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Steel Strings (The Chameleon Effect Book 2) Kindle Edition
"Hayes' character development shines through the dialogue and writing style, bringing out the vibes of teen romance I haven't felt in years and also the plights of the main protagonist, Brianna, who I rooted for throughout." --Beatrice Manuel, ReedsyDiscovery Reviewer
"It's was so refreshing to have more diverse characters who have intellect and pure talents...There are so many emotions in this book as Brianna tries to fulfill her dreams. I highly recommend you take this wonderful tale for a spin!" --Hurn Publishing
"I thoroughly enjoyed Steel Strings! ... It was heartbreaking and lovely." --Liz Eames, Reader
"It was a joy to read! ...having just finished Silken Scales, I loved reading this one and seeing how they tied together." --Nikki Tuggy, ARC Reader
"Romance receives a shot of tension with a dash of thriller to form an exciting read with more than a couple twists and turns." --Tonja Drecker, Goodreads
"This book is amazing! ...I was so close to tears." --Anne-Marie S., Goodreads
"Loved the writing in this book, a YA contemporary romance...This story is rich in relationships, as Brianna tries to understand her feelings for her current boyfriend, Jac and Marek, her physics partner." --Liana Key, Goodreads
"I loved this tale! 'Steel Strings' is an amazing fast-paced well-written tale of heartbreak and fear." --Rose B., Goodreads
"Amazing story, interesting characters, both has issues to deal with. Emotional. A book I think youll like!" --S.I., Goodreads
"When a beautiful young musical genius decides to make some changes in her life like a new boyfriend and to stand up to her psycho sister, all hell breaks loose." --Sharon, Goodreads
"This book has everything. It touches on so many different topics and does all of them justice." --Lucy, Goodreads
"This story is well written and the characters are great I enjoyed this look into this world from another view I read silken as well and loved it!" --Dawn Milligan, Goodreads
"This is a great storyline with characters that are well developed and engaging and take us on a twist and turn of suspense and adventure." --vitro1114, BookBub
"I loved this tale! "Steel Strings" is an amazing fast-paced well-written tale of heartbreak and fear...I felt so invested in Briana and Marek's life that I hated getting to the last page..." --Chef_Rose, BookBub
"Steel Strings by Alex Hayes is an awesome, multi-layered book that engrossed me from cover to cover!" --Bookladyteri, BookBub --This text refers to the paperback edition.
- ASIN : B0831SK4JV
- Publisher : Shaking the Tree Press (December 22, 2019)
- Publication date : December 22, 2019
- Language : English
- File size : 1998 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 254 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,029,638 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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The instruments she builds are perhaps not much to look at, built from easy to acquire scrap materials, but sound like the real thing, and in the right hands can make make beautiful music.
Nothing is as it appears on the surface in this book.
This was a book I did not want to put down. The emotions are just so raw and real. The scenes were crafted in a way that just draws you in. I would describe it more as a coming of age and a growing relationship than a romance. The issues these two are dealing with are real - not manufactured rom com nonsense. Brianna hit a pivotal point in her life and she is a survivor. And the ending! what can I say without spoilers? There was plenty of foreshadowing in the book so it was not a shock, but that didn't make it any less painful. This book had ALL the feels.
This book can be enjoyed as a stand alone. It is tangential to the Chameleon Effect books and contains a few brief allusions to those books, but the events in this book are independent. The final scene makes it seem like there might be a stronger tie in coming though.
Brianna Jones is an interesting person, even though the women in her family seem to hate her. She is trying to get through life without garnering any further notice of either her half sister, or her mother. She pulls good grades and a physics lab puts her into a partnership with Marek who is another of the smart people in class.
Marek has always admired Brianna, felt like he was shot down back in their freshman year. He had convinced his best friend to approach her and see if she was dating anyone. For the first two years in high school, Brianna hadn't seen anyone, mainly to keep her half-sister from interfering before she graduated. After that she started seeing the son of one of her father's business partners So Marek doesn't feel like he has a chance.
It's Christmas time and families are getting together. Will Brianna be able to keep her own project out of the spotlight? Will this couple actually become a couple? Read the book to find out more I don't want to spoil any surprises waiting in store for you.
I received a copy of this book from the author, and am voluntarily leaving this review.
Writing Young Adult novels is a challenge for any writer: spinning tales for this astute audience of young minds calls forth the need for creating plausible and challenging concepts – a challenge Alex meets successfully. We discover in the Foreword that Alex found her inspiration for this story from her knowledge of the Recycled Orchestra of Cateura in Paraguay – a group that plays orchestral instruments constructed of recycled materials!
The quality of Alex’s fine writing is evident as she opens her story with a Prologue ten years prior to the following story – ‘If I lived in a parallel universe, maybe I wouldn’t have taken the bait. Maybe I wouldn’t have found myself behind the wheel of a car, barreling down a hill, straight for a white pine. Maybe my life would’ve been different. I wish. But this is my universe. My life. My problem.’
With this engaging opening, the story follows: ‘Brianna Jones is a nerdy biracial teen who dreams of bringing music to the world via orchestral instruments fashioned out of recycled materials. But she must keep her project secret from her half sister, whose mission in life is to destroy everything Brianna holds dear. Marek Lakewood is one of the few guys who sees Brianna for whom she really is and has admired her from afar for years. But he’s never been a risk-taker, not since his father was killed on a black diamond ski slope. When a physics project lands Marek in Brianna’s sphere, he finds himself taking bigger and bigger risks, and discovers Brianna’s life and aspirations are far more complicated than he ever imagined. Compelled to silence, Brianna is like a cello without strings. Can she find the love she needs and reclaim her voice through the instruments she creates?’
Alex knows how to engage (and retain) the interest of her readers, all the while introducing significant insights that expand the purview of her audience. She appears to have a solid future as an author! Recommended. Grady Harp, January 20