Friday, September 4, 2015

Joni, Underway by Kelly Oram and Jonathan Harrow {Blog Tour Review and Giveaway}

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We are so excited to feature this Brand new book from Best Selling Author Kelly Oram and her talented husband Jonathan Harrow!

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Kelly Oram wrote her first novel at age fifteen--a fan fiction about her favorite music group, The Backstreet Boys, for which her family and friends still tease her. She's obsessed with reading, talks way too much, and likes to eat frosting by the spoonful.

Jonathan Harrow left a career in Hollywood to pursue his dream of writing novels. He has an author crush on Charlotte Bronte, and a real crush on his author wife, YA bestseller Kelly Oram.

They live in Phoenix with their four kids and their cat, Mr. Darcy.

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Nineteen year old Joni is loving life as an adult—living on her own, dealing with grown-up things like jobs, hook-ups, and doing her own laundry. Best of all: after finishing her first year at ASU, she will never again be called a freshman.
But when her brother is suddenly killed in a car accident, Joni’s adult life is turned upside down. Struggling to cope with loss, guilt, and anger—not to mention the meddling of friends and family trying to “fix” her—Joni is relieved to be presented with an escape in the form of a sailing trip her brother had been planning for months before he died.
With her first step onto the sailing vessel Lady Marguerite, Joni plunges into an adventure that will mark the beginning of her real adult life—a journey across the ominous dark blue of the Atlantic Ocean with a small, eccentric crew, and the young Captain Reid, whose gorgeous looks are only outmatched by his talent for care and kindness. Unfolding through the ups and downs of life at sea is an unforgettable story reminding us that love will always be a work-in-progress and coming of age never gets old.

Purchase your copy here: http://amzn.com/B00YDSK0J6

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The story begins with a losing win for Joni in a critical college softball game and that seems to be a theme throughout this coming of age story. Joni immerses herself in school and sports, while distancing herself from her family. Joni comes across as very mature, but she's still growing up. The party scene, hook ups, drama, and outward appearances aren't her thing and her friends are always urging her to find her thing. Life as she knows it changes completely when her brother suddenly dies. A big trip that he had planned falls into her lap and at the spur of the moment, she goes in his place--a trip that changes her whole life and helps her find her groove.

Captain Reid is young, good looking, and full of wisdom from his vast life experiences in such a short existence. The handful of people on board are very unique, different, and there for their own reasons, which are gradually made known. This unlikely crew forms a bond through their good times and trials and that bond wrapped itself around my heart. We have an interracial couple, two old timer Korean war vets who are very salty and crude, yet like big teddy bears, a young teen who is trying to figure herself out, and Joni and the captain. Each person brings something to the story through their personalities and lessons learned and contributes a lot to Joni's overall growth.

I really enjoyed the setting--a cruise from Maine to Norway--and everything that happens in between. I grew to like the characters a lot and loved watching friendships form. The ending is full of twists that had my emotions on a roller coaster, leaving me unsure how to feel. Great story by this husband-wife duo!

Of course, I wish there was less language and innuendo, but with the types of characters involved, those things made it more realistic. It wouldn't have been the same story without those elements.

Content: moderate language (a few words used a lot--not the offensive one); mild violence/moments of peril; moderate romantic elements (non descriptive talk of hook ups, 2-3 non-descriptive scenes involving no clothes, kissing/making out, hinting at same sex attraction). Technically clean, especially for the genre (new adult).

**I received a copy from Loving the Book tour group in exchange for an honest review**

3.5 out of 5 Stars
 
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