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Walk the Edge

Walk the Edge (Thunder Road, #2) by Katie McGarry
on March 29th 2016
Genres: Chick Lit, New Adult, Romance
Pages: 426

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Reaction Upon Reading: I hope there is another book to come in this series!


Synopsis:

One moment of recklessness will change their worlds.

Smart. Responsible. That’s seventeen-year-old Breanna’s role in her large family, and heaven forbid she put a toe out of line. Until one night of shockingly un-Breanna-like behavior puts her into a vicious cyber-bully’s line of fire—and brings fellow senior Thomas “Razor” Turner into her life.

Razor lives for the Reign of Terror motorcycle club, and good girls like Breanna just don’t belong. But when he learns she’s being blackmailed over a compromising picture of the two of them—a picture that turns one unexpected and beautiful moment into ugliness—he knows it’s time to step outside the rules.

And so they make a pact: he’ll help her track down her blackmailer, and in return she’ll help him seek answers to the mystery that’s haunted him—one that not even his club brothers have been willing to discuss. But the more time they spend together, the more their feelings grow. And suddenly they’re both walking the edge of discovering who they really are, what they want, and where they’re going from here.


“For once in my life, I’d love to be myself around everyone else and be accepted for who I am instead of staying silent for fear of people mocking me.”


I am obsessed with this book trope. I love high school romances and I love stories that involve a MC and they have been combined! I am also a sucker for multiple perspective. It is one of my favourite elements of fiction.

This was my latest audiobook. I listened to ‘Nowhere But Here’ on Audible and fell in love with the two voice actors. I was really nervous that the voice actors for ‘Walk the Edge’ weren’t going to live up to the first two, but I thoroughly enjoyed each voice actor! I liked the southern twang of the girl who voiced Bri and the gruff ‘I don’t care about the world’  voice of Razor. It made each voice actor seem authentic and true to the story.

I enjoyed this book more than first (which is surprising because I loved the first book). I think this is due to the fact that I feel like there was a bit less outside drama that affected the couple. Razor and Bri still wanted each other the whole time. Yes, they had to deal with her family, Kyle and the club, but them as a couple was a fortified unit!

I also thought this book focused a lot more on the relationship than the club. Don’t get me wrong I know the plot hinges on the involvement with the club but it felt like it was way less than the first book.


“The boy everyone sees but nobody knows is with the girl who everybody knows but nobody sees.”


Likes:

  • The romance that is building is a slow burn
    • Which as painful as they can be, I always like more in the end because nothing is rushed and it makes the connection seem that much more real 
  • The romance between Bri and Razor is a ‘saving’ type of romances
    • Both of them are trying to save/rescue each other from their situations – Bri from her home life and Razor from not trusting the club
    • ‘Nowhere but Here’ was the forbidden romance and I like that there is a difference between the two books
  • The irony of the final climax and the way it is connected and woven into the story as a whole
  • The cover
    • Seriously so beautiful! 

Dislike:

  • When an author decides to give the reader a recap of the first book and how it links to the second book
    • This is a serious waste of my reading time! Who picks up the second book in a series without reading the first book. If people do this why are they rewarded with a recap and I am punished with knowledge I already have. This really irritates me
  • When Bri is blackmailed why did they never think to go straight to the school – he would have lost all credibility and any chance of a scholarship for his behaviour. Problem solved!

“This is heartbreaking and consuming and addictive. It’s terrifying and peaceful, crazy and serene. It’s a million things in one brief moment and it’s something I don’t understand and never want to live without.”


Do we get to see Oz and Emily?

Yes we do, and it is just the right amount. They aren’t shoehorned in at every possible moment. Their appearances feel natural and authentic. Oz is Razor’s friend, brother and school yard protector. He is always looking out for Razor and has his back when he needs him most. He keeps him in align and is a constant reminder for why he needs to trust the club. Emily returns on a visit which aligns perfectly with the party thrown for Razor and the cover she needs to show up in town. I loved the way she supports Bri and shows her honesty and friendship when she didn’t have to. She was the Emily we saw in the first book, opinionated and wild spirited.


“I’m in love with you. This isn’t a memory, but a promise, do you hear me?”


Reactions, Ramblings & Questions:

These occur before, during and after reading
  • I know the accident with Razor’s mother is going to be some integral plot twist
    • I am currently trying to work out what on earth it could be
    • I predict that this ‘cover up’ of the ‘accident’ is a positive reason to protect Razor and his mothers image or possibly a secret 
      • Nailed it! 
  • Bri has the worst family imaginable
    • Where the hell are her parents?
    • Why are her siblings so god damn nasty
    • What kind of family leaves the teenager in charge for two weeks
    • I love her chapters when she is interacting with Razor and hate them when they involve her family 
      • I almost want to skip ahead! 

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Rating Report
Plot
four-stars
Characters
four-half-stars
Writing
four-stars
Pacing
four-stars
Cover
five-stars
Overall: four-stars