Friday, May 2, 2014

Fast & Furious Friday: Gif Edition

Welcome to another Fast & Furious Friday!

I have been traveling all over the UNIVERSE this week. Okay, so not really the "Universe" but after 3 states, 600 miles and 27 dozen cupcakes over the span of 4 days, it sure feels like it. 

Here is this weeks Fast & Furious which I read with my ears.
*Goodreads has been down ALL DAY hence the reason there are no links.

Exile (Exile #1) 
by Kevin Emerson
HarperCollins Publishers and Blackstone Audio; Unabridged edition (April 29, 2014)

Catherine Summer Carlson knows how to manage bands like a professional—she's a student at the PopArts Academy at Mount Hope High, where rock legends Allegiance to North got their start. The never-skipping-class Catherine part of her knows, though, that falling for the lead singer of her latest band is the least professional thing a manager can do. But Caleb Daniels isn't an ordinary band boy—he's a hot, dreamy, sweet-singing, exiled-from-his-old-band, possibly-with-a-deep-dark-side band boy. And he can do that thing. That thing when someone sings a song and it inhabits you, possesses you, and moves you like a marionette to its will. 
Over tacos on lunch dates to far-off outlet-mall planets and during practices at the Hive with their new band, Dangerheart, Catherine—no, Summer—falls in love with Caleb. 
She also finds herself at the center of a mystery she never saw coming. When Caleb reveals a secret about his long-lost father, one band's past becomes another's present, and Summer finds it harder and harder to be both band manager and girlfriend. 
She knows what the Catherine side of her would do, but she also knows what her heart is
telling her. Maybe it's time to accept who she really is, even if it means becoming an exile herself. . . 

I was really excited to listen to this book. 
For a book about a teenage band manager, I was expecting a lot of this.
and this..
  But what I got was this...

With lots of these
And plenty of these too.
  I was also expecting a stand alone, but...

What I Liked: Exile was well written, interesting and the characters relateable and I liked Summer and Caleb and the rest of the band, but not Val. Not at all. I guess this book was supposed to set the stage for the larger story, but it fell a little flat for me. I wanted more music, more struggles with Caleb and the band as musicians, and I definitely wanted more between Caleb and Summer. I was also told there was music at the end and there was a snippet but even that was meh. 

What Left Me Wanting More: I've been on a huge auido book kick lately but this was one of the most irritating audio book narrators I have ever listened to. Her voice was grating and her reading stilted. I almost DNF'd it as a result and I hope the producers use someone else for the second and third.  

Final Verdict: If you like more of a behind the scenes look at music, then definitely check this one out, but stick with the physical book. 

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