Saturday, December 27, 2014

Review: More Than Music by Elizabeth Briggs

More Than Music
(Chasing Dreams, #1)
by Elizabeth Briggs
New Adult Realistic Contemporary
Asked to Review
Average Goodreads Rating: 3.85 
Published on: June 17, 2014
Pages: 303

Before I get into my review, here's the synopsis from Goodreads:

Music major Maddie Taylor just finished her junior year of college and has a summer internship lined up with the LA Philharmonic, yet every night she practices guitar and secretly dreams of a louder life. But geeky girls like her don't get to be rock stars. That is, until tattooed singer Jared Cross catches her playing guitar and invites her to join his band on The Sound, a reality TV show competition.

Once on the show, Maddie discovers there’s more to Jared than his flirty smile and bad boy reputation – and that he’s just as big a geek as she is. With each performance their attraction becomes impossible to ignore, but when the show pressures them to stay single they’re forced to keep their relationship secret.

As the competition heats up, Jared will do whatever it takes for his band to win, and Maddie must decide if following her dream is worth losing her heart.

My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars. 

Disclaimers: I received an e-galley of this novel from the publisher in exchange for my honest opinion. I was not obligated to write a good review nor did I receive any compensation for writing this review.

An Overview of the Novel: Maddie Taylor is a classically trained musician. She plays piano and violin and has an intern lined up. Everything is set until the guitarist in her friend Kyle's band quits days before a big audition for a reality TV show.

Kyle's brother Jared caught Maddie playing one of their songs and now he's begging her to help them out. Maddie has always wanted to play guitar, but has never played in front of anybody but her roommates.

Reluctantly, she agrees and next thing she knows they are on the reality show. But things aren't quite what they seem. And then there's Jared. Maddie has always been attracted to him, and now that they are spending every second with each other, it's hard to ignore it. But she promised everybody on the band, she wouldn't fall for him and Jared is a notorious play-boy. And then there's the issue of the show not wanting to sign another band with a relationship.

But the heart wants what it wants.

My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: I really enjoyed this novel. I went into it without any expectations really. I fell in love with it. I loved the characters (even when they were being idiots). The writing was fantastic and the pacing was excellent.

I loved this one and will definitely be reading more by this author. Briggs created this world of intrigue and romance that drew me in from the beginning page until the very last one.

I loved Maddie. She was such a real character. She was so real and true to herself. I loved that she wasn't willing to sell-out. She was a strong female character.

Jared was a character that I also liked. He had a lot depth. He wasn't just another bad-boy. Instead, he felt very dimensional. I enjoyed watching these two characters interact throughout the show. 

Like I said, they both were stupid at times but I loved them anyway.

This novel is definitely recommended for fans of realistic contemporary and the New Adult genre. 

So why 4 stars? I adored it. It stood out of the crowd and I would consider buying this one. A great read. I can't wait to read the sequel. 

Warnings/Side-notes: It's new adult enough said. Sexual references appropriate for 17+. 

The Wrap-up: A great novel that I enjoyed immensely. The writing was just brilliant. 


Danica Page

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