Melodies (The Bianca Grey Series, #1)
By Pamela Srey
'You come from a broken home and you know nothing of who you are or
where you came from. He wouldn't understand some of the things you have
to go through. It's not a good idea to share your world with him,
Bianca. It just isn't.'
A story of teenage self-discovery, Melodies is an intriguing read.
book has all the makings of a good contemporary romance novel. If you
stick to it and get past the first few chapters, you're rewarded with a
multilayered story that definitely becomes more engaging the further
into the book you get.
Melodies was a mixed bag for me. On one hand, I loved the art and music elements, as well as the underlying lessons.
Bianca's love of art reminded me of Ashley in Aimee L. Salter's Every Ugly Word.
This concept of characters using art as a means to escape the troubles
of their life, is a bittersweet one. I thought that this was used
consistently throughout the book, and made Bianca seem more
three-dimensional as a character.
Pete's music is another
definite plus. I loved the songs he composes! The lyrics are heartfelt
and beautiful to a fault...and I totally have a weakness for guys who
play an instrument ;)
But it's the underlying lessons that shine most brightly.
I think the most important lesson Melodies
has to offer, is the lesson of what it means to love and to be loved.
Chasing after love leads to confusion - especially when neither party is
mature enough to understand what love is and what it means.
grows to realise that as much as she likes Pete, it's not going to be
easy for her to just throw the word 'love' around. Mainly because she's
never truly seen it, never experienced it. She doesn't even have much
self-love. She's still trying to find herself and her place in the
world, and being in a relationship with someone who wants more than she
can give isn't the best idea for the moment.
She needs time to
heal. Time to grow. And time to figure out who she is, and what her
feelings are. Not everyone's ready to fall in love forever at seventeen.
Bianca's journey highlights the importance of sometimes waiting before
making life-changing decisions.
This book has a bit of a shaky start.
didn't quite 'knock it out of the park' when it came to certain areas
of concept execution, it was still an enjoyable read. I think the first
few chapters tended to lack a stream of consciousness - there's a little
too much explanation rather than action (e.g. describing
mundane tasks and routines in detail, and giving a little too much
backstory when it comes to secondary characters).
The basis of
the story did have a few plot holes. You kind of wonder why no one at
any point calls the authorities. What kind of school allows kids to pour
gasoline on one another?! I question the need for the teenagers to do
all of the tracking down of criminals and bullies on their own. Maybe if
Pete had just dialed 911, things would have been a lot simpler!
the topic of the teenagers in this story, I will give one small
critique: they do tend to come across as college students. Their
vocabulary, their drinking and clubbing, and even their ability to take
trips away and stay in fancy hotels without parental supervision - it's
all a little surreal. Maybe there are teenagers who do this! If so, they must have really chill (and loaded with $$) parents.
really do feel like all of these ideas would have made so much more
sense in a more NA/contemporary romance story with college students. The
stalking, the nasty pranks, the trips away, the 'I'm totally in love
with you' scenarios...it'd be a lot more believable if the characters
weren't all seventeen/eighteen year olds.
I do feel for Pete's
parents. They seem like wonderful people and you kinda wish he'd have
confided in them a bit more! Maybe then he could have avoided some
But overall, Melodies is a read that leaves you wanting more.
is mainly thanks to that cliffhanger! You're left wondering what
happens next for Bianca, and whether or not she and Pete are meant to
be. I guess we'll just have to wait to find out - but hopefully,
fingers-crossed, everything works out.
**A big thank you to Pamela Srey for giving me the chance to review her great book :) **