Wednesday, February 12, 2014
Porcelain Keys by Sarah Beard--Blog Tour/REVIEW
Title: Porcelain Keys
Genre: Young Adult Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Cedar Fort, Inc. (February 11, 2014)
ISBN-10: 1462113966 ISBN-13: 978-1462113965
Links for purchase:
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Aria's life is full of secrets--secrets about her mother's death, her father's cruelty, and her dream to go to Julliard. When Aria meets Thomas, he draws out her secrets, captures her heart, and gives her the courage to defy her father. But when tragedy strikes and Thomas disappears, Aria is left alone to transform her broken heart's melody into something beautiful. Porcelain Keys is a captivating love story that will resonate long after the last page is turned.
"Emotionally rich, elegant description, beloved characters--Sarah Beard delivers a fresh, new novel that will go on my list of classics." --Stephanie Fowers, author of With a Kiss.
"Aria is a heroine worth rooting for, and the plot is an emotional melody that weaves a spell so potent, it can only be broken by reaching the end. And even then, I couldn’t stop thinking about Aria and her story." --Heather Frost, author of The Seers Trilogy
"Emotionally gripping, this beautifully crafted young adult romance will pull at readers’ heartstrings from tragic beginning to happy ending. A must-read for fans of contemporary romance, both young and seasoned. " --Julie Ford, author of Replacing Gentry
"Porcelain Keys is a fresh, heart-wrenching take on boy-meets-girl. Using fantastic and musical imagery to tell the poignant love story of Aria and Thomas, the author leads the reader to a swelling crescendo as if we're part of the song—and what a beautiful song it is." --Cindy C. Bennett, author or Geek Girl and Rapunzel Untangled
"A lyrical love story that will leave your heart singing. Porcelain Keys is a masterpiece with emotional depth, young love, and family angst. Beard takes us on a journey of self- discovery, second chances, and ultimately, sweet resolution." --Heather Ostler, author or The Siren's Secret
My Review: *****--5 Stars
I haven't read a book that has evoked so many emotions within me in such a long time! I wasn't expecting depth--I was expecting fluff, but depth is what I got. And I don't regret it at all.
Aria is such a strong girl and dreams of following her heart. When it matters most, she is able to stand up for herself and what she loves, even though her heart is torn in two. She loves her father and forgives him time and time again, yet she finally breaks free and allows herself to find her true passion--music. Thomas is a rock in her tempest-tossed life and he becomes a major part of her world. All of that is throw to the wind one night and once again, she is left to find her way through life alone again. A new friend and a new love help her heal, along with her music. Secrets are revealed that completely change everything--they were definitely unexpected twists for me.
I loved the friendships developed with Nathaniel, Devin, and Vivian. I loved the music--I could visualize it all in my mind. My emotions were all over the place--compassion, fear, joy, love, sadness, etc. I loved every minute of the ride I took while reading this story.
Content: some brief and casual mentions/implications of drinking, abuse, etc, but definitely considered CLEAN!
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SARAH BEARD is the author of Porcelain Keys, a YA contemporary romance. She has a degree in communications from the University of Utah and splits her time between writing and raising three energetic boys. She is a cancer survivor and a hopeless romantic. She enjoys reading and composing music, and lives with her husband and children in Salt Lake City, Utah. You can follow Sarah on twitter at @authorsarahb, or at facebook.com/authorsarahbeard. Her website is www.sarahbeard.com.