Melody’s Key by Dallas Coryell ~Review~

★★★★ stars

Length: 305 pages30807954

Published: June 2016

“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 laboured her days away keeping her family’s struggling business alive. There would be no emotion, no colour, 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. – GoodReads

The author of this book contacted me and asked me if I wanted to read and review this book and after reading this description I was hooked and said yes! I do not usually read romance novels, but I am so happy I said yes because this book was wonderful! I would definitely read another book by Dallas Coryell.

This book has two lovable main characters named Tegan and Mason. Tegan is a young, British woman who loves drawing and singing, as well as playing the piano. She is a little shy and closed off to people who want to get close to her. Mason, on the other hand, is a famous American pop star who comes to Tegan’s parents’ hotel to stay hidden from the public for a little while. I really liked both of these characters, although at the beginning both Mason and Tegan could come off as jerks, but after they opened up more I grew to really enjoy them.

I also really liked the plot because I found it to be very slow burning, as was the romance. I think my favourite parts were towards the middle and the end. I loved the plot twists and personal connections in this story which are what completely sold this book to me.

However, there were some problems I have to mention about this book in order to give it an honest review. There were some sections where the descriptions were awkward, although most of his descriptions were very beautiful. I also had a problem with not figuring out what was happening with some of the secondary characters towards the end! I loved the secondary characters!

The last thing I want to talk about is Dallas Coryell’s writing style. While researching if I wanted to read this book, I read some reviews that said that it was way too wordy and there were too many descriptions. At this point, I got worried that I wouldn’t like it, but I actually found this to be the opposite. I loved his descriptions so much! Wordy writing is my fave and I actually write very similarly to Dallas in that aspect. I found almost all of his descriptions to be perfectly beautiful and very vibrant.

Thanks to Dallas Coryell for giving me a copy of this book to review!

Happy Reading!

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Hello, Goodbye, and Everything in Between by Jennifer E. Smith

23369370★★★★.5 stars

“A witty romance with twists and turns round every corner”

I have wanted to read this book since September and I finally decided to go to the library and pick it up just last week. I went to pick it up and also got Mosquitoland which I recently reviewed. This book was just what I expected!

I knew what I would be getting into with this book even before I started it. I’ve read other books by this author and was already familiar with her writing style. Jennifer’s writing is so amazing! Whenever I want to feel happy I pick up one of her books. This book was no different.

Any time I picked up this book I was totally and utterly engaged. It took me four days to read this book, only because I have exams next week! Normally, I would read a book like this in one sitting. This book is one that I normally just eat up!

The romance was so amazing! The book takes place over less than twenty – four hours, which I loved! The chapter names were perfection and they tied in perfectly with the story. I love how everything in the book connects. Jennifer has written in wonderful and funny puns that her characters use. The conflict in the book is amazingly written and I love all the thoroughly unique characters. She writes romance perfectly, she is literally my writing goals!

Why not 5 stars? A little bit of a slow beginning, but still perfection.

Would Recommend If You Like: The Distance Between Us by Kasie West or This is What Happy Looks Like by Jennifer E. Smith

⦁ 12+ ⦁ no “adult” language ⦁

 

 

 

Mosquitoland by David Arnold

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★★★★.5 stars

“A gritty road trip story with unforgettable characters.”

I came upon this book on the New YA shelf at my library. I had come in for one book. A Jennifer E. Smith novel. A lovely cute romance that would give me all the feels. I left with nearly 400 pages of intense reading material that I would gobble up in less than 24 hours.

My initial thoughts were that it looked interesting. I’d heard a lot about it and never thought about reading it before. I had heard some mixed reviews and wondered would this be my next reading favorite or my next reading failure?

At first, while I was reading I wasn’t sure about Mim. She seemed very down about life, which does make sense considering her circumstances. I was confused about some of the ways this character looked at life.

When I started, I wasn’t sure if I would end up putting this book down or not. I wasn’t sure about Mim and Poncho Guy creeped me out. But as I kept reading I got more and more intrigued in the mind of the character. I wasn’t sure what was going on with her most of the time, which made me even more excited to delve into Mim’s mind. The romance was good, light, and fun. Nothing mushy, but still cute. Walt is my favourite character and I like the aspect that this character added to the book.

Why not 5 stars? I like my beginnings intriguing if you please.

Would Recommend If You Like: Let’s Get Lost by Adi Alsaid and All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven

• 14+ • medium use of “adult” language • themes for those not faint of heart • a fear-inducing scene or two •