were dying to know what happens next for him. He is my favorite character of the series by far and I can't wait to get to know him better. Lovely review, Emma! :)

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    1. The moment I got this book, I couldn't wait to read it. How you can still have it one your shelf without touching or reading it is just torture for me. Haha! Its very rare to get a set of brilliant secondary characters and I think Katie done this with CIY. I think rather than connecting with the characters in comparison to DYT, I enjoyed the story more, if that makes sense. Thanks Siiri! :)

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  10. First of I love your new banner. It's the first time I see it! Great truly. It fits the blog. Anyhow I'm so happy you enjoyed this one. I totally agree with you about this being the end of the first part of Pushing the Limits series! I expect it do take new route from this one. Great review, Emma :)

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    1. Thank you Tanja! I'm finally happy with the design of my blog. I thought the picture really suits it. :) Yes I thought that, I'm looking forward to her next installment of Pushing the Limits Series. Thank you for stopping by! :)

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