Monday, July 6, 2020

Blog Tour: Not Another Love Song - Olivia Wildenstein

Not Another Love Song

Olivia Wildenstein
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Publisher: Swoon Reads
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
An aspiring teenage singer finds herself playing a different tune when she falls for a boy who could jeopardize her future dreams in Olivia Wildenstein's romantic YA novel, Not Another Love Song.

Angie has studied music her entire life, nurturing her talent as a singer. Now a high school senior, she has an opportunity to break into Nashville's music scene via a songwriting competition launched by her idol, Mona Stone. Discouraged by her mother, who wishes Angie would set more realistic life goals, she nonetheless pours her heart and soul into creating a song worthy of Mona.

But Angie's mother is the least of her concerns after she meets Reedwood High’s newest transfer student, Ten. With his endless collection of graphic tees, his infuriating attitude, smoldering good looks, and endearing little sister, Ten toys with the rhythm of Angie’s heart.

She’s never desired anything but success until Ten entered her life. Now she wants to be with him and to be a songwriter for Mona Stone, but she can’t have both.

And picking one means losing the other.

Angie dreams of becoming a professional musician, and a song writing competition sponsored by her all-time favorite singer seems like a perfect stepping stone. Then Ten enters her life, and she finds herself having to choose between him and her dream. 

I love reading about people who have a deep and driving passion, and Angie was one of those people. Her musical aspirations were huge, and she was more than willing to put in the time and effort to achieve her dream. Though Angie knew hard work was required to get anywhere, she learned a tough lesson about the price of fame, which sort of stole some of that shine, but I am glad to say, it did not deter her from her musical ambitions. 

The girl and her dream was a big part of this story, but it was also about first love. Angie had always been so focused on honing her musical skills, and therefore, never had much time for boys. But, maybe, it was because the right boy didn't come around until she met Ten. Angie and Ten had an instant attraction. There was a definite spark between them, when they first met, and it was cute watching the two of them trying to unravel the feelings they were feeling. 

I wasn't sure what to think of Ten at first, but once Angie was able to cut through some of his armor, I was able to see just how wonderful he was. I won't lie, he had to do an apology tour more than once during this book, but he had reasons for what he did or thought. He made up for it by being a world class big brother and a rather doting and lovely boyfriend. 

I found myself fully absorbed in this story, and I have admit, I was happy to find it leaned towards the fluffy side. I sort of just needed a bit of a break from the world, and this book had the perfect amount of humor, drama, and romance to make that happen. 

Overall: A sweet and heartwarming story of finding first love and chasing your dreams. 

Back in 2015, we visited Nashville, where this story takes place, and Sloth even went to some of the locations mentioned in the book. 

* ARC received in exchange for an honest review.


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USA TODAY bestselling author Olivia Wildenstein grew up in New York City and earned her bachelor’s in comparative literature from Brown University. After designing jewelry for a few years, Wildenstein traded in her tools for the writing life, which made more sense considering her college degree.

When she’s not sitting at her computer, she’s psychoanalyzing everyone she meets (Yes. Everyone), eavesdropping on conversations to gather material for her next book, and attempting not to forget one of her kids in school.

She has a slight obsession with romance, which might be the reason why she writes it. She’s a hybrid author of over a dozen mature Young Adult love stories. 


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