Melody’s Key by Dallas Coryell
Publication date: June 24, 2016
Genre: romance, contemporary
“His eyes settled on her…piercing green embers of flame that revealed the ferocity of his pain and passion, yet still shrouded him under veils of ever deepening mystery that made every ounce of her ache to unravel him.”
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 a copy from the author in exchange for an honest review.
Although Tegan Lockwood wants to go to art college in New York, she decides to help her parents (who cannot afford to send her to college) run Lockwood Holidays – a family business. Mason Keane, a pop star, checks in to Lockwood Holidays and is immediately detested by Tegan. She tries to avoid Mason as much as she can, because of his bad reputation but she cannot deny the lure that surrounds the pop sensation. Before long, Tegan and Mason develop a friendship that turns heart-warmingly romantic.
There were many aspects of this book I liked: the characters, Tegan’s family, and the love letters. Tegan is a fierce character who would sacrifice her dream of attending university to help her family. She is a relatable character: creative, caring and hard working. Mason is a charming character, he’s a little cocky and funny. The family dynamic was quirky and supportive. Everyone teased and was teased in the manner of loving families. Though, it was the love letters that immersed me, adding to the romantic atmosphere.
Nevertheless, I also had a few issues: predictability, overly used descriptions and age group for this book. Maybe it’s just romance in general but I found myself guessing correctly throughout most of the book, which is a bit disappointing. Even though I felt Tegan’s and Mason’s romance was genuine, I would have liked to have been more surprised (or impatient to read on). Mason is every teenagers dream: ‘his piercing emerald green eyes,’ but the overuse of these romantic descriptions quickly became ineffective. Finally, I’m a bit uncertain what age group to recommend this book for. I feel the plot is more suitable for a younger age of thirteen or fourteen; although, the romantic side – as in Tegan’s mam telling her daughter, who just arrived home at 4.00 a.m., that she is going for round two with her husband (Tegan’s dad)? – is perhaps a bit an unrealistic for a teenager reader to relate to?
Melody’s Key is a contemporary young adult novel that is easily read and heart-warmingly romantic. The writing style is both lyrical and captivating; however, I felt the romance was predictable, which is why I have chosen to give this book 3.5 stars. I think this book would suit someone looking for an easy to read, poetically-written summer romance.