Blog Tour Review: Bird After Bird

Title: Bird After Bird
Author: Leslea Tash
Series: N/A Standalone
Genre: New Adult, Romance, Contemporary
Publication Date: April 6th 2014
My Rating: 3.5 Stars

  Dear Birdy, Princess Birdzilla von MuffinStuff, Keeper of Dreams, Lover of our Fine Feathered Friends, queen of my life and light of my world, I hope this letter finds you well. If you are reading this then I am gone, and sweetheart, I am so sorry.

  Chi-town professional Wren Riley is 25 and a rising star in the business world. She can eat a man alive and laugh about it to her girlfriends in seconds flat--and she does, on the regular. Behind the power suits and the flashing, flirty eyes, however, Wren has a secret, vulnerable side. Following a devastating loss and the discovery of a bird journal she and her father made together years before, Wren sets out to seek peace, closure, and something she just can't name. Is that something tied to the little paper cranes she keeps finding along the way?

  Laurence Byrd grew up a lanky Hoosier kid with the good/bad fortune of having the same name as the state's perennial basketball legend. With a better affinity for dogs than sports or school, he ends up in the Army instead of the Chicago art school of his dreams. Still, his service to our country is something he can be proud of--until an argument with the girl who means the world to him results in a series of events that blows his life apart. With no one left to understand him, black sheep Laurie pours out his heart into letters and drawings he never intends to send--then he folds them into paper cranes that he leaves behind like messages in little winged bottles. He never dreams someone might be finding them.

  God damn it, Sylvia, for a few moments I tricked myself into feeling really alive. I cut it off before anyone got hurt, but just for a moment or two, I really thought I might feel something again--something like trust. Something like love. Not the kind of love we had, but something new. Something like hope.

  Spoiler alert: Wren and Laurie are going to meet. And when they do, their lives are never going to be the same.

   Before I start the review, I would like to thanks Inkslinger PR and the author for a copy of this book.

  To be honest, before I read this book, I didn't really expect much from it. Sure, the synopsis was interesting, but it didn't look so great. I still signed up though, because I wanted to know about the origami birds mentioned in the synopsis, and I was glad when I got a spot. I started reading immediately, and it opened up really great.

  Bird After Bird started with Wren reading a letter from her deceased father, and from that point my expectation rose. It's not often we see how close a father and daughter could be in novels these days, especially when the mother is dead. (Don't worry, this isn't a spoiler.) Most books these days feature broken families, and when one of the parents is dead, the other becomes distant, but this one isn't like that. I also liked how from the start there where hilarious conversations so that the whole book wasn't that serious. It started out really great, but as I read on, I became disappointed.

  I loved how there was a romantic build-up, not just sudden romance, but I hated how Wren was. She was annoying, and even after admitting that she loved Laurie, she still gave up easily. I loved how Laurie still connected with Donna and Lew, and I love those two characters too. I loved how these two characters learned to let go of the past and had closure through their journey towards each other, and I love the bird letters too!

  Overall, I loved bits and pieces of the novel, it was hard to appreciate it as a whole. Don't get me wrong, I really enjoyed this book, but I can't help but feel that I was let down or disappointed, especially after the very promising start of the novel. I still encourage people to give this a try though, because I know it's a matter of taste. 3.5 stars for this one!

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