May 14, 2013

Blog Tour: Dare You To by Katie McGarry – Review and G!veaway

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Dare You To by Katie McGarry

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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….


add to goodreadsDare You To (Pushing the Limits #2) by Katie McGarry
Publication Date:  May 28, 2013
Publisher:  Harlequin Teen

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** This title was provided to us by the Publisher for an honest review.
We were in no way paid for our opinions **

MaryAnn NewWhat ends as a beautiful story of strength, love, and trust all starts off with a dare…

After reading Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry, I was dying…DYING I TELL YOU (!) to read the second installment to the Pushing the Limits series, Dare You To!  For a chance to hear Beth’s story?  OMG, it felt like it was years away before I could read this one.

After reading Dare You To, I was totally and completely blown away!  There was nothing, and I mean NOTHING that I didn’t love about this book.  The story of Beth tore my heart apart.  It was such an emotional rollercoaster ride that had me hanging on.  I didn’t want any of it to end, although it did end far too quickly for me.  I lived, breathed, devoured the amazingness that was Dare You To.  I couldn’t get enough of  Beth and Ryan, and to be able to read about some of the characters from book 1; specifically Isaiah, Noah, and Echo.

Beth and Ryan are complete opposites…literally.  Ryan’s life seems perfect in everyone’s eyes…a father who is loved by the town, a baseball star that’s has a very real future of going pro, is one of the most popular guys in school, and is adored by pretty much all.  But life is not all rainbows and roses in the Stone household.  Everything may seem fine and dandy on the outside, but behind closed doors, things are different.  His parents fight constantly, and he misses his brother terribly after his father kicks him out of the house for admitting that he is gay.  He also recently finds out that he not only has a gift for baseball, but he has a gift for writing as well.  But his father will have none of that.  It’s basically all baseball, or nothing.  But what if there’s more to life than just going pro out of high school?

Beth lives on the wrong side of the tracks, and did not have the best upbringing.  A non-existent father, an alcoholic for a mother who’s boyfriend (Trey) uses both Beth and her mother as live punching bags.  After her mother has a break down and smashes the windows out of the boyfriend’s car, Beth has no choice but to protect her mother when Trey starts to beat her.  But as fate would have it, the police arrive to witness Beth holding the baseball bat, and instead of protecting her baby girl, her mother goes along with the story that Beth was smashing in the windows of his car.

It’s at this time now, where Beth is in quite a bit of danger, that her uncle who abandoned her all those years ago decides to make a reappearance and decides to take Beth under her wing…away from all the dangers of her past and hopefully towards a future that she deserves.  But leaving a life that she’s only known, and being thrust into a life of something totally opposite doesn’t fair well with Beth, and there is much anger and angst.  And when Beth finds out that her uncle has asked the very boy who she met at a fast food joint (who, little did she know at the time, only spoke to her because of a dare), Beth’s walls go up even further, and attempts to make a plan to runaway and save her mother from Trey.

But when Beth and Ryan’s lives collide, they find out that there is something from both that will heal the wounds buried deep inside themselves.  It takes quite a ride for them to find that out for themselves, and when they do, it’s one of the most beautiful things you will ever witness.

The character of Beth Risk is one that you can’t tear your eyes away from.  She is dark and angry and so full of pain and loss.  There were many times throughout this book that my eyes teared up for this girl.  This girl with a heart that has so much love, but has experienced so much hurt.  I found her so courageous at times, and at other times, so completely annoying!  But the annoying part is part of what I really loved about her.  It made her seem more real, and more vulnerable.

I loved Ryan Stone.  He is sweet, and gentle, and honest.  He says what he wants, no pussy footing around!  And his cockiness mixed with his smirks and grins, made him irresistible in my books.  I love how he was with Beth.  I love how he got Beth to open up.  I love how, even though the odds are against him, he would throw down to protect those that he cares for, or who need it.  I loved how courteous he is which really complemented the hardness that is Beth.

And how awesome was it when Isaiah, Noah, and Echo appeared in this book?  Yes, yes, it was brief glances spattered throughout the book, but OMG when they showed up, I was ecstatic.  And we even get to catch a glimpse again of what it was that made us fall for Noah.  *sigh*

Dare You To by Katie McGarry is another treasure that I am sooooo honored to have had the privilege to read.  It was exactly what I had hoped it would be and more.  It had my emotions all over the place, and has embedded itself into my soul.  Another story by author, Katie McGarry, that I won’t soon forget.  I encourage you to experience this amazing tale of Beth Risk and Ryan Stone, and witness this beautiful story unfold before your very eyes.


About the Author:




Katie 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 the full-length Young Adult novels PUSHING THE LIMITS and DARE YOU TO, and the e-novella CROSSING THE LINE. Her debut novel, PUSHING THE LIMITS, is a 2012 Goodreads Choice Finalist for YA Fiction and an RT Book Reviews 2012 Reviewer’s Choice Awards Nominee for Young Adult Contemporary Novel.

Writing has given Katie an excuse to pursue her passions. Research for her books has provided her with the amazing opportunity to train with baseball players, ride along in a drag car at ninety-six miles per hour and experience boxing and mixed martial arts. The most memorable moments for Katie are when she speaks to groups of teenagers about her research, writing and the truth that no dream is out of reach. Katie would love to hear from her readers.

Contact her via her website,, at Twitter @KatieMcGarry, or become a fan on Facebook and Goodreads.

