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{January 13, 2014}   {Review} Crossing the Line by Katie McGarry (Pushing the Limits #1.5)

Crossing the LineFrom Goodreads: Katie McGarry captivated readers with her “riveting, emotional”* Young Adult debut, Pushing the Limits. In this gripping novella, she tells the story of Lila and Lincoln, who discover that sometimes it’s worth crossing the line for love…

Lila McCormick, Echo’s best friend from Pushing the Limits, first met Lincoln Turner when tragedy struck both their lives. But she never expected their surprise encounter would lead to two years of exchanging letters—or that she’d fall for the boy she’s only seen once. Their relationship is a secret, but Lila feels closer to Lincoln than anyone else. Until she finds out that he lied to her about the one thing she depended on him for the most.

Hurting Lila is the last thing Lincoln wanted. For two years, her letters have been the only thing getting him through the day. Admitting his feelings would cross a line he’s never dared breach before. But Lincoln will do whatever it takes to fix his mistakes, earn Lila’s forgiveness—and finally win a chance to be with the girl he loves.

I read this short novella immediately after finishing Crash Into You by Katie McGarry as I really enjoyed CIY.  I also wanted to know how the novels related to one another as I knew they were a series, but Crash Into You stood so well alone.  What I found is that the series is very similar to the Elemental series by Brigid Kemmerer: the novels each follow different characters within the same world, and that’s perfect for a reader like me.  While I do love sequels, sometimes I don’t have the money to purchase all the novels that come before the one I’m interested in at that very moment, and I might not have the time to read them all prior to the one I want to read, so it was great to be able to pick up in the midst of this series and know exactly what was happening as the focus was on the characters present, and didn’t have much to do with their backstory.  Of course, I immediately fell in love with McGarry’s writing and couldn’t wait to read more, so I picked up this novella as it was the cheapest of the series and I wanted something quick to read.

What I found in Crossing the Line is a great novella that furthered my yearning to read the rest of the full series! The characterization is great, as is the storyline!  I just loved how Lila and Lincoln come together in this novel through letters, and I loved that the letters act as the opening of their back and forth point of view/alternating chapters as well.  It was a refreshing way to introduce the character’s thoughts and feelings, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Although short, sitting at about 60 some odd pages, it’s the perfect length to whet the appetite, though of course I wanted it to be longer once I became immersed in the story. I can’t wait to read more in the series, and I’ve already purchased them in anticipation.  Four stars.

4 starsI purchased this novella from Amazon.

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