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Fair Game by Patricia Briggs

I fell in love with the characters even more than I already was.

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Wednesday, September 5

Giveaway: Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry

July 31st 2012, Harlequin Teen
384 pages, Hardback
Received from Publisher
Young Adult Fiction

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.

Favorite Quote:

“Her shoulders never shook. No tears streamed down her face. The worst type of crying wasn't the kind everyone could see--the wailing on street corners, the tearing at clothes. No, the worst kind happened when your soul wept and no matter what you did, there was no way to comfort it. A section withered and became a scar on the part of your soul that survived. For people like me and Echo, our souls contained more scar tissue than life.”

I’m going to do this review a bit differently and answer some questions I purposed after reading this book that I wanted to ponder upon before reviewing.

What was your perception of the book before you began it?

I had seen so many reviews for this book of a mixed reaction that I wasn’t sure what to expect. When I opened the book and started with the first few pages I was a bit annoyed.

What character did you most connect with?

Echo didn’t immediately come across in a way I could relate to. She was damaged, yes. But she was also being sorta a brat. Then I realized that my aversion to her was that she reminded me too much of myself. She was so angry. When you’ve been devastated sometimes the emotional reaction is anger and this anger is so dangerous to progressing through the stages.

If Noah did one thing for Echo it was helping to dissolve the wall of anger.

Even though I related to Echo, I think I connected with Noah the most. His family is the most important thing to him and he is willing to grow up overnight in order to care for them. He is willing to sacrifice and change and do anything that is right for his brothers.

What did you think of the storyline?

Slow, but so poignant. I think aspects could have been removed for a more streamlined book, but in all it told the story in a way that you feel for the characters. Since characterization is my main focus in reading I didn’t find the slow plot to be that big an issue.

Did the end of the book give you closure?

This is a book I had to get distance from in order to review it as I had so many mixed emotions upon finishing it.

In the end, I think the ending was handled perfectly.

Overall opinion?

There were aspects that annoyed me, but overall I truly enjoyed this book.


I'm a wife, student, and a dog-lover who reads when I should be folding laundry (bane of my existance), I write (rarely as academic papers consume my life), and love getting wrapped up in fiction.


  1. Great review! I like that you wrote out questions before reading. I really enjoyed this book -- it was so much different from what I thought it would be. I'm glad you liked it!

  2. I like how you described this as "slow but poignant." That's a great way of summing up PTL! It was a slow-burning love but one that came to mean SO much to me. I can't wait for the companion novel!

  3. I have seen some great reviews for this book. What appeals to me is seeing how their love will grow. It sounds intense.

  4. I've seen loads of reviews for this book, and I think that while it's not perfect in your opinion, but I never really expect it to be.

  5. Seen many many reviews and they all make me want the book so bad <3 Katie McGarry seems to have produced something amazing with this one. I mean look at all the buzz it has stirred up!

  6. I've read so many gushing reviews on this book. Even though yours was more lukewarm, I'm still dying to read this!

  7. Same here. I've come across nothing but high praise for this book, so I'm beyond curious to read it. It certainly seems like a strong, emotional tale and I appreciate your honest review <3

  8. I have seen this book everywhere, and I have read nothing but good things. I would love the opportunity to win, and thank you for another wonderful review!

  9. Every review I've read for this book has given it 4-5 stars (mostly 5), so I'm definitely dying to read it! It looks amazing!

  10. I've been wanting to read this book since it first came out. People have been saying amazing things about this book! Your review makes me want to read it even more, even though you didn't entirely love it.