Friday, June 6, 2014

ARC Review: Exile by Kevin Emerson

by Kevin Emerson

Series: Exile #1
Genre: YA, contemporary, romance
Published April 29th 2014 by Katherine Tegen Books
Source: Publisher
Local purchase: Fullybooked * National Bookstore

Blurb (Goodreads):
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. Summer knows 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.

Summer 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 well-mannered 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. . . .

On sale in April 2014, Kevin Emerson’s EXILE is a witty and passionate ode to love, rock and roll, and the freedom that comes in the moment when somebody believes in you, even if you’re not quite ready to believe in yourself.

My Thoughts:

*This review is based from advance reading copy. There might be some changes in the finished copy.

Well, well. Where shall I start? I finished this book last night and I'm still on a book hangover. Mostly because I don't know if I should like this book or not. This is so hard since Exile is one of the books I'm excited to read mainly because 1) It is music-related novel, 2) It's contemporary + romance, and 3) It has BANDS. I love bands!

Catherine a.k.a Summer, knows and can manage bands. Her first band called Postcards were unfortunately stolen by someone on Candy Shell, a recording company. She's now on lookout for a new band to manage--and found Caleb, an exile from his former band. As they work together to build a new band, they also built a relationship, and uncovered mysteries from Caleb's father.

The book was told in Summer's perspective but when I lied down on my bed last night, I realize that Exile's plot revolved mostly around Caleb's life. It would be more appropriate if this was told in his perspective instead. The romance was one of the things I've been disappointed because they kissed the first day we met and then poof! They're like, together instantly. I mean wow, that couldn't be more faster. I would accept it eventually if they had some history crushing each other but there was nothing mentioned. I couldn't also see the foundation of their relationship throughout the book. Summer had been jealous, but Caleb was just there, saying sorry but doing nothing to prevent any further incidences. The second time, I thought it would be better if Exile was told in Caleb's perspective.

What I liked about this book was being into it. I'm so absorbed that whenever there's annoying or irritating part, I can feel my blood boiling. Except on the one I've been furious about (which obviously, is a twist), was the one I could tell. And I was right. So the impact of the revelation didn't produce so much feels from me.

There are so many things that didn't reached my expectations but I'm still looking forward on the next book. Who knows, that one can shock me. (Let me guess, the next book will be called Anthem, and the last *if it's a trilogy* will be called Encore.)

Exile got me with it's interesting mystery and realistic tale about artists and bands. If you're like me, who's into music-themed books and have an undercover vibe, this book is for you.

*Thanks Megan and HarperCollins International for lending me this copy to review! (This book is originally sent to me as a donation for a giveaway. Get a chance to win Exile here.)


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