Overdrive

Book Overdrive Overdrive is a YA contemporary novel It is part thriller The story takes place in Las Vegas The narrator is year old Jules Julia Her nickname is Ghost She boosts steals cars Her

Book Overdrive Overdrive is a YA contemporary novel. It is part thriller.The story takes place in Las Vegas. The narrator is 17 year old Jules/Julia. Her nickname is Ghost. She boosts/steals cars.Her sister Emma is 10. They've been in foster care.After a car theft goes wrong the ultra rich Roger Montgomery (older man) shows an interest in helping Jules and her sister. Jules suspects that there is something he wants. And she is right.Roger has 3 other teens (Chelsea, Mat, and Nick) at his mansion who also have skills (one can hack, one can pick locks...)This book is all about cars. So if you love old cars then you will be in heaven.I really enjoyed Jules' relationship with her sister Emma. I also really liked Chelsea. And I enjoyed seeing Jules interact with her. And I absolutely loved the dancing parts of this story.There is some romance in this book. There is a lot of bad behavior in this book including lots of cars getting stolen.The book kept my attention. It was a very quick read. Although things didn't really turn out how I was expecting.This book focuses a lot on cars. Especially old, expensive cars that are worth a lot of money. I don't particularly care about cars. But it was interesting reading about them. So if you like cars and want a bit of a teen thriller then this is a cute book.Thanks to Simon Schuster Canada for sending me an early copy of this book.. Overdrive go inside Ebook 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.Unless.Eccentric, wealthy Roger Montgomery wants to opeJules 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.Unless.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. DAWN IUS is a short story author, novelist, screenwriter, professional editor, and communications specialist She is the author of three contemporary young adult novels published by Simon Pulse Simon Schuster Anne Henry, Overdrive, and the forthcoming Lizzie, April 2018, as well as 15 educational graphic novels for the Alberta Canola Producers Commission, and a TV script for the forthcoming animated Nickolodeon show, Rainbow Rangers Dawn is the Deputy Editor of the e magazine published by The International Thriller Writers organization, The Big Thrill, and a book coach and development editor with Author Accelerator Dawn also writes young adult paranormal fiction under the last name DALTON Her short story, THREAD OF THE PAST was included in the SPIRITED anthology Leap Books, 2012 , and her novel, KILLER S INSTINCT Leap Books, 2013 , co written with Judith Graves, was nominated for the Silver Falchion award As well, her short story DRUNK was published in an Alice in Wonderland inspired anthology, FALLING FOR ALICE, April 2015, by Vine Leaves Press.When not slaying fictional monsters, Dawn can be found geeking out over fairy tales, Jack Bauer, Halloween, muscle cars, and all things that go bump in the night Dawn lives in Alberta, Canada with her husband and their two giant breed dogs She is represented by Mandy Hubbard at Emerald City Literary Agency.. Good Ebook Overdrive I would like to thank Simon & Schuster Canada for providing me with an ARC of this novel in exchange for an honest review!Actual Rating: 3.5 Rated Up The first thing about Overdrive that caught my eye, wasn’t the cover surprisingly. It was the fact that it has been compared to films like Gone in 60 Seconds and The Fast & The Furious franchise. The Fast & The Furious films are actually one of my favourite things, like ever, so the fact that Overdrive has been compared to them instantly intrigued me.I had never read anything by Dawn Ius previously so I didn’t really quite know what to expect in terms of writing style. I’m not going to lie, when I started reading the first paragraph, I started to get a little worried. The writing already started to feel like something I wasn’t particularly going to enjoy. It felt a little cheesy and stereotypical in terms of YA contemporary. However, I decided to push on through and continue reading.I’m glad to say that I’m happy that I decided to continue reading Overdrive. While it wasn’t the best book I have ever read, it definitely turned out to be a fun, fast-paced and action packed novel! I had just recently finished reading some books that were heavy and darker in nature, and Overdrive turned out to be the perfect light and energetic contemporary that I didn’t know I needed.Overdrive tells the story of Jules, a teenage girl who is currently bouncing from one foster home to the next with her younger sister Emma. Jules also happens to have a little secret, she’s an expert at hot-wiring and stealing cars. She gets herself into quite a large amount of trouble after an attempt at stealing a car goes wrong and she is afraid that she will be arrested and separated from her sister for good. However, a man by the name of Roger Montgomery offers to foster Jules and her sister, with one very important and dangerous condition. Jules, along with a few other teens that Roger has “fostered”, must work together to steal seven of the world’s most expensive and rare cars within a seven week time frame.I noticed that this book was marked as a thriller on Goodreads and while I suppose I can understand why, I don’t think I would have classified it as such. I thought this felt like more of a fast-paced action novel, with hints of the typical contemporary romance. While I wasn’t the biggest fan of the writing style, there’s no denying that Overdrive was extremely entertaining. I couldn’t put it down, mostly because I just needed to know what was going to happen next! I needed to know if Jules and the gang were going to get caught or drive away into the sunset. This novel was definitely a guilty pleasure.I’m not entirely sure how I felt about Jules as a character. There were moments that I loved her and then there were moments that I just found her slightly annoying. The same goes for Nick. I can’t say I liked him very much at the beginning of the novel, but he definitely grew on me as the story continued. I found that the change in his personality and the switch in his feelings towards Jules happened too quickly and out of nowhere. As for Roger’s other two “foster” children, Chelsea and Matt, I don’t think I got to know them well enough. I actually really did enjoy the scenes that featured them and I wish that we got to learn a little bit more about them. I felt like their storylines were a tad rushed and not nearly detailed enough. I want to learn more about Chelsea and her relationship with her real father. I wanted to see more of Matt trying to locate his birth family, but unfortunately these two characters and their storylines were pushed to the sidelines.One thing that I did like about these four characters is the way that they worked together on their mission to locate and steal these cars. They each had their individual strengths that helped them to form the perfect team. Nick and Jules worked as the thieves and getaway drivers while Chelsea worked as a lock picker and Matt acted as the expert hacker. Bringing the four of them together with their individual roles really helped in creating characters that were unique from one another.While Overdrive wasn’t my favourite book ever, it was definitely an entertaining one. If you want to read something fast paced and exciting. This is the book for you!-- Initial post reading thoughts: This was fun, fast paced and action packed right from the start! I'm a huge fan of the Fast & The Furious series so when I heard this book being compared to the infamous action films I knew I needed to read it! Some parts moved a little too quickly and others felt a little unrealistic, but this was a super fun and light read compared to some of the heavier stuff I've been reading lately.

