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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?

320 pages, Kindle Edition

First published September 13, 2016

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Dawn Ius

21 books106 followers
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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Profile Image for Brittney Andrews (beabookworm).
135 reviews233 followers
August 3, 2018
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 know
How they live in Tokyo
If you seen it then you mean it
Then you know you have to go.
Fast and furious! (Kitaa!) (Drift, Drift, Drift)
Fast and furious! (Kitaa!) (Drift, Drift, Drift)
Profile Image for maria.
563 reviews354 followers
September 13, 2016

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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1,845 reviews
September 7, 2016

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.

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1,495 reviews147 followers
December 12, 2016
Overdrive reads like Gone in 60 Seconds meets The Fosters…

Book Title: Overdrive
Author: Dawn Ius
Series: Stand Alone
Genre: YA, Thriller, Mystery
Source: Kindle E-Book (Library)

Overall Rating 4.3/5 STARS

See my full review, including video with book theme song at Leah's Bookish Obsession

♫Boost Me by Trevor Rabin --It's an instrumental, but it's perfect for Eleanor… ♫

⇝Ratings Breakdown⇜

Plot: 4.2/5
Characters: 4.8/5
The Feels: 4.3/5
Addictiveness: 4.5/5
Theme: 4/5
Flow: 4.8/5
Backdrop (World Building): 5/5
Originality: 3/5
Book Cover: 5/5
Ending: 4/5 Cliffhanger: No

Will I read more from this Author? If the storyline catches my interest, then yes.

⇝My Thoughts⇜

If you're the type of person that gets upset when a book you read has too many similarities to a movie--this might not be the book for you. Like for instance, the main character's nickname is Ghost because she has very pale skin and her hair is practically white...does that sound familiar??? They even name the 67 Shelby Gt500; Eleanor. But, seriously what else could you name her?

Despite the similarities, I found this to be an entertaining and satisfying read. A thrilling, yet brisk read that moves along just as fast as the cars they're stealing. With characters you can root for and a mystery that will keep you guessing till the end. You can really discern that this author knows about muscle cars and such.
⇝Sex Factor⇜ It's hinted at, and definitely implied at moments. It's in no way explicit though.

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276 reviews22 followers
September 14, 2016
Full Review can be found at http://thegraduatedbookworm.blogspot.ca

First 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, it's clearly not enough to keep them out of the foster system. I honestly felt so sad towards Jules and more so towards Emma, because a child never deserves to move from home to home, that's not really theirs.

Moving on from that, I obviously want to discuss the one person that causes Jules to drive herself a little mad in this house...NICK.

" I think I fell for you before I even met you."

So he definitely has s stick shift up his you know what for the beginning portion of the book. But as it keeps going, you get more of a sense of who he his, and his past. You get to see more of his other side, which Jules begins to uncover as well, and oh hot damn!

When it gets into more of the thriller parts of the story, I honestly felt as if I was in the story, and part of it myself! There was so much suspense, wondering if and when they would get caught, and even after the fact that something bad was going to happen. There were a couple parts where I could foresee what would happen, but then HOLY MOLY in comes a big twist, and I was on the edge of my seat for the last few chapters!

Overall I really loved this book, It's honestly nothing I have ever read before and it was such a thrill. I could seriously see this becoming a movie, and if not, then it should be! It was so fast paced, kept me on my toes, and always on the edge wondering what might happen! Throughout the novel, you really don't see their age shine through, and I personally felt like they were all older. The ending was absolutely perfect, and it could easily leave room for more, but not a cliffhanger where you wonder what happens next (although I kind of want to know what would happen) It had really funny moments throughout, and really heartfelt ones as well. Each and every character that was in here had a lot of pressure on them, and it showed. The love and sacrifice that Jules, Nick, Chelsea, and Mat was so intense, you could see them become their own kind of family.
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151 reviews42 followers
January 20, 2018
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
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292 reviews236 followers
February 9, 2022
YA fast in the furious. Action packed and focuses on topics like family and social issues and romance.

