Review: Melody’s Key by Dallas Coryell

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“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.

My review: 

(I was sent a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review!)

“It’s the way your touch is my safe-haven when I feel lost, the way you challenge me and inspire me to be better and how I feel like I was never really living until I found you.”

Melody’s Key tells the story of Tegan Lockwood who is living on her family’s estate in Southern England. She is a very creative person but had to turn down a scholarship she received from Columbia University in New York City to continue helping her family run their inn since they’re only inches away from bankruptcy. The story begins at the beginning of summer while the Lockwoods are preparing for their first guests of the year and shortly before Mason Keane, a famous singer, arrives to spent his summer at Lockwood Manor to get some distance from the public.

Tegan and Mason are great and well developed main character and I loved their chemistry. Another big plus for me was the fact that their relationship evolved slowly throughout the book and that there was no insta-love. Since Coryell is not only an author but also a musician, he wrote several songs for this book which you can actually find on his YouTube channel. I’ve already read a lot of books that featured pop stars as one of the main characters but in my opinion, you can really see that Coryell has an actual idea about music and knows a lot about it which made Melody’s Key much more enjoyable and realistic.

Dallas Coryell wrote a lovely novel but I personally think that his writing style is hands down the best thing about this book. I already fell in love with it half-way through the first chapter. He is also the first person that managed to stop me from putting down a book and refusing to read it, even though the first scene of the book started with an alarm clock ringing. Usually that is something I absolutely hate and I feel like it’s usually the result of not knowing how to start a book and also not giving a damn about it. But this time, the ringing alarm clock actually made sense and there were a story and a proper explanation behind it. I always thought alarm clocks could never provide a proper start for a good novel but Coryell just proved me wrong.

All in all, I really enjoyed reading Melody’s Key and I especially loved how creative the main characters were. I’m going to deduct a star because the plot was a little predictable at some points and because there were still some typos in this book (which really don’t interrupt your reading though). But Melody’s Key still gets 4 out of 5 stars.

Have you already read Melody’s Key and did you like it? 🙂

 

Review: Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover

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Synopsis:

#1 New York Times bestselling author Colleen Hoover returns with a new heart-wrenching love story.

When Tate Collins meets airline pilot Miles Archer, she doesn’t think it’s love at first sight. They wouldn’t even go so far as to consider themselves friends. The only thing Tate and Miles have in common is an undeniable mutual attraction. Once their desires are out in the open, they realize they have the perfect set-up. He doesn’t want love, she doesn’t have time for love, so that just leaves the sex. Their arrangement could be surprisingly seamless, as long as Tate can stick to the only two rules Miles has for her.

Never ask about the past.
Don’t expect a future.

They think they can handle it, but realize almost immediately they can’t handle it at all.

Hearts get infiltrated.
Promises get broken.
Rules get shattered.
Love gets ugly.

 

My review:

“When life gives you lemons, make sure you know whose eyes you need to squeeze them in.” 

Colleen Hoover did it again, she made me completely fall in love with one of her books. She now is officially one of my favorite authors ever and I just love her writing style so much! She could probably write about diarrhea and I would still read it and love it. (I know that’s the worst example ever but I just couldn’t think of anything better.)

Ugly Love was heartbreakingly beautiful. I was grinning like an idiot at so many points of this book and then there were the sad parts of the book that kinda broke my heart and almost made me cry. It was a rollercoaster of emotions. I felt so connected to the lovely protagonists Tate and Miles and even though I wanted to know how their story would end, I also didn’t want the book to end and wanted their story to go on forever.

Without creating a new world, inventing new creatures or starting World War 3, Colleen managed to write a book that was so incredibly gripping that I read it within a few hours and just couldn’t put it down anymore. Like I’ve said before. her writing style is awesome and she’s also the queen of changing POVs. I kind of hate it when authors change the POV but Colleen has done it in all three of her novels I’ve read so far and she just always makes it work so perfectly. She always manages to give you a great and interesting insight into both characters’ lives and no one else manages to change POVs as well as she does.

I actually don’t have anything else to say about this book. This review isn’t very long but I just realized that there’s usually so much more to write about a book if I have something to criticize. But there’s nothing negative to say about Ugly Love and so I don’t have anything else to add to this review. This book was perfect and I would recommend it to everyone who likes romance and contemporary.

I just have to give Ugly Love 5 out of 5 stars and I can’t wait to read another one of Collen Hoover’s books!

Have you already read ‘Ugly Love’ and did you like it? 🙂

Review: Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles

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Synopsis:

When Brittany Ellis walks into chemistry class on the first day of senior year, she has no clue that her carefully created ‘perfect’ life is about to unravel before her eyes. She’s forced to be lab partners with Alex Fuentes, a gang member from the other side of town, and he is about to threaten everything she’s worked so hard for: her flawless reputation, her relationship with her boyfriend, and the secret that her home life is anything but perfect.

Alex is a bad boy and he knows it. So when he makes a bet with his friends to lure Brittany into his life, he thinks nothing of it. But soon Alex realizes Brittany is a real person with real problems, and suddenly the bet he made in arrogance turns into something much more.

In a passionate story about looking beneath the surface, Simone Elkeles breaks through the stereotypes and barriers that threaten to keep Brittany and Alex apart.

