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Breaking Measures Paperback – September 23, 2015
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How often do you find a writer who can not only create works that fall under different genres, but also captivate you in the same way he/she did before? I've read many books, and I can definitely tell you that it is rare.
I don't typically like books that would fall under the category of "thriller" or "mystery" but I can honestly tell you, that I loved this book. So even if you feel that thriller/mystery is not exactly your type of genre - I recommend this read! You will be pleasantly surprised :)
I received an ARC from the author in exchange for an honest review
I particularly like mysteries where you just cannot predict the ending ahead of time and, in that regard, I was not disappointed. I never would have guessed the killer ahead of time - they weren't even on my list of mental suspects!
I felt that Leila's character was well developed and the story kept a nice pace. I'm left wanting to know more about several characters and relationships - especially Leila and Orion but also some of the other minor characters as well. Even though the plot was closed up well and doesn't feel unfinished, I still find myself wanting more and can't wait for A Woven Silence.
I listened to the audio version of this book and feel that the narration by Rebecca Roberts was great - she did accents for some of the characters and the tones that she used really brought characters to life and it was easy to differentiate who was speaking at all times.
***I was provided this audiobook at no charge by the author, publisher and/or narrator in exchange for an unbiased review via Audiobook Blast.
She is one of those rare writers that have an incredible talent with words that simply sweep you away with their lyrical descriptions. When I found out this was to be a contemporary novel, I was in two minds. Mostly because I was afraid that there would be a lack of imaginative story telling and leave me wanting.Could it really live up to her other work?
Any fears are completely unfounded though. Whilst Breaking Measures is indeed contemporary and has a completely different feel from her Ondine Quartet work, it still managed to completely capture me.
The story follows a young woman, Leila Cates. An up and coming Pianist who's striving to reach the expectations of her parents and the world around her. Though when one by one the steady parts in her life break, she comes to realize there is more going on behind the scenes then she has allowed herself to see. Pinned with the murder of her supposed boyfriend Carlo she desperately tries to unravel the knots and come to terms with the implications of what she uncovers.
"It was the lie of the American Dream -work hard and you'll win, that poisonous mantra poured down the throat of every child, every teacher, every adult who wondered why they were still stuck in the same place after forty years of overtime, with nothing to show but bone-weary exhaustion, s***ty health, and a pile of bills."
“Fast food, fast money, shallow thinking, shallow interpretations. This is now what I deal with everyday. Art was meant to be about freedom, about having the courage to explore what it means to be human.”
The artistic descriptions of the experiences Leila goes through really pull you in and I was very intrigued to find out exactly what was going on. I must admit that I also never saw the culprit coming. Just like OQ it had me completely guessing and second guessing throughout the mystery.
"The lush opening unfurled, narrating an epic saga of passion and yearning. Rene's tempo was moderate, not he grand slow pomposity Carlo favoured or the passionate drive Leila wanted. it was safe, an acceptable and pleasing interpretation that wouldn't ruffle anyone's feathers. It was also terrible, as bland and forgettable as the new music scores she'd dismissed."
I also really liked Orion as well. He brought a stark contrast to Leila's life and I am quite excited to be reading more about them in A Woven Silence. Now just to wait... ARGGhh
Overall, this prequel is a great prospect of what is to come and an awesome story on it's own as well.
Would I recommend it?
Yes! I will recommend this to all of my family and friends that have turned their noses up reading fantasy. I can finally share what they have been missing out on and who knows, they might even pick OQ up once they know what they are missing out on.
So all in all a great first adult novella by Emma Raveling. I'm so excited for A Woven Silence where we can read about what happens with Leila next!