Review – Encore (Amplified #2) by Tara Kelly

December 16, 2016 Review 0

Review – Encore (Amplified #2) by Tara Kelly

I lied my way into a band, humiliated them on stage, and got my heart broken by the bassist. Now…we’re on tour together.

Of course my dad, who I haven’t seen since he kicked me out, makes a surprise visit the day before we leave. Spoiler alert: It doesn’t go well. I have to quit the band and go to college or he’s cutting me out of his life for good.

This tour is the best opportunity we may ever have – and it’s already a disaster. We’re broke. We can't stop fighting. And being in such close quarters to Sean isn't exactly helping me get over him. Even though we're just friends now, every time our fingers brush or our eyes catch, my heart betrays me. He's the kind of distraction I can't afford to have right now…no matter how much I wish things were different.

This is one road trip that will be hard to forget…

Title: Encore
Author: Tara Kelly
Series: Amplified
Published by Entangled Publishing
Source: Publisher
Published: December 5th 2016
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Young Adult
Pages: 349
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Stars: four-stars
Flames: two-half-flames
I received this book for free from the Publisher or Author in exchange for an honest review, or I purchased it with my own funds. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
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I didn’t read the first installment to this series. In fact, I haven’t even looked to see which characters it was about. I didn’t need to. This one pretty much read like a standalone and I wonder if reading the first one would have made a difference in my opinion. Probably not. Because I found that I was completely engaged the entire time. However, I have ONE pet peeve that I need to get off my chest. See that cover? The one with the guy playing the guitar? It’s deceiving. This story is written from the “female” guitarists POV. In fact, there isn’t even a male guitarist in the band. This deception probably lead to my confusion for the first chapter when I’m assuming the lead character was a dude, when in fact, it was a chick. So….just letting you know….

Jasmine is seventeen. She was thrown out of her dad’s home and is now living with her male band mates. She’s known as a liar, but mainly because she’s too busy trying to liked by everyone. Anything to avoid conflict, right? Too bad the lies generate conflict. In fact it appears that there is a little bit of “crying wolf” in this story. But it’s never addressed. Maybe I’m the only one who picked up on it. Hmmm. Anyway.

Jasmine is given an ultimatum by her father right before her band embarks on road trip tour, headlining for a band that her drummer knows. As the trip begins, it appears that the band is coming along. Apparently being seventeen and naive go hand in hand, because Jasmine’s trust is pushed to it’s limits when she has an encounter with a “fan”. This seems to put this story in motion, where we slowly start to see the band unravel, turning against each other. Finding they’re way back and focusing on what the real goal is seems like a distant dream. But in the end, everything seems to work out the way isn’t supposed to.

All in all, this was a good read. I enjoyed watching the train wrecks (yes, there are more than a few), but I also enjoyed witnessing not only the innocence of all band members being ripped apart, but the cohesive way in which it was put back together. Will there be another one? Not sure. Will I most likely read that one too? Of course, duh.



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