Book Review–Exile by Kevin Emerson

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This is the 25th book from my 114 in 2014 Reading Challenge.

Picture Source: Goodreads.com
Picture Source: Goodreads.com

Exhile by Kevin Emerson
Published April 29th 2014 by Katherine Tegen Books

 

Catherine Summer Carlson knows how to manage bands like a professional—she’s a student at the PopArts Academy at Mount Hope High, where rock legends Allegiance to North got their start. Summer knows that falling for the lead singer of her latest band is the least professional thing a manager can do. But Caleb Daniels isn’t an ordinary band boy—he’s a hot, dreamy, sweet-singing, exiled-from-his-old-band, possibly-with-a-deep-dark-side band boy. And he can do that thing. That thing when someone sings a song and it inhabits you, possesses you, and moves you like a marionette to its will.

Summer also finds herself at the center of a mystery she never saw coming. When Caleb reveals a secret about his long-lost father, one band’s past becomes another’s present, and Summer finds it harder and harder to be both band manager and girlfriend. She knows what the well-mannered Catherine side of her would do, but she also knows what her heart is telling her. Maybe it’s time to accept who she really is, even if it means becoming an exile herself. . . .

On sale in April 2014, Kevin Emerson’s EXILE is a witty and passionate ode to love, rock and roll, and the freedom that comes in the moment when somebody believes in you, even if you’re not quite ready to believe in yourself.

 

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I won a copy of this book from the Goodreads First Reads Giveaway program. Many thanks to the publisher/author for giving me the chance to read and review this book from the Goodreads First Reads program.

I knew from the very start that I was going to like this book because of the main character, Summer (whose real name is Catherine). She reminded me of Veronica Mars because she was witty and sarcastic. She was also realistic–she made mistakes. The plot itself is interesting and fresh, something I’ve never seen before.

The relationship Summer begins is cute and sweet but becomes more complicated later on, just like real relationships do. I also like the relationships that all of the members of the band have with one another. I particularly liked Matt.

If you like contemporaries with a twist of mystery, realistic, colorful characters, stories that invole music or bands, and a witty/snarky VPOV Exile is probably right up your alley. I hope Emerson continues to write stories like this.

Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book from the publisher for this review. These opinions are my own; I was not required to write a positive review, nor was I compensated for this review.

 

 

 

4halfstars

 

 

 

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