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Fever (A Songbird Novel Book 1) by [Pearl, Melissa]
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"Once I read the summary for this book..... I was hooked! This book sounded absolutely amazing and I haven't even read the first page. Then Fever did the amazing job of turning out even BETTER than I thought it would! Everything about this book was pretty darn amazing...the characters, the plot, the love interest, the friends, and of course the ending!"
"It was, by far, one of the best books I've read this year." 
Suzy Turner - Author
"Pearl does a fabulous job with this coming of age novel. Her character development is amazing. This was a great read and I enjoyed it thoroughly." 
Stacy - Goodreads book reviewer
"I loved the music choices, the character names, the setting, the storyline EVERYTHING. You name it, I was in love with it."

From the Author

   I stood in the shower, clutching the towel to my chest. I'd turned the spray off the second he asked to meet me outside and then I'd frozen. Meet him? I couldn't do that.
   It didn't matter that his voice was the sexiest thing I'd ever heard. Actually it totally mattered! That's exactly why I couldn't meet him outside. I had a boyfriend!
   My body was still zinging from the sound of his voice floating over the shower wall. It was luscious and I wanted to know where that sound came from...probably a broad chest. His voice was rich and deep. I imagined the way his lips moved as they sang the lyrics and couldn't help wondering what they felt like...tasted like. Heat shot through my core, settling between my legs.
   Squeezing my eyes shut, I lightly tapped my head against the tiles. This was ridiculous.
   I. Had. A. Boyfriend.

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  • File Size: 2839 KB
  • Print Length: 274 pages
  • Publication Date: June 11, 2014
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00KY653BQ
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #41,422 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I'm a fangirl for Melissa Pearl. I'll go ahead and put that out there right from the start. But I've had a hard time getting into New Adult books. So, whenever I first heard about Fever, I just knew it was my chance to get into NA. And it was! Melissa Pearl totally captivated my attention with Fever and swept me up in the world of her characters.

Fever is full of things I expect from a twenty-something college student. Sure, I had my old lady (Is 25 old?) judgement face on a few times, but Ella's actions felt authentic. She didn't act immature. She acted her age, and I think that is what really got my attention. Ella shows a lot of growth throughout this book, and I became attached to her. Her actions at the end with making sure she was doing what she wanted with her life left me feeling like she had really grown up. Melissa Pearl always does characters right, and Ella is no exception!

The musical element of Fever was unique and added another enjoyable element to the story. I love the way that Melissa Pearl weaves music into the story and the romance. The relationships in the story feel authentic and not just contrived for the reader's sake. I was very much into Cole and Ella's relationship from the start. The dance to Fever was my favorite part!

Fever was a journey to find one's self and the happiness that we all deserve. The choices in life aren't always easy and laid out in front of us. There's beauty in the tough choices, though. I felt like that's what Ella learned. Melissa Pearl is undoubtedly a talented writer, and Fever is another example of that. If you're a New Adult fan, what are you waiting for?!

**I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review without compensation.
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It was an OK read. I really wanted things to hurry along and it seemed to take forever to get to the good stuff. I know this is really an ugly way to feel but I thought singing very cliche jazz songs through the walls to each other in a public shower was cheesy. It would have been believable if this were a Broadway play where it's totally cool for characters to burst into song. I actually felt a little embarrassed for them yet at the same time my mind is going "Why? Why can't people do that? How come it's not cool?" Cause it just isn't, I guess. In the end it was a decent read if you just go with the flow, stay on the surface and try not to dig too deep.
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Fever - what a charming read! It had all the elements I love in New Adult - then added some of my favorite music. This introduction to Ms. Pearl's Songbird series was delightful.

Ella Simmons is a young woman who'd rather ride on the track of someone else's plans, someone else's dreams, than figure out her own. She experienced tragedy at a young age and that has left her feeling as though she has no control of her life.

"The fact I didn't know what I really wanted scared me, and it was easier just to go along with David's plans." -Ella, Loc 903

So she floats along with others' plans for her. That's how she's ended up at UChicago - where her boyfriend, David, wants her. She's not exactly happy about it but it makes him happy, so she made the move. Her first morning after arriving, she's singing in the shower and hears a voice through the wall, singing along with her - a voice that does things to her body and mind that David never has. To make matters worse, she feels an immediate connection to Cole, David's roommate and best friend.

"What the hell was wrong with me? First shower guy, now Cole! Why was I attracted to all these other men, when the only one I really wanted was walking right beside me?" - Ella, Loc 935

Cole Reynolds is starting his last year at UChicago. He has plans and they don't include a relationship with any girl. He needs to focus on school, on work, and on making his dream reality. He stumbles a little on this path when first he hears the voice of an angel singing in the shower one morning, and second, when he meets his roommate's girlfriend, Ella. The pull he feels for her is so strong, he knows he can only ignore it for so long. He needs a distraction and so sets about looking for his songbird.
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This book is about a shy girl who follows her boyfriend to Chicago to finish up college. While there she meets and falls in love with her boyfriend's best friend. The two slowly fall in love but the girl is caught between rock and a hard place.

The heroine had to find herself and that is good that she didn't wait to get married to the wrong guy, have kids and then decide she's not happy. So good for her, however.......

I think if you have read one story like this you've read them all. No twists no turns and very little sexy times, no build up either, just long winded.
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This novel features Cole and Ella. Honestly, they were a couple that I found it difficult to pull for. Cole is a playboy focused on his dream of opening a bar. Ella is a college student who has recently moved to Chicago to join her long-term boyfriend at school. She’s so spineless it doesn’t even seem like it occurs to her to have desires until Cole ignites discontent in her (which is pretty nasty, considering he is the supposed best friend of David, her boyfriend). The conceit of the book is that Cole is twice-over in love with Ella – he gets a crush on her when he meets her and he’s also hung up on the mystery woman he hears singing in the dorm showers (who is, of course, Ella). Ella, in turn, falls twice-over for Cole. This twice-over love, I guess, makes the once-over screwing they give David more acceptable.

Maybe as a story of personal growth this story would go down better. But the thing is, Ella doesn’t really change. At the end of the book, she still seems like she has as much direction as a piece of dandelion fluff. She’s just attached herself to a different man’s dream.

I think we’re supposed to blame David for the betrayal he is dealt at the hands of his long-term girlfriend and his best friend. Why? Because he didn’t make sure that every place they ate had gluten-free options? Ella had a million chances to speak up about it. If she acts like it doesn’t matter, David should second-guess her? There’s a profound lack of agency in how the author approaches Ella’s life – like a man’s job is to intuit what a woman wants, despite what she might say otherwise. I can’t blame David for thinking that Ella shared his dreams after she told him over and over that she did. I was hoping that the next book might be about him and his chance at love, but it looks like he’s an abandoned character. In this world, failing to intuit the desires a woman has determined to hide means one is unworthy of love – or even loyalty from a friend.
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