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Virtuosity [Kindle Edition]

Jessica Martinez
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (79 customer reviews)

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Book Description

An intensely romantic, “brilliant debut” (Kirkus Reviews) about a dangerous addiction, a fierce rivalry, and a forbidden love.

Now is not the time for Carmen to fall in love. And Jeremy is hands-down the wrong guy for her to fall for. He is infuriating, arrogant, and the only person who can stand in the way of Carmen getting the one thing she wants most: to win the prestigious Guarneri competition. Carmen’s whole life is violin, and until she met Jeremy, her whole focus was winning. But what if Jeremy isn’t just hot…what if Jeremy is better?
Carmen knows that kissing Jeremy can’t end well, but she just can't stay away. Nobody else understands her—and riles her up—like he does. Still, she can’t trust him with her biggest secret: She is so desperate to win, she takes antianxiety drugs to perform, and what started as an easy fix has become a hungry addiction. Carmen is sick of not feeling anything on stage and even sicker of always doing what she’s told, doing what’s expected.
Sometimes being on top just means you have a long way to fall….

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“An intoxicating blend of passion,vulnerability, and the desire to have it all, no matter the cost. A mesmerizingread.” —Lauren Myracle, bestselling author of Shine and ttyl

“Passionate and true, Virtuosity singsfrom first page to last.” —Sarah Ockler, author of Fixing Delilah and TwentyBoy Summer

“Beautiful writing, a swoon-worthyromance, and tension that will keep you turning the pages. Virtuosity ispitch-perfect.” —Lauren Barnholdt, author of Sometimes It Happens and Two-wayStreet

"Heartfelt, gripping, and unflinchingly authentic.VIRTUOSITY will change the way you think about music." --Antony John,author of Five Flavors of Dumb

"Martinez brings this overwrought world totense, quivering life and guides readers through it confidently. A brilliantdebut." - Kirkus STARRED REVIEW

“Riveting... A beautifully written story….The portrayal of Carmen’s world, in which every performance is terrifying and even one stumble could end her career, is unique and convincing. The novel builds to a satisfying finish as the competition arrives and Carmen discovers a terrible secret. Even readers without much interest in music will enjoy this exceptional novel.” -- School Library Journal

“This story of violin prodigies will elevate readers, lifting them above the standard YA romance offerings and delivering a wise yet endearing love story….Well-developed, with flawed but likeable characters. Any teen who has felt pressured to succeed will easily identify with Carmen and Jeremy, and romantics will find themselves cheering for the star-crossed lovers.” - Library Media Connection

“Martinez has a gift for making classical violinaccessible and understandable to even the most tone-deaf reader. The twists inthe pair’s love affair, combined with the turns in their careers, catapult thisnovel from sweet romance to tour de force. Decisions are never easy, but willthe cost of winning—or losing—be too high?” —Booklist

Review

“An intoxicating blend of passion,vulnerability, and the desire to have it all, no matter the cost. A mesmerizingread.” —Lauren Myracle, bestselling author of Shine and ttyl

“Passionate and true, Virtuosity singsfrom first page to last.” —Sarah Ockler, author of Fixing Delilah and TwentyBoy Summer

“Beautiful writing, a swoon-worthyromance, and tension that will keep you turning the pages. Virtuosity ispitch-perfect.” —Lauren Barnholdt, author of Sometimes It Happens and Two-wayStreet

"Heartfelt, gripping, and unflinchingly authentic.VIRTUOSITY will change the way you think about music." --Antony John,author of Five Flavors of Dumb

"Martinez brings this overwrought world totense, quivering life and guides readers through it confidently. A brilliantdebut." - Kirkus STARRED REVIEW

“Riveting... A beautifully written story….The portrayal of Carmen’s world, in which every performance is terrifying and even one stumble could end her career, is unique and convincing. The novel builds to a satisfying finish as the competition arrives and Carmen discovers a terrible secret. Even readers without much interest in music will enjoy this exceptional novel.” -- School Library Journal

“This story of violin prodigies will elevate readers, lifting them above the standard YA romance offerings and delivering a wise yet endearing love story….Well-developed, with flawed but likeable characters. Any teen who has felt pressured to succeed will easily identify with Carmen and Jeremy, and romantics will find themselves cheering for the star-crossed lovers.” - Library Media Connection

“Martinez has a gift for making classical violinaccessible and understandable to even the most tone-deaf reader. The twists inthe pair’s love affair, combined with the turns in their careers, catapult thisnovel from sweet romance to tour de force. Decisions are never easy, but willthe cost of winning—or losing—be too high?” —Booklist

Product Details

  • File Size: 1606 KB
  • Print Length: 306 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: B00BNF3R56
  • Publisher: Simon Pulse; Reprint edition (October 18, 2011)
  • Sold by: Simon and Schuster Digital Sales Inc
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004U7G6RK
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #400,417 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Angieville: VIRTUOSITY October 19, 2011
Format:Hardcover
I wasn't really planning on reading VIRTUOSITY. I'm not sure why, because I'm actually often drawn to stories featuring prodigies or people with highly regimented lifestyles due to their skills/abilities/life choices. Also, I like the title. But, the cover doesn't do a whole lot for me (it looks more paranormal than contemporary). Nothing wrong with it, but I will say that it would help if she was at least holding a violin. Then a galley floated my way, and so I went on the hunt for a few reliable reviews. And wouldn't you know, I found them. Enough of them to prod me to see for myself. I actually started VIRTUOSITY right after finishing another book, somewhere in the vicinity of midnight, and I was absorbed quickly and deeply enough that I just read it straight through. I kind of feel like it's one of the ones best read that way, one of the ones that benefits largely from a quantity of undivided attention and a lack of breaks throughout.

