Songbird There are defining moments in life when everything changes For Dani Mays it was the day she witnessed her father kill her brother Now seventeen years old she still hasn t put it behind her After Jac

  • Title: Songbird
  • Author: Angela Fristoe
  • ISBN: 9780615470498
  • Page: 441
  • Format: Paperback
  • There are defining moments in life when everything changes For Dani Mays, it was the day she witnessed her father kill her brother Now seventeen years old, she still hasn t put it behind her After Jace s death, she bounced between her alcoholic mother and foster homes, until she found a permanent place And a reason to want to stay Reece Tyler He s her best friend, yeThere are defining moments in life when everything changes For Dani Mays, it was the day she witnessed her father kill her brother Now seventeen years old, she still hasn t put it behind her After Jace s death, she bounced between her alcoholic mother and foster homes, until she found a permanent place And a reason to want to stay Reece Tyler He s her best friend, yet Dani wants from Reece Faced with losing Reece, Dani struggles to define his place in her life and escape the influence her memories of her brother s death have over her choices Even as she weaves the pieces of her heart back together, the past becomes than a memory when a former foster brother reappears and Dani begins receiving threatening phone calls.

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    1. Dani has always had to deal with the death of her older brother, including the memory of her abusive father shooting him right in front of her. Jumping through foster homes was no picnic for her, and when she finally settled down in one that was perfect enough to be called home, she still had to deal with the constant reminders of the past haunting her. Being putting through hell at such a young age steeled Dani and prepared her in a sense not known to most children her age for harsh reality. Ha [...]

    2. *****4.5*****This is the second time I read Songbird and I remembered why I loved the book.It is beautiful! Going through emotions and life story of Dani was lovely. Her craving for someone to love her after her brother Jace's murder by her own father left her alone as her mother found solace in the habit of drinking, same as Dani's father and being their abuser. The start made me cry, and it totally grasped me in the story. Even second last chapter made me cry. Thanks! for not making it a trage [...]

    3. Some readers love to read books that will let them escape the real world for a few hours. Some prefer the realism of everyday life, joyful or tragic. I tend to be among the first groupually. I know there are bad people in the world who do horrible things, so I don't typically like reading about them for fun. For anyone like me, don't pass Songbird by just because it doesn't have any magic, vampires, or alternate realities.Dani Mays is a victim of tragedy. Watching her brother shot down by her ow [...]

    4. Absolutely beautifully written, clean, inspirational young adult romance!! Now, by 'inspirational' I do not mean religious. I mean that the story revolves around a young woman who has a very disfunctional family, has faced severe loss in her life, moved around foster home to foster homebut despite all of that, she comes out a winner. She's a good girl, lucky to have been placed in mostly good foster care homes (Note:There is no crying about horrible foster care which I was really thankful for; b [...]

    5. I found Songbird to be a beautiful and honest book to read. I enjoyed reading about Dani and her love for Reece, who is her best friend. However she believes the Reece does not love her back and her heart breaks a little each time he watches him go out with another girl. Then a boy shows up at her school and he looks familiar but Dani can't place him, she only knows she wants to stay away from Colin. Switching between flashbacks and her current life you get a real feel for what Dani has gone thr [...]

    6. The emotions in this book had me laughing one minute and crying the next, As Dani struggles to forget the past, having watched her father an abusive parent and wife beater kill her older brother and the only stability in her life. Her mother's quick descent into alcoholism as well as defending Dani's father she quickly moves through to the adoption system. Some families were good occasionally getting back to her mother but still her mother refusing to ever fully stop having self pity on the situ [...]

    7. Songbird is a sweet story that perfectly captures the quest for love, laced with moments of pain and suspense, and you end up being sucked in from the very first words. The first chapter is so horrific and gut-wrenching and helps readers instantly sympathize with poor Dani, as the then six-year-old witnesses her brother's murder by her father from a playground tube she's hiding in. Now, at seventeen, Dani yearns to escape her past and find love in the eyes and arms of her best friend, Reece, but [...]

