- File Size: 1087 KB
- Print Length: 508 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Bearded Lady Press (August 14, 2017)
- Publication Date: August 14, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0744J4BYP
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #369,375 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I think this has been one of my absolute favourite reads from August. I loved the characters. Harris is handsome, troubled but just so deeply kind and good. I thought Rachel was such a great character too. Strong, caring and at a bit of a crossroads in her life.
I really enjoyed the themes and issues this book explored. Some could be a little triggering, but I felt it dealt realistally with drug addiction and depressed small town communities. I enjoyed the figuring out what you want to do in life and characters just falling in love. It was perfect, I loved it and Marney is a fantastic Australian author you should definitely pick up.
I have so many feelings about this book, that I don’t even know how much of this review is going to make any sense. I already had a soft spot for Harris when we meet him in the ‘Every Series,’ that before I even started I was intrigued. And then I started reading and fell in love. Throughout No Limits, it’s like you are holding on tight waiting for bad things to happen – and gosh do they.
Harris, can I please just give him one massive long hug – or maybe multiple. One of the main reasons why No Limits was such a hard book to read was because of Harris. Every page that he was on, I felt that his heart was along with it. I wanted to scream so many times that he isn’t worthless, that he deserves so much more. However, I did love this character arc. I felt that he grew so much that I just feel in love with him even more.
Harris is your bad boy with a lost soul – he is hard to connect with at times, but you know that he is damaged. And as the novel goes on, you just break. Can we also please take a moment to just talk about his tattoo? I am a tattoo girl through and through and my lord did this scene kill me. I just wanted to touch it. Like gosh.
I fell in love with Amie’s character right away. I was able to connect with her love for her family and the way that she wears her heart on her sleeve. While I did love how Amie cared so much for her family, I wanted her to think about herself more. Like Harris, Amie’s character development was just so good that I loved seeing her grow and find out more about herself and the world around her.
Romance time – Ellie Marney just knows how to write a couple that is swoony and makes you melt. I felt this was more mature than the ‘Every Series,’ but you are still able to read this a young adult. I loved how Amie and Harris slowly but carefully fell for each other. They connected in ways that were a whole new level for them.
I loved how much Amie cared for Harris and his well-being before even she realised it. I liked how Harris started to fall for Amie and found out more about himself in the process. It was great seeing this friendship start to turn into something more that pulled at my heartstrings.
Another great thing about No Limits was both the writing and plot. I loved the crime and mystery elements of the book that made everything that more interesting. It was like a car at the edge of a cliff where it could fall at any time. Things defiantly got intense towards the end and gosh it was good. I love how simple yet captivating Ellie’s writing is – I will read anything by her.
Family was a massive theme of No Limits and while I love having great family banter. I liked that we were able to see two sides of a coin in this novel. Harris and his father – these scenes pulled my heart out. I was broken. It was very heart wrenching and difficult most of the time. Like very hard. Family abuse in the country especially is common and goes past people so much.
Amie’s family, on the other hand, was loving and caring. I adored the relationship she had with her father and grandmother – it picked at my heart in a good way. However, I also think that other’s in her family expected way too much from her. I hated the pressure they put on Amie, especially as she is so young. It’s like I can’t stop my life, but hey Amie can.
I’ve talked about this before, but I love how Aussie Ellie makes her books and No Limits is no different. I loved how it was set in the county, how there were things that only Aussies will know. It just makes such a good #LoveOzYA. We are able to see our beautiful country in a young adult book with no frills involved.
Overall, please pick No Limits up. It takes you on an incredible journey that you never want to stop. The characters are layered and have amazing development. You fell for them with every fiber in your body. You are on the edge of your seat, you understand, you feel. The reader will go on this emotional ride that is really hard, but gosh does it hit you. The characters are likable, the writing is just so damn good. All I say is give this #LoveOzYA a try, trust me you won’t be disappointed.
No Limits by Ellie Marney is about second chances, falling in love and finding yourself. It’s about friendship and falling. You are taken on a ride that both tears you apart and then puts you slowly back together. It’s heartbreaking and breathtaking. No Limits made me cry, break and fall in love.
First things first, if you’re coming into No Limits expecting it to be like the Every series, then change your expectations ASAP. This book was much darker, more mature and more complex, in my opinion. Of course, it still had all those elements that make Ellie’s books Ellie’s such as the character development, as well as a vivid setting, this time of rural Australia. But this book felt different to me, in a very good way. From the first page on, I was attached to the story and the characters. Harris has always been the sort of character that screamed bad news, but underneath all that roughness he exuded was a genuinely good guy, who has just had a rough upbringing. His character and background are at the heart of No Limits, and we get to know both quite intimately. As you probably expect, it’s not a pretty past, and my heart absolutely broke into pieces finding out just how awful his dad was to him. Despite all that and despite all the murky situations Harris seemed to get into, he had such a kind soul to him that he only exhibited around certain people. I thought Harris really matured throughout No Limits, not that he was immature to begin with, but he finally began to take the steps needed to change his life for the better, and that made me both anxious and happy. Anxious, because he was in the middle of a dangerous situation, and happy, because on his journey he finds someone who recognizes and appreciates the good in him.
That girl was Amie, whose POV we’re also privy to in No Limits. Amie was also a character that I really loved. She was a nursing assistant with bigger dreams, but who has decided to settle in her hometown for the sake of her family. I loved that Amie was biracial – she’s half Indian – and very much in touch with her Indian upbringing and culture through her mom’s side of the family. Amie was also a genuinely kind and selfless girl, who basically decided not to go for her dreams, because she thought she needed to be there to take care of her dad and her grandmother. She was selfless, and genuine and really passionate, especially about photography. She was also a little bit closed off when it came to her emotions, but throughout No Limits, we get to see her personality really shine through. Her romance with Harris was gorgeously written, just as I’ve come to expect from Ellie’s romances. These two were ridiculously perfect for each other, and I loved the slow-burn nature of their relationship here. It begins with Amie nursing Harris back to health after he’s shot in the thigh, and slowly develops into a friendship and then more. I loved seeing the two of them connect with each other in a profound way. It was swoony, and totally made my heart go haywire. And I’ve got to mention the kisses! Ellie Marney writes the best kissing scenes ever.
Besides the amazing characters and romance, I also loved the setting in No Limits. I haven’t read many Aussie YA books to begin with, but this was my first book set in rural Australia. Ellie Marney did a phenomenal job with her descriptions. For me, it was very easy to envision the town of Ouyen, and see the characters there. It was a very dynamic setting, and I honestly feel like No Limits wouldn’t have been the book it was without it. The plot in No Limits was intense. I’m not going to lie, it stressed me out, but I also couldn’t stop reading the book. It revolved around Harris going undercover and acting as an informant for the police in the midst of a precarious drug ring. It sure was brutal, and I liked how the author was able to maintain that whole air of intensity and danger all throughout the book.
No Limits was outstanding, folks! The Every series turned me into a complete Ellie Marney fangirl, but No Limits just about solidified her position in my all-time favorite authors list. If you’re looking for some fine high quality upper YA/NA, then this is an author you need to check out.
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