melody’s key by dallas coryell
genre: YA, contemporary, romance
Tegan Lockwood’s dreams were dead, sacrificed on the noble altar of duty before they ever had a chance to live. Her entire existence was disappearing into the abyss of apathy as she labored her days away keeping her family’s struggling business alive. There would be no emotion, no color, no beauty in her life. That is, until a mysterious visitor begins to draw her out of the darkness of her past towards something that will challenge the boundaries of her world, and unlock the most deeply held secrets of her heart.
*i received this book in exchange for an honest review*
the characters of melody’s key are well developed and very three-dimensional. i found tegan and mason, the other main character, both relatively likable, but my main problem with them is that they both seem too perfect. however, they definitely make a lot of mistakes, and they each have their own problems, and i’ve realized that they’re actually somewhat realistic. however, i still do think that they’re just a little bit too talented—it seems like they’re good at almost everything.
i didn’t really love the romance in this book. although i wouldn’t consider it instalove, the way tegan falls for mason is too sudden and somewhat unrealistic, and it feels somewhat cliché/typical. another thing i didn’t like is ALL THE INNUENDOS. a few would have been okay, but there are just too many for me. i also think that the book is a lot more sexual (and makes a lot more sexual innuendos) than it should be for YA, and to be honest, i felt a little uncomfortable at some parts. other scenes, however, were cute and fun to read. i also liked tegan’s relationship with her family; i just wish there was more!
the plot kept my interest, but like the romance, it felt somewhat cliché. i didn’t think the story itself was very unique; it feels like an overused storyline, just with different characters and a different setting.
the writing in melody’s key is pretty decent. i didn’t love the pov/narration of the story, but it’s pretty well-written. also, there are a lot of songs in the book (written by the characters), and i just found out that they’re all real songs by the author! i listened to a few, and i think it definitely feels different listening to the songs. i actually was thinking while i was reading that it’d be nice to hear the songs performed, and there are actually videos of them (performed by dallas) on youtube.
overall, i don’t think melody’s key is amazing in any aspect, but it’s an enjoyable read.
have you read this? what did you think?