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More than Music
by Elizabeth Briggs
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About the Book:
Music major Maddie Taylor seems to have her life all figured out. She’s just finished her junior year of college, has a summer internship lined up with the LA Philharmonic, and plans to go to grad school to write movie scores. Only her roommates know she practices guitar every night and secretly dreams of a louder life. But geeky girls like her don’t get to be rock stars.
Tattooed singer Jared Cross has a new girl every week, but when he catches Maddie playing one of his songs, she attracts his attention in an unexpected way. His band needs a fourth member for The Sound, a reality TV show competition—and he wants her. Though Maddie refuses to be another notch on Jared’s bedpost, she agrees to risk everything for the chance to be a rock star.
Once on the show, Maddie discovers there’s more to Jared behind his flirty smile, and with each performance their attraction becomes impossible to ignore. When the show pressures Jared to flaunt his player image, they’re forced to keep their relationship secret, but Maddie can’t help but want something real.
As the competition heats up, Jared will do whatever it takes for his band to win, and Maddie must decide if following her dream is worth losing her heart.
Ana will put More than Music on her second shelf!!
3.5 stars. This was a fun, quick read. For those of you who watch the Voice, you’ll be highly entertained by the similarities and your inner conspiracy theorist will shout “I knew they did things like that” as you read about the behind the scenes shenanigans on the fictional competition in the story. I liked the characters in this book very much and imagine that life in a band must be as chaotic as the author describes it with such different personalities trying to make decisions and get along in close quarters.
Maddie is a self-proclaimed geek who loves all things music. She plays the piano mostly but also harbors a love for the guitar, which she keeps secret from everyone except her two best friends. She has a mad crush on Jared, the tattooed and drop-dead gorgeous lead singer of Villain Complex, and when a strange turn of events finds her with the opportunity to play in the band, she grabs it. This puts her in a deliciously awkward situation…hide her crush, act normal. Of course, you can image how that goes.
I loved Jared’s character and would really enjoy hearing this story from his point of view. He’s dark and a bit mysterious and he carries a bit of baggage. Oh, and he’s also got a playboy reputation. So, yes, I’d love to spend more time than we were given in this story to explore all things Jared! Maddie and Jared had good chemistry and, although it frustrated me that she agreed to a situation and then whined about it, their story felt real. I enjoyed the secondary characters as well. The rest of the band and Maddie’s friends provided depth to this story and helped us see things outside the show.
Overall, this was a good read. There was something missing for me, though. I would have liked to explore their pasts a bit more. I needed more detail. We heard quick stories about what happened to each of them to make them who they were but I needed a bit more in order to better connect with them and feel the extent of the damage their pasts had done to them. I think that little extra would have pushed this story to the next level and made it just a little less predictable for me. That being said, however, I enjoyed reading this book and I think that it’s a perfect, light story to curl up with on a Sunday afternoon. I think you might enjoy it too!
About the Author:
Elizabeth Briggs is a Young Adult and New Adult author who lives in Los Angeles with her British husband and a bunch of fluffy white rescue dogs. She’s a guitar-playing geek who loves books, rock music, and video games, goes to Comic Con every year, and is still hoping to be a Jedi when she grows up. Elizabeth currently works with WriteGirl to mentor at-risk or pregnant teen girls in writing, to help them get through high school and into college. She also volunteers with Bichon FurKids to help rescued dogs find a new, loving home. She previously worked as an intern for literary agent Jill Corcoran of Jill Corcoran Literary Agency, an intern for Entangled Publishing, and an editor for Curiosity Quills Press. Elizabeth is represented by Kate Schafer Testerman of KT Literary and is a member of SCBWI and RWA. Website Twitter Facebook Tumblr Instagram Pinterest
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