Friday, July 4, 2014

{Blog Tour}: Review: More Than Music by Elizabeth Briggs + Giveaway

Title: More Than Music (Chasing The Dream #1)
Author: Elizabeth Briggs
Publication: Jun 17th 2014
Format: Digital Copy, 229 pages
Source: Dianne (Oops I Read Again Tours! Thanks Dianne!)
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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.

Misfit Review:
*Thanks Dianne for the copy!

At first I was hesitant to read a NEW ADULT novel. I mean, I'm a 20 year old for pete's sake but I find it rather a challenge to submerge into the idea of physical intimacy taken into a whole new level, especially in books, where my imagination, runs really, really, I MEAN, REALLY, REALLY WILD. Excuse me. Here we go...

It's just that once in my life, I'd like to do something bold like that too.

So the novel tells the story of Maddie who goes to a Villain Complex gig where she is supporting her friend, Kyle, the keyboardist of the band, with some friends. She studies classical music and wishes one day to go to grad school and make music score for movies. But her secret lies with her fascination for playing the guitar and when the guitarist of the band, Jared, finds out about her lil' secret, her world goes topsy-turvy.

Not the reaction I'd been expecting. I thought he'd yell at me to get out of his house or think I was another of his swooning groupies. Okay, maybe he wouldn't think that. I didn't look the part with my boring glasses and plain brown hair and flannel shirt. No, he probably assumed creepy stalker fangirl.

I really like Maddie's characterization. She's quite adorable with her geeky style and her tendencies to be hesitant. I kind of relate to her in ways where she wants to grab a certain opportunity but could never bring herself to just go for it in a snap. She was actually a joy to read and I never got frustrated with her.

Somehow I'd been handed my secret dream on a silver platter. Next up, Jared would ask me out, too. Yeah, and then we'd ride off into the sunset on a rainbow unicorn with our million-dollar record deal.

Jared was nice. The quintessential bad boy with a twist in his personality. I wouldn't say I haven't read someone like him but he is amazing and being in a band puts him in a special place in my heart. I just got really pissed at him at around the end but I'm still glad everything worked out.

I looooved the premise of The Sound reminding me somehow of The Voice. And I loved the touch of realism that show-business, in the form of Angel, may be happening. It's such an awesome way of looking at world of television. I loved the addition of contemporary songs and the mixture of rock. It felt like I was taken into a familiar world since music binds my life other than books. 

The door shut and his lips were on mine, cutting me off mid-sentence. His kiss was tentative and searching, a question he wanted me to answer, but I was so surprised I just stood there while my brain caught up to what was happening.

The intimate scenes (bed scenes and kissing scenes) were bearable. I have an active imagination so I can't help but yelp everytime and my Mom would wonder what was wrong with me, but I did love their chemistry and the fact that they had to hide their relationship, added more thrill.

Elizabeth Briggs captures a world of familiarity with music, love and entertainment. I really love how easy the pace was with More Than Music and it wasn't at all frilly and drawn back! I appreciated the subtleties and also the wildness of the situations.

As for taking in my next New Adult read, I might need some recommendations? But for a New Adult, More Than Music is worth the risk for a heart attack. 

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About The Author:

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Elizabeth Briggs is a Young Adult and New Adult author who lives in Los Angeles with her British husband and a bunch of fluffy white rescue dogs. She's a guitar-playing geek who loves books, rock music, and video games, goes to Comic Con every year, and is still hoping to be a Jedi when she grows up.

Elizabeth currently works with WriteGirl to mentor at-risk or pregnant teen girls in writing, to help them get through high school and into college. She also volunteers with Bichon FurKids to help rescued dogs find a new, loving home. She previously worked as an intern for literary agent Jill Corcoran of Jill Corcoran Literary Agency, an intern for Entangled Publishing, and an editor for Curiosity Quills Press.

Elizabeth is represented by Kate Schafer Testerman of KT Literary and is a member of SCBWI and RWA.

Check out more from the tour by clicking the banner on top! :) Thanks again to Oops I Read Again Tours for allowing me to tour and review this book! Thanks Misfit Booknerds for all the support!

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