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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#4 Book Beginnings & Friday 56

I have found something to replace the old First Page Fridays since that has been discontinued, but I found something that’s basically and dare I say, just a tad bit better.

 So please join me in Freda’s Voice Friday 56friday-56

Rules:
*Grab a book, any book.
*Turn to page 56 or 56% in your eReader
(If you have to improvise, that’s ok.)
*Find any sentence, (or few, just don’t spoil it)
*Post it.

bb-buttonAnd Rose City Readers Book Beginnings
Please join me every Friday to share the first sentence (or so) of the book you are reading, along with your initial thoughts about the sentence, impressions of the book, or anything else the opener inspires. Please remember to include the title of the book and the author’s name.


Without further ado…

savor-youKylie Wolfe and bassist Wyatt McCrae have been bad for each other for the last several years, but it’s impossible for them to end their toxic push and pull. Not when their attraction is constantly fueled by lust and proximity—she’s her older brother’s Lucas’s assistant and Wyatt is his best friend and band mate.

So when Your Toxic Sequel makes a move to record a new album in Nashville, Kylie decides to make the latest break with Wyatt official by getting the hell out of town. She’ll spend a week in New Orleans. A week to immerse herself in the Mardi Gras scene. One week to not think about the last time she was in New Orleans, seven years ago with Wyatt. Seven days where she won’t have to see Wyatt every day just to fall ridiculously in love with him all over again—where, if she wants to, she can have a normal, no-strings attached fling that won’t end in heartbreak.

Too bad Wyatt ruins everything by showing up, as gorgeous and demanding and awful for her as ever.

Wyatt refuses to let Kylie give up on him. Not without reminding her why they both fell so far and hard in the first place. Not without making her savor the good memories and what could be their last chance with each other.

First Page : “Kylie, he’s looking at you. Like he wants to peel your jeans off with his teeth. Like he—”

“Like he’s a stranger who”ll probably strangle me to death when we get back to his hotel room.”

Thoughts :  This is the first page after the prologue that was seven years in the past. Honestly, it was a pretty boring opening and the synopsis was why I got as far as I did. The sentence I shared was present day and Kylie is 26, it’s a few sentences in but I think it shows her character more than the prologue beginning, and it’s totally something I would say.

iBooks p. 56 : ‘Even my best friend assumes that when Wyatt McCrae shows up, the probability of me falling into bed with him as soon as he snaps his musical-note-tattooed-fingers is pretty damn high.’

Another passage that accurately sums up Kylie, if the push and pull of her relationship with Wyatt isn’t apparent by now, this sure shows it. I’m a little ways into the book now and this is a recurring theme, them falling together after falling apart. But so far it hasn’t become tedious or annoying yet.

Based off of what I’ve shared…