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"Serenade has a slow burn of a start, but the backstory is important...The writing is well executed, particularly the descriptive elements, something in which I feel the author truly excels. The scenes and action following the kidnapping are fantastic, with enough unexpected twists to keep the pages turning. I'd highly recommend this book to lovers of good, traditional YA with a unique plot." Readers' Favorite, 5-star review
"WOW, what an awesome and refreshing read full of love, hate, surprises, mystery, loyalty and everything in between. This author truly has a knack for story-telling and spinning it just enough to keep you guessing and needing to read more. This is a spectacular debut read and I highly recommend it." Jenny Bynum, Black Words White Pages
"Female heroine. Check. Adventure with high stakes. Check. Strong and powerful story with intrigue and secrets. Check. I loved nearly everything about this story. It had everything I hope for and love in a YA book. The writing style and powerful way the author can showcase emotions makes me eager to read anything McKenzie will write next- fiction, nonfiction, picture books,or anything." Rachel Barnard, Author
"Part adventure, part coming of age and completely absorbing as we are taken into the wilds of the Canadian mountains... a tale that is eye-opening and entertaining and fresh in its telling!" Dianne's Reviews - Goodreads"
McKenzie is a promising author that is going to give readers a powerhouse trilogy that is sure to be successful." Danielle Roberts, The Pluviophile Reader"
It's been a long time since I've enjoyed a romantic suspense this much ... probably since my last Sandra Brown and that is saying something. ESPECIALLY for a first book from an author. Are you kidding me?!? THIS is what you're coming out of the gate with? I'll be stalking library shelves indefinitely for this author - she had me hooked after the first page. Lifetime fan. SO good." Julie Brandenburg, Little Miss Bookmark"
Superb writing skill, gripping story, intriguing characters..." Crystal, Goodreads
"Heather McKenzie's debut novel was outstanding and beautiful and perfect... I WISH IT WAS POSSIBLE TO GIVE SERENADE 1,000 STARS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!" Samantha McLaughlin - Goodreads"
What a great read - debut novel too. Got it all; mystery, love, hatred and friendship."Jane's Reviews - Goodreads"
Beautiful story, beautiful layout and interesting story line. The story gives a clear description between love and obsession." Lucia, Goodreads
"Love, confusion, kidnapping, intrigue, good guys that look like bad guys. This has it all." Connie Zinsmeister - Goodreads
"Action and tension ride high the whole way through with mounds of unexpected twists and turns." Tonja Drecker, Author
"Terrifically written! Suspense, mystery, romance and intrigue. Characters who make me want to shoot them, plot twists I hadn't expected and a smile as I wish to read more of this series." Lori Bindner, Goodreads
"WOW, I just happened to wander onto this book. It was a great read. Very well written and held onto your attention the whole ride not letting go." Emily Owens, Google Play Review
"This book surprised me in every possible level ♥ The characters are beautifully built, the plot keeps moving forwards, dragging the reader through the pages, the descriptions are magical and the cover... OMG the cover! Heather McKenzie did an amazing job at keeping her characters reliable, plausible and, above all, unique." Zoe Haslie, Author
From the Author
- ASIN : B01N5XBFEK
- Publisher : Clean Teen Publishing (April 17, 2017)
- Publication date : April 17, 2017
- Language : English
- File size : 10022 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 425 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #9,888 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
- Customer Reviews:
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PRO: This young adult book didn't contain one single mystical creature. No vampires, werewolves, witches or fairies. No one contains one ounce of magical powers! That factor alone have this book a good head start from the others, as those topics have been so over done.
I genuinely liked the theme, the characters are unique and hold promise, each has a deeper story. I found the inheritance spin interesting but not as much as a company making its fortune from fertility drugs.
This is where the disappointment lies, the science behind the drug and the developing, distribution etc... could have been way more developed. I soon learned many things were rushed and not thoroughly planned. I enjoyed Oliver until I didn't, not a fan of the way Kaya flipped flipped on the consensual aspect of it. Nor did I care for the fact she fell in love with a stranger after a mere 3 minute meeting.
I'm also a stickler for timelines. Henry tells Oliver she is 2 months pregnant, Kaya tells Luke 15 weeks... she had sex once the time line should be pretty clear. The miscarriage of a baby at those two different times are very different and her loss of the child seemed so fake. As did Oliver's sudden tailspin personality and his sudden declaration of possession over her and his violence, almost like the author wanted to justify Kaya falling in love with another person. She's 18, she doesn't need a reason, she can change her mind.
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My main problems:
· Despite what another reviewer said, the main character isn't logical. She seems unable to come to terms with the truth - she even admits this at one point - and thus does things that the reader will no doubt be wanting to frustratedly shout at her in the hopes that she finally 'grows up' and does the right thing.
· The plot feels shallow and fell short of my expectations. It, at its core, is just about how a girl falls for one hot man she shouldn't fall for, and then about how she falls for another hot man she should've fallen for even less. I successfully guessed this the second that the next man appeared - this really isn't spoiling anything.
The plot becomes needlessly drawn out as the simple act of admitting you love someone gets continously prolonged through simple overused tricks, like the main character convinently getting called to go somewhere. As a result of this, you already know whats going to happen, it's just how much of the book will be left by then.
· This book was quite slow paced. This sometimes can be good, except this is about a kidnapping. The problem particularly arose for me as the action that was there felt put in merely so the reader could witness another instinctive love at first sight, I'll do anything for you moment. These scenes, despite being really impactful the first couple times, soon felt irrelevant due to it happening everytime any action occurred.
· Regarding the two love interests, it is quickly noticeable who you are meant to prefer. To try and keep this spoiler friendly, I'll leave it at one is sweet and surprisingly it's not even really annoyinh. However, the other one becomes seriously annoying to have to deal with. I feel the concept of the character was fine, however being written the way he was, I'd prefer he was written out of the book al together. Which is a shame, considering he was a pretty decent character for almost half the book.
· They called slushies . . . slurpies. I'm sorry what? So many things were made belivably sciency, or validated why they happened. It was belivable, enough that I could realistically happening now (this is set in 2015 I believe, its currently 2018 now, close enough). And as minor of a thing this seems, why did they change this (unless I'm completely mixed up in which case ignore this bit).
In regards to the good, the concept was great, and what happens in regards to the character of Louisa may be the best bit of the book.
Overall, unless this review particularly peaked your interest and you're a slow reader, I wouldnt bother with this book. If this book did peak your interest or you're a fast reader like me who is running out of books at a worrying rate, maybe give it a go. As of me writing this, this book is free, so it can't hurt too much.
I feel like despite the depth I've tried to go to while remaining spoiler free, I feel like I haven't written about much. Which I suppose sums this up for me - not much really happens, and little was particularily memorable.
Thus I have rated this 2.5 stars. The book isn't bad per se it's just not particularly good. I feel that unless you are really running out of stuff to read, there is either a book or something else that will better/more enjoyable to do than reading this would be.
Thank you for reading, this took me 1 hour 15 mins, so advice for anyone - don't try and write a long amount of stuff on a kindle paperwhite screen.