{Book Review} Sound Bites by @RachelKBurke

May 28, 2012 Blog Tours, Reviews 7

Publication Date: Jan 2012

Source: Blog Tour

Age Group: New Adult/ upper YA
Challenge(s): Ebook challenge, 150+ reading challenge, Debut Author Challenge, Just Contemporary challenge, Standalone Challenge
Buy this Book: Amazon

Summary(from Goodreads):

Renee Evans has a knack for trouble. After walking in on her best friend and boyfriend in bed together, twenty-five year-old Renee flees sunny Los Angeles and her dream job as a music journalist and returns to her hometown of Boston – only to meet Dylan Cavallari, the mysterious, aspiring musician who lives in her apartment building. Dylan’s piercing gaze and womanizing demeanor make him exactly the type of guy that Renee should steer clear of – which is most likely the reason she falls for him. But when Renee’s troublesome ex comes back and threatens to drive her and Dylan apart, Renee is forced to face her past and save her relationship with Dylan before it’s too late.
Sound Bites dramatizes what happens when Renee finds herself caught between a painful past and an uncertain future. Happiness turns out to be within her grasp, but it all depends on whether she can trust herself enough to make the right decisions. Sound Bites is a novel about love, friendship, betrayal, forgiveness, and the power of music to help you find your way.

Sounds Bites did not disappoint as a cute and convincing contemporary romance. I loved it! I could not put the book down. I had some errands I needed to run so I told myself that I would read for 2 hours and then I could run to the store, post office etc. Well, as you can probably guess- I didn’t make it to any store that day. Once my two hours were up, I just couldn’t bring myself to set the book aside. Not even for a few hours. I just kept on reading into the night. 

I loved that at first glance Renee seems to be such a contradiction. (at least, that’s how she seemed to Dylan- and I tend to agree with him) She seems like your typical blond hair, blue eyed pretty, preppy girl. But once you get to know her, she is so much more. She is selfless and sensitive, and boy can she hold a grudge. She is certainly not someone that I would want to make mad, because she would never let me forget about it. But she is so passionate about music. 

This book centers around music and two people’s love of all things music. It is so cute to see Renee and Dylan together because they just have so much in common. You can tell that they both live and breathe music. Music is what they love. Dylan is a complex guy. So much of what he is thinking or feeling is simmering just below the surface. He kind of makes you work for it, and he is a typical cocky guy. Sometimes he does dumb things and to say he is a player is putting it mildly. 

But then you throw in the meant to be together aspect, (which is pretty predictable, I will give you that. It has been done before- good girl reforms the players ways. But it is not overly cliche or annoying. I thought the story was rich and detailed enough that it got away from the cliche for me) and I was hooked. There is something about the way Rachel writes and describes things that made me just fall in love right along with them and made me want to keep reading. I wont say that I absolutely loved every single second of the book, because there was one thing that I didn’t particularly love (but it isn’t something that I think would bother most people- AND no I won’t tell you what it is, you will have to find out for yourself) but other than that little situational detail- I LOVED everything about this book. It wasn’t overly predictable, the writing was great and the characters are so likable that you will be rooting for them the whole way. I fell in love with Sound Bites and I think you will too!

4.5/5 Gavels

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7 Responses to “{Book Review} Sound Bites by @RachelKBurke”

  1. Terijean

    With a mind full of Boston to LA and Back to Boston, only Rachel Burke could fill the 3500 miles in between with passion and mystery Perfectly and as Unique as She is Beautiful!

  2. Ashley @ Book Labyrinth

    So glad you really loved it! I think cliches can work… I mean, they’re cliches for a reason, right? As long as the characters are interesting and the interactions are fresh I like it when you can see where the book might head eventually.

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