Blog Tour - Book Review: More Than Music by Elizabeth Briggs

SERIES. Chasing the Dream
RELEASE DATE. June 17, 2014
PUBLISHER. Elizabeth Briggs
PAGES. 303 
FORMAT. eARC
AGE GROUP. New Adult
GENRE/S. Contemporary Romance

SYNOPSIS. 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.

THOUGHTS. When it comes to books in the new adult variety, these are the sort of books that usually I am fastidious about. It could take several considerations before one could convince me. Surprisingly, something on Elizabeth Briggs’ debut novel had me on a tight grasp, that instead of the need to escape from it, it drew me closer and made me want to hold on. Truth be told, More Than Music is too good to let go. Simply too good.

With a plot that is heavily designed against the backdrop of music, it’s easy to associate with the More Than Music. Even if you aren't an artist yourself or musically inclined or a fan of bands and music competitions, you'll surely get lost into More Than Music. Briggs’ creativity and knowledge of music is impressive and has truly reflected on the intriguing band names to beautifully titled songs—which would have been much better if the lyrics of the songs were actually composed to render a more beautiful setup into More Than Music—to the apparent influences of actual music competitions, even more with how Briggs was able to capture the pretense and glamour of these competitions. The addition and mentions of familiar songs also offer readers more engagement and interest into the story.

But More Than Music is literally more than music.

There is romance, romance that had me in deliquium for most of the time. While music plays a heavy role into the story, it doesn't overpower the true desire of Briggs to tell a love story of two people brought upon by their dreams and passion. It’s unexpected that the romance doesn’t at all tread in the same pavement where most of the books in the new adult variety right now are: over-sexualized to the point of becoming erotic. The romance in More Than Music begins in a mutual understanding and lets you relish on that feeling—of yearning and hopefulness—until it builds up and intensifies without becoming too revealing or too shocking, just the right amount to leave satisfaction to the readers.

Although the story of More Than Music draws comparison to a few new adult books, the characters aren't who you would expect as character tropes. Maddie’s character is a standout among the throngs of new adult heroines. Even though she is a student of classical music, it doesn't feel like she is socially unwanted or a character close to perfection. Most readers may find her simple but when it comes to decisions and choices she makes, she lets both her heart and mind be involve. She's a character that anyone would surely love. Jared, on the other hand, is Maddie’s opposite. A musician by heart, his is a persona of a Casanova, evidence of a trend in the new adult genre, but Jared’s character is a latch down compared to other new adult heroes. Broken and angst-filled don’t hugely apply to his character. Sure, he's a rock star--tattooed and imperative and another new adult hero girls would be dreaming about--but don't think of him as a bad boy either. He's more careful and more balanced in handling decisions and Briggs does a great job in making that believable. Among the other characters in More Than Music, Kyle and Hector are two other characters that are unforgettable and noteworthy. In all honesty, More Than Music wouldn't work without them. If called for, Briggs could even write a separate story for either of Kyle or Hector, or even both.

Beautiful and blistering, Elizabeth Brigg's More Than Music is a fresh addition to the new adult variety. I look forward to seeing more from this author.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR. 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.

GIVEAWAY
Elizabeth Briggs is sponsoring a giveaway as part of the tour that includes a signed finished copy of MORE THAN MUSIC, an eBook copy of MORE THAN MUSIC, and a $10 Amazon gift card. All you need to do is to enter through the Rafflecopter. Giveaway is open to everyone. It ends July 20, 2014. MORE THAN MUSIC tour is made possible by the Oops! I Read A Book Again Blog Tours. Follow the rest of the tour here.

3 comments:

  1. This sounds like a great read.

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  2. More Than Music reminded me of one of my favorite books: How To Kill A Rockstar. They both centered into music and romance, too. I liked it that the main protagonist can stand out from all the other heroines as well. Lovely review, Von. :)

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  3. Nothing interests me more than music and romance, so this book is right up my alley. Thanks for the heads up!

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