{Blog Tour ~ Review} Joni, Underway by Kelly Oram & Jonathan Harrow

Posted August 24, 2015 by Bee in Blog Tour, Reviews / 16 Comments

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{Blog Tour ~ Review} Joni, Underway by Kelly Oram & Jonathan Harrow

Joni, Underway


by Kelly Oram, Jonathan Harrow
Published on August 22nd 2015
by Bluefields
Genres: New Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Format: eARC
Source: Loving the Book
Amazon | Goodreads

Also by this author: Being Jamie Baker, The Avery Shaw Experiment, Cinder & Ella, V is for Virgin, A is for Abstinence

Nineteen year old Joni Monday 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.

I received this book for free from the publisher or author in exchange for an honest review.
This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

5 Stars

Wow. I mean… Wow. I love Kelly Oram, you know that if you’ve payed attention to this blog. She’s one of my all time favorite authors and is waaaay on top of my author autobuy list next to Victoria Schwab, Marissa Meyer, Sarah J. Maas and Leigh Bardugo. But this book… it was soooo much more than I expected. This was perfection, guys.

Joni’s life is good. She loves being an adult, living the college-life. She just finished her first year and will never again be called a freshmen. But then her brother dies in an accident and everything changes. Joni struggles to cope with the loss, guilt and anger she’s feeling. The meddling of her friends and family isn’t helping either. Then she gets the chance to go on the trip her brother had been planning and looking forward to for ages before he died. When she steps onto the sailboat called Lady Marguerite, the real adventure starts. The journey across the Atlantic Ocean with a small eccentric crew and the young, very handsome, very kind Captain Reid will mark the real beginning of her adult life.

Although, yes, I’m a major Kelly Oram fan, this book was very different from what she usually writes. It’s an adult book for starters. Well, not that adult. It’s New Adult, but clean. Perfectly safe for minors to read. (And they should, just saying…) It’s also co-written with her real life husband, which is awesome! Joni, Underway is what I like to call a quiet book. It tells a simple story without any unnecessary drama. Some people may find it boring, but I was so engrossed, I read it in one sitting. At night. Resulting in me having very few hours of sleep yet again. It’s so beautifully written and the story is so uplifting, heartbreaking and swoon-worthy all at once. Yes, there are quite a few sad moments that made me tear up. But there are also moments I can’t help but smile and laugh. And there are moments my heart just melts.

What I’ve always loved the most about Kelly’s books are her characters. She always manages to create such realistic, fun and extremely likeable characters. I loved everyone in this book, however small their role was. The crew is just fantastic. Gordon, Murray, Star, Yvonne, Jim,… They’re all so awesome! And oh my god, Reid. Oh Captain, my Captain. (You’ll understand why I put in that reference when you’ve read the book.) He’s so hot but also so kind and caring and awesome and I looooove him. I also loved Joni and I could relate to her a lot. She goes on quite the journey in this book and I loved following her every step of the way. Their romance is also quite perfect. Not too fast, not too slow. And the ending came way too soon. Like always with Kelly’s books.

Joni, Underway is definitely a must-read for Kelly Oram fans. But also for all contemporary fans. It’s a fun, sweet, emotional, heartbreaking and uplifting story that I loved very, very much. So go read it. Seriously.

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About Kelly Oram

Kelly Oram wrote her first novel at age fifteen–a fan fiction about her favorite music group, The Backstreet Boys, for which family and friends still tease her. She's obsessed with reading, talks way too much, and loves to eat frosting by the spoonful. She lives outside of Phoenix, Arizona with her husband and four children.

Bee

About Kelly Oram

Kelly Oram wrote her first novel at age fifteen–a fan fiction about her favorite music group, The Backstreet Boys, for which family and friends still tease her. She’s obsessed with reading, talks way too much, and loves to eat frosting by the spoonful. She lives outside of Phoenix, Arizona with her husband and four children.

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16 responses to “{Blog Tour ~ Review} Joni, Underway by Kelly Oram & Jonathan Harrow

  1. I’ve never heard of Kelly Oram (or Jonathan Harrow!), but this sounds like a really interesting read – not my usual type, but it;s something I might look into when I get bored of all of the YA fantasy that’s on my TBR right now!
    Also, your blog design is so beautiful – how have I not visited before?!
    Beth x

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