I didn’t hate this book, but I didn’t love it either. There are things I disliked and things I liked. My first problem was the singing competition. I don’t care the author used a singing competition as the basis, but I didn’t care too much for the description. It sounded like “The Voice” and I could easily compare at least three (Pulse, Selma, & Danny) of the four coaches to coaches (Usher, Shakira, & Blake Shelton) on “The Voice.” I would’ve like to see a bit more originality here. Unfortunately, the major point of the story also seemed a little cliché – the good girl tames the bad boy. It’s been done over and over again, but I suppose most love stories are all the same. I had a little trouble making it through the first few chapters with some of the grammatical errors I saw, however once I got past my initial issues I hit parts I liked.
The first thing I liked was a comment made by the main character, Mia Phoenix. All the coaches were obviously musical superstars. Theoretically we know things about superstars because we see articles posted about their lives or follow them on Face Book or Twitter, but no matter how much we know, we really don’t know them. Mia said to Kolton (the other coach), “I hardly know you.” She answers so honestly, it’s the type of comment that just comes out of a person’s mouth you don’t intend to. This is a moment of truth that all of us can relate to.
Despite some of the stereotyped characters, I happened to like the back-story for each of the main characters: Mia Phoenix and Kolton Royce. Their stories gave them physical scars as a representation of their emotional scars, but they are so much more. I like that this story was told from Mia’s point of view. I think it enhanced what was learned and understood about her and Kolton’s story. Despite the fact their stories were different, the whole of their tale was more than a forbidden romance. It was about the strength to heal and overcome tragedy. To me, this was what made the book. Kolton was able to recover from losing the love of a parent at such a young age. Mia realized she had more strength than she gave herself credit for.
It simply took love for Mia and Kolton to find who they already were. I give this book 3.5 stars.