*Gifted by Simon & Schuster Canada*
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336 reviews7 followers
April 11, 2017
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.
1 review
October 29, 2018

Readers are worried that when the main characters are trying to steal cars they will get caught by the police. While they are stealing cars they take a lot of precaution so they don't get caught. Mat who can hack any system he comes across is able to get into security cameras and change the footage. Some dangers that occurred during the book are when they have run ins with the police and have to get away from them. They also run into another group of people who jumps cars, they try to use them to steal a car they need and it turns into a mess that endangers Emma's life. You feel worried for the characters because you get to know them, one character being Jules because she is the main character you are always concerned when she is jumping a car because if she gets caught everything is over. You also worry about Emma, Jules little sitter because whatever happens to Jules will affect what happens to Emma's life. Throughout the story we also get to know Chelsea, Mat, and Nick who are also in the deal to steal the cars.

I would recommend this book to somebody who likes thrillers and maybe a little romance because you get the thrill from stealing all the cars and there is a little romance happening throughout everything. I would not recommend this to somebody who doesn't like a little suspense or thrill because that is most of the book.
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419 reviews3 followers
March 11, 2017
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 foster system gives up on them for good, she seems to enjoy the thrill of stealing the cars. She is not a very likable character overall.

Instead of going to jail, Jules and Emma are taken in by a widower who has taken in three other teens. Roger happens to also be very wealthy and provides more for Emma than Jules could imagine. He even has a barre built into a secret room for Jules so she can practice her ballet. She had to give up ballet after her dad left and her mom spiraled into depression.

Because life has made her skeptical, Jules wonders what the catch is to staying with Roger. She soon learns she and the three other teens possess a certain set of skills that will allow them to form a team of car thieves capable of carrying off incredible heists. Jules, Chelsea, Mat, and Nick are expected to steal seven rare, expensive muscle cars in seven weeks.

I am disappointed with this book and wasn't sure I would finish reading it. Besides the opening scene being an obviously sleazy guy copping a feel on the main character, the curses flew faster and more furiously than the cars they were stealing. The author also used too many cheesy descriptions of Jules being turned on by car exhaust and the smell of fuel injector fluid. The combination of garage mechanic porn and teen novel should not be attempted.

Furthermore, the characters jumped from one activity to another with very little transition. It was a disjointed and sometimes groan-worthy read. . .and they were NOT groans of pleasure.

I would classify this as an older teen read and would suggest libraries replace worn copies of frequently read books, rather than purchase a copy of this one.
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695 reviews461 followers
October 13, 2016
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 more 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 this book when it was compared to one of my faves.


I really enjoyed this story from beginning to end. It starts off immediately with a bang and never waivers. This is an action-packed story filled with intense moments and an edge-of-your-seat feeling from beginning to end. I absolutely loved this group of characters. And though they're technically the "bad guys" breaking the law and all, I couldn't help but route for them. Sometimes people make horribly bad decisions for the best of reasons, and that's how this story felt to me. The characters' walls were all broken down bit by bit as the story progressed and we got to know each one a little bit better. I've found that usually intense stories like this are all about the action and don't go into much depth with the characters. This one, however, was the opposite. We got action PLUS and in-depth look into these characters' pasts and why they were where they were, making the decisions they were making.

There was a bit of a romance, but it was more on the back burner. I'm a huge romance fan, so I ALWAYS love having romance in my books. I have to say though, the way Dawn did this one was really perfect. The romance didn't take away from the action at all, and I truly appreciated that.

The family bond elements were strong in this book too. Despite Jules and her little sister being relocated from house to house more times than they can count, they were truly bonded. They both had the others' interests at heart every step of the way. They would do anything for each other, and I love seeing siblings with a strong relationship like that.

