Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Amplified By Tara Kelly


Publisher: Henry Holr and Co.

Published: October 25th, 2011

When privileged 17-year-old Jasmine gets kicked out of her house, she takes what is left of her savings and flees to Santa Cruz to pursue her dream of becoming a musician. Jasmine finds the ideal room in an oceanfront house, but she needs to convince the three guys living there that she's the perfect roommate and lead guitarist for their band, C-Side. Too bad she has major stage fright and the cute bassist doesn't think a spoiled girl from over the hill can hack it. . . In this fresh new novel by critically acclaimed author Tara Kelly, Jasmine finds out what happens when her life gets Amplified. 

You know this book is going to be good by its title, cover, its main character: Jasmine Kiss (awesome name), and the fact that she's in a house full of guys.  Some good looking guys at that.  Guys who play instruments.

That's right, a rock band… who doesn’t love a rock band? Guitar solos, people… Guitar solos…
Even better, The Guy is in the Rock Band. Musicians…. A guy in a band is the sexiest thing in the planet, everyone loves  a guy like that
But as if that isn’t enough, the GIRL is in the band too!

Now you have the band, the guy and the kick-ass girl in the rock band. Throw in an evil queen (or just a nasty bitch), and you got one of the greatest books ever.

Amplified is an amazing read. And a MUST for everyone.

The story doesn’t go too fast nor too slow. It moves to the perfect rhythm. 
If I’d have to use a music analogy (just because the book asks for it) I’d said is the PERFECT solo ever played: It starts in the middle of the song (or problems for Jasmine in here) and grows into an intense peace that makes you wish it never ends (Or make her problems grow into an intricate web of lies), that makes you get lost in the notes… and then it wraps itself again in a softer or slower melody that leads to a great ending (or as a normal review would say, Jasmine finds her place in the world where she truly belongs and can be herself)

The first lines of the books let us see that Jasmine’s, a 17 year-old and high school graduated, life is at a turning point: she’s homeless, her car broke down and she has little money… oh, did I mention that her one and only friend is off on vacation with his boyfriend? Yeah, not fun times for Jasmine.
However, what I love about her is her drive to do this. She doesn’t want to prove anything to anyone but herself that she can do it: she can become a real guitar player. That’s her dream and she’s ready to face whatever comes her way. She’s done everything that was expected from her all her life but this time it’s about what she wants and needs.  It’s not just a rebellion, is a way of finding herself in the only way she knows how.
And that is something that you can relate to no matter what because at one time or another everyone grows up (right?)

In this unexpected journey she meets C-Side, an Industrial Rock Band whose members are one more interesting than next in line. She’s determined to show the guys that she's just as good of a musician.  A determined girl with a kick ass spirit, such a hero!
The other girl in the band is Veta, an eccentric 19-year-old and singer in C-Side that makes the best BFF in the world, then we have Bryn, the womanizer drummer who wants nothing more than make his band the next big thing, we also have Felix, the band’s keyboard player who’s as cute as he’s big. And last, but definitively not least, we have Sean, the loner, bad-guy-type and bass player.
He’s sarcastic, a closet romantic and super hot. You can’t ask for more! Wait, you can, he has a tattoo!

As a girl band, Tara Kelly gives us more than just descriptions to the music, and The Music, my friends, is as important as the other characters in there. There are music terms that just make the whole read a lot richer, you can hear the music as background for the story. But don’t worry, if you don’t know the terms or what a specific instrument is, it doesn’t ruin anything and usually there’s a brief description on what it is so you’re not completely lost in there.

I absolutely love this book (as if you couldn’t tell) and Tara IS writing a sequel!! So let’s show some support and let’s help her so her publisher knows we want need that sequel as soon as possible.

Tara Kelly adores variety in her life. She's a YA author, one-girl-band, web designer, video editor, digital photographer, and literary agent intern. She lives in Portland with her ten guitars, supercool bf, and a fluffy cat named Maestro.



Review by: Cyny

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