Love in B Minor (Elodie Nowodazkij)

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No promises. No fake tomorrows. That was the plan.

New city. New life. At least, that’s what nineteen-year-old Jen Harrison believes. On the surface, she’s living her dream: dancing in a prestigious dance company in Paris. But her sister’s death and the mistakes she’s tried to bury haunt her. She’s become a pro at hiding who she truly is, and she definitely doesn’t want a guy to derail her, but a one night-stand she can do. Nothing more. She definitely doesn’t plan to see the sexy stranger who made her laugh for the first time in years ever again.  

Girls don’t walk away from Lucas Wills. Bad boy turned rock star, he’s got his share of groupies. Always upfront, he doesn’t promise fake tomorrows because love can destroy everything. Been there, done that. His ex not only lied to him, she stomped on his heart, used him to become famous, and almost ruined him. So, waking up alone after a night beyond his wildest imagination with a girl he just met shouldn’t upset him, shouldn’t inspire one of the saddest songs he’s ever written, shouldn’t make him want to chase after her.  

When Jen, the one-night stand who got away, auditions to be a dancer in Lucas’ next music video, they can’t stop their growing attraction. But Jen’s secrets and his ex could shatter the careers they tried so hard to build and their hearts…they will have to decide what’s more important and if love is worth the fight.


This was yet another buddy read with Cátia@The Girl Who Read Too Much. Go to her blog and check out her review HERE. 😀

Now, this was my 5th book by Elodie Nowodazkij, having previously read all the other titles in the Broken Dreams series:

Love in B Minor is an awesome addition to the series, and it is close to being my favorite of the series, though this one diverges in a big way from the 2 previous stories… beginning with the fact that this book falls within the New Adult genre, due to the age of the protagonists, while the previous stories were well within the Young Adult genre. It is also different when you read about a character that you’re already fond of, and Jen – after a less stellar start in A Summer Like No Other, she really came around in Always Second Best and became super close to Emilia, so I was already fond of her.

I liked the writing style and it’s allusions to ballet, and luckily it wasn’t overdone, which meant that the story flowed well and quickly.

Quick time-out for a huge fangirling moment: Elodie Nowodazkij included references to Villain Complex, the band from Elizabeth Briggs Chasing the Dream series in this book, and I was ecstatic!

I really liked the two main characters and how they were both going through quite similar things, with Jen dealing with the death of her younger sister and Lucas dealing with the death of his best friend, and I really liked how they supported and listened to each other. Their relationship was super cute, though I will admit that Nick and Em are still my favorites. But this is undeniable instalove, and a pretty fast one at that too… I mean, within 3 days of knowing each other they’re way too intense.

Now, this book really surprised me. BIG.TIME. I did not see that coming…. at all, and I still can’t quite wrap my head around what happened.

I did have one thing that bothered me quite a bit, and that was some inconsistencies in the timeline, mostly of some characters’ lives. There was a particular event that technically happened at three different points in time, and not all of them made sense with the rest of the story.

All in all, I really liked this book, it was so not what I was expecting! So, have you read the Broken Dreams series? Why not? Get to it! 😛

One Dream Only (Broken Dreams #0.5) & One, Two, Three (Broken Dreams #1) (Elodie Nowodazkij)

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One Dream Only:

She thought she was on her way to the top…

Sixteen-year-old Natalya Pushkaya has one dream and one dream only: becoming the best ballerina ever. Dancing’s always been who she is and she’s working her hardest to land the main role of the School of Performing Arts’ end-of-the-year showcase. But…will she make it?

Within a week, Natalya’s life will be changed forever.


This little novella was heartbreaking. It’s goes through the events of a week, alternating between the before and after the accident that changes Natalya’s life forever. Heartbreaking.

I really liked to get to know Natalya in the before. Having read A Summer Like No Other and Always Second Best  I knew a bit about Natalya’s from Em’s POV, but this had a totally different feel to it. I’m also glad that I read the novella before the novel below, because it made me understand Natalya a lot better.

The only thing that made me rate it lower was that nothing actually happens… I finished the novella knowing Nata better, but that was it. Now… onto to the novel.


One, Two, Three:

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,seventeen-year-old Natalya Pushkaya 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. Keeping him an arabesque away proves to be a challenge for Natalya and his patient charms eventually draw her out of her shell.

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?


This book was clearly Elodie Nowodazkij’s first one, and it shows. I love her writing, but it’s clear on this one that she was still growing. It’s noticeable in little things, such as slight repetitions of phrases and thoughts, but overall I really liked it.

I did like the characters, Nata and Tonio were amazing and complex, but while they went through a lot of growth in this book, I still felt that they weren’t completely fleshed out. I still liked they’re relationship a lot, and how they truly listened and helped each other.

The situation about Natalya’s mother was sad, and it broke my heart that anyone in such an young age had to go through what she was going through with her mom. Still, I did find a few incongruences within the whole story. I particularly thought that Nata does a 0 to 80 in terms of being able to admit her mom’s problem to others. The why of the whole thing, I managed to anticipate :).

Natalya makes some really stupid decisions for a moment there, and while I understood them, I also felt that some were not as forgivable as others. I did admire the support and love of her friends, boyfriend and “family”, and I was happy by the resolution of that particular conflict.