Despite it being a bit too-good-to-be-true at times, and maybe a bit predictable, this story was truly entertaining. I loved it! Dawn Ius has this way of writing characters that are impossible not to become completely invested in. Another hit from Dawn!


(Thanks to Simon Pulse for the review copy!)

Find this review and others like it at Lost in Literature!


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1,065 reviews59 followers
June 12, 2016
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 of the most famous, elusive muscle cars. The teens have seven weeks to find and boost these cars.

Jules is a likeable protagonist. She is doing her best to survive in the foster system, while also taking care of her little sister. Jules didn't intend to get caught stealing another car. She knows the risks of being removed from her current foster home and putting both her and her little sister on the streets. She doesn't trust Roger, her new, slightly creepy and very rich foster parent, nor does she trust the three other teens she and Emma must now live with. Take Nick, for example. Impossibly handsome, rough around the edges and seems to hate Jules from the moment he meets her. Then there is Chelsea, who is both gorgeous and an expert lock pick. And finally tech whizz Matt rounds out the group.

The focus of Overdrive is the heists the group must pull off and there are plenty of high-tension scenes and very fast car chases. The author works hard to keep the reader on the side of Jules, Nick, Matt and Chelsea, who are ultimately breaking the law and stealing cars from innocent, hard-working people. But this is handled well with the teens disliking what they are doing, despite being so good at it, and wanting to break away from the life of crime in which they find themselves.

There is little shown of their downtime. I would have liked to see a little more if their interactions when they weren't focused on stealing the cars, but the focus and quick chapter changes keeps this book very fast paced and action-packed. In this way it is a little less Heist Society and more action movie.

The romance is a nice touch in this fast-paced book, showing a softer, vulnerable side to the tough Jules. Nick starts off being rude and grumpy and he and Jules at first butt heads and share some vicious words. But they make a great team and I enjoyed their interactions, from the teasing and name calling to the very hot and steamy kisses, looks and touches they share. The romance is not the focus of the book, but it adds a great relief to this otherwise full-on book.

I loved the car references, everything from the car talk and trivia to the little terms and metaphors thrown in for good measure. The whole book is a neatly executed novel that is perfect for readers who love a bit of family backstory, strong characters and romance with their action and thrills.

The publishers provided a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Find more reviews on my blog Madison's Library.
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485 reviews40 followers
September 22, 2016
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 heists got enough time, and no plot line felt like it got the chance to develop. I was excited by the premise, but very disappointed by the execution.
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369 reviews101 followers
September 20, 2016
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 gathered them all together for a reason.

Seven weeks. That's how much time Jules and her new crew have to steal seven of the rarest, most coveted muscle cars in the world. If they fail, they'll be back on the harsh streets of Las Vegas... but if they succeed, they'll each have enough money to start fresh again. Chelsea is a gorgeous lock picker from a wealthy background, Mat is a skilled hacker who longs to learn about his family roots, and Nick is a sexy car thief Jules can't get out of her mind.

After turning the final pages of Overdrive, I'm still not really sure what to make of Roger. Sometimes he would seem like a true villain, manipulating Jules by threatening her little sister, and then he'd become a true benefactor, providing the crew with everything they needed to get the heists done and giving in easily to their stipulations. And then sometimes he'd be a creepy old man, especially when he'd admire his newly acquired cars. It was confusing. Was I supposed to pity him? Fear him? Be weirded out by him? Maybe it's all three.

It was inevitable Jules and Nick would be a couple, but I didn't expect it to be so obvious. Nick pulls a complete 180 in a heartbeat, acting like a jerk when Jules initially comes to the mansion and then being all sweet and supportive the rest of the book. It didn't feel like a natural progression, and because the book tried so hard to make Jules and Nick love interests, I didn't really feel too much excitement for them to be together.

Despite some of the faults I felt for the book, Overdrive was still very much a fun, addictive and heart racing read! Other than Ally Carter's Heist Society and Leigh Bardugo's Six of Crows, there really aren't too many YA heist novels that come to my mind, so Dawn Ius's Overdrive was a refreshing change of pace. I'm not a car aficionado like Jules and Nick, so some of the finer details went over my head, but I loved their passion and enthusiasm for old muscle cars.

