MELOPHOBIA BOOK REVIEW

Howdy ya’ll! I received a digital copy of the book Melophobia by James Morris in exchange for an honest review. So, today we’re reviewing:

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Title: Melophobia

Author: James Morris

My rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟

 

Goodreads summary:

The time – now; the place – America, but in a world where the government controls all forms of art and creativity, any music sowing the seeds of anarchy is banned – destroyed if found – its creators and listeners harshly punished.

Merrin Pierce works as an undercover Patrol officer assigned to apprehend a fugitive musician who threatens the safe fabric of society, only to confront everything she thought to be true – her values, upbringing, job, and future.

Can love survive in a world without music?

 

What are my over-all thoughts of the book?

To be honest, the book exceeded my expectations. I found myself wanting to read it all day every day, wanting to get to the bottom of things and just making ways and excuses to be able to read it. When I wasn’t reading it, I thought of reading it – I thought of the kind of world the book had.

With this being said, the premise of the book is in Los Angeles – only that it was parallel to the Los Angeles we all know: people wore conservative outfits, the community is quiet and forms of literature, dance, art and other creative artworks are forbidden. Among all these, there is one thing that is prohibited the most: Music.

I found this such a creative concept for the author to think of. Music is such a huge part in all of our lives, too huge we take it for granted. This book made me realize how music is in fact one of the best things we could have (or hear) and life would turn into a constant, boring blob without it. If I think about it, it becomes a scary world –if music, in all of its wonderful forms – would be banned.

Merrin Pierce is an undercover Patrol officer who swore to rid their community with music – the very thing that corrupted her family, the thing that they believe would spark unwanted and unnecessary rebellion and misbehavior. When I was reading her thoughts about how she viewed music and how she was determined to eradicate it, I found it rational given her circumstances. But for the rest of the community, they were taught that music is bad. And all I could say was how could they live with that? Seeing as they never heard music before, they didn’t know what they were missing.

Merrin is then sent to do a big undercover mission to discover the source of the music and finds herself in situations beyond her imaginations. Situations that could make her disbelieve what has been her steadying rock throughout her life. I could somehow connect myself easily with Merrin and hopefully future readers would feel the same way. I found the conflicts she faces, the thoughts she has, are almost as similar as mine which was so good to read because I felt I was in her shoes the whole time I was reading.

The romance in this book is as scandalous and as wonderful as it could get. (Not in the dirty way, you guys!) Merrin’s basically caught up in a really complicated love triangle that makes her decide between her principles in which she stood by all her life and the opportunities a new and free kind of life could offer her.

The story also made me question many things in our culture which were implied in the subtexts of the book: Does music really encourage unwanted rebellion and misbehavior with their lyrics patronizing the use of drugs and alcohol and having sex? Would the world possibly be more peaceful if not for punk, metal, and rock n roll music people love? How does music affect our lives? Could we eventually lived in a world without it like the people in Merrin’s world? Could we literally DIE without music? So many more questions float in my head, so much curiousity brought up by this amazing book which I would love to discuss with you all. Go read the book – it’s available at Amazon! Riiiiiight here. 🙂

The book has many twists and turns that’ll keep you on the edge of your seat wanting for more – because I know I did! I loved every single page, every chapter of this reading experience and I’m very much thankful for Mr. James Morris for letting me review his amazing book!

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Feel free to share your thoughts with me and if you have other recommendations for me to read, I’d love to hear ‘em 😀 You can contact me through Twitter, Goodreads and my business e-mail : pigeonreads(at)gmail(dot)com.

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BOOK TALK: A COURT OF THORNS AND ROSES BY SARAH J. MAAS

A COURT OF THORNS AND ROSES BOOK REVIEW

Howdy ya’ll! Today we’re reviewing:

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Title: A Court Of Thorns And Roses

Author: Sarah J. Maas

My rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

 

Goodreads summary:

When nineteen-year old huntress Feyre kills a wolf in the woods, a beast-like creature arrives to demand retribution for it. Dragged to a treacherous magical land she only knows about from legends, Feyre discovers that her captor is not an animal, but Tamlin – one of the lethal, immortal faeries who once ruled the world.

As she dwells on his estate, her feelings for Tamlin transform from icy hostility into a fiery passion that burns through every lie and warning she’s been told about the beautiful, dangerous world of the Fae. But an ancient, wicked shadow grows over the faerie lands, and Feyre must find a way to stop it…or doom Tamlin – and his world – forever.

 

What are my over-all thoughts in this book? (spoiler free)

If I could put my feelings for this book in one word, it probably would be beautifulfantasticandabsolutelyoneofthemostperfectbooksiveeverread. So, yeah. Obviously, I loved it. I have read all of Sarah J. Maas’s books by now and I therefore conclude that all her books are so good and amazing, and ACOTAR is definitely not an exception. If I could rate this more than five stars, I would. Plus, like a typical SJM book, ACOTAR HAS A MAP! (which all of us knows is an early sign of a book’s impending awesomeness).

