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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Any Red-Blooded Girl by Maggie Bloom

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Hello readers; for this review I delved into the depths of my Kindle and the books that I downloaded when I realised that you could get books for free. Yesssssss. However, it doesn’t mean that they are all worth the time even though you don’t pay a penny for them. As a dutiful blogger it’s sad to say I really wouldn’t recommend this book, but will give it a little review any way.

The last thing fifteen-year-old Flora Fontain wants to do is spend her summer vacation stuck in a tent with her overprotective parents and angst-ridden brother, especially when she should be in Europe with her best friend Jessie—sipping espresso, posing for cutesy tourist pics, and hunting for hot Italian (or French, or maybe even English) stud-muffins.

But since her parents trust her about as much as they trust a cat burglar at the moment, Flora has no choice but to suffer through the boyfriend-less summer of her discontent from the back of a rented SUV, until…fate tosses a sexy, sophisticated gypsy boy into her path, making Flora wonder if destiny might know best after all. That is until destiny screws up, big time. Because just as Flora falls head over heels, an unexpected turn of events threatens to land her in the slammer—or worse, separate her from the man of her dreams.

I’m not going to spend time rewriting the blurb because it’s all in there really but honestly, and I wouldn’t say it unless it was, this book was pretty awful. I thought the cover was really eye-catching but what’s inside really didn’t deliver. The characters are watery; Flora is exhausting she’s stroppy, whiny and tirelessly rude to her parents. Mick was soppy and mushy and too goddamn sensitive. It’s confusing because the author is selling him as this dangerous character, which he is, but the two sides of his character are just too detached.

The plot, summer romance between two very different personalities, not allowed by parents etc, although stereotypical isn’t inherently awful but here it is so over-done. Flora and Mick adore one another after little over a day and their constant sneaking off to meet one another gets very tedious very quickly. Maybe I’m getting a little old and cynical in my old age but I couldn’t help myself thinking – get a goddamn grip. What also caused an issue for me were the themes that were discussed. Although the writing and the plot is very much 11+ parts of the relationship are a little too old for that age group and it just didn’t settle right with me.

If I’m completely honest with you this book made me angry because it’s lazy writing. I know writing books is struggle and I am in awe of the numerous authors who tirelessly work to bring out fantastic fictional tales and yet 764 people (including myself) have read this terrible book when we could be reading tens of books that are hundreds of times better. Please don’t be another to add a review to this frankly inappropriate and exhausting tale. Sorry but it has to be said.

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The Bone Cradle: C.E.Trueman

I like to mix it up now and again for mylittlebookblog, as keeping to the same genres, same age range, and generally the same books becomes dull. So, today I have a light and gentle book that is set for young adults. It is a short and sprightly book that my wonderful mum gave to me a couple of years back. At the time I promised to read it, and dutifully ignored it and put it back on the shelf where it has sat for at least four years (maybe more!) Terrible I know, however I fancied something short and sweet to get my teeth into (it’s not very long!) as I was struggling with another book I was reading! So here it is, hope you enjoy!

Ten-year-old Matt Walker has a secret, a pretty gruesome one…Still grieving for his father and rejecting his new stepfather, Matt desperately tried to get his life in gear with the usual kid’s stuff – football, internet, hanging out with friends. But when Matt and his friends accidentally stumble across a hidden house with an unusual occupant, Matt is determined to investigate and finds himself drawn into a mysterious adventure that will change him forever. The Bone Cradle follows the life of the young and naïve Matt who when his father passes away finds himself in the difficult situation of a stepfather that he isn’t to keen on. Too pass the time and to get away from the awkward living situation Matt goes on an adventure with two friends. Finding an old brick tunnel they sidestep through till they find a door; to their surprise a face appears, but it is no face they have ever seen before. Frightened and confused the children run down the tunnel vowing to never return again. However Matt’s curiosity gets the better of him and after an encounter with the man, who in fact is afflicted with an abnormality shows Matt the loneliness that he suffers and teaches him humility and sensitivity. The story shows Matt learning that all people are different and this is not something to shy away from but to embrace. However, Matt discovers that there isn’t just one person living in the house in the tunnel and he must make the decision whether to tell the world to leave his new friend in peace!

For a young reader this book is perfect; it has mystery, a little terror, and the message that doing the right thing can still cause consequences that can change you forever. In terms of length it is perfect for younger reader as the plot keeps pace meaning the story does not become to lengthy or dull which can be difficult. As adult readers we are used to waiting for the action or the need for anticipation in which to pull us into the story and into the characters. But, this isn’t always the case for the target audience of this book and therefore it needs to keep pace to keep being entertaining. However, do not pass up the chance to read this book, it is sensitive, touching and could teach us all a little about the not judging people on the first meeting. The Bone Cradle however is the ideal book for a child or a person that has not yet grasped the magic of reading; it will teach a message and may just change their want to read in the future!

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