Release Day Blitz & ARC Review: Everything-Melissa Pearl


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cooltext1889161239 copyJody Pritchett had a dream…but life had other plans. Instead of singing and dancing on Broadway, Jody’s a twenty-year-old single mom, living at home with her disapproving father and overbearing sister. The choice to keep her little Angelia came with a high price and although she adores her baby girl, it doesn’t take away the sting of kissing goodbye her chance at a career on the stage.

Leo Sinclair had his own dream…but got lost along the way. After a failed marriage that left him hollow and downtrodden, the Australian songwriter wonders what joy his future could possibly hold. Encouraged by the one family member who doesn’t think he’s a failure, Leo decides to stop living the life everyone expects him to and start chasing his dreams again.

When the perfect opportunity comes knocking, Leo leaves Australia behind and hops a flight to LA. With his sights set on selling a musical to a Broadway producer, Leo is determined to finally realize his life-long dream. But life gets in the way again, when he spots a young mother outside his apartment in tears. He never realized how one person, one voice, and one Angel could have him contemplating abandoning his dreams once again.

As these two burned hearts wrestle to overcome their past struggles, Leo and Jody must decide what dreams are worth clinging to…because, sometimes, everything you want is not everything you need.

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***I received this eARC as a gift in exchange for an honest review via the author and in participation with this tour.

 

PROS:

  • One of the most unique and compelling aspects of the Songbird series is the ability for the reader to actively participate in the story with a song list specifically designed for the book. Having read Fever and Bulletproof, Everything breathes music in a way that exceeds the first two books. The characters are theatrical, passionate, and express their emotions best through that perfect song. There’s an eclectic mix that is multiple genres with various singers that fit the tone. Adding music heightened the feelings already swirling through my thoughts as I read. Writing reviews, I hardly ever listen to music but I have Your Song on repeat as I type, it feels right.
  • Jody speaks for everyone who has ever had a dream that got put on hold by a hard hit from life. Her pain is a heady mixture of rage, regret, and sadness. Jody had beautiful goals, visions of her name up in lights, and she had the talent to achieve it. One mistake, one choice shattered her hopes for Broadway and landed her with an adorable little girl, Angel. Jody’s frustration is incredibly easy to identify with-the pressure from her family, her feelings that she’s a failure, a gigantic disappointment to her loved ones, and that she never has enough hands to deal with her child. She struggles to find footing in a world she was thrown into much too young and to give up on her dream because it’s just not feasible with a baby. If you’ve read the other books in this series, you’d remember Jody as a spitfire, bright girl with a vivaciousness that shouted from the pages, seeing her broken and grieving is heartbreaking, it cuts deep.
  • There’s a scene where Jody is singing a song from Les Miserables at the piano and crying her heart out. My heart ached for her, every ounce of her pain radiated through sharp and biting, and I almost cried right along with her. The sheer emotional power of that scene took my breath away.
  • Leo is cute. He’s not sexy or alpha male but he’s a genuinely nice person. The adoration and honesty in his eyes is enough to make any red blooded girl melt. He’s compassionate, caring, and worships Jody. Everything about her makes him inspired, his feelings explode when she’s around him. He’s playful and laid back, he always has a song in mind and he listens. He never tells Jody her dreams are out of reach. What makes Leo so swoon worthy is his encouragement and faith in Jody and their dream. His so positive he practically glows. He lights up the room with his awkward charm.
  • Leo calms Jody’s stormy emotions and Jody is Leo’s muse. They fit deliciously together, the perfect little family. Their love scenes are soft and sweet with a lot of silly flair. ❤

 

CONS:

  • Jody’s relationship with Stefan was reflected in bursts of memory and a brief encounter later in the story. While you can feel Jody’s lust and naiveté, I don’t think there were enough scenes to understand Jody’s compulsion towards Stefan and to justify her sense of loss when it was so short lived.
  • Unless you’ve read the other books in this series, you won’t be able to comprehend Jody’s animosity towards her mother and the scarring it left behind. These books, for the most part, could be read as standalones.
  • Leo’s marriage to Gerry and subsequent divorce could have been expanded upon just so that the reader could see how it fell apart and Leo’s drive to escape. Leo gets angry for a hot second and then it’s as if he shrugs it off, years of his life, I couldn’t fathom being that nonchalant about it.
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Melissa Pearl was born in Auckland, New Zealand, but has spent much of her life abroad, living in countries such as Jordan, Cyprus and Pakistan… not to mention a nine month road trip around North America with her husband. “Best. Year. Ever!!” She now lives in China with her husband and two sons. She is a trained elementary teacher, but writing is her passion.
Since becoming a full time mother she has had the opportunity to pursue this dream and her debut novel hit the internet in November 2011. Since then she has continued to produce a steady stream of books. Recently she signed with Evatopia Press and her first Evatopia book is coming out in February 2014 – True Colors, The Masks Series #1. She is very excited to be trying out new things this year while continuing to publish under her own name as well. She has six books planned for 2014 and is excited about writing each and every one of them.
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Pleasant reading,
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