This story talks about the world of the Fae (Sarah has an amazing fascination for the Fae world as it is obvious in her books) which I find very interesting and entertaining to read. The Fae world in the Throne of Glass series is so epic and wonderful for me but I honestly would like to live in this Fae world more. Oh, and by the way the land of the Fae is called Prythian. (Where does Sarah get all these amazingly creative names of people and places?) One of the main reasons why I would want to live there? One word, my friends. TAMLIN. And because of the presence of magic, of course! (But yes, for the most part it’s because of Tamlin. *sighs dreamily*)

Its story line loosely follows one like Beauty and the Beast’s where the lead guy is cursed and the curse could only be lifted by one girl who could fall in love with him despite his flaws. But this book is hugely distinct compared to Beauty and the Beast. Sarah J. Maas just has this special touch with her books that you could never not love.

Like the rest of her books, I found it very easy to get lost in this world in the best way possible. And I actually didn’t want to finish it so fast because I wanted to stay in that world, with those characters, a bit longer. The characters are also different from each other which makes it all the more engaging. It was hard to let go of this book, you guys.

I’d also like to acknowledge how I very much appreciate the female protagonist in this book. Feyre. Characters like her are one of the reasons why I love books like this so much – they inspire me. Feyre is the breadwinner of her family despite her being the youngest of three sisters. She’s brave and clever and practically the kind of person I eventually want to be.

You’ll get to know Tamlin, Feyre and all the other characters in this book and see their awesomeness for yourself. So if you haven’t read it yet, I suggest you do ;D

This book has so much epicness and adventure in it, you’d want to reach for the next book! *A Court of Mist and Fury (out 2016, May 3rd)*

 

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Okay. Ships are the first thing I’d like to talk about this book.

I have been hearing lots of opinions expressing thoughts of shipping Feyre with Rhysand. And seeing as my ship in the Throne of Glass series is Chaolaena, I guess you wouldn’t be surprised that I ship Feyre with Tamlin. (Although if Feyre wants Rhysand instead, I can have Tamlin so everything’s still good.)

But I am kind of nervous for ACOMAF because in Sarah’s books, there is a high possibility in which you ship one couple for one minute, and a whole new one the next. (Like how people instantly shipped Rowaelin after reading Queen of Shadows).

Also, did anyone ever realize it was a Beauty-and-the-Beast-esque story while reading it? Because I surprisingly didn’t. I only realized it after I read it then thought back on the book. With that being said, I think the revelation of the curse was one of the highlights in the book, and me being a book crier and all, I practically silently sobbed while Feyre and Alis were having the conversation about Tamlin’s curse and how she could’ve broken his curse WITH THREEE BLOODY DAYS TO SPARE. BUT TAMLIN LET HER GO. HE LET GO BECAUSE SHE WAS IN DANGER AND LETTING HER GO WAS THE ONLY WAY HE THOUGHT HE WAS GOING TO KEEP FEYRE SAFE – EVEN IF IT MEANT NOT CURING THE CURSE.

He loved Feyre and Feyre loved him. It was as simple as that. The romance between them was so beautiful and charming to read and made me feel warm and fuzzy because I love them. I just love them both to pieces.

Here are two of my favorite scenes in the whole book:

 

I suppose it’ll be easier when I’m gone,” I said, looking away from him. “Who wants someone around who’s so covered in thorns?”

“Thorns?”

“Thorny. Prickly. Sour. Contrary.”

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As consciousness left me at last, I thought I heard him speak, his mouth close to my ear.

“I love you,” he whispered, and kissed my brow. “Thorns and all.”

Also, I love the part when Feyre eventually decided to go back to Prythian and face Amarantha to free Tamlin and his people of the curse and Amarantha made her do tasks in order to prove her love for Tamlin was indeed true. I loved it when she used those bones as her ladder from the worm’s pit. I was actually smiling so wide because I felt like Rhysand at that moment: beaming with pride for Feyre and betting all my coppers she’d defeat the worm.

 

What are my theories for the next book?

I know so far, Sarah doesn’t have those hobbies of killing characters we love so dearly, but in truth, I am quite nervous of the possible deaths of characters in the next books. (Maybe the next one or the one after the next.) I actually don’t want to name names so…

I also feel that Amarantha might still be alive because of Jurian’s bone and eye missing. I somehow feel that Amarantha is still lurking because a part of her is in the bone and eye. And it makes me worry for Prythian a lot.

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Do you have thoughts and theories about the book? Feel free to share them with me through the comments or through my Twitter and/or Goodreads 😀

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