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  1. DAWN IUS is a short story author, novelist, screenwriter, professional editor, and communications specialist She is the author of three contemporary young adult novels published by Simon Pulse Simon Schuster Anne Henry, Overdrive, and the forthcoming Lizzie, April 2018, as well as 15 educational graphic novels for the Alberta Canola Producers Commission, and a TV script for the forthcoming animated Nickolodeon show, Rainbow Rangers Dawn is the Deputy Editor of the e magazine published by The International Thriller Writers organization, The Big Thrill, and a book coach and development editor with Author Accelerator Dawn also writes young adult paranormal fiction under the last name DALTON Her short story, THREAD OF THE PAST was included in the SPIRITED anthology Leap Books, 2012 , and her novel, KILLER S INSTINCT Leap Books, 2013 , co written with Judith Graves, was nominated for the Silver Falchion award As well, her short story DRUNK was published in an Alice in Wonderland inspired anthology, FALLING FOR ALICE, April 2015, by Vine Leaves Press.When not slaying fictional monsters, Dawn can be found geeking out over fairy tales, Jack Bauer, Halloween, muscle cars, and all things that go bump in the night Dawn lives in Alberta, Canada with her husband and their two giant breed dogs She is represented by Mandy Hubbard at Emerald City Literary Agency.

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  1. I would like to thank Simon Schuster Canada for providing me with an ARC of this novel in exchange for an honest review Actual Rating 3.5 Rated Up The first thing about Overdrive that caught my eye, wasn t the cover surprisingly It was the fact that it has been compared to films like Gone in 60 Seconds and The Fast The Furious franchise The Fast The Furious films are actually one of my favourite things, like ever, so the fact that Overdrive has been compared to them instantly intrigued me.I had [...]


