REVIEW: Stolen Songs

Maddison is a survivor. An unstable childhood has taught her to depend on no one but herself, which is exactly how she’s gotten to where she is today. With a scholarship to one of the most prestigious schools in the country, she’s finally able to settle into one location until she graduates. But with foster parents hooked on drugs, Maddison is forced to steal to make ends meet, not only for herself but her foster siblings.

Kingsley is filthy rich. An only child, he lives with a mother who is dependent on alcohol, a father who doesn’t talk to him, and his chef, the only real family he has. His life changes when he overhears Maddison playing the cello. She’s snappy, hot, and wants nothing to do with him, and he’s obsessed. As they spend time together, she begins to lower her guard. She’s everything he needs, everything he wants, and for the first time, he’s able to tell someone about his past. Everything is perfect. Until he ruins it.

STOLEN SONGS is a heartfelt and heartbreaking story of letting go of your past when it means taking hold of your future, finding strength in your mistakes, and giving everything you’ve got to heal the ones you’ve broken.

*CONTENT WARNING: Contains profanity, sex, and drug abuse.(less)

Genre: NA/ Music/ High School/ YA

Series: Standalone

Source: Goodreads

Thoughts: 

Dual POV captivating read so far. While the premise is interesting and fits, I’m not sure the setting is completely right.
I had originally assumed they were in college, freshmen or sophomores at the very least. They’re situations with the exception of Maddy being in foster care. The drugs, parties, drinking, it would have been fitting if they weren’t in high school, it would be just a tad bit more relatable, coke in high school?

Overall I enjoyed it, it was angsty and touching enough to make it worthwhile, too much to go into without giving it all away, I would recommend to my friends. If it were a series I would read the rest.

 

3 Stars

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REVIEW: Rikki

Ever since junior high and an ill-fated game of seven minutes in heaven, Rikki Eisendrath and Sam Payne have hated each others’ guts. But when they end up at the same college—and the same dorm—they figure it’s time to declare a truce.

They even become friends… sort of. But when Sam asks Rikki to model for his sculpting project, they start spending more time together—and her feelings for him get more complicated.

She tries to focus on the guy she’s been crushing on instead. But Sam’s the one she can’t stop thinking about, even though their arguments are starting to heat up as much as the chemistry between them.

With antagonism and attraction this intense, there’s bound to be an explosion. But when the dust settles, will Sam and Rikki be enemies, friends… or something more?

Series: Hart University #1

Genre: NA, Romance, Contemporary, Academic – College, YA

Source: Goodreads

Review: 

I haven’t read a coming of age romance in years. This being the first in a while, it was sweet, nothing overtly sexual but romantic and patient. It was lovely.
I loved that they connected intellectually, that they were each other’s first in many ways; it would be great to see their lives a few years into the future. I think when a love blossoms from seven minutes in Heaven in junior high, its bound to last.
It would have been great to get a dual POV but for a coming of age romance, it made sense that we were stuck in the mind of adolescent virgin who can’t grasp the concept of sexual frustration or apparently her own feelings.

Overall, I would recommend. I know there are other books in the series but other than Tansim, the development of the secondary characters wasn’t enough to draw me into the series as a whole.

 

3.5 STARS