Carmen Bianchi is a virtuoso. Her mother sang with the New York Metropolitan Opera at an unprecedentedly young age. All set to ride her stardom high, her career was cut short by an unexpected operation and an unexpected pregnancy. And so she transferred all of her drive, all her expectation, all her determination onto her daughter. And so Carmen eats, drinks, and breathes the violin. Her days are regimented to within an inch of her life, and her activities are sharply curtailed by her demanding schedule. With the most important competition of her life just a few short weeks away, she decides to scope out the competition. But it turns out Jeremy King isn't exactly the way she pictured him. And yet while his manner (both onstage and off) is about as far from her own as possible, he does share an unmatched understanding of what her life is like.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A fast-paced teen read! February 8, 2012
Format:Hardcover
Seventeen year old Carmen Bianchi is an award winning violinist. She is on the verge of competing in the prestigious Guarneri competition against Jeremy King; one of Europe's most talented young violinists.

After a not-so-chance encounter with Jeremy, Carmen is infuriated. Jeremy seems like nothing more than an ostentatious, arrogant jerk. After a few email interactions, Carmen finds herself at one of Jeremy's shows. As she watches him from her box seat, things begin to change. After the show, the two young musicians share a pizza and as they talk, Carmen comes to the realization that somewhere along the way, music has changed for her. Playing the violin has become something she does for others - such as her mother (who is also her manager), her strict violin teacher, and everyone else around her. At some point she stopped feeling it. She stopped doing it for the joy it made her feel; she stopped doing it for herself.

Carmen's mother warns her against Jeremy, and even forbids her to see him. In a rare act of rebellion, Carmen does the opposite. She sees him more. Then, just as Carmen begins to trust that Jeremy isn't out to sabotage her... he tells her why he's really been spending time with her.

That's when things begin to fall apart for Carmen.

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Okay, to quote the synopsis - "She is so desperate to win she takes anti-anxiety drugs to perform, and what started as an easy fix has become a hungry addiction."

This is very misleading. Carmen didn't need the pills, nor was it her idea to take them. Carmen's mother is domineering and quite frankly, terrible.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Looking for a Heartwarming Romance? July 11, 2012
By anaavu
Format:Hardcover
Originally posted on my blog: [...])

"That's so British," I countered.
"What is?"
"Making sweeping generalizations about Americans because that makes you feel better about having a national inferiority complex the size of the Atlantic Ocean. I was just trying to be helpful, but if folding your pizza threatens you sense of patriotism, you probably shouldn't do it."

Review: This is going to be a quick review today because *blush* I'm not done reading (or rather listening to) the second book today. And, well, I kinda want to do something with the fam for New Year's Eve, yo ;)

Well, what can I say? I loved Virtuosity. I adored it. It is SO CUTE! I rarely fall for the romancy books, but this one? Oh goodness, it is amazing.

I picked up Virtuosity because one of my best friends has the same name as the author. It's such a little thing but something as insignificant like that can just capture my attention and before you know it, I was falling head over heels for Carmen and Jeremy and their rocky relationship.

Plot: The plot was so good - sweet and simple - something that could just make you smile. I have to admit, it is very predictable. But aren't all romance novels? It contains a bit too much detail too, but I'm not going into that.

Characters: Carmen may seem different from the typical teenager: she's passionate, driven and engrossed in her violin (that's not to say teens aren't driven, but come on, she won a Grammy at age 9). Despite all that, she's just the same as any of us. She has differences with her parents, she goes through the same first romance, and she learns to be independent. So maybe you can't totally relate to the child prodigy or the ultimate musician that is Carmen. It doesn't matter.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars kept me engaged from start to finish
What is going to happen next? is a question I had throughout the novel. I found myself on the edge of my seat over and over. Read more
Published 19 days ago by Forever49
5.0 out of 5 stars Overcoming obstacles toward an authentic life
Virtuosity would appeal to a wide range of reader ages. Although it was written for the young adult genre, as an adult, I thoroughly enjoyed it. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Anne Morgenthal
4.0 out of 5 stars Violinist in love
Usually when I read YA. You really get a brilliant one that is well written or cheesy with poor writing. I found that I enjoyed this book a lot. Read more
Published 9 months ago by R. Dean
5.0 out of 5 stars Must read
Loved this book it is a must read for romance lovers clean and funny and romantic all wrapped in one
Published 11 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, mother approved, fiction
Great, clean YA fiction. It is so hard to find quality fiction without language, party scenes, and steamy love scenes. Read more
Published 12 months ago by R. Gillie
4.0 out of 5 stars Well Done
Describes the stressful emotions of a child with a gift. I will look for books written by this author again.
Published 12 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Layered characters and deep storyline
I won Virtuosity in a giveaway aaaaages ago and am now smacking myself for not plucking it off of my shelf sooner. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Jen @ The Bevy Bibliotheque
5.0 out of 5 stars Virtuosity
i want alot of people to read this book. i was about a girl who made her choice and was very strong going through it.
Published 12 months ago by Jaime Ivan Hilaire
4.0 out of 5 stars Compelling Story About a Troubled Child Prodigy
This is a book where the more I think about it, the more I really like and respect it. I picked it up after hearing about it in a review for The Lucy Variations. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Maggie
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
Amazing book alot of attention grabbing actions.' And will be waiting for the second book.! Amazing romance and competition loved it!
Published 13 months ago by Pen Name
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