Tag Archives: Katie McGarry

Mondays With Megan-Top of the Morning To You! 3/17/14

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! I am not a fan of parades and crowds. I prefer a more low-key celebration. Maybe a nice beverage and a good book? My all time favorite book about Ireland is Trinity by Leon Uris. This is one of the few books that I have read more than once. I am also a huge fan of Tana French’s Dublin Murder Squad series.

Looking for some YA books about Ireland, the Irish, and Irish-Americans? This is just a small sampling and you can find all of them here at the library.

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Time to check in with Book Journey and Teach Mentor Text for another round of It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?


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  • Call the Midwife by Jennifer Worth. Have you seen the BBC show with the same title? The television adaptation of this nurse’s memoir is spot-on. The author was a district nurse in the East End of London in the 1950s. She worked as a midwife with the sisters of Nonnatus House. Like the show, the book is both charming and heartwarming as well as dark and graphic. If you are squeamish about the details of birth and the events that lead up to and follow, this is not the book for you!
  • The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith (J.K. Rowling), introduces PI, Cormoron Strike. Ex-military and down on his luck, he finds himself investigating the high-profile death of a super model. I enjoyed listening to this one and will definitely pick up the next.
  • Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers…ok, technically I have not finished this one, but I have less than 100 pages to go and if work wasn’t getting in my way, I would be devouring the end. Anyway, why did I wait so long to read this book about assassins? Political intrigue, romance, poisons, betrayal, suspense…AGH! This has it all.

Current Audio:

across immortal rules

I feel like these books have been on my TBR list forever. I am taking care of business over here! Of course, this now means I have an unmanageable number of series going…

Currently Reading:

crash ring and crown first grave

I am still working on Crash Into You by Katie McGarry. I feel no sense of urgency with this one. It’s pretty much the same as her others. The Ring & Crown by Melissa de la Cruz is a new one from Netgalley. I really haven’t had a chance to get into it yet. First Grave on the Right by Darynda Jones was a total whim and was tossed aside the second I got sucked into Grave Mercy. I’ll get back it this week.

On Deck:

out of the easy locke

What are reading?

Happy Reading!


Mondays with Megan 3/3/14

I have nothing to contribute to all of the Oscars talk because I didn’t manage to watch the awards. So I will just jump right in to a quick It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? post. As always, thanks to Book Journey and Teach Mentor Texts for hosting.

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vicious we were liars going rogue

  • Vicious by V.E. Schwab was amazing. Full review here.
  • We Were Liars by E. Lockart was also amazing. Full review coming soon.
  • Going Rogue by Robin Benway was so much fun. I really enjoyed the first book in this series, Also Known As, but Benway really hits her stride with this second book. I LOVE the banter, the best friends and Angelo. I gobbled this one up in 2 days.

Current Audio:

cuckoos calling call the midwife

Still plugging away at these two. I am enjoying both.

Currently Reading:

crash house of stairs brotherband selection

On Deck:

across out of the easy

That’s all I have in me today! Short and sweet. Have a great reading week everyone.

Happy Reading!


Top Ten Tuesday: Books That Will Make You Swoon 2/11/14

toptentuesdayNow this is more like it. I’ll take a swoony book over a tear-jerker any day. Just in time for Valentine’s Day, The Broke and the Bookish want to hear all about our favorite romance novels. Easy-peasy.

1. My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick. This one was very sweet!

my life

2. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell. Swoon.


3. The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith. British guy. Swoon.

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4. Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson. I love road trip books!

amy and roger's epic detour

5. Anything by Katie McGarry. Steamy swoon.

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6. Or Simone Elkeles. More steamy swoon.

perfect chemistry rules of attraction chain reaction

How about some paranormal romance?

7. Hearts at Stake by Alyxandra Harvey. The Drake brothers are totally dreamy vampires.


8. Stork by Wendy Delsol. This one was sweet!


9. Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor. This romance is destroying me!

daughter of smoke

10. The Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare. Dreamy.

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Honorable Mentions:

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Happy Reading!


Top Ten Tuesday: My Fall 2013 TBR List 9/17/13


This week’s Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by The Broke and the Bookish is all about Fall reads. I am really looking forward to some cool weather, hot beverages, and a bunch of awesome books. Some of these are Fall releases, some are just books that I plan to read soon!

1. Chaos of the Stars by Kiersten White, September 10, 2013. Egyptian mythology!

chaos of the stars

2. The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater,  September 17, 2013. Book 2 of the Raven Cycle series.

dream thieves

3. United We Spy by Ally Carter, September 17, 2013. The final book in the Gallagher Girls series.

united we spy

4. The Royal Ranger by John Flanagan, October 1, 2013. The final book in The Ranger’s Apprentice series.

royal ranger

5. Wild Cards by Simone Elkeles, October 1, 2013. The first book in the Fullriders series.

wild cards

6. The House of Hades by Rick Riordan, October 8, 2013. Book four in The Heroes of Olympus series.

house of hades

7. BZRK Reloaded by Michael Grant, October 8, 2013. The sequel to BZRK. I LOVE the new covers for this series!

bzrk reloaded

8. Allegiant by Veronica Roth, October 22, 2013. The much-anticipated conclusion to the Divergent trilogy.


9. Reality Boy by A.S. King,  October 22, 2013. I have become a HUGE fan of A.S. King and I can’t wait for her newest book.

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10. Crash Into You by Katie McGarry, November 26, 2013. Another Pushing the Limits companion.



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Ok, I will stop at 12. 13. 14.

Happy Reading!


Dare You To by Katie McGarry Review

dare you to

Dare You To (Pushing the Limits #2) by Katie McGarry
May 28, 2013
Harlequin Teen
462 pgs

It started with a dare. All Ryan had to do was get the Skater girl to go out with him. Of course, Skater girl had no interest in a jock like Ryan. Despite the bruised ego from being shot down, Ryan assumes he will never see the girl again. Little does he know their paths are about to collide. Beth, aka Skater girl, is a troubled girl with painful secrets, but she has her best friends Noah and Isaiah to watch out for her. When a situation with her mother gets out of control, Beth’s long-lost uncle swoops in to save the day. Of course this means ripping Beth away from the only family that has ever mattered and dumping her into a small, close-knit (read: judgmental and gossipy) community miles away. It’s here that she discovers that the cocky jock who recently hit on her is the towns golden boy and he hates to lose. Learning of Beth’s arrival in town, Ryan seized the opportunity to win his dare. Ryan and Beth mix about as well as oil and water, but will they discover that there is true to the old saying about opposites attracting?

Dare You To is another sizzling chapter in the lives of the characters readers met in Pushing the Limits. In this installment of the story Beth takes center stage and Ryan is introduced. Readers familiar with the first book will recall that Beth is Noah’s hardened, damaged, and fiercely protecting friend. In this book we learn more about how Beth came to be so angry and resentful. Her story is not an easy one to read and it’s no wonder that she is one tough cookie. My favorite thing about the book is the reversal of gender stereotypes. I love that Ryan is a good guy and I spent the entire time hoping that Beth would allow herself to believe that she deserved to be treated well. I also loved the relationship between Beth and Isaiah and appreciate that the author resisted taking the easy and obvious route with them. In many ways it is sad, but it is also real and it works. Readers looking for raw emotions and steamy romance will not be disappointed.

This series is a must read for fans of Simone Elkeles’ Perfect Chemistry series.

This book was provided by NetGalley.com and the publisher for review.

Happy Reading!