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text 2016-07-03 16:01
Harmonic Feedback - Tara Kelly
Harmonic Feedback - Tara Kelly
Amplified - Tara Kelly
The Foxglove Killings - Tara Kelly


Harmonic Feedback
young adult contemporary
Drea has "issues"
at least this is what other people tell her
in a world where always answering honestly isn't the norm
as a girl who doesn't always understand jokes
she is the weird one
music has always been one of her biggest passions
music makes her feel alive
music doesn't pressure or judge her
music is everything
just after moving to a new town she meets two teens who will change her life
who will break her heart
but will also bring her so much joy
this is an intense and special book
a story that touched me deeply
at times funny and beautiful
but also sad and heart-wrenching
the story isn't always light-hearted
one of the characters has issues with drugs
and some other things
the ending made me cry
of course once again when I was on the train
but it also made me smile
and it gave me hope
a great book
that makes me excited to read more by the author
I recently ordered "Amplified"
another contemporary book surrounding music by Tara Kelly
and her new YA thriller "The Foxglove Killings" also sounds great.
and I plan to get it soon.

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review 2014-08-14 00:00
Amplified - Alexia Purdy Amplified - Alexia Purdy I received a free copy of the book from the author for my honest opinion.

For someone so young April Tate has been through a lot with the virus outbreak. A virus that has turned most of the population into feral vampires who only come out at night to feed and then there is the hybrid vampires who can go out during the day if it is a cloudy day. You also have the hybrid humans like April. April has lost a lot people due to the outbreak; before and after. April has a lot of people who love and care about her very much but she won't let them in. She is afraid of losing them and getting her all over again.

After the death of her mother in book #2 all April wants now is to find the one who is responsible for her death. She also wants to find the cure for the disease and help to put the world back the way it was. She wants to help all of the vampires to hopefully become human again. April finds out that her best friend Sarah is still alive and has been living with other humans in an underground city. When April decides that it is her place to go out and find the cure to the virus she leaves her little brother Jeremy with his newly adopted family in the human city.

April thinks she is going out on the road all by herself to find the cure and then go find someone that will help her make more. But she is so very wrong on this one. She thinks she is slipping out of the hybrid vampire hive that she has been living in alone but on her way out she runs into her best friend Sarah and her new friend Elijah. They care about April to much to just let her go off alone in a world that is infested with vampires. In this new world of theirs everybody needs someone to watch their backs. It is not safe out there alone. April thinks she is a loner and doesn't need anyone but she is more wrong than she knows. She is leaving behind the one person who cares and loves her more than his own life. But April is a strong and independent person who thinks that she doesn't need anybody. She hates leaving without telling him where she is going and what she is doing but she knows he will try to do whatever he can to stop her from going. But April has to go on this road trip to not only try to find someone who can help her with finding a cure but she also has to find herself again before she can ever let anyone in again, before she can love again. She knows or thinks that Rye will never understand this.

I have fallen in love with another series and author. I am so glad that I finally decided to read the Reign of Blood Series and can't wait to read more about April, Rye, Sarah, Elijah, Jeremy, Blaze, Miranda, Randy and the new guy Felix. Who were all of these people before the outbreak? I love the world that Alexia has created with the new twist on the vampires/zompires. Alexia will draw you into April's world so far that you almost get lost and can't find your way out again. The Reign of Blood Series is a fast paced read and keeps you on your toes afraid to turn the corner wondering what is on the other side. When you get to the other side you are still looking around waiting for it and the bam you are smacked right in the face with it. You never know from one minute to next what is going to happen. The Reign of Blood Series is awesome and if you have not read it then all I can say is you don't know what you are missing my friend.
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review 2013-08-27 06:30
Book Review: Amplified (Amplified, #1) by Tara Kelly
Amplified - Tara Kelly

I was about to give in to the small voice inside my head telling me to just give this a four-star rating already. But then, though I really liked the book, I didn't get hooked to it until I was about 20% percent through it. And it certainly wouldn't be fair to all those books that I've rated four stars which had got me gushing just from the very first page.

Okay, so Amplified.. 

I loved the musicality that was incorporated in it. It gave me the ambience like I was also part of the band. I admit that I got quite a bit confounded with the musical terms used but this just truly shows that Tara Kelly really knows her music well. And she bestowed that knowledge she has for music to the book's characters. Her characters really are true musicians. They not only passionately LOVE music, they confidently KNOW music. 

I can't say the same with the lyrics though. The lyrics were totally corny and cringe-worthy and I couldn't help feeling embarrassed for Kelly. I guess this just proves that Kelly won't be rocking poetry any time soon. 

I'm glad that there will be a sequel. There were so many issues that were left unsolved and undealt with that I knew right after I finished this book that there will be one. So I didn't really feel that dissatisfied with the ending. I'm contented with how it ended but not contented enough to not wish for a sequel. 

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review 2013-01-05 00:00
Amplified (Reign of Blood, #3) - Alexia ... Amplified (Reign of Blood, #3) - Alexia Purdy Expected publication: November 2013 by Lyrical Lit. Publishing
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review 2013-01-05 00:00
Amplified (Reign of Blood, #3) - Alexia ... Amplified (Reign of Blood, #3) - Alexia Purdy Expected publication: November 2013 by Lyrical Lit. Publishing
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