Overdrive by Dawn Ius | Blog Tour ARC Review + Giveaway

September 6, 2016 | Posted by Genesis in Blog Tours, Book Reviews, Giveaways | 18 Comments

Overdrive by Dawn Ius | Blog Tour ARC Review + Giveaway

Overdrive by Dawn Ius | Blog Tour ARC Review + GiveawayOverdrive
by Dawn Ius
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult
Publication Date: September 13th 2016 by Simon Pulse
Format: eARC
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4 Stars
Source: Publisher via Netgalley

Gone in Sixty Seconds meets Heist Society in this edgy novel about a crack team of teenage criminals on a mission to learn to trust, build a life, and steal a wish list of exotic cars.
Jules Parish has screwed up.

After three years of boosting cars, she got caught. She’s too good to get caught, but she let her (ex)-boyfriend talk her into a questionable job. And now she and her little sister, Emma, will be kicked out of their foster home, left to survive on the unforgiving streets of Las Vegas alone.


Eccentric, wealthy Roger Montgomery wants to open up his mansion to Jules and Emma. The only catch? Jules must steal seven of the rarest, most valuable muscle cars in the world…in seven weeks. Even worse, she’s forced to put her trust in three complete strangers to help her do it.

First there’s Chelsea, the gorgeous redhead with a sharp tongue and love for picking locks. Then there’s Mat, who hasn’t met a system he couldn’t hack. And finally there’s the impossibly sexy car thief Nick, whose bad attitude and mysterious past drive Jules crazy.

With nothing in common and everything to lose, can Jules and her amateur crew pull off what could be the biggest car heist in history? Or will things spin out of control faster than a Nevada dust devil?

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

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When I read the synopsis for this book, I had to have it! By the time I started reading, I had forgotten what it was about, but didn’t dare read the synopsis again as I wanted to be surprised. Let me tell you, as soon as I started reading I was hooked! I literally read this in one sitting. I couldn’t stop!

Jules has stolen lots of cars and has never been caught. People call her Ghost for a reason. It isn’t until on night that she gets caught and placed in the home of Roger Montgomery. Roger is a very wealthy man and he’s giving Emma, Jules sister, the life she dreamed of having. Jules only plans on staying for a few months until Roger wants her, along with 3 other foster teens who he hand-picked himself, to steal seven hard-to-find cars. Their team consists of Mat, computer hacker; Chelsea, the lock picker; Nick and Jules, the boosters.

Guys, I wasn’t sure what to expect of this novel. Having read a YA book a few months ago that was supposed to be exciting and thrilling yet it failed, I was afraid this one would tank as well. I’m here to declare that it did not fail! It lived up to my expectations and more! My heart was racing throughout the entire novel and I just wanted to keep reading. I wanted so much more of all these heists!

I could tell the author knew about cars. All the car-talk in the story had to have come from someone who knows and understands cars, and I was right. This book makes me want to learn about cars and learn all the car lingo! As I mentioned above, the heists were amazing. I wanted to be part of the team and steal cars with them. Sure, it wasn’t always easy, but that’s what made it even better! There were lots of high-tension scenes in this story that I lived for. They had me reading with such fervor! I know they are breaking the law, but they actually want to break away from his crime-filled life, which made it easy to support them and be on their side.

With such a thrilling read focused on stealing cars, I didn’t expect the characters to have depth, but they did. We got to learn a lot about each one of them and why they were in foster care. I felt for each one of them and wanted to hug them. Additionally, they brought lightness to the story with some of their banter.

I need to talk about the romance! I loved that it wasn’t fast and it kind of took its time to develop. Jules was immediately attracted to Nick, but nothing would happen at first. It was a glorious slow-burn of a romance that I was shipping and wanted more of. Nick is total swoon-worthy. He has this type of bad boy look with all his tattoos and piercings, but he turns to mush when he talks about cars. It was so cute! Nick would make me swoon and aww at the same time. He started off being very closed off and a jerk towards Jules; however, he has his reasons. Moreover, he dropped that persona really quickly and that’s when the Nick I adored showed up! I loved all the teasing Jules and Nick had going on, plus the steamy kisses!

The romance actually takes a backseat in this novel and lets the action take the driver seat. I was impressed by how the author was able to mesh these two together and maintaining the interest in both topics. The romance was a great addition that I loved, but I was glad that it wasn’t the main focus, seeing as the heists were enough to make this book very enjoyable.

Overdrive is an exhilarating, action-packed, fast-paced novel that will keep the readers glued to the pages from beginning to end!

About Dawn Ius

Dawn Ius is a short story author, novelist, screenwriter, professional editor, and communications specialist. She is the cofounder and senior editor of Vine Leaves Literary Journal; the assistant manager of The International Thriller Writers (ITW) Association e-zine, The Big Thrill; and the author of ten educational graphic novels. When she’s not slaying fictional monsters, she can be found geeking out over things like fairy tales, Jack Bauer, Halloween, sports cars, and all things that go bump in the night. She lives in Alberta, Canada, with her husband, Jeff, and their giant English mastiff, Roarke.

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18 responses to “Overdrive by Dawn Ius | Blog Tour ARC Review + Giveaway

  1. Julie

    This sounds really good! While I love a good romance sometimes, I love when I book can focus on the plot and just let the romance complement it.

  2. Ooh, another book to put on my list. Thanks for the review (as always), it was great. It sounds like something I would enjoy and I definitely want to meet Nick.

  3. Maja (The Nocturnal Library)

    Oh wow, I have no idea how this one slipped by me. I love that the romance is slow and strong, but that it takes a back seat. It’s been a long, long time since I’ve stumbled upon a book about a car thief. Can’t wait to read this!

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