** I received an ARC from Simon & Schuster Canada in exchange for an honest review. **
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Author 88 books464 followers
February 18, 2016
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.
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418 reviews12 followers
August 13, 2016
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!
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Author 5 books185 followers
August 3, 2016
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!
February 2, 2018
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 does not press charges and a suspicious man named Roger Montgomery adopts the two girls. He welcomes the two girls into his huge and extremely expensive mansion and even customizes the place to make Emma feel right at home. Jules then meets three other people around her age, Nick, Matt, and Chelsea, who each have a specific set of skills developed in their past. As Jules precedes with caution, she learns that she and her new “housemates” are all part of a plan to steal seven extremely expensive and one of a kind cars in seven weeks, otherwise she risks losing her sister to the only place that has ever felt like home to her. The characters proceed to face many challenges and complications as they attempt to steal all seven cars successfully.

The novel was overall pleasant. I feel that this novel should be recommended to those who have a true appreciation for antique cars, otherwise Overdrive may bore the audience. I enjoyed this book due to my interest in learning the mechanics of these automobiles and their need for speed. I additionally adored how well the four teens have bonded and turned into a true family through dangerous times and supported each other when they had no one else t lean onto. This novel was action-packed, and it had me hooked on for a desire to figure out what would happen next. I simply loved how the novel had me high on adrenaline throughout the entirety. Without a doubt, I felt that the novel could have gone into more detail with specific scenes and not just cut off immediately (occasionally in the middle of a scene) and move onto the following day or scene as it would leave me curious how the group fully completed a task. Another additional point that I felt needed improvement was the love story that developed through the main character on the side. Although it was sweet, it was cliche and extremely predictable. Although there were some drawbacks to Overdrive it was a good-natured book.
815 reviews
December 7, 2018
This book was picked because I needed an I author and O title for a to z challenge. Also it is set in Las Vegas, NV a state is hard to find on my read the states challlenge.

Just for that it is a trifecta, but the book delivers.

Jules is forced into boosting cars by her boyfriend but she does it to survive being in foster care and she loves the challenge. Only her luck runs out and instead of jail for car theft an anonymous benefactor swoops in and saves the day.

Jules finds herself at a very rich manison with three other teenagers, who all have been promised something by this elusive man who has lots of money. He also has a thing for collecting things, mainly rare vintage cars. He gives the group 7 weeks to boost 7 cars. At first the list is easy but it gets harder.

Add to the mix, Jules devious ex boyfriend pops up again and does his usual blackmail to get what he wants. Each teenager has something to lose and gain by this heist. This book is heavy on entertainment, laugh out loud moments and will have you rooting the teenagers on as they break many laws.

This book reminds me of Fast n Furious the movie, the hiest books cities and the naturals by Barnes,

Based on why I picked this book, she will be my I author next year too.
215 reviews
November 21, 2017


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 the end, they had trouble with the 6th car. Riley, head of a car thief gang (which Nick was a part of in the past) managed to steal the 6th car and figured out the trap set by Nick and Julia. When the 4 of them tried to steal back the 6th car, Riley trapped them instead. Riley wanted a Mustang Shelby, which Roger had 3 in his Trophy Case. So the 4 of them decided to set up an elaborate plan where they steal one of Roger's Shelby (to appease Riley, who kidnapped Emma), lie to Roger that they got the 6th car, and also call the cops. Ideally, all 3 parties should be at the Trophy Case at the right time.

It ended with Riley being arrested, Roger was let off the hook as he had connections with a senator (who turned out to be Chelsea's father), and Roger fulfilled all his promises to the 4 of them. With the money, Nick opened a garage and Julia co-owned a dance studio.
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2,414 reviews18 followers
July 17, 2019
I received this free eARC novel from Edelweiss. This is my honest review.

