May 1, 2013

Blog Tour: Dare You To by Katie McGarry

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Release: June 7th 2013 by Harlequin Teen

An emotionally-charged roller coaster ride that will keep you turning the pages well into the night, DARE YOU TO tells the story of seventeen-year-old Beth Risk, who finds her life turned upside down at the beginning of her senior year. Forced to leave the mother she’s always protected and the only friends she’s ever known, Beth must start over at a new school, in a new town, with an uncle she hasn’t seen in years.

The last thing she wants is to catch the eye of the town’s golden boy, popular jock Ryan Stone, who seems determined to win her over for all the wrong reasons. But when she discovers that Ryan has secrets of his own, Beth is drawn to him despite herself. Soon she’ll have to make a choice—between the past that beckons her back, and the life she never dreamed possible.
With PUSHING THE LIMITS, Harlequin TEEN introduced a singular new voice that continues to resonate with teens and adults alike. With DARE YOU TO, Katie McGarry cements her place as a master of contemporary young adult fiction.

And now, a special quote from Dare You To:

About Katie McGarry - Goodreads | website | Facebook | Twitter
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.

Novels by Katie McGarry

  • Pushing the Limits (available now)
  • Crossing the Line (e-novella, available now)
  • Dare You To (available June 2013)
  • Crash Into You  coming soon...


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Monday, May 6th - YA - Bibliophile
Tuesday, May 7th – Review - Real of Fiction
Wednesday, May 8th – Book Swarm
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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


  1. I love watching the characters grow and learn. The angst that comes with first loves. Thanks!

  2. Dare to You is awesome! Love the journey Ryan and Beth take to be together and how they learn from each other!

  3. I love watching the couples learn and grow and sharing them with my daughter!

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  5. Love the relationships - how characters fall in love, find themselves, grow into themselves both together and apart. Thanks for the giveaway!

  6. Awww! Didn't realise it was just for US/Canada! I think I entered a few before I realised, oops! Also just found out that the third book has a name! SO AWESOME!

    Charlie xx

  7. I love the romance and the stories. Thank you for awesome giveaway!

  8. I just love seeing how relationships develop, the stories behind the characters. I love it all!

  9. I Love the romance. Love is always my favorite part :D Thanks for the awesome giveaway!


  10. I love the plots. They are all really good. The hero/heroines are also flawed and believable. Thank you.

  11. I love the intensity of the emotions. YA characters are never as jaded as adults; when they fall in love, they do it 110%.

  12. I love Pushing the Limits and can not wait to read Dare You Too :)

  13. Thanks for the awesome giveaway! I love how the characters feel like real people I would know and the romance is interesting to read.
    -Cali W.

  14. I love that it's realistic and watching the character grow and of course the romance ! :D

  15. i like the possibity of it being real of it being someones life how they over came something and did an awesome change in their life or others. It makes me happy to see this positive in the world when the news is pushing the doom and gloom.

  16. 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.

  17. Christina K. in the rafflecopter

    Love the characters and their romances:))

    Thank you:)

  18. I love all the feels I get from them. The intensity of new relationships (romantic and otherwise) and how they can change you at that age.

  19. I would say the romance!! thanks for the giveaway!!

  20. I love the romance and the drama!

  21. I love that they run the gamut of human emotion. I love that they are concrete stories that teens can relate to. And I love that they usually have a moral to tell.

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  22. Pushing the limits was actually the first cont romance I had read. I havent been reading books very long. I was into the paranormal. After reading Pushing the limits i was hooked on Contemp.

  23. I love the romance (they are a guilty pleasure occasionally, mostly I read YA fantasy. It's almost like being a teenager again sometimes haha

  24. I love contemporary YA because it’s real life – stuff you’ve been through yourself, characters and situations you can relate to or sympathize with, and the characters have real-life motivations – love, fear, anger, jealousy, etc; Along with it keeps me connected to my YA side which I use to relate to the junior and high school I counsel

  25. I love contemporary YA. It deals with today's real life situation: peer pressure, parents' expectation, decisions that young adults are facing with dating and what to do with life after high school.

  26. I love contemporary YA for the real life situations that characters have to face.

  27. I love how realistic the characters and situations feel. They're things we've all been experienced at one point at another in time.

  28. I love how the setting being in the present makes it easier to relate too. It brings me back to a time in my life where I can relate to the character and being able to see those emotions and troubles and see how it makes you grow

  29. What I love most about YA contemporaries is reading about first love and getting to experience it again vicariously.

  30. I like that the situations are more realistic and believable.


  31. Dare You To was the first novel I have read of Katie McGarry, and I am hoping to get my hands on Pushing The Limits. I fell for the raw emotions and real-life events in Dare You To. I have also reviewed it with a five out of five stars rating! A definite must read!

  32. Love the teen angst and the falling in love for the first time!


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

  34. I love how, as a young adult myself, I can relate to them! :)


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