Title: Always Second Best

Author: Elodie Nowodazkij

Pages: 216 Pages

Publisher: Victory Editing

The Blurb

Sometimes being first isn’t what you expected.

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.

The Review

Ooh I do love a good romance and in Elodie Nowodazkij’s novel Always Second Best we get a damn good romance. It is the will they/won’t they tale of Emelia and Nick and how they have decided to not be together but nothing seems to be able to keep them apart. Not their potential futures, not other partners and certainly not their families.

Always Second Best is only a short novel but it is packed full of drama. I couldn’t put it down as with the turning of each page I became more and more desperate to know what would happen with this young couple.

Always Second Best by Elodie Nowodazkij is available now.

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One Two ThreeTitle: One Two Three

Author: Elodie Nowodazkij

Pages: 210 Pages

Publisher: Eloide Nowodazkij

The Blurb

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.

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, Natalya quickly shuts down again, this time turning to alcohol herself.

Can Natalya learn to trust Antonio before she loses him—and destroys herself?

The Review

I really enjoy Eloidie Nowodazkij’s One Two Three Series. Unfortunately, I have read them the wrong way round (any book lover reading this review will be feeling my pain right now). Nevertheless, One Two Three was another really enjoyable read.

Similar in style to the movie Save the Last Dance, Natalya is dealing with the death of a parent along with her dreams to become a prima-ballerina. After the car crash that took her father’s life, Natalya is determined to not let it take her dream too. But how far is she willing to push herself?

One Two Three is a story of endurance and of never giving up on your dreams. Nowodazkij uses her inimitable ability to tap into real life emotions and delivers spiky and relatable settings and characters.

Two hearty thumbs up from me.

One Two Three by Elodie Nowodazkij is available now.

For more information regarding Elodie Nowodazkij (@ENowodazkij) please visit www.elodienowodazkij.com.

3 Stars

The Blurb

A Broken Dreams Novella…
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.

The Review

Oh I do love a good romance and that is exactly what I got with Elodie Nowodazkij’s novella A Summer Like No Other. Knock your socks off romance!

To begin with I was a little confused because Nowodazkij seemed to be offering quite a lot of back story but then when you are writing a novella you only have limited space for exposition so it made sense just to throw the readers into the story. I learnt to appreciate that because the romance started early one. In a lot of romantic novels you have to have this massive build up before two people get together and then within a couple of chapters it has all fallen apart before it reaches its inevitable happy ending; it was a refreshing change to get to see the love blossom straight away.

Another interesting element of the story is how both Nick and Em’s parents both act and equally react to the different situations handed to them. It is a novel about realising that your parents don’t always have the answers or act in the way that you want them too. It was secondary to the romance but still an interesting twist.

I will admit I became really angry when I read the final page; I was yelling that Nowodazkij could not end the story like that. Then I realised that she was releasing a full novel following Em and Nick and was pacified.

Elodie Nowodazkij has tapped into the mind of a young adult and expresses their fears, worries and hopes in such an elegant way; it was an absolute joy and pleasure to read A Summer Like No Other.

A Summer Like No Other by Elodie Nowodazkij is available from the 30th of July 2015.

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A Summer Like No Other