 

My review:

 “We’re actors in our lives, pretendin’ to be who we want people to think we are.”

Perfect Chemistry was a cliché love story and quite unrealistic but it was still a cute and quick read. You have the golden high school couple. She doesn’t feel ready for sex even though they’ve been together for 2 years and then there’s her boyfriend who just wants to finally get into her pants. But then there’s the bad boy whom the girl feels so much more attracted to and whom she could even imagine sleeping with (no those weren’t spoilers, you basically already know that after having read the synopsis).

But even though it wasn’t anything I’d not read before, I still enjoyed reading the book. I really liked the author’s writing style and I also liked how the male protagonist was Mexican and not white like most protagonists in other books. I also thought that I’d already forgotten all the Spanish I’d learned at school but this novel showed me that I was wrong about that. I’ve definitely not forgotten everything … yet.

It took me some time to get into this book and the first few chapters were a little boring. But after about 100 pages it actually started to be really interesting and I was hooked. Still, a lot of things were very predictable and none of the things that happened actually surprised me that much.

The book featured some interesting characters, but the one I liked the most was definitely the female protagonist, Brittany. At first sight she was the typical blonde high school Barbie that only cared about other peoples’ opinion. But a few chapters into the book you get to know her better and there’s actually a lot she hides behind her perfect façade which I was really glad about.

All in all this was a cute book and I enjoyed it even though it wasn’t anything special. I’m giving it 3.5 out of 5 stars and if you’re looking for a well written cliché love story, you should definitely read this book!

Have you already read Perfect Chemistry and did you like it? 🙂

Review: November 9 by Colleen Hoover

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Author: Colleen Hoover

Pages: 310

Genre: Romance

Published by: Simon & Schuster

Rating: 5/5 Stars

 

Synopsis:

Beloved #1 New York Times bestselling author Colleen Hoover returns with an unforgettable love story between a writer and his unexpected muse.

Fallon meets Ben, an aspiring novelist, the day before her scheduled cross-country move. Their untimely attraction leads them to spend Fallon’s last day in L.A. together, and her eventful life becomes the creative inspiration Ben has always sought for his novel. Over time and amidst the various relationships and tribulations of their own separate lives, they continue to meet on the same date every year. Until one day Fallon becomes unsure if Ben has been telling her the truth or fabricating a perfect reality for the sake of the ultimate plot twist.
My review:

“When you find love, you take it. You grab it with both hands and you do everything in your power not to let it go. You can’t just walk away from it and expect it to linger until you’re ready for it.”

 

This book was awesome, like really awesome. I was obsessed with this book from the beginning till the end of it. Usually I always need some time to get into a book, but with November 9, it was completely different. I just started reading it and suddenly I was on page 50, then on page 200 and suddenly I was done with it. I read it on my way to Sweden and back home and I guess I spent a total of 5 to 6 hours reading it, so it was a quick and enjoyable read.

I was really excited for November 9 before reading it. I had never read any of Colleen Hoover`s books before but I had heard lots of great things about the book and also about her as an author. But I was also a bit scared that I wouldn’t like it. A few years ago I read (or tried to read) One Day by David Nicholls which has a concept that is kind of similar to November 9. I just couldn’t get through that book and didn’t enjoy it at all, and I was scared that it would be the same with November 9. But like I’ve said before, this book was awesome and my concerns were groundless.

The difference between the two books was even explained at some point of November 9 (which actually made me laugh out loud because I thought I was the only one who had thought of One Day while reading this book). In November 9 the two protagonists, Ben and Fallon, don’t communicate throughout the year, so every time a year is over and they meet again, the reader can actually guess how their lives have changed. I loved that and always tried to guess what both of them have done throughout the year. And guess what! I was never right. What had actually happened, was always different from what I thought had happened.

There were lots of plot twists in this book (especially at the end of it) and I didn’t see any of them coming. I just didn’t even think about the possibility of some of the things happening but I loved that. The book just never got boring.

This might have been the first Colleen Hoover book I ever read, but it definitely wasn’t the last one. I did not only love the plot but I also loved her writing style. It might sound stupid, but I especially loved how she described all the “physical stuff”, if you know what I mean. It`s not like I always need a detailed description of everything that happens but I just hate books that are like: “And then he kissed me. End of the chapter. The following morning I woke up next to him and our clothes were on the floor next to the bed.”

Like, how did that small kiss suddenly lead to you guys having sex?

I think those are just things that are really important for a relationship and not only change the relationship of a real-life couple and make it more “special”, but the same applies to fictional couples.

Since Ben and Fallon didn’t see each other that often, everything that happened while they spent time together was really important for their relationship, including the physical stuff. And I was glad that Colleen Hoover described those things a little more detailed than many other authors (don’t worry it wasn’t NSFW).

I don’t know if what I just said sounds stupid, but I basically just wanted to say that these things are important parts of every real relationship, and I just prefer it when those things are also talked about in books that mainly revolve around the relationship of two people.

All in all, I recommend this book to everyone who’s looking for a great romance novel. This book is awesome and just makes you happy.

Definitely 5 out of 5 stars.

Have you already read November 9? And if you have, did you like it? 🙂