Skip to main content

Book Review: Melodies






Author: Pamela Srey
Published: 2012
Number of Pages: 239
My Rating: 5/5  (for YA fans)


Summary from GoodReads.com:

        Seventeen year old Bianca Grey had a not so usual teenage life. Adopted with an abusive foster mother and unpopular at Philadelphia High School, Bianca found peace with her artistic talents. Pete Carrara Jr., had a different life. He was popular in school, musically talented with good looks and brains. Pete had the ideal perfect life with the perfect family and friends. Love had never crossed his mind until one day when he ran into Bianca. That very day, he thought love to be very possible.        
        Bianca was guarded and had never let anyone get close to her. No one knew she was adopted, not even the school. The more Pete got to know her, the more he fell in love with her. Bianca was not so certain on how much Pete should know about her personal life but the more she learned about Pete, the more she cared for him. With him, her complicated life wasn't so complicated anymore.        
        Their young romance blossomed through the difficulty of a drama filled high school and a series of mysterious killings in the city. But just when Pete thought that things were perfect with Bianca, her past surfaced. Can their love overcome the scariest reality out there, the so called life?





Wow. All I can say about this book is- When does the next one come out?! 

I was asked to review this book by Pamela Srey and at first I wasn't too sure about it. The plot seemed very interesting, yes, but I am not a die-hard fan of Young Adult romances and so I started reading it with the intention of stopping if it wasn't my cup of tea. Let me tell you, I was completely wrong. This book does have teenage love elements in it, but it is so much more than that. 

Melodies is a YA novel about a seventeen-year-old Bianca Grey. She has been through many awful things in her life that cause her to not only push others away from her, but that also cause her to feel like she has no worth. I enjoyed Bianca’s character so much as she seemed like a real teenager. Yes, she was smart and artsy, but she was also a hard worker that was extremely independent. I loved that she didn’t need to rely on anyone else and she definitely wasn’t your typical teenage girl damsel-in-distress. In her mind, she couldn’t wait to get out of high school away from the stupid girl drama and make something of herself, until she met Pete.

Pete Cararra was another amazing character that truly felt real. He was too good to be true, but it wasn’t in an unrealistic way. Pete is one of the most popular guys in school and has a large group of friends along with girls that are constantly swooning over him. He isn’t really interested in any of them, preferring college girls to the immature high school ones, until he meets Bianca. While their romance at first seemed like it might be something typical of A Walk to Remember, it turned out to bloom in a completely tangible way that often gave me butterflies and would cause me to grin like a huge idiot. His true personality began to shine through and I was able to picture him as so much more than just a pretty face. Pete has many great qualities that I can imagine would take most teenage guys a little time before they would let you see them.

          As I mentioned earlier, this book was way more than a love story between an artist and a musician; there were serious and suspenseful parts to the plot, as well. As mentioned in the summary, Bianca is dealing with abuse, neglect, and an awful family situation that she is too embarrassed to reveal to anyone. Srey does a great job making these more intense scenes very vivid and lets you really see what Bianca is up against. Srey also addresses bullying and girl drama, which I felt was sadly pretty typical of the types of things girls might have to deal with in high school these days.

          The one thing about this book that was disappointing was that it ended. I could not get enough of Bianca, Pete, and their friends and families and I was so sad when I got to the last page. I absolutely have to find out what happens to everyone and I will be waiting very impatiently for the second installment in the series.


          Overall, I cannot stop talking about this book. If you like YA, it is a MUST read. I felt it gave me the same feelings as Colleen Hoover’s Slammed and that was a book I loved so much that I immediately read it again as soon as I finished. Pamela Srey has done an amazing job creating characters that you care about and that make you feel all their emotions while you read. I promise you, if you check this book out, you will be dying to find out what happens to Pete and Bianca, too. 





-Busy Brunette  




Comments

  1. Great review! I haven't heard of this book but you make it look really good. Am adding it to my list now!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Definitely worth checking it out! Soooo good. Let me know when you read it! :)

      Delete

Post a Comment

Popular posts from this blog

Book Review: Before We Were Yours

My Rating: 5
It has been about a month since I finished this book and it honestly took me that long to recover enough in order to write a review.
Before We Were Yours is one of the best books I have ever read, and if you know me at all, you would realize I don’t toss that statement around lightly. By saying that, however, in no way am I saying that this is a happy read, because it is also one of the most heartbreakingly beautiful books I have ever read in my life, as well.
Based on one of America’s most notorious real-life scandals (although the main characters are fictional), the story is that of Georgia Tann, director of a Memphis-based adoption organization, who would kidnap poor children and then sell them to wealthy families all over the country from the 1920s through the 1950s.
Twelve-year-old Rill Foss and her four siblings are the victims of this type of crime, and half of the book is their journey and fight to get back home. The other half is that of present-day Avery, a prose…

Book Review: Pretty Girls

My Rating: 4
Have you ever read a book that was so dark and twisted that you literally felt like you lost a piece of your innocence after finishing it? Yeah, that’s what I felt as I was reading Pretty Girls by Karin Slaughter.
Needless to say, this book threw me for quite the loop. I was expecting a story about missing girls (which I got), what I wasn’t expecting, however, was an extremely graphic tale of violence and gore full of shocking scenarios and senseless acts that would leave me slightly traumatized and lying awake at night thinking about (which is what I also got).
I’m not trying to be dramatic with this review, but honestly, this book will seriously mess you up. It is not at all for the faint of heart and it will exhaust you every time you finish a chapter. Still with me? Don’t say I didn’t warn you…
Pretty Girls was a crazy psychological thriller that continued to throw plot twists and mysteries at me until I didn’t think I could handle it anymore, then it took a sharp left…

Book Review: The Good Widow

My Rating: 4
I finished this book in under two days. TWO DAYS. Given the fact that I have a toddler now, that's saying something.

The Good Widow is about Jacks, a woman who finds out that her husband has died in a tragic car accident when on his business trip to Kansas. Or so she thought. Turns out he died in Hawaii… with another woman.

Now Jacks is left with not only the devastating blow that her husband was lying to her about his whereabouts, but also the fact that he was having an affair, as well. She is trying to pick up the pieces of her life when the other woman’s fiancé arrives at her door, left with the same questions Jacks has about the mystery surrounding their deaths. Together, they will try to find out the truth about who their significant others really were.

The book had a lot of twists and turns I never saw coming. I liked how it switched perspectives and timelines of before/after the accident, as I felt this made the pace go a lot faster. The feelings the characters had…