Thursday, September 18, 2014

One, Two, Three Blog Tour: Review + Giveaway!

Title:One, Two, Three…
Author Elodie Nowodazkij
Publication date: June 26th 2014
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult
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When seventeen-year-old Natalya’s dreams of being a ballerina are killed in a car accident along with her father, she must choose: shut down—like her mother—or open up to love.

Last year, Natalya was attending the School of Performing Arts in New York City. Last year, she was well on her way to becoming a professional ballerina. Last year, her father was still alive.

But a car crash changed all that—and Natalya can’t stop blaming herself. Now, she goes to a regular high school in New Jersey; lives with her onetime prima ballerina, now alcoholic mother; and has no hope of a dance career.

At her new school, however, sexy soccer player Antonio sees a brighter future for Natalya, or at least a more pleasant present, and his patient charms eventually draw her out of her shell.

But when upsetting secrets come to light and Tonio’s own problems draw her in, Natalya shuts down again, this time turning to alcohol herself.

Can Natalya learn to trust Antonio before she loses him—and destroys herself?
One, Two, Three is an emotionally rooted story of an injured ballerina’s recovery, grief and relationships after a horrific accident kills her father and shatters her dreams.   
Natalya has always wanted to be prima ballerina and she’s well on her way to achieving her dream when she and her father get into a terrible car accident. Not only does her father not make it but she is also left with such extensive injuries that it is unlikely she will be able to dance again, not that such news will keep her from trying. Nataly and her mother, Katya, move into her grandmother’s house, a place Natalya used to spend her summers. Katya, who has always had a drinking problem, is overcome with grief and seeks escape through drinking non-stop. Natalya is dealing with a lot but she is making it through until a huge secret is revealed and she turns to her mother’s coping machismos.

I really loved how the author allows Natalya to put it all out there, she does not gloss over or sugar coat alcoholism. Natalya has so much dumped on her at one time that you can see where she was headed but that doesn’t take away from the story at all. It’s all part of her experience and it feels like you are right there with her.

Antonio is the love interest of the story, although he starts off as more of an annoyance. He turns out to be right what Natalya needs and even thought their relationship isn’t prefect, you can see why it works. I do wish there was more about his past. I felt like there is a lot more to Antonio than what is in this book, but since this is only the first book in the series, I can only hope that we will get to know a lot more about him.

There are a lot of wonderful secondary characters in this story, each one serves a wonderful purpose for Natalya. Each character is interesting in their own way and, again, I hope to see a lot more of them as the series continues.

The beginning of this book is a little slow and repetitive. I felt like there where some parts of the 
beginning that could have been cut down in order to move the story along. Once the story picks up the pacing is just right and it’s hard to stop reading.

This being only book number one, it does have an open ended finish. I was left wanting more, which is the point of a series.

If you are in the mood for an emotional romance with a marred heroine that you can’t help but to root for, you will enjoy One, Two, Three.

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Elodie Nowodazkij was raised in a tiny village in France, where she could always be found a book in hand. At nineteen, she moved to the US, where she learned she'd never lose her French accent. She graduated with a bachelor's degree in Modern Language & Linguistics, and later earned master's degrees in German Cultural Studies and European Studies. Unbeknownst to her professors, she sometimes drafted stories in class. Now she lives in Germany with her husband and their cat (who doesn't seem to realize he's not human), and uses her commuting time to write the stories swirling in her head. She's also a serial smiley user.

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