Thursday, 8 December 2011

Virtuosity by Jessica Martinez


Now is not the time for Carmen to fall in love. Two weeks before the most important violin competition of her career, she has bigger things to worry about—like growing out of that suffocating “child prodigy” label, and not disappointing her mother. But it isn’t just the wrong time. It’s the wrong guy. Jeremy is Carmen’s most talented rival, and according to her mother, he’s only interested in one thing: winning.

He isn’t the only one.

Carmen is so desperate to win she takes anti-anxiety drugs to control performance nerves. But what started a year ago as an easy fix is now a hungry addiction. Her mother insists now is not the time to quit, but Carmen is sick of not feeling anything on stage and even more sick of doing what she’s told.

When the darker side of the classical music industry and her mother's ambition collide, Carmen must choose between her career and her love for music


Title: Virtuosity
Author: Jessica Martinez
Published by: Simon and Schuster
Age Group: Young-adult
Paperback: 292
Challenge: Howarts Reading Challenge 2011
2011- Young Adult Reading Challenge
2011 Debut Author Challenge

Review:

5- Amazing!! I want to read it again!

This book was different to what I thought it would be but I still highly enjoyed it.

Good Points

I enjoyed the aspect of this story it was different to all the other books that I have read. The writing was easy to read and flowed off the page with ease. The characters were all well rounded and I did enjoy reading Carmen’s story, she was easy to relate to and she also grew throughout the book. I also loved how the story ended, it ended in just the right place for me and by that point I really like Jeremy and Carmen’s romance.

Bad Points

I thought that the romance was a bit to fast for my liking, it just felt like they hadn’t really seen much of each other before he was saying that he had fallen in love with her.

Even though the mental addiction was a bit of a back story it just seemed more of a back, back, back story to what some summaries had made it out to be. And last of all the scandal that happen (not going to say what it is) seemed a tiny bit far fetched for the plot but it did add a twist to it though. These are my only bad points.


All in all, the book was enjoyable to read and I would recommend to everyone who love music romance and drama.

Plot 4/5
Character 4/5
Cover 5/5
Ending 5/5

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