Review: Joanna's Journey by Karen Mossman
Most girls just want to find their one true love. Sisters, Joanna and Sandie are no exception.
While Joanna falls for rock singer Niko, Sandie’s choice leaves Joanna reeling and causes a rift in their relationship.
Niko’s music always comes first, and Joanna accepts being second best. She promises never to ask anything from him. But when she becomes entangled in a violent shooting she finds herself lost, frightened and alone.
Will Niko stand by her side or will he choose the path to stardom?
Set in the 80s with a soundtrack of music and fashion, Joanna’s Journey travels a road where sometimes love is not enough.
To be honest, this one I’m on the fence about a few things. I’m all over books with the rock star romance and the summary really piqued my interest. I went in expecting two things, the rockstar thing happening and the family dynamic between the sisters. As much as I feel the individual storylines came together, I didn’t feel the book captured the potential of the plot that it could’ve been.
Let’s start with Joanna and Niko. The development of them meeting and her finding out he was a rock star, that was good. I was really excited to see where that was headed. From there, it seems like their story became secondary. All the other detours she took with meeting other people and their experiences brought down the excitement for me because it seems like it became less about them and more about the other people. I will admit that in the context of the plot that I read, I was surprised the way the plot turned out, so we’ll see what is to come.
The storyline with her sister was really good. I know they had separate lives but considering how all they had was each other, there were a couple of big moments that I was wandering why her sister wasn’t there. For example, when the stepsister was found dead, she couldn’t reach other. When she was supposed to be with her at the inquisition and face their mother, she disappeared. Those were major moments in the book that would’ve gave more to the story and their relationship. Wish the ending could’ve been different for them but it put things in perspective for the Joanna.
There is a second book that continues with this story. I saw that it reintroduces Niko, we’ll see how this plays out.