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- ASIN : B00Z2BXC52
- Publisher : Xchyler Publishing (July 25, 2015)
- Publication date : July 25, 2015
- Language : English
- File size : 2698 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 348 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #2,828,571 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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I loved how the JD wrote each character. The story follows Sami, who just moved to Skenesboro from NYC, which is the hometown of her mother. She is an aspiring pianist, and then tries out for the volleyball team which she makes, and she begins taking this enhancement drug to help her play. She also learns that this is taking away her ability to play the piano. She has to decide what and who she wants to be.
She has the help of her true friends, and her mom, and finally makes the right decision.
Once I began reading the book the first day I didn't want to put it down, and it was a really good read.
Full Disclosure: I received this product for free or at a discounted price for my honest opinion. I am not under any obligation to provide a positive or 5 star review. This is my honest opinion.
Forte started off slightly confusing and I couldn’t really identify with the main character Sami until about third of the book through. I found her too easy to jump between the two sides and I also found her so-called new friends unhelpful in their multiple warnings with no explanations – I would be frustrated so no surprise that Sami was. Being a pianist all her life, suddenly she signs up to the volleyball team. Her mum warns her against the team and the fascinating blue drink the athletes seems to drink like water, but of course being a typical teenager, Sami knows better and has to learn from her own mistakes before it’s too late and she loses her ability to play the piano forever.
What was quite well portrayed in this book was the peer pressure young adults go through to be with the cool gang, to be athletic, to look a certain way and to be noticed by the ‘right’ crowd. There is a clear sense of hierarchy and class separation at the school Sami attends as the new girl.
It’s an enjoyable book and I would say quite unique in its storyline and ideas.
I really enjoyed this book and couldn't put it down! It was not what I expected, it was even better with all the twists and turns that occur throughout each chapter. How Greek mythology gets interwoven into a story that captures your attention and makes you wonder why? What happens is an unexpected thrill in what appears to be a young adult story, but it definitely exceeds beyond that into an enjoyable read for adults as well! Highly recommend putting this book on your summer reading list!
*I received this ebook for free in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own *
This is a perfect YA book for any age, even "non-YA" readers like me.
It was the perfect reminder of how cliques and the need to "fit in" at any cost happens in High School but yet doesn't have to make you an outcast or excluded if you can be strong enough to trust your "inner" talents. It could be a perfect book for pre-High School crowd to read before they get into the heavy cliques of High School, especially if they have felt like they didn't fit in during Middle School.
One of the things I enjoyed about this book was although there was an element of mystery/fantasy/magic the age old story of one group trying to be better than another, to out shine the other was shown here.. It didn't make one bad and one good, just one into the arts and one into sports. Both groups were "good" kids, just trying to showcasing their "talents" in different ways, with one looking for an "edge" that doesn't come naturally..
The take away, in my mind, is that although we are all different we CAN get along. If you are good at something, you don't need to have any "external" help ... you just need to put your heart and soul into your talent to make it shine.
The "external" or "special" help doesn't last, but making your talents shine naturally is what helps to make YOU into the YOU that you were meant to be.
As mentioned above, I received this book for free in exchange for my honest opinion.
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It is a low-magic urban fantasy, set in a small town with a high school embroiled with a sports-arts rivalry. A newcomer is dropped in the middle of it, and finds that the rivalry goes deeply and magically into the town's characters and history. I very much enjoyed it.