    8. Songbird is a fabulous tale of perseverance. It's a romance set among the hardships that plague Dani Mays, the main character. Dani is haunted by witnessing her father kill her brother, by living with an alcoholic mother, by being in and out of foster homes. Reece, her best friend, her love, is the only constant in her life. But she keeps pushing him away. Parts of this book are terribly sad, but overall it is an incredible testament to the power of love to overcome all odds.

    9. I highly recommend this book for anyone FTC: I received a free copy of this book and was not reimbursed in any other way.

    10. Originally reviewed on my blog, Books from Bleh to Basically Amazing. Songbird by Angela Fristoe is a book that I am very conflicted about. With a beginning like this book has, it should have been Amazing! So why, now that I'm finished do I feel a little more meh? Let me 'xplain.Songbird begins when Dani is 6 years old and she watches her alcoholic father shoot her 16 year old brother, Jace, in the park. Jace is her hero, her savior in a violent, abusive home. The first four pages of this book, [...]

    11. Songbird is a wonderful refreshing debut novel, showing promise for a new author and audience. While this novel does have a very serious undertone and back story of abuse, drinking, and such affects, Angela Fristoe has brilliantly created 2 worlds - Dani's present, in which she can breathe and live, and her past, in which she is stifled and constrained. It is only when Dani grows into her own, do her 2 worlds collide, forcing her to face and reconcile with one or both. Even though her past obvio [...]

    12. Grief and growth combine in Songbird to weave a heartbreaking tale of one girl organizing the pieces of her broken life. Utilizing both the past and the present, Songbird is filled with all of the high and low notes in Dani's life. Dani's physical and emotional journey is gripping and realistic and the three boys that love her are entrancing.After seeing her father kill her older brother at six, living off and on with her alcoholic mother and being tossed from foster family to foster family, Dan [...]

    13. This is a Reading Good Books Review.* In compliance with FTC guidelines, it should be noted that I received the book for free.Songbird is about 17-yer-old Dani Mays and her struggles with her past and present. She had a turbulent childhood; going from one foster home to the next, dealing (or trying not to) with an alcoholic mother and a convict father. It all started when she witnessed her own father murder Jace, her beloved brother. She was six years old. Eventually, Dani settled in with the Th [...]

    14. This wasn’t bad, but it wasn’t good. Will I read it again? No. And I’m glad I didn’t buy it. But, the story wasn’t a complete loss. It was interesting. I wanted to see where it was going and how things would play out for Dani. Reece is a likable guy. Dani, however, is an idiot. And, man, is she lucky that Colin is actually a decent guy.The drama with the “threatening phone calls” was a bit hokey for me. It seemed forced, and it seemed to be thrown in to add something other than the [...]

    15. An interesting read. Weaves the past and the present very well. Would love to know what happens to the main character after the story ends.

    16. Songbird is a wonderful refreshing debut novel, showing promise for a new author and audience. While this novel does have a very serious undertone and back story of abuse, drinking, and such affects, Angela Fristoe has brilliantly created 2 worlds - Dani's present, in which she can breathe and live, and her past, in which she is stifled and constrained. It is only when Dani grows into her own, do her 2 worlds collide, forcing her to face and reconcile with one or both. Even though her past obvio [...]

    17. I wasn't sure what to expect going into this one, and I have to say, I ended up really enjoying myself! There are some heavy concepts dealt with in Songbird, but there is a strong romance and friendship to offset the harsh things Dani deals with. This isn't one of my favorite novels that I have read, but it is engaging enough to have a good time reading.Dani has had a rough time in life. Her dad killed her brother, and to deal with all the drama, her mother turned to alcohol. Dani has been aroun [...]

    18. This was a book that I got for free on my Kindle Fire HD. I’ve just finished and rated it on the Kindle book store and I rated it 3/5 stars. Plot was good, characters were great, I also ran into three typos and some plot things that seemed out of place.There are a lot of flashbacks in this book, yes the character is supposedly living in the past but they could get a little confusing and with so much italics it was hard to read.The characters were great, you could see them transform through the [...]

