Hi guys! Happy Monday to all Y’all out there, I hope you had a not-too-bad Monday so far! Today I am going to be posting a review for one of the books from my last Top 5 Wednesday post and sadly I have to say that this is going to be my first review with mixed feelings about the book…
His world is music. Her world is silent.
Ali Collins was a child prodigy destined to become one of the greatest musicians of the twenty-first century—until she was diagnosed with a life-changing brain tumor. Now, at seventeen, Ali lives in a soundless world where she gets by with American Sign Language and lip-reading. She’s a constant disappointment to her father, a retired cop fighting his own demons, and the bruises are getting harder to hide.
When Ali accidentally wins a backstage tour with the chart-topping band Tone Deaf, she’s swept back into the world of music. Jace Beckett, the nineteen-year-old lead singer of the band, has a reputation. He’s a jerk and a player, and Ali wants nothing to do with him. But there’s more to Jace than the tabloids let on. When Jace notices Ali’s bruises and offers to help her escape to New York, Ali can’t turn down the chance at freedom and a fresh start. Soon she’s traveling cross-country, hidden away in Jace’s RV as the band finishes their nationwide tour. With the help of Jace, Ali sets out to reboot her life and rediscover the music she once loved.
(Synopsis from Goodreads)
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First off some main info:
Author: Olivia Rivers
Title: Tone Deaf
Published: May 3rd, 2016
Series: Standalone Novel
Would I recommend it: Yes if you can work with a annoying female lead
Version: Amazon Kindle Version (288 pages)
Rating: 3.5 Stars
This book!!! When I first saw this book on Amazon and read the synopsis afterwards I was extremely excited to read this book as soon as possible. And it wasn’t really disappointing but it also wasn’t as good as I thought it would be. My first impression of the book was actually still very good but as the story continued and ventured into deeper topics it kinda lost me a little bit. This wasn’t due to the topics this book explored but more to the fact, that the exploration didn’t go as deep as I would’ve wished it to. I think this is the kind of book that is a lighter read with deep topics (if that makes sense) which is really good in-between books.
Let’s talk a little more about the story. This book contains an interesting story about abuse, deafness, new love and a lot of music. I absolutely love books with music as a topic and found this one really interesting because I hadn’t read a book that delved into deafness combined with a love for music before. Exploring this topic of deafness, in combination with music and also by itself, was really interesting and I loved reading about Ali’s ways of “hearing” and understanding the world around her!
I also really liked the promise of being pulled into a story dealing with abuse but that just didn’t really happen… I don’t really know why but I just didn’t feel the story. I felt like someone watching it and not like I was a part of the story which is usually how I want to feel when reading. In this book I didn’t really feel with the characters in their pain of being abused which is definitely a minus point. Another thing that I did like though was, how the author told the story of Ali and Jace falling in love and building a relationship under less than stellar circumstances. Also how Ali found her way back to music was beautiful, even though it wasn’t a really big part of the storyline.
In general I can say that I liked the idea of the story a lot and maybe even a little better than the actual story, because I sometimes missed the depth in some parts of the story.
Okay so, obviously, characters are a big part of the story and if I don’t like a character, that plays an important role and is meant to be likable, this takes away a lot of my reading pleasure. Alisson Collins was such a person. At the beginning I quite liked her but as soon as I got to know her better I started to dislike her. This has multiple reasons, I think, but I can’t really put my finger on them… One definitely was that she didn’t like Killer for most of the time – Who wouldn’t love him?!?! But through Jace’s help she becomes a more likable character towards the end and I really love them both together in the epilogue!
The characters that I really enjoyed though were all the band members of Tone Deaf but most of all I loved Jace. On the outside he might seem like a rude, entitled and like a straight up douchebag but as soon as you take a closer look you find the truth! He is really loving and cares incredibly much for people who are important to him. He also is loyal to a fault – Come on, he takes Ali in just because she is being abused and puts the success of his whole band on the line!! Many people do not like the way he treats his fans. Okay guys, I can understand people being upset about him being SO late to his own concerts BUT I can’t at all understand anyone being upset about his reaction to Fans leaving. I think his reaction is perfectly alright, because nowadays a lot of “Fans” do not genuinely like a band’s music but are more interested in their status, and hoe listening to them will raise their own popularity. So looking at Jace’s nonchalance towards his leaving fans this way, I think it everyone should understand this reaction – at least to an extend.
I almost forgot one thing: I Absolutely Love Arrow And Killer Being In A Relationship!! I don’t think you can find a lot of homosexual relationships in these YA books, but in this one their love is shown so openly and is widely accepted amongst Tone Deaf’s fans. This is one point of the book that is just so incredibly awesome it made me squeal when I read it!
So, to finish this review of I want to say that I did enjoy reading this book even though I think it had a few flaws. It is an easy read even though it deals with some serious topics and most of the characters are very likable and make you fall in love with them and the story!
I want to apologize! I feel like this review was horrible and I didn’t know how to change that. I felt kinda off today but I wanted to post this review anyway and I hope you can get at least a little joy and information out of it! If you’ve come this far I want to thank you very much for reading and I would love to hear your opinion on the book in the comments! I hope y’all have a great day and
see read you some other time! 🙂