Review: Tone Deaf by Olivia Rivers

Title: Tone Deaf

Author: Olivia Rivers

Standalone

Genre: Contemporary, Romance, [Young-Adult]

Heat Rating: Cool

Page Count and Format: 288 pages, Ebook

Published: May 3rd 2016 by Sky Pony Press

Source: I received an eARC of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

My Rating: PicsArt_1444558321867


Blurb (from Goodreads):

His world is music. Her world is silent.

Ali Collins was a child prodigy destined to become one of the greatest musicians of the twenty-first century—until she was diagnosed with a life-changing brain tumor. Now, at seventeen, Ali lives in a soundless world where she gets by with American Sign Language and lip-reading. She’s a constant disappointment to her father, a retired cop fighting his own demons, and the bruises are getting harder to hide.

When Ali accidentally wins a backstage tour with the chart-topping band Tone Deaf, she’s swept back into the world of music. Jace Beckett, the nineteen-year-old lead singer of the band, has a reputation. He’s a jerk and a player, and Ali wants nothing to do with him. But there’s more to Jace than the tabloids let on. When Jace notices Ali’s bruises and offers to help her escape to New York, Ali can’t turn down the chance at freedom and a fresh start. Soon she’s traveling cross-country, hidden away in Jace’s RV as the band finishes their nationwide tour. With the help of Jace, Ali sets out to reboot her life and rediscover the music she once loved.


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Thankfully this month’s off to a pretty good start, at least in the bookish sense! This book was totally adorable! It was exactly the thing I needed! I loved it to bits! And it had so many diverse features plus I’ve always been interested in the deaf culture so it made a pretty interesting read.

Ali Collins lost her mother and her hearing pretty much at the same time that left her devastated. She was sent to live with her dad but living with him is nearly as impossible for her because his abuse is getting more violent as days pass. When she wins a ticket for a backstage tour of the most popular band Tone Deaf, she is not much enthusiastic about it and the lead singer Jace comes off as a total jerk. When Jace apologizes to patch things up after being rebuked from his manager he notices her scars that brings up his old memories so he offers to help her. Reluctant at first, she accepts the help. Will she be able to start afresh or will be caught and get into more trouble than she can ever imagine?

I adored this book. Basically it was sooo cute! And adorable! Ali was a child prodigy but the operation to remove her brain tumor left her permanently deaf. She was sent to live with her dad after her mom’s death but his abuse got more and more violent. Her only support was her best friend, Avery. But even she and her family couldn’t do much because Ali’s father was a retired police chief and nobody believed her story about the abuse or more so because they were afraid of his power. I really felt so bad about her situation. It was because of Avery’s obsession with the band Tone Deaf, that she dragged her to the concert where she won the ticket for a backstage tour.

I really hated Jace at first. Even after knowing the reason. Because it was no way to treat a girl like that. But well… all was forgiven later because he really turned out to be a reliable and a great guy and I absolutely loved him! When he offered the chance to take her with the band and to drop her off at New York, she took the chance. I really liked their journey. I loved how they became friends, their relationship slowly grew, as they opened up to each other. They made each other better and their chemistry was totally awesome!

I pretty much loved Ali. She was a great character but not without flaws and I liked her character development throughout the book. And finally with Jace, she found her way back to music. I liked her relationship with the rest of the band. But Killer totally stole the show, that guy was basically adorable and a great friend. I totally loved him and Arrow together.

Overall, Tone Deaf was a great read. The plot was engaging and the characters were diverse and pretty much awesome. The romance between between Ali and Jace was just so sweet! I loved these two together and I was left with wanting more when it finished. The writing was beautiful and easy to read and the pace was even throughout the book.

Recommend it?

YUP!


So, guys have you read this adorable book yet? If  not, you need to hurry! Have you been ever interested in the deaf culture? What are your thoughts about this book? Share your thoughts with me!

