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Touching Melody by RaShelle Workman
Series: Forever First #1
Publication Date: June 2013
Genre: New Adult Contemporary
Tour Hosted by: Xpresso Book Tours
My Rating: 4.0/5.0
Maddie Martin’s first weekend at college is nothing like she’s used to. It’s wild, like the wilderness on which the University of Bellam Springs sits. Roped into going to a frat party, she literally runs into Kyle Hadley. The boy she’s loved since she was nine. The boy she promised all of her firsts to. But that was before his father killed her parents.
Determined to stay away from him, she throws herself into her music. Practicing piano eases her heavy heart, calms the sadness, and pushes away images of Kyle’s face.
Until it doesn’t.
Her music professor asks her to play a duet for their annual Graduation Gala. Doing so means she’ll be assured another full ride scholarship. It’s an opportunity she can’t pass up.
But Kyle is the other half of the duet. And that means hours and hours of practicing.
Days and months of seclusion – just the two of them. And it’s more than just music. It’s passion like Maddie never believed was possible.
The inevitable happens. She falls in love with him all over again.
But, will loving him be enough to erase all the hate in her heart for his father? Can she look at him, and not see the evil in his family tree?
And maybe it’s all a set up. Maybe Kyle is only pretending to care so he can finish what his father started, and kill her too.
I read this too early! I thought the tour started in June not July! So I’m currently writing this review in June but YOU are reading it in July. Wow. I am genius. Moving on…
Describe This Book in One Word: Thrilling.
I wouldn’t class this as a thriller, as such, but there is an element of action and suspense throughout the book. Obviously, Maddie’s parents have been killed by her best friend’s father, and Maddie saw the bodies when she was just a teenager.
Plus, there where secret agents in this novel! I can’t really say much more because I’ll give the ending away, but there was some spy, action stuff going on towards the end.
The premise of the novel is intriguing, it’s what made me sign up to review this book in the first place. Throughout the book, I got the feeling that Maddie isn’t exactly SANE, but that it’s alright. Maybe I was reading too much into it, but it would make sense if she was a little insane.
Maddie is a very individual character. She has been homeschooled her entire life, (Like ME! Yes…I’m proud.) She doesn’t really know that much about boys other than what her Aunt and Uncle have told her.
Basically, don’t hold a boy’s hand because you could get PREGNANT!
Maddie has a little quirk that I thought was a nice touch. Whenever she meets new people, notices them in the street, whatever, the first thing she looks at is their shoes. And she can tell what type of person they are, or what image they are trying to put out.
This quirk sort of disappeared by the end of the novel but it was nice while it was there!
Kyle. Kinky Kyle! Ha! He seemed like quite a nice guy. I’m not really sure, I didn’t really connect with him that much. To be honest, he wasn’t that prominent in Touching Melody other than in Maddies thoughts.
Maddie had promised Kyle all of her firsts when she was 11. Even her first kiss which I thought was a little strange, considering how young they were. I have a brother whose 11 and he has NO romantic interest in girls.
Another nice touch was the Chapter titles! You don’t get many chapter titles in YA! But once again, by the middle of the book, it looked like the author just picked out a random phrase and stuck in at the beginning of the page.
If there was a second book, I don’t think I’d read it. Touching Melody was enough for me!
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RaShelle Workman is the bestselling author of the Dead Roses series (“Sleeping Roses” is being translated into Turkish, and will be available in print wherever Turkish books are sold in 2014), the Immortal Essence series, and the Blood and Snow series. She’s sold over two hundred thousand copies of her novels worldwide in the past year, including Japan, Canada, and Europe. You can find RaShelle all over the web, but the best place to start is on her blog: www.rashelleworkman.com.