Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Blog Tour - Review: Our Song by Jordanna Fraiberg


Today, I'm part of the Our Song tour hosted by Itching for Books. I was very lucky to receive a physical copy from the US and I had the pleasure of talking with her. I'm very pleased to be part of this tour. My stop is an review, so I hope y'all enjoy it! But first here is a little more about the book...

Title - Our Song
Author - Jordanna Fraiberg
Publisher - Razorbill
Pages - 338
Released - May 2nd 2013
Source - Copy via the Publsiher
Order - Amazon 

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.





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.


jordannafraiberg.com | @Jfraiberg




Review:

This for me was the perfect contemporary romance of 2013. It was just beautiful and if anyone knows me, any mention of Photography within a book is my Achilles heel. Photography is a way to capture the impossible moment with the combination of the heart-felt romance was just magical. Am I babbling, terribly sorry I just get caught in the moment...

In Olive Bell's world, she has transcended into another person after a near-death experience in a car crash. She was a miracle, and now she feels she doesn't fit in. Her family is the too-perfect reputation of Vista Valley but they have no idea what is happening to their daughter. Her (so called) boyfriend, Derek made her d things that she didn't want to do, but she continues to be inspired by repartee and reputation of being a 'Golden Boy'. By she is left destroyed by his ignorance and gullible nature and left with this unfinished and mysterious surrounding her life and future. Its time for her to find her new path within this 'second-chance' of life. 

Olive is an emotionally compromised character for a positive reason, her story is ruled by her heart never her head.  Her best-friend Annie, clearly knows this but she does sees the person in front of her, not what lies underneath. Now this chance, shows a new aspect that was mesmerizing as an reader/reviewer. Her character grew constantly throughout the book. Her natural ability at capturing a moment that meant the climax of the novel as well as showing her true nature along with her subject. This song was her journey but it also held a partner to save each other from their despair. Basically, I admired Olive in so many ways that I just want to live the second chance that she has been given. Jordanna really connected me on a creative ans sensitive level of Olive's character.

As part of pleasing her parents and share experience she goes to a support group 'NDS' (The Near-Death Society) but she didn't know she was going to find a mysterious guy named Nick, with a tortured past and non-existent present. Nick is your quintessential cliche of a dark, mysterious and handsome guy in a contemporary read. However, his story is much more complicated and heart-felt. One minute he can be your fun, loving and peaceful guy, but that is only a mask for really lies beneath, death, tragedy, guilt and loneliness. His suffering is tormenting him with every breath he takes until Olive came along that had some resemblance of what he could be going through. Its been a while since I don't know what is in the male characters head through the use of perspectives, but this sudden change in structure I can still figure out who Nick really is and what he can become.

Secondary characters, like Annie and Derek really had an impact and influence over these main protagonists of the novel. Annie is Olive's best friend and she saw Olive's relationship in a different and more realistic way rather than Olive's clouded judgement over her so called love of Derek. Now Derek, I could have just strangled throughout the entire book he was mentioned. His political and hard-working attitude was just a front for the conniving and deceitful boy that he is at the age of 18. He needed to grow UP!

Overall, Jordanna created a very compelling, heat-felt and magical novel based on real-life and life-altering situations. Her characters, Olive and Nick fitted like to two peas in a pod making me love them even more. Like I said this the for me the Contemporary Romance of 2013 so far. 


Thank you to Jordanna and Razorbill for sending me a copy for an honest review.

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Thank you for stopping by my stop and I hope you enjoy.

9 comments:

  1. Definitely a light, but still meaningful, YA contemporary romance! I love how Jordanna Fraiberg explored so many different themes outside of just coming of age after a near-death experience. Her writing style is impressive too! So glad you loved this one :)

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  2. Ahhhhh on a contemporary slump at the moment but this sounds right up my alley. Great review, Emma :D

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  3. Awesome review. Glad you loved it.

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  4. Lots of people seem to enjoy this one. I'm only afraid that it'd be too typical. It doesn't sound like it but it's me after all. Great review :)

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  5. I adore Annie's personality and like you, I loved the scenes talking about Olive taking photos! Brilliant review :)

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  6. This is another book that I haven't heard of before. But the fact that you've regarded it as your top contemporary romance read of the year has made me eager to give it a try! Lovely review Emma! :)

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  7. Wow, this sounds amazing! I love contemporary but I don't read enough of it. I haven't heard of this book before so I'll definitely add it to my wishlist. I don't live in the US so I can't enter the giveaway *sobs* but good luck to everyone else who enters :)

    I'm so glad that you're back! I'm also back from my break *throws confetti( so I'm very excited :D

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  8. Great Review Emma! Perfect Contemporary of the year, I must read it then. I'm glad that Olive was a character that you liked. Derek sounds like a jerk. But Yay your back!! How did your exams go? Thanks for stopping by my haul, so far ACID is awesome. It's really fascinating and I'm so intrested to find out more and did I mention we have a kick-ass female lead.

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  9. Wow, such high praise! I haven't heard much about this book, but I'll definitely have to check it out now. Lovely review, Emma. :)

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