    19. I received this book as part of a book tour and I am so glad I signed up for it. This book has one of the most emotional starts to a book I have ever read. Literally my first note about the book was "I was crying by page 4." Dani is someone that's been through a lot in life, she carries all this emotional baggage and you can tell it affects her every day. I really loved this part of the story.The story is told in the present with past memories seeping in between. I loved the style of it and I lo [...]

    20. This is another one of those books that tells about what comes after. There are tons of stories that lead up to this monumental event describing how the character got to that point. This story isn't like that. This story starts after a tragic event, showing how the main character is coping, developing and how she is still plagued by the memories of her past. I felt mixed things with this novel. On one hand I felt that not much happened, that it wasn't exciting enough. But then I though, that's n [...]

    21. At the age of six, Dani Mays witnessed her alcoholic, abusive father murder her 16-year-old brother Jacey, and then she is essentially abandoned by her mother who is unable to cope with the tragedy. After years in the foster care system, and a string of foster families, Dani has finally found a place she wants to call home, and someone she wants to be with, Reece Tyler. But, she is still haunted by the demons from her past, and bothered by the fact that Reece doesn’t seem to want to be anythin [...]

    22. Dani’s life has been troubled from her childhood with an abusive father and alcoholic mother to her being shifted from foster home to foster home. She finally settles in with an older couple who give her the stability she has never had. But it is her best friend Reece who becomes her salvation. He’s always been by her side, and has been a substitute for the dead brother who always protected her. Over time, her feelings for Reece have grown from friendship to romantic inclinations but he only [...]

    23. An enjoyable romantic novel for teens, with a fillip of suspense thrown in. I read the beginning, offered at Smashwords & , which drew me in. Had to buy it to read the rest (an ebook). Dani is a 17 year old teen with a rocky past, with an abusive father & alcoholic mother, and she was bounced around foster care. Finally in a stable foster family situation, Dani befriended Reece, who reminds her of the older brother she idolized who was killed by her father. As they age, Dani falls in lov [...]

    24. Check out more reviews at Books to the Sky.(We received this book for free through Library Thing's Giveaways.)This was SUCH a good book. I found myself unable to put it down because I wanted to know what happened next.Dani is a foster kid whose dad is in jail for killing her brother and her mother is an alcoholic. It's rare to find books written on foster kids (or maybe I just haven't come across them much in my corner of the world), but it was interesting to read life from her perspective.Dani [...]

    25. I really enjoyed this book. It was so amazing and I am glad they didn't really do the love triangle thing for reals. I mean yeas the other boy is into her, but she is not into him like that - she only has eyes for Reece and I liked that. I feel the love triangle gets over done and often detracts from the book, but if done right can be okay. This book was kind of heartbreaking at times as it is like oh come on! You guys are perfect for each other! Ahhh! But of course it all works out in the end. [...]

    26. This story is told from the point of view a girl names Danni, who is struggling with her troubled past and confusing friendship with her best friend Reece. Initially I felt like it was one tragedy after the over drudged up from her past.However I thought the way theflashbacks are woven into the present was excellent. There was the typical YA romance love triangle foe awhile. However it wasn’t dragged out too much. There was an interesting slight twist at the end. The message of the book is to [...]

    27. Story of Dani's life, a teen whose life drastically changes after she witnesses her brother, Jace's murder. Passed from different foster families, she settles in with a family and at school make a lifelong friend, Reece. Interesting to watch her relationship with Reece and the arrival of Colin, a former foster brother.

    28. Fantastic read. Had my emotions all over the place right from the start, with a nice long bawl. I'm not feeling very articulate and descriptive, but this book just hit all those right spots for me. Great characters, flawed and growing. Tough situations. Great chemistry with Reece and Dani. And Colin was adorable. SO yeah, loved it.

    29. Okay, not my usual read. Also, I was able to figure out some of the "twists" ahead of time. Still, it was a nice story and one that my 20-something daughter will love. Overall, this might not stand out as a classic, but it is a good read.For me, the highlight was the Pamela Lorence narration of the audio version. She really does a spectacular job.

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