This is definitely the teen version of "Gone in 60 Seconds" and "The Fast and the Furious" movies. I loved it so much! It was very fast paced, very adventurous, and even had romance, friendships, and learning to trust again. Jules is a very guarded person, and she's very protective of her younger sister, Emma, so when they finally get a break in the foster system, she's trying to figure out what the catch is.

And there is a catch - one that she didn't see coming. With the help of the other 3 foster teens that Roger has, they have to go on a few more adventures before life can finally be normal for all of them.

I'm kicking myself that I didn't read this when I actually got the eARC, but I am glad that I found it on my kindle and finally read it. I really enjoyed the narration and the characters and the overall message that was given during this book. I may have to look into more books by this author!
26 reviews
February 23, 2017
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 you could have them write their back story without telling them anything in the book.

Sex: Yes
Drugs: Alcohol
Rock & Roll: Car theft, black mail, foster care, and jail.
Language: YES
Violence: yes.
5 reviews
March 22, 2018
I adored this book! This second i read the description, I was immediately intrigued. It's well written and the development of the characters is slow and you feel as if you're with them during the process, which is rare in novels. I fell in love with each and everyone of them right from the start.The novel focuses of the importance of family. The main character is a beautiful, strong , independent young women, that will do anything for her little sister. This book, is fun, dangerous, funny and overall adorable. It's officially one of my all time favourites. I literally finished it in half a day, that's how much I couldn't put it down! I really do recommend this book, it's perfect for a nice, relaxing day off.
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2,261 reviews25 followers
May 18, 2021
Gutsy, gritty, desperate. These are words describing Jules. Desperate to keep her and younger sister Emma together and afloat in the Nevada foster care system, she turned to stealing cars and did so well, she earned the nickname 'Ghost'. Then she got caught and with felony charges looking her in the face, she's angry, scared and even more desperate. When her social worker offers her a deal that seems to good to be true, she's skeptical, but agrees. The next thing she knows, Jules and Emma are living in a mansion with three other foster teens, all with their own secrets and desperate needs. How those play out, requires them to pool their not-so-legal skills and learn to trust each other. This is a fast-paced and very satisfying read, one that took less than an afternoon.
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12 reviews5 followers
February 1, 2018
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. It was very wordy at times and too much dialogue, which is why I gave it a 3/5. Overall, for readers with intrest in cars, and other subjects, this might appeal to you
October 2, 2021
LOVED IT. I really enjoyed how the author really knew their stuff when it came to cars. The list of cars was genius, I feel like it was a great alternative to a hitlist. The plot was amazing. Some of the hoops the characters had to jump through? WHOA. Epic. And it wasn't like they miraculously succeeded every time, either! Things actually went wrong. Not everything went the characters' ways all the time. It was great! I couldn't put this dang thing down. I also liked how there wasn't really that unrealistic trope of unexplained angry tension between the teens for very long. Super unconventional and IMO it really paid off!
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301 reviews1 follower
September 18, 2017
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 appropriate...not just because you can.
3 reviews
December 24, 2018
It was a very nice book. I like the style of the authors writing. The way she writes about the adrenaline that kicks in whenever the main character boosts cars makes me feel like I'm the one boosting the car. The imagery in this book is amazing and I wish to write like Dawn Ius some day. It was also a very interesting read as well. I've never read about stealing cars or cars in general so I enjoyed learning about the different types of rare vintage cars and how car enthusiasts freak out over them.
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41 reviews25 followers
January 3, 2020
This book is objectively horrible from its “im not like other girls” main character to the “bad boy” love interest and casually problematic language. The main character is blinking back tears on every single page and the romance is...almost between sibling? They’re not actual siblings, but it’s enough to make you deeply uncomfortable. It felt like an insult to Gone in 60 Seconds which is a film i hold a deep love for. However, I am a slut for a heist and stealing cars, even if poorly executed.
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