All in all, I really enjoyed Nata’s story, but ultimately I still love Nick and Em’s story best :D.

Always Second Best (Broken Dreams #2) (Elodie Nowodazkij)

Seventeen-year-old ballerina Emilia Moretti is tired of always being second best. And she’s going to prove the world she deserves to be first. In her upcoming School of the Performing Arts showcase. In the eyes of her birth parents. And in the heart of the guy she loves. She spends hours rehearsing, hours dreaming about becoming number one, hours imagining how her entire life is about to change. But when nothing goes the way she planned, she’ll need to realize what it really means to be first.

Eighteen-year-old Nick Grawski doesn’t want to follow Daddy Dearest’s rules any longer. He’s going to prove he’s meant to be a dancer—not a lawyer—and he is not going to stay away from Em just because his father demands it. He needs to show Em that—this time around—he’s there to stay and that he won’t break her heart again. Even when her world goes down to shit, even when he finds out his dad may have been trying to protect him all along, even if being there for one another is harder than falling in love.

ALWAYS SECOND BEST is a novel of hope and heartbreak and broken dreams. It’s a novel about falling in love and discovering that being first isn’t always what matters.

Pub Date: October 13th 2015 by Victory Editing

I received an eArc from the publisher through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.


As soon as I was done with A Summer Like No Other, I started with this novel, which I was glad to have received from the publisher through Netgalley (thank you!). I was glad to read more about Em and Nick, I really like them!

This book picks up several months after their failed relationship in the summer and I was pleasantly surprised that although the romance is a big part of the book, it is not the main theme. Instead, what they both want out of life takes central stage and they both have to decide what they want to do for themselves.

I really liked that there wasn’t that much angst between them, they were both very clear about what they wanted and once they got back together, there wasn’t any hint of jealousy or lack of devotion to each other, and that is fantastically fresh in YA romance.

The family aspect was so good, I loved to see more of Nick and his parents and to finally understand what was going on with Em’s dad. Although I did find an inconsistency about Em’s birth mother – SPOILER!!! In A Summer Like No Other, it is mentioned that Claire worked for Em’s dad until Em was 8 years old, however in this book, Claire says that she just talked to Em’s dad a couple of times after she was born, and that he had no idea about her twin until a few time after… I felt like something escaped me or that I didn’t understand something. Have you read this? Have you understood what was going on?

All in all, I really liked this book, I was so happy about Nick and Em, and even their zombie killings… 😉

Rating: 3.8 Stars

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A Summer Like No Other (Broken Dreams #1.5) (Elodie Nowodazkij)

She’s his best friend’s little sister. He’s the biggest player of them all.

They shouldn’t be together. But this summer’s just too tempting.

Sixteen-year-old Emilia Moretti’s goal for the summer is simple: forget her brother’s best friend — Nick Grawsky— ever existed. It should be easy: He’s spending his summer in the Hamptons, adding girls in tiny bikinis to his list of broken hearts. Guarantee he won’t be telling them they’re like his little sisters. This summer, Emilia won’t stay awake at night thinking about him. She’ll need flawless ballet movements to have a shot at next year’s showcase, and she’s finally ready to search for her birth parents. But when Nick decides to stay in the city, Emilia’s resolve disappears in a pirouette. Maybe it’s the spin they needed to be together. As long as she doesn’t get stuck believing in happily ever after…

Nick is tired of pretending to be the happy, let’s-have-fun guy. His father wants him to change his career from professional dancer to…lawyer. He needs to put all of his focus on dancing to prove to Daddy Dearest he’s good enough to make it big. And he may have a case of the bluest balls in history courtesy of Emilia. She’s off-limits: The bro code with Roberto even forbids the dirty thoughts he has about her. Besides, he’s not boyfriend material. He only has time for flings, for girls who don’t expect much, for girls he doesn’t want to kiss goodnight. He knows he should resist her, but he’s not sure he wants to…

At least for this summer.

It’s going to be a summer like no other.

Companion novella of ONE, TWO, THREE


I still haven’t read the first book of this series, but given that this novella is about different main characters and it sounded cute as hell, I decided to give it a go. And I’m glad I did.

I really liked Em and Nick, I liked them individually, but I loved them together. I loved that they had been best friends for ages, that they knew each other better than anyone, that even before they faced the fact that they were super attracted to each other, they were already treating each other like they were the center of each other’s world.

So, naturally, when it does happen, I was super glad, even though I knew it wouldn’t go all smoothly, because the premise of the relationship was all wrong. But it was lovely and cute while it lasted, and everyone around them could see how good they were for each other.

As I said, I liked both of them, but I liked Nick’s POV better, because I thought it had a bit more content, given the relationship with his father. And let me tell you, his father involvement in Em’s adoption? For a moment I thought the worst…

That ending though was a bit cruel. I knew it was coming, but I still gasped and was mad that I didn’t get one more chapter… good thing I had Always Second Best already at hand and was able to start that one right away.

If you’re looking for a quick, cute read, with lots of dancing, chemistry and even a bit of diversity, check this one out.

Rating: 4 Stars

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