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Melody: Book Four of the Mystic Series (Volume 4) Paperback – March 27, 2014
From the Author
Melody was a difficult book to write for the Mystic series. She's one of those characters you want to reach into the pages and shake sense into. I wrote about her as though she's my friend and I was the one trying to save her.
Every one of these ladies plays an integral role in defeating the evil that's coming. I love this series, but Melody is one of those characters I can't stop thinking about. Her story is sad and, scarily, her situation is far too commonplace amongst young girls today.
I wrote this series in the hopes of showing how someone's struggle feels from the other side of the issue. To show people why they shouldn't judge is one of my greatest goals with this series. Remember, just because someone isn't just like you, it doesn't make them bad. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
About the Author
Jo Michaels is... Hi, I'm Jo. Let's forget all the "Jo Michaels is blah, blah, blah" stuff and just go with it. I'm a voracious reader (often reading more than one book at a time), a writer, a book reviewer, a mom, a wife, and one of the EICs at INDIE Books Gone Wild. I have an almost photographic memory and tend to make people cringe at the number of details I can recall about them and/or their book(s). My imagination follows me around like a conjoined twin and causes me to space out pretty often or laugh out loud randomly in completely inappropriate situations. I have a degree in graphic design, and my journey to the end was one few students who begin that program ever complete. However, this was one case where my memory and OCD tendencies helped me. Graduation was one of the most amazing days of my life. But, my most amazing day was when my now husband proposed. Every little girl dreams of being Cinderella someday, and he pulled off the proposal of fantasies. At the risk of sounding cliche, I'm going to let it out there and say how much I absolutely adore the man I'm married to. Along with my children, he's my whole world.I've lived in Louisiana, Tennessee, and Georgia, but I've had my feet in almost every state. Traveling is something I adore, and have plans to someday see the Mongolia I've written about in Yassa. One of my favorite things is hearing from fans! You can find me on social media most any day of the week. Connect! I'd love to hear from you.
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Jo is certainly one of my favorite feminist authors (although I’m unsure if she would label herself this way). Women in her books face serious problems but they are able to overcome not because they’ve found a man to rescue them but because of female camaraderie. Overcoming an eating disorder isn’t easy and Jo didn’t shy away from how many difficulties Melody faced.
The book was a lovely read and I especially loved the descriptive writing. There was a part where Melody compares herself to a wilted flower and it was very touching. My only complaint was I wish a few more of the sub-plots were fleshed out. Jo’s been stingy over revealing anything about the big bad that the women are going to face. I also wanted more of the romance developed. However, since romance isn’t really the focus of the novels, I kind of understand why not a lot of attention was placed on Lily’s romance with Melody’s doctor.
The novellas are short and I usually breeze through them in an hour or so. I’m looking forward to the next novella and I hope Jo plans to combine the series into one edition once the final book has been released.
Rating: 4.5/5 Stars
Melody's story really surprised me. I think as a woman I can understand the wish to have the body that society has deemed "perfect". It was very painful to see that someone could face this disease just from the cruetly that others have thrown at her. Again the author shows us a deeper meaning of pain and how bringing these women together can help them to grow and begin to heal. This series has flown to the top of my favorites list and I highly recommend it.
Markaza, thanks to some disturbing visions, knows she only has a short time to make a difference in Melody's life. Not just because Markaza wants to save Melody, but because many lives depend on Melody joining forces with some other amazing ladies. Ultimately, the whole world is depending on Melody and the other women Markaza is gathering against a very real evil.
First, I must admit this was the first book I've read in the Mystic series. Yet, I jumped right in and enjoyed the story and can't wait to go back and read the first three and all future installments. Melody is a damaged character, but she joins forces with some other ladies who are fighting their own demons. Each of them is finding a way to tap into their own strength. Women power!
Eating disorders are a timeless and cruel part of teenage life. It's a devastating illness, and the author does not shy away from telling a realistic tale of a young woman in its grips.
If you love a story centered around strong female characters, Mystic ~ Melody definitely fits the bill.
Rating: 4.5 stars & worthy of rounding up
Note: I received an ARC. A positive review was not guaranteed or requested; the opinions expressed are my own.