  2. Perhaps I ll write a review once I stop singing Tokyo Drift by the Teriyaki Boyz But who knows when that will be because I could probably sing this song for eternity I wonder if you knowHow they live in TokyoIf you seen it then you mean itThen you know you have to go.Fast and furious Kitaa Drift, Drift, Drift Fast and furious Kitaa Drift, Drift, Drift


  3. Overdrive is a YA contemporary novel It is part thriller.The story takes place in Las Vegas The narrator is 17 year old Jules Julia Her nickname is Ghost She boosts steals cars.Her sister Emma is 10 They ve been in foster care.After a car theft goes wrong the ultra rich Roger Montgomery older man shows an interest in helping Jules and her sister Jules suspects that there is something he wants And she is right.Roger has 3 other teens Chelsea, Mat, and Nick at his mansion who also have skills one [...]


  4. Overdrive reads like Gone in 60 Seconds meets The Fosters Book Title OverdriveAuthor Dawn IusSeries Stand AloneGenre YA, Thriller, MysterySource Kindle E Book Library Overall Rating 4.3 5 STARSSee my full review, including video with book theme song at Leah s Bookish Obsession MY PICK FOR BOOK THEME SONG Boost Me by Trevor Rabin It s an instrumental, but it s perfect for Eleanor Ratings Breakdown Plot 4.2 5Characters 4.8 5The Feels 4.3 5Addictiveness 4.5 5Theme 4 5Flow 4.8 5Backdrop World Buildi [...]


  5. Full Review can be found at thegraduatedbookwormFirst I want to say thank you to Simon and Schuster Canada for sending me an ARC copy of this to review At first I wasn t 100% sure if I would like this based on the fact that it s about boosting cars and what not Well let me tell you I am glad to have read this because it was AMAZING From the beginning you can tell that Jules has had to grow up and become an adult for herself and for Emma way too early on Although she has found a way for income, i [...]


  6. Well I got this book from my local library around a month ago, and only just got around to reading it I didn t expect much, but it was actually pretty enjoyable The writing flowed nicely, and the pace was just right it didn t lag at all and kept me entertained the entire time The only drawback was the excessive swearing It was a bit off putting at times, but overall, the book was well written, and a good way to pass a few hours 3.5 stars



  7. Cute and adventurous If you like the television show Leverage, this may be up your alley To state the obvious, cars also play a major role in the story, so car enthusiasts will also appreciate this.


  8. Overdrive starts with Jules bent over, hotwiring a car she is planning to steal, while her boyfriend has his hand up her shirt and down her pants Not a great first impression and it doesn t get much better from there.Jules, also known as Ghost among the car thieves of Vegas, gets caught by the police As a result, her foster family decides to get rid of her and her little sister, Emma Although Jules claims to just be stealing cars as a way to earn money so she can keep Emma with her when the fost [...]


  9. 4.5 stars Let me start off by saying that this story is very similar to the movie Gone in Sixty Seconds, one of my favorite movies EVER When Gone in Sixty Seconds first came out, I watched it constantly Like daily I ve seen it at least 20 times from beginning to end, probably like 50 since it used to just be playing in the background while I did other things I don t know why I loved it so much, but I just did So aside from my love of Dawn Ius and her awesome writing, I also knew I HAD to read t [...]


  10. Any book that claims to be similar to Heist Society is an immediate must read for me, and this book sounded fantastic While it did not live up to my adoration of Heist Society, Overdrive is an exciting novel of car chases, stakeouts, cool gadgets, family, friendship and romance.Four teens are brought together in a foster home But their rich and eccentric foster parent doesn t plan on providing a roof and food for nothing He has hand picked these four teens to help him track down and steal seven [...]


  11. I received an ARC of this book from Chapters Indigo Home Office in exchange for an honest review For what was suppose to be a high octane, action packed thriller, I found myself to be really bored while reading it It was dull, predictable, and slow It was weirdly paced it felt like it just jumped into the car stealing plot line too fast in the beginning, and then it dragged on leading to the actual car stealing which lost its momentum because 7 cars is a lot, and it seemed like none of the heist [...]


  12. Dawn Ius s Overdrive is a fast paced, thrilling read that pulls you into a world of rare muscle cars and the heist of a lifetime When the police catch Jules stealing a car, instead of being charged with theft, she s given a second chance Roger Montgomery, a wealthy philanthropist, has a soft spot for teens and is willing to welcome both Jules and her younger sister, Emma, to his mansion But it s not until Jules meets the three other teens staying in Roger s home that she realizes Roger has gathe [...]


