Wednesday, 11 July 2012

#127 Book Review: Pushing the Limits [ARC]

Pushing the Limits [ARC]
Release Date: August 3rd 2012
Author: Katie McGarry
Publisher: Harlequin Teen Australia
Source: Publisher for Review
Format: Paperback
Where to Buy: Fishpond | Booktopia |
More Info: Goodreads
Summary from Goodreads:

No one knows what happened the night Echo Emerson went from popular girl with jock boyfriend to gossiped-about outsider with “freaky” scars on her arms. Even Echo can’t remember the whole truth of that horrible night. All she knows is that she wants everything to go back to normal.

But when Noah Hutchins, the smoking hot, girl-using loner in the black leather jacket, explodes into her life with his tough attitude and surprising understanding, Echo’s world shifts in ways she could never have imagined. They should have nothing in common. And with the secrets they both keep, being together is pretty much impossible.

Yet the crazy attraction between them refuses to go away. And Echo has to ask herself just how far they can push the limits and what she’ll risk for the one guy who might teach her how to love again.
I like the cover! I think it represents the characters in the book quite well. I love Echo's red hair and how Noah is also featured in the cover. I prefer the US cover a bit more but the AUS cover is pretty good too!


How far are you willing to go to push the limits? 

When I first saw Pushing the Limits in Goodreads, I knew I had to read this book. The summary and the cover absolutely convinced me to read it. The last couple of books I've read were all not contemporary so I really hoped I would love Pushing the Limits. And I did!

Pushing the Limits was a heart-breaking story of two different people who never thought they would fall in love with each other. Noah and Echo both had their own problems and troubles, but these problems and troubles brought them together. The book was written from both Noah and Echo's POV. This book reminded me a little of Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles with the concept of two people who have nothing in common falling for each other and their future together which seems impossible. From the very first page, I wanted to know what was going on with Echo and her troubles. The story goes at a steady pace, exploring the troubles of Echo and Noah, how their attraction developed into something more and how their problems were resolved towards the end of the book. This book was written very well and also made me a little teary. I loved McGarry's writing. It's solid, confident and it pulled me into the book completely. The ending wrapped up the whole book beautifully.

The characters were very well-written and felt so real to me. Echo was a character I completely connected with. I wanted to know more about her, what caused her pains and what truly happened the night she completely changed. She was pressured with her father's expectations while she was unable to do the thing she loved most, art. I loved her growing relationship with Noah. It was filled with chemistry and I loved how Noah completely understood Echo. Noah was just wow. He was the bad-boy type but deep down, he was something more than that. Echo's father was a bit too strict on Echo but it all worked out in the end. Ashley, Echo's stepmother was okay but I don't think she was a good mother to Echo. I also really liked Isaiah, Noah's bestfriend and Beth. They were great addition to the story and to Noah's life. Apparently, I just found out in Goodreads that there will be a novel about Beth's story and I can't wait to read it!

Pushing the Limits is a heart-breaking story of two different people who have nothing in common, brought together because of their troubles and sorrow. The chemistry between Noah and Echo was like an explosion. It was amazing and simply: real. McGarry's writing completely hooked me from the first page until the very last page.
5 Forget-Me-Not flowers for Pushing the Limits!
Thank you Harlequin Teen Australia for the review copy!

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  1. I'm currently reading this and I can say for sure that I'm LOVING it! I love Katie McGarry's writing style too - it's so convincing. I think Echo and Noah are a great couple despite their differences and the little things between them makes my heart explode >.< And Noah <333 I adore that boy despite his crudeness and the part where his little brother Jacob thinks he's a superhero made me a little tearful :')

    Beautiful review, Celine <3

  2. I have been hearing so many great things about this book!! I really think I need to go read it..especially after your great review :D

  3. This is such a good book!! I love how you compared it to Perfect Chemistry- it had all the elements of that book that I loved but different enough that it didn't feel like a copy. I really loved Echo as well, she was such a well rounded character and her relatonship with Noah was just so sweet and tense!!

    Awesome review Celine <3

    Cait x

  4. WOO HOO!!!!! SO glad you loved this one as much as I did Celine! I just could not put this book down and absolutely fell in love with Noah and Echo. I love the bad boy-who's-so-much-more, so I was head over heels for Noah almost instantaneously. Beautiful review <3

  5. I'm so glad you loved this, Celine. It was an absolutely wonderful read, wasn't it ?
    I felt really bad for both Echo and Noah, but I loved them to bits.
    Beautiful review, Celine ! :)

  6. I really want to read this. It sounds so good. love Perfect Chemistry. The fact that you are comparing the two seems like a good sign. Thanks for the great review. Gad you loved it.

  7. Aaaaah, Celine, PERFECT! I'm so so SO excited to hear how much you loved this, and EEEEEEEEEEEEE! SERIOUSLY. It reminded me SO much of Perfect Chemistry, only... well... better. I LOVED Noah and I LOVED Echo, and my heart just BROKE for them. *hugs*

  8. I can't wait to read this book. I've been reading amazing things about it!! EEEK. CHEMISTRY <3 This is next on my TBR... *excited* Glad you enjoyed it! <3

  9. Yay!! I loved this one too, Celine. Noah did come off as a bad-boy but he had a squeeshy, lovey heart!! *sigh* Echo and Noah were perfect for each other! I have so many scenes highlighted because they were so good!! I can't wait for Beth's story as well. Awesome review Celine! :)

  10. I love Echo's hair too -- it brings back my dream to be a redhead LOL! :') There are just too many brunettes and blondes, and having red hair is so gorgeous!

    Amazing review, Celine! I can't wait to get my hands on this book -- I've seen it everywhere across the blogosphere and I think that 99.999% of all the review, feedback, gushing, and overall reactions to the amazing Noah (the bad boy who is more extraordinaire) have been SUPER POSITIVE! Thank you so much for making us all fall in love! :) <3

  11. Ahhh, Celineee!! I'm SOO glad you loved this book too. The characters felt so real to me and their stories broke my heart a million times over. I can't wait to read the next book, Beth's story, now! Amazing review! :)

  12. At first, this book reminded me of Perfect Chemistry too! The bad boy-good girl combo is not something new, but somehow we just can't get enough, right? ;) I'm very glad that you enjoyed this book, Celine! It sounds so amazing and perfect - I love the way you describe it! x)

    Fantabulous review as always, Celine! <3

    PS: I'm SO SO SOOO sorry I haven't commented on your blog lately! Sickness got me. :(

  13. I agree about the chemistry! And about the characters feeling very real, I thought that as well. I really liked this one, glad you did too! Great review :).

  14. WOW! Seriously?!?!? This sounds like such a great one and I have heard nothing but good about it so far. It must be great if it deserves 5 stars! The characters and romance seem to be fabulous so I can't wait to try it for myself :-) thanks for the amazing review Celine!


  15. The characters really do feel real, despite their drama. You come to care for them and become so invested. Heartbreaking is right & I really like that you said "solid, confident" because I feel like that's true. Fantastic review!

  16. I love books that have two characters who are completely different to each other, connecting in a special way. Sounds awesome. Can't wait to read this one! :)


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