Encore by Tara Kelly

Posted December 7, 2016 by Kate in Just Okay, Review / 0 Comments

Encore by Tara KellyEncore by Tara Kelly
Series: Amplified #2
Format: eARC
Published by Entangled Source: Netgalley
Genres: Coming of Age, Contemporary Romance, Musician, Romance, Young Adult
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I lied my way into a band, humiliated them on stage, and got my heart broken by the bassist. Now…we’re on tour together.

Of course my dad, who I haven’t seen since he kicked me out, makes a surprise visit the day before we leave. Spoiler alert: It doesn’t go well. I have to quit the band and go to college or he’s cutting me out of his life for good.

This tour is the best opportunity we may ever have – and it’s already a disaster. We’re broke. We can't stop fighting. And being in such close quarters to Sean isn't exactly helping me get over him. Even though we're just friends now, every time our fingers brush or our eyes catch, my heart betrays me. He's the kind of distraction I can't afford to have right now…no matter how much I wish things were different.

This is one road trip that will be hard to forget…

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I wanted to like this book a lot more than I did. From the blurb it had all of the elements I was looking for in a book, it just didn’t come together for me. I love books in the music scene, and I was excited about the going on tour aspect on the book, I also liked how the blurb alluded to the girl having a thing for one of her bandmates.

Ultimately, I wasn’t in love with any of the characters in the book. First of all the main character, our heroine, Jasmine, is young, I think for the entirety of the book she is 17, and honestly it really comes off that way. I have a hard time really getting into characters who are that young, and that was a big problem for me. I didn’t find Jasmine to be super likable, it wasn’t that she wasn’t likable, it was more that she was so in her own head that I just didn’t enjoy her all that much. And the other characters in the book didn’t stand out to me either as being really likable either. It’s hard for me to like a book when I don’t love at least one of the characters in a book.

Also I really felt like the author was trying to make a lot of points with this book, I mean she touched on a lot of different issues in one book. While I really like when an author brings issues to light, I don’t like it when it comes off as like the most important aspect of the book. She touches on issues on mental illness, cyber bullying, rape culture, etc. It was a lot to deal with. Also as part of pointing out what was going on in terms of the cyber bullying, there were parts of the book that included forum posts and such, and honestly the formatting of those pages was kind of difficult, so that threw me off as well.

I think part of the issue for this book was that all of characters seemed to be at odds with each other all the time. They always seemed to be fighting about something or making snarky comments, or just doing something that made it easy to make them likable. At the end of the day this book ended up feeling just a little bit too much like a young adult book for me, I think I was just looking for something a bit more.

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About Tara Kelly

Tara Kelly adores variety in her life. She’s an author and one-girl-band by night, and a graphic designer, video producer, and photographer by day. She lives in Sin City with her beloved guitars, sound design master husband, and a fluffy cat named Maestro.

Ratings: I give honest ratings, even if I like you. I’m extremely picky with quirky tastes and many books (even well written books) don’t connect with me. Anything 3 stars and above means I LIKED it, and it’s a compliment. If a book ends up on my ‘mythang’ shelf, it means I found it especially memorable for one reason or another.

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