  13. A fabulous cross between Gone in Sixty Seconds, The Fast the Furious, and every feelgood family movie out there that explores unconditional love Not only is it an entertaining novel, but it s a smart novel And it kept me on the edge of my seat until the very end The characters are also so likable that you can t help but root for them even when you know what they re doing is bad Yes, this is for readers of YA, but it s also an excellent read for adults I highly recommend this to everyone.


  14. Actual rating 3.5.A fun, YA Fast and Furious, peopled by teens and starring a female lead Rarely surprising, but it s an engaging, quick read, the girls in it have agency and power, and the story of an accidentally family being constructed is an appealing one.Thanks to Simon and Schuster and NetGalley for the ARC


  15. Fast and exhilarating The writing is stellar, and the voice superb The ending is perhaps the weakest spot, but this is still a GREAT ride of a book Fast Furious with teens



  16. To begin Overdrive, the protagonist Jules Parish is notorious for constantly stealing cars, as she is given the nickname Ghost When she was a little girl, her parents left her and her little sister Emma to be thrown into foster care Jules takes on the responsibility of acting as her sister s mother figure by going through whatever means necessary to support the two of them financially One day, Jules gets caught attempting to steal a car and she lands in jail To her benefit, the owner of the car [...]


  17. 3.5 Blurb Roger Montgomery wanted the seven cars so as to complete the collection of muscle cars in the Trophy Case, in time for his 25th wedding anniversary His wife, who died in a car crash many years ago, loved muscle cars and was the one who opened the Trophy Case.Julia wanted money and a stable life for her younger sister, Emma Nick also wanted money Chelsea wanted a spot in Harvard Mat wanted to find his biological parents Roger was able to fulfil their wants, and a deal was struck.Towards [...]


  18. I chose to read this book for my Young Adult Literature class and I can tell you that after I stopped being surprised by all the swearing I thought that the story line was really good I fell like since this book could interest both boys and girls because it deals with so many different things Because of all the swearing I would maybe hand it to a kid no younger than a senior in high school.I would not use this book in my classroom because of all the swearing but because of the backstory of Roger [...]


  19. This book is mainly about a girl and her younger sister They were put into foster care early in their lives, and the older sister has been boosting cars to get by They are taken in by an eccentric millionaire, and the older sister is offered the opportunity of a lifetime to boost seven of the world s rarest cars She and 3 other teenagers embark on this journey that could either have great rewards or none at all It is very fast paced and adventurous and the author showed a real knowledge of cars [...]


  20. Some parts were interesting and unique, but it started to get old eventually I didn t ever wonder if I wanted to finish it It at least held my attention, but I would have enjoyed spending that five hours on one of my other books much better I m not opposed to or offended by swearing in books, but right from the beginning I thought it was overkill I don t enjoy movies where there is so much swearing there s hardly any plot, or it takes away from the plot, and it s the same for books Only when app [...]


  21. 17 year old Jules lives in foster care with her younger sister in Las Vegas Also known as the Ghost, she steals cars to earn money to get out of foster care support her sister Roger Montgomery, a local millionaire, takes in Jules, Emma three other teenagers to have them steal cars for his collection I found the plot preposterous the f bombs overwhelming.


  22. The characters are amazing and I can easily relate to the main character The story is amazing and the ending was very unpredictable to where they found the last car and I never would have guessed where of was.



  23. I would have liked action out of this I m not sure who to sell it to I d love for the boys to read something like this, but I think they ll lose interest in the feelings side of things.



  24. This review was originally posted on Latte Nights Reviews.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 [...]


  25. Jules and her younger sister Emma have been abandoned by their parents and are bouncing through the foster system As a way to make money and stay responsible for her sister, Jules steals cars After getting caught, she is given one last chance with the foster system and outside of jail Roger has taken in a collection of teenagers, all of whom have sketchy pasts While Emma begs Jules to stay on the straight and narrow heck, Jules would like to keep her nose clean too , Roger black mails the teens [...]


  26. Review Thank you so much to Simon Schuster for sending me an advanced copy of this novel in exchange for my honest opinion.Wow is all I can say This novel is fast paced, smart and enjoyable The characters are real, filled with real life problems and troubles with family and friends The relationships between them are not only a love one but finding a family and becoming one as well.As a car lover myself, this book was perfect A group of fostered teens is sent on an impossible mission find seven o [...]


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