Book Title: The Melody of Light
Author: M.L. Rice
Published Date: November 18th, 2014
Publisher: Bold Strokes Books
Genre: YA Contemporary
Book Link: Goodreads
Synopsis from Goodreads:
Siblings Riley and Aidan Gordon are survivors. Together, they survived an abusive childhood, and when a fiery accident incinerates all they have—except for each other—they survive that, too. The tragedy leaves them with burdens and pain beyond their years, but it also sets them free to forge their own paths. Aidan’s road to happiness seems smooth and carefree. But Riley continues to struggle, her only saving grace being a passion for music that helps soothe her damaged soul. As their paths diverge and college looms, Riley will have to depend less on Aidan and more on herself. Fear of failure drives her, but will finding love derail her single-minded determination to succeed, or will it open the door to the family she’s always wanted?
Disclaimer: I received this e-ARC from Bold Strokes Books via NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.
This book sounded like something I'd love, so I was excited to get it from NetGalley. It's no secret that I love dark contemporaries and that they usually give me all those feels. Unfortunately, this book didn't do it for me. I was unbelievably bored the entire time I read it. I didn't root for Riley or Aidan to overcome their childhood. I didn't get excited or emotional at all.
Even as young adults they seemed overly involved in each others lives which really gave me the hebie jeebies. There was no reason they needed to constantly be all up in each others business and it really didn't sit well with me. I understand being close with siblings, especially considering their rough childhood, but their co-dependence really made me wonder if they could ever have their own lives.
I was not a big fan of the romance either which is weird because I love LGBT romance. In this book it kinda came out of nowhere I was was left wondering if I had missed clues to the fact that one of the siblings was attracted to their same gender. Even when the couple got together, I wondered why they were ever together because I didn't feel the chemistry between them at all.
Things were really rushed in this book and I don't feel like enough time was spent developing their characters. I wanted more character development for Riley and more for Aidan. I wanted to see how they would conquer the world if they weren't constantly attached to each other. I wanted them to explore their independence
This book was overall very boring, the sibling relationship gave me the creeps and the character development was very poor. So I'll be giving this book 2 stars. I would not recommend this book to anyone.