Monday, June 27, 2011

Book Review : Songbird

By: Angela Fristoe
Publisher: Little Prince Publishing
Pages: 208
Source: TeenBookScene Tour

There are defining moments in life when everything changes. For Dani Mays, it was the day she witnessed her father kill her brother. Now seventeen years-old, she still hasn't put it behind her.

After Jace's death, she bounced between her alcoholic mother and foster homes, until she found a permanent place. And a reason to stay: Reece Tyler He's her best friend, yet Dani wants more from Reece.

Faced with possibly losing Reece, Dani struggles to define his place in her life and escape the memories of her brother's death and the influence it has over her choices. Even as she weaves the pieces of her heart back together, the past becomes more than a memory when a former foster brother reappears and Dani begins receiving threatening phone calls.

Summary Taken from Goodreads
Yani's Mini-Review:
I received this book as part of a book tour and I am so glad I signed up for it. This book has one of the most emotional starts to a book I have ever read. Literally my first note about the book was "I was crying by page 4." Dani is someone that's been through a lot in life, she carries all this emotional baggage and you can tell it affects her every day. I really loved this part of the story.

The story is told in the present with past memories seeping in between. I loved the style of it and I loved the emotional past memories and it shows how Dani has grown because of it.

What I didn't like much was how the story progresses. I felt Angela added more and more for Dani to deal with, and while I can see what she was trying to do, I feel like the story got a little bombarded and diluted from what should have been the main focus. While I did love Dani's relationship with Reece (friendship to love), I wanted to hit them sometimes when they couldn't see what was right in front of them!

I have no quotes to give on this one, it's an adventure you will have to discover on your own...
My Review in a Tweet: Heart wrenching, emotional, and deals with so many issues. You are instantly inside Dani's mind and hope that things will work out for that songbird.

Plot: 4/5
Writing Style: 4/5
Uniqueness: 5/5
Characters: 4/5

Angela Fristoe is a debut novelist with Little Prince Publishing and is gearing up for the release of her first YA Romance, Songbird. She was the winner, and double finalist, in the Romance category of The Strongest Start Contest 2010 hosted by The Next Big Writer. When not writing, she teaches and spends time with her family.

ebook $2.99
print $8.99
ISBN: 978-0615470491

Angela's Website & Blog
Songbird Website


Ashley said...

I agree with a lot of what you said here! Great review! I expected more from a story with a beginning that powerful, but all in all, I did enjoy this one. 

We Heart YA said...

Wow, we've not heard about this one at all! We love the description/premise, and we're glad you enjoyed it! Sounds like one to check out.

Jacinda @ Reading Housewives said...

I've been hearing about these first 4 pages! Great review Yani!

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