Review: Holding Court by K.C. Held

Title: Holding Court

Author: K.C. Held

Standalone

Genre: Contemporary, Romance, Mystery, Suspense, [Young-Adult]

Heat Rating: Cool

Page Count and Format: 352 pages, Ebook

Published: March 1st 2016 by Entangled Teen

Source: I received an eARC of this book from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

My Rating: PicsArt_1444558321867


Blurb (from Goodreads):

Sixteen-year-old Jules Verity knows exactly what’s in store at her new job at castle-turned-dinner-theater Tudor Times. Some extra cash, wearing a fancy-pants dress, and plenty of time to secretly drool over the ever-so-tasty- and completely unavailable- Grayson Chandler. Except that it’s not quite what she imagined.

For one, the costume Jules has to wear is awful. Then there’s the dead body she finds that just kind of… well, disappears. Oh, and there’s the small issue of Jules and her episodes of what her best friend calls “Psychic Tourette’s Syndrome”- spontaneous and uncontrollable outbursts of seemingly absurd prophecies.

The only bright side? This whole dead body thing seems to have gotten Grayson’s attention. Except that the more Jules investigates, the more she discovers that Grayson’s interest might not be as courtly as she thought. In fact, it’s starting to look suspicious…


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If I have to describe this bool in one word, it would be EPIC! Because it was absolutely was! This book was the perfect combination of mystery, romance and hilarity. This book is definitely among my top favourites of 2016!

Jules Verity suffers from “Psychic Tourette’s Syndrome” – where she blurts out prophecies at the most awkward timing and she can’t seem to decipher it’s meaning at all. Meanwhile, her best friend signs her up for a job in a castle-turned-dinner-theater known as Tudor Times where Jules’ unattainable crush Grayson works as well, therefore she reluctantly agrees to go. But things turn upside down for her when she discovers a dead body in a secret passageway which seems to dissappear when she calls the authority. Will she be able to prove her sanity or will the killer escape free?

The plot was unique and refreshing. Jules reluctantly agrees to work at Tudor Times where, ironically she has to dress up as the mad Maid of Kent and utter a few prophesies infront of the audience. That doesn’t seem to be a problem because she’s already blessed or rather cursed with that power which she calls the blurting problem. Now, this aspect was absolutely hilarious. I couldn’t stop laughing throughout the whole book, well except the last portion where things became a bit tight. It was especially funny because the prophecies seemed weird and comical but it had an inner meaning to it which were finally revealed during the last portion.

I absolutely adored the characters. Jules was a fantastic character, I loved her sense of humour and well, basically loved her. She was sweet, a bit insecure and naive but overall a great character. I absolutely loved Cami, Jules’ best friend. She was freaking awsome and I loved how she believed in her and pushed her to do what she was actually capable of. The family aspect was a major bonus because Jules’ grandmother was freaking awsome, oh how I adored her and I loved her mother as well, she was sweet, loving and caring.

There were a few other minor characters as well who played an equally important role in this book as well. Now, Grayson! I didn’t know what to think about him at first but then I slowly started falling for him and when I actually learned the whole truth- my god! He was a seriously such great guy! The romance did not overrule the mysterious aspect which was actually the main factor and it was perfectly executed. I didn’t even think about that person who could be responsible for it! That was an awsome plot twist! Nonetheless, coming back to the romance, the ending was adorably cute and mushily (is that even a word?) perfect! I felt absolutely satisfied after reading this book.

Overall, Holding Court was a freaking fantastic read which I enjoyed reading sooo much. This was really a great debut! The plot was unique and neatly executed. I fell in love with the characters and I absolutely adored them to bits! The romance was soo cute and the mystery was perfectly maintained throughout the book. The writing was beautiful and laced with humour and the pace was fast throughout the book. I’m definitely going to be looking forward to read more books by this author in the future.

Recommend it?

Absolutely yes! Like leave everything right now and read this awsome thing!!


Sooo, how many of you are excited to read this book? Is it already in your tbr or are you planning to read it quite soon? What intrigued you the most about this book? Share your thoughts with me!