Monday, 30 January 2017

Melody's Key

Hello, tis Heather here! I come bearing a review for a romance book (which comes with a soundtrack)! It's my birthday today, which seems a decent excuse for posting a few days later than I normally do. 

Author: Dallas Coryell
Published: June 2016
Publisher: AsherRain Publications
Length: 305 pages

Anyone that loves a good romance should certainly consider this book! Melody’s Key is jam-packed with all the quirks that a love story should contain. Tagen has halted all her dreams to help out with her family’s holiday business, when suddenly the famed pop-star Mason Keane stays with them for the summer to take a vacation from his many fans. Initially, Tagen has her doubts as Mason seems to tick all the check-boxes for an egotistical celebrity, but as they get to know each other, this impression changes and they grow closer.
For me, Tegan was a fairly relatable protagonist; she reads, does art and makes music. At some points her rants about music were reminiscent to my own brother’s (he’s studying vocals at university), so I was all too familiar with the fraudster aspects of the industry and glad that Coryell brings them to light. Coryell also has a soundtrack to go with the book in which he performs some of the songs Tegan writes – I’d highly recommend listening to these while you read; he has a lovely voice. Overall, Tegan was a well-rounded individual, her fondness of art having already earned her a scholarship. You would not believe the quantity of books out there that focus on having a hopeless protagonist that has seemingly achieved null all her life and has no hobbies that only really lives when a man is introduced. Like most teens, she’s struck on having the picturesque romance, and having access to her relatives love notes from the war certainly intensifies this want.
My main critique of the book is that at points it is somewhat cliché, and the flirting a tad too blatant consider how insecure the two characters are. I’d have liked for them to have had more time in a platonic relationship so the reader could see more development. Whilst I do enjoy a good bit of romance with the male love-interest firing some charming lines at his lady (and vice versa), Mason got a little over the top, telling her that she looked pretty when she slept twice and using the classic ‘we can make our own music to dance to’ line. That being said, I know that loads of people love these sweet snippets of cuteness. Besides which, this was slightly broken up with Tegan’s humour as she sassed him out several times and used snarky, sarcastic comments to spice it up. I was so glad that the book didn’t conform to having a beautiful, passive woman being the main love interest, and that this book had absolutely no love triangles, true love and devotion to one person beats confusion in these books.
The book itself is not a dull one, nor is it overly simplistic; the writer integrating flowery and descriptive imagery to give the reader a true understanding of how Tegan feels and the surroundings. Personally, I found the plot a little predictable, mimicking the modern Cinderella storyline, but that’s not necessarily bad. I’d much prefer the storyline to be simple than for there to be multiple men that Tegan was contemplating dating and the basis of her living on a holiday establishment made it original enough to not bore the reader at all. The only thing that really bothered me was that Simon’s mystery boyfriend was never revealed!
Whilst some of the scenes are of a sexual nature, they aren’t too graphic (plus Tegan’s sister kept interrupting them anyway). Thence I’d recommend this lovely book to anyone over sixteen who wants a nice and fluffy romance… kind of like a marshmallow.

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