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Dare You To – Katie McGarry

Dare You To
By: Katie McGarry
Pushing the Limits – Book 2
Available June 2013

Description:
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.

This Blonde’s Review:
Beth and Ryan are from two different worlds. Beth’s life has always been a hard one, with a drug addicted mom that she has to take care of. Ryan’s life appears perfect, he’s a star baseball player with the great parents.

We met Beth in Pushing the Limits and were eager to know her story. She was clearly damaged but lucky to have her guys there to help her. This book could easily stand alone but it’s much better when you’ve read the first book & can understand their history. In this one Beth has been taken from her life & moved back to her hometown, the place she lived when her life fell apart. She doesn’t fit there no matter how high her uncle has climbed or how much he tries to make it work for her. Asking golden boy Ryan to help her doesn’t make Beth like him any better.

Yet somehow they start to grow closer. Beth wants to be close to him and to touch him, something she hasn’t wanted with others. Before she knows it and against her will Beth slowly builds a life there. She has a friend in her childhood best friend who wouldn’t give up on her and Ryan. She discovers she has potential for a real future. Except she still feels like she needs to go take care of her norther, no matter how dangerous it could be for her.

Ryan thought his life was exactly what he wanted. He was on track with baseball and he had a real chance at going pro. His family might be falling apart behind closed doors but he was going to make it. Until he gets news that gives him another option. And until Beth.

As Beth & Ryan spend time together they form a connection neither expects. It’s something no one else can understand, side they don’t understand it themselves. Watching them learn to trust each other & themselves was really great.
At the same time you know that it won’t be easy & you keep waiting to see what will happen next. Will tragedy strike & drive them closer together or further apart?

I really enjoyed this story. It wasn’t what I expected to find when I picked up the second book in this series and that makes it better somehow.

I’d you enjoy reading about two kids from different sides of town with polar opposite families finding each other then you’ll enjoy this. If watching them learn to deal with their baggage and work out their lives appeals then this book will be one you don’t want to put down.

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The Elite – Kiera Cass

The Elite
By: Kiera Cass
The Selection – Book 2
Available 23 April 2013

Description:
Thirty-five girls came to the palace to compete in the Selection. All but six have been sent home. And only one will get to marry Prince Maxon and be crowned princess of Illea.

America still isn’t sure where her heart lies. When she’s with Maxon, she’s swept up in their new and breathless romance, and can’t dream of being with anyone else. But whenever she sees Aspen standing guard around the palace, and is overcome with memories of the life they planned to share. With the group narrowed down to the Elite, the other girls are even more determined to win Maxon over—and time is running out for America to decide.

Just when America is sure she’s made her choice, a devastating loss makes her question everything again. And while she’s struggling to imagine her future, the violent rebels that are determined to overthrow the monarchy are growing stronger and their plans could destroy her chance at any kind of happy ending.

This Blonde’s Review:
America has managed to stay in Selection without being sent home thanks to the way Maxon feels about her. Her feelings for him have grown as well but she is still unwilling to commit to being with him. For Maxon the Selection is what will determine who he spends his life with so he can’t focus on America only if she won’t focus on him. Of course knowing that Maxon is seeing other girls doesn’t help America with her decision. When something awful happens to someone America cares about it changes the way America sees everything around her. Is this world she lives in what it should be? Or has everything she was ever taught about their history been a lie?

I loved America and Maxon in the first book so I was eager to get my hands on the second book in this series. I’m not really sure why, but I never really warmed up to Aspen, so seeing America care so much about Maxon was great. St the same time, I was a little unsure of Maxon. I get that he has to make his choice between the girls there and find a second choice, but at the same time… if he plays around too much he may alienate his other choices. At this point in the story I still prefer Maxon and would love to see America as the princess. I think that she could do such amazing things so I’m excited to see what will happen in the next book in this series. I really loved her presentation that she was required to do. It caused so many problems but it was so perfect! Especially compared to the other girls’ attempts.

I’m also loving the pieces of information we’re learning about the rebel groups and about the country’s history. We look at this caste system they have and can only wonder how it is that people have been led to accept it. Seeing the way that history is only passed down orally makes it a little clear, but when America gets her hands on a forbidden book everything opens up. I really hope we get to see more of what is really happening in their history and with the current King in the next book. I’d also love to learn more about Maxon and what he’d do with the kingdom if he had a say.

I really enjoyed this book. It gave me some answers to questions from the first book but it also left me with so many questions and hopes for the next book. I don’t know about you, but a book that leaves me wanting to know more about how the world it’s based in works and not just the story is the kind of book I don’t want to put down. I want to understand the world that has been built and I want to know how to make it better.

If you enjoyed the first book in the series this book won’t disappoint you. If you enjoy reading about a girl who is trying to figure out which guy she wants to spend her life with, what her country really stands for, and what she really stands for, then you’ll want to read this one.