Overdrive - Dawn Ius | ARC Review

Pages: 352 pages, Paperback
Publication date: September 13, 2016

Publisher: Simon & Schuster Canada
How I got the copy: Received a copy from the publisher
Rating: 3/5 Stars

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?

What I liked the most about Overdrive is its female protagonist, Jules, the bad ass car thief. I don't think there are enough books with kickass female characters that aren't in the fantasy genre or I just haven't been reading them and it's what attracted me the most to this book.

Jules is known by "Ghost" on the streets, which she does to get by while her and her younger sister are in the foster system seeking a better life. Jules thinks she has it all figured out until she get's caught one day and is kicked out of her current foster home along with her sister. All Jules wants is to make sure she isn't separated from her sister and to make sure of that Jules is faced with a difficult decision that could do just that.

I adore YA romance contemporaries and this book gave me just enough romance to get through this book. The bits of romance would bring a smile to my face and I really enjoyed the way the romance was executed, not to instant or unbelievable. I only say the romance helped me get through this book because I don't know much about cars and while reading each car name I'd skim it over. Regardless, if I read each car name, I wouldn't be able to picture the cars. I'd have to google each one of them and I didn't care for that. So, since there are so many sport car references in this book, I think car enthusiasts that enough YA contemporaries would really enjoy Overdrive. 

Overdrive is action packed and focuses on topics like family and social issues and romance.


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