Melody’s Key by Dallas Coryell

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Helllllo readers, hope you’re well! Another day another review. I’ve been really enjoying this slightly more relaxed schedule. It’s felt a lot more helpful for encouraging creativity and I’ve adored reading lots more books from lots more genre’s and I have a lovely YA book for you today.

“His eyes settled on her…piercing green embers of flame that revealed the ferocity of his pain and passion, yet still shrouded him under veils of ever deepening mystery that made every ounce of her ache to unravel him.”

Tegan Lockwood’s dreams were dead, sacrificed on the noble altar of duty before they ever had a chance to live. Her entire existence was disappearing into the abyss of apathy as she labored her days away keeping her family’s struggling business alive. There would be no emotion, no color, no beauty in her life. That is, until a mysterious visitor begins to draw her out of the darkness of her past towards something that will challenge the boundaries of her world, and unlock the most deeply held secrets of her heart.

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The first thing to mention is I was sent this book really nicely by the author. The story follows the life of Tegan Lockwook who is a very talented and also beautiful young girl who helps with the family business – Lockwood Holiday. Tegan is not only a talented painter but she also loves to compose and write songs and due to this she is accepted into a college in New York. Through her families financial struggles Tegan must stay with them, and put her dreams on hold. However, one summer her life is about to change forever, when American pop star Mason Keane comes to the estate, everything might be turned entirely on its head.

This is a very fun summer romance and to be honest with you I really enjoyed it. It  has a romance, it has a number of really likable an well fleshed out characters and it doesn’t follow the typical girl changes bad boy. I loved the fact that Mason is really presented as a ‘good guy.’ Mason does have struggles, he’s not perfect but the author really makes this clear at the beginning. I also adored tha the author wrote all of the songs in the book – it’s a lovely addition.

Delving into a problem I do tend to have with YA fiction, the character development throughout the book was JUST FANTASTIC. Tegan and Mason are constantly changing as individuals from the very beginning to the very end, learning not only about each other but learning about their own personalities too and the relationship DOESN’T HAPPEN IN A HEARTBEAT. I adored the fact that they built a friendship which leads to love – I won’t spoil the plot because that’s unfair but I really thought that this was a beautifully built relationship.

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This is a really tough book to review because there’s so much going on and I don’t want to spoil any of the special bits – however I loved that the plot was full of surprises. Throughout the new story there are also glimpses into the older love story (#NOSPOILERS.) There are letters from a forbidden love that takes part during WW1 and they are mixed in with the romance of the modern world. I can’t like I wish there was more into  the past love story, but that could be the historical fiction lover in me.

I think the only thing that did kind of test me was the kind of languid quite overly done descriptions. Not only did they come across a little dramatic and full of teenage angst (which is okay in small doses,) but it did make the writing a little stodgy. Through the middle of the book it does slow the pace of the book down and it does become a little slow. There are also a long of cliche’s with I’m not a big fan of (piercing eyes etc,) but I think than Dallas has written this book for the lovey-dovey one’s of us. It does have some intense descriptions, and for some readers that’a a good thing – for me a little overwhelming especially towards the end.

So, what did I think in the end. I thought that the story was really special, I thought the characters were brilliantly written, the romance was built throughout and actually happened throughout the story rather than just smushed together. I did struggle a little with the overly cliched and heavy description of the love story – it just felt a little bit over done. But if you really love a romance, with a bit of mystery, pick up a copy today.

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Wormwood by K.E. Coles

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Helllllo readers, fantastic book from me today! Really exciting book review for a fantastic author and friend actually who I have been collaborating with from the beginning. She’s a fantastic author, and has been forever a supporter of this little blog so it’s a really privilege to be reviewing her new book today.

‘I wore my guilt like a coat, but it was one I was used to wearing – old and worn and shabby, and it fitted me perfectly.’

They’re finished, aren’t they? Mesmeris. But what if they’re not? How far will you go to protect the people you love?

Pearl has moved on with her life. She has a home, a job, a wonderful friend in Spicer, and a beautiful child – everything anyone could want. If only she could stop loving Art.

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So, what is Wormwood about? Well Wormwood is the third in the Mesmeris Trilogy and oh my life have I been waiting for this. Book one Mesmeris introduced us to the dark, dank world in this dystopian nightmare, the second book (Infixion) really pulled in a number of new exciting characters that helped to bulk the story and give it depth, and the third, well IT’S GOING TO TURN IT ALL ON ITS HEAD. Following on from Infixion Pearl is trying desperately to move on with her life; she has everything she could have ever wanted; a job, a house and a lovely friend called Spicer but her old life is starting to make an appearance and Mesmeris is still at large. Can Pearl distance herself from her old life? Only time will tell.

So what did I think? The first thing I want to say was that it’s incredible how Coles has managed to keep the suspense throughout all three books. Her writing is not filled only with impact, but it’s engaging, wonderfully captivating and it tells a story. The whole story. I’ve read too many dystopian style stories that only look at the surface. They don’t delve into the bottom of characters but this does. Coles is fantastic at creating a web. A story that has multiple strands that keeps the reader engrossed.

All the characters are fantastically written Pearl especially. The main character needs to stand strong throughout the story and I’m not going to lie Pearl is not only a pillar for the tale but she is relatable and warm. She’s a nugget of gold in this story. I also adored that we got to delve into Art’s personality and understand more, I also adored Spicer. He’s just bloody fantastic.

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In terms of the story, I adored the ability to delve into the perspective introduced through Wormwood allowing us as the reader to learn more about the ominous cult leader Papa. We’ve had whispers but we really get to look into Papa’s back story. Not only does it give us a completely new perspective but we get to delve more into the dark side that Spicer and Pearl are desperately trying to fight against. The ending? Well I’m not going to go into it, because that would just spoil it but the story goes out with a little bit of a bang. I’ve adored these books from the beginning and it’s certainly not one I’m going to forget for a long time.

Overall this is a fantastic book filled with light and dark, good and darkness. It’s got a fantastic set of rich, warm and enticing characters and Cole’s writing really flourishes through this final book.I feel that Cole really met her stride here – it’s not that she didn’t deliver before, no. But here I feel that she finally felt comfortable to really round out the story, push the characters to their limits and really explore her writing. It’s just bloody fantastic. 

I’m going to stop here because I could go on, and on and on and on. GO pick up this book and the rest of the trilogy if you haven’t already. It’s fantastic.

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