Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Our Song Book Tour: Review + Giveaway!

Welcome to my post for the Our Song book tour, organized by Shane at Itching for Books! This book was so wonderful and I'm so excited to host for it. I have a review and a copy of Our Song. But, first, allow me to introduce the book:

Released: May 2, 2013
Publisher: Razorbill

Olive Bell has spent her entire life in the beautiful suburb of Vista Valley, with a picture-perfect home, a loving family, and a seemingly perfect boyfriend. But after a near-fatal car accident, she s haunted by a broken heart and a melody that she cannot place.

Then Olive meets Nick. He s dark, handsome, mysterious … and Olive feels connected to him in a way she can t explain. Is there such a thing as fate? The two embark on a whirlwind romance until Nick makes a troubling confession.

Heartbroken, Olive pieces together what really happened the night of her accident and arrives at a startling revelation. Only by facing the truth can she uncover the mystery behind the song and the power of what it means to love someone.

My Rating: 4.5 Roses

A very sweet book about coming of age, defying expectations, looking past surfaces, and finding new love. Our Song was a wonderful read, one that will have you smiling.

This book was a very summer reading type of book, but a little more serious. It focused more on the character's and their growth than anything else. Character driven more than plot driven.

Olive was a likable heroine. I found her easy to relate to with how she reacted to her new life and her conflicted desires to fit in with her old crowd and to become her own person. She was very stalwart in dealing with the changes in her life. She might have been knocked over a few times, but she won't let anything keep her down. She grows up a lot throughout the course of the book.She went from following everyone's expectation for how her life would plan out to making her own decisions. My one issue with her was that she experience a huge moment of weakness near the end of the book and nearly ruined all of her progress. It made me want to shake her because she almost messed up everything that she had accomplished. It kind of made me want to throw the book across the room. But, she came to her senses and became a person that I could respect. By the end of the book, I really liked her character.

Nick was a mystery. We don't get to find out much about him until later in the book when he finally opens up to Olive. Before that, we see that he is a sweet guy who is unafraid to take risks and likes to live life to the fullest. And we see that something is haunting him that keeps him from doing just that. I got a little annoyed with his reticence but, when I found out the truth, it was entirely understandable why he didn't want to talk about it. I thought he was a wonderful character and an adorable love interest. With a very wonderful English accent. And who can say no to an accent?

The romance was very light. It was less of a main focus and more part of Olive's, and Nick's to an extent, growth. It allowed Olive to move past her old life and embrace her new life. And it allowed Nick to accept his past and be able to embrace life again. I thought it was very well done and very sweet.

The plot was steadily paced. I was kept interested the entire way through and especially hooked on the mystery of the song (BTW, I thought that meaning of the song, when it was revealed, was very cute) and the mystery of what truly happened the night of the accident (definitely a shocker). And the ending was wonderful. It tied up the story while leaving the future of the characters open to possibility.

Our Song was a lovely YA romance. Sweet, light, and guaranteed to make you both smile and tear up. If you're looking for a great read for the summer, this is your book.

*I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review
Up for grabs is a copy of Our Song. US only. Ends June 19.
Good luck!

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About the Author:
Jordanna Fraiberg was born in Montreal, Quebec, and currently lives in L.A., where she settled after receiving degrees from Harvard and Oxford. A former national squash champion and Hollywood film executive, she now divides her time between dreaming up stories and chasing her toddler. She is the author of Our Song andIn Your Room.


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  2. Great review. Thanks for participating!