Connect with the Author:  Website | Twitter | Facebook | Goodreads

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Tuesday, April 30th – Harlequin Blog
Wednesday, May 1sh – The Irish Banana
Thursday, May 2nd – Review – Tyngas Reviews
Friday, May 3rd – Evie Bookish

Monday, May 6th – YA – Bibliophile
Tuesday, May 7th – Review – Real of Fiction
Wednesday, May 8th – Book Swarm
Thursday, May 9th – Review – Book Nook
Friday, May 10th – Alice Marvels

Monday, May 13th -Xpresso Reads
Tuesday, May 14th – Review – Chapter by Chapter
Wednesday, May 15th – Book and A Latte
Thursday, May 16th – Review – Blog Girl
Friday, May 17th – Supernatural Snark


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  1. Christina K.

    Definitely the romance and Katie McGarry rocks:)

    Thank you:)

  2. Viki S.

    I love the strong intelligent female leads.

  3. Maria Malaveci

    Oh my goodness, definitely the romance

  4. May

    I love the drama and the angst!

  5. Vivien

    Definitely the characters!!

  6. Kelly

    The slow moving romance of getting to know someone and innocence.

  7. Texas Book Lover

    There are so few books that my daughter and I actually both like and can talk about. Pushing the Limits was one of them and I have no doubt that Dare You To will be to. I also enjoy watching the characters learn and grow with the challenges put in front of them.

  8. CassandraG

    They’re intelligent and the story grabs you from the beginning.

  9. Jamie .M

    I really the romance and angst.

  10. The romance, the realistic situations, the life lessons! I just love everything about them! :D

    I’m glad you enjoyed Dare you To! Great review!

    ~ Maida

  11. sarah c.

    I like the romance. it seems more real-life.. thanks for the giveaway!!

  12. Cali W.

    Thanks for the giveaway and review! Contemporary has that raw romance that I love to read. <3

  13. Julie B.

    I love being able to relate to contemporary romances. It isn’t cherry coated love, it’s real.

  14. Sophia Rose

    I love how romance, even the gritty, dark kind, seems like a fairy tale.

    Thanks for the giveaway opportunity.

  15. Isabel

    I love contemporary novels for every aspect they have!

  16. Acinorev Briseno

    I love that I can identified whit the characters some times

  17. Kylie

    I love the realness of contemporary and the romance

  18. bn100

    the characters

  19. Chelsea B.

    I love that they are about people falling in love and doing amazing things and they don’t have to have paranormal powers or live in the past to do it!

  20. Josefina Carlos

    The Characters are the best.

  21. Lindsey

    I love how contemporaries are so easy to relate to and deal with real-world issues that so many are dealing with.

  22. Christine

    I love the romance, of course, and the relate-ability of the characters :)

  23. TayteH

    I love how they use real world situations. :D

  24. Michelle Lovell

    What I love about YA and NA is that there is a purity to the story. It is usually a first love and that is such as wonderful feeling that I just love to experience over and over again.

  25. Erika

    Love the emotional issues the characters face and the first love stories.

  26. Veronica De Luna

    I love the romance and the struggles they have to overcome to have a good relationship.

  27. Kathleen

    I like that they are a quick and easy read for me.
    Thank you for the GREAT giveaway! =)

  28. danielle james

    The bonds that are formed between characters

  29. Lisa Vazquezanzua

    I would say the romance between the MC’s. And how it’s more realistic than my usual genre’s. It brings me back to my teenage years and I can relate to the characters.

  30. Len D.

    I love how they portray relevant issues of young adolescents and at the same time show how they try to resolve them, and mature in the process.

  31. Brooke

    The romance!

  32. leannessf

    All the teen angst and falling in love for the first time!

  33. Giaochau

    Love the romance!!!

  34. Jacklin Updegraft

    The romance!!! That’s always the best part!

  35. Hailee Tocco

    I love the romance mixed with the angst!

  36. Hailee Tocco

    I love the romance mixed with the angst and drama

  37. Holly Letson

    I love how they are easy to relate to.

  38. Meghan Stith

    Wow! I can’t WAIT to read this! I love that cover, too ; )
    I’m definitely adding this to my TBR list immediately!
    I wonder what kind of events or people in the author’s life inspired them to write this book!?
    Thanks for the giveaway!
    mestith at gmail dot com

  39. Cassie J

    It’s real, but it’s not MY life :)

  40. Maryse E

    I love the love story, the teen angst and the drama. I think it’s relatable to most people and that the characters are great.

  41. Kai W.

    I love contemporary YA. The stories deal with current issues that young adults are facing today. I can also recommend this genre to my nephews and nieces and my friends’ children without worrying about the contents.

  42. Ashley Snyder

    The Romance. <3

  43. Jennifer Crawford

    The absolute best thing about YA novels is that they seem to transcend time. They manage to evoke emotions that may not have been felt in years. The nostalgia is killer sometimes but they’re all so easy to relate to, even when they’re of the dystopian/sci-f-/fantasy realm. Humans are humans and we’ve ALL been there.

  44. Cassie Guest

    I love YA Contemporary because I am able to relate to it and that it deals with the difficulties and problems teens face today

  45. Jolene A

    They are easier to relate to and I love the romance!

  46. Dizneeee

    I love new love! When the characters finally connect and have the butterflies and sweet thoughts, it’s just sweet!

  47. Tina V.

    I love the romance and how easy I can get sucked into the story!

  48. Kamla L.

    It’s like getting to relive my youth vicariously through the characters and therefore being more awesome and adventurous than I was back when.

  49. alyssa chen

    I love how real the characters feel and how unique the stories are. I feel like I can always relate to them on some level.

  50. Beckie

    The Raw and Emotional romance.

  51. Christine

    The sweet romance and the ability to relate to the characters!

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