If at any time an author can bring out emotions in a reader, they are a success. If they can draw in a reader to feel engaged in the journey of their new book friends, they earn more respect. If an author can leave a reader feeling intrigued, inspired, and even offer healing, they’ve gained a bibliophile fanatic for life. - Shani K. - The Chronicles of an Abibliophobiac.

Monday, August 22, 2016

Quick Book Review: "Admiration (A Metal Prodigy Series Novella)" By J.S. Snow

Quick Read Review
(20-200 pages)

Book: Admiration

Author: JS Snow

Format: ebook, .mobi, kindle fire

Series or Standalone: This novella can be read as a standalone. However, the author (myself as well) encourage you to read it along with the whole series. The series is the Metal Prodigy Series


I have not read a rock star or music themed book in over a year. The reason I stopped was because too many of them just seemed to blend together and it was the same old thing. Sex, drugs and rock n’ roll right? I got to the point where I could see the drama with barely reading it. I don’t like that at all. I like for a story to flow and give me some sort of clue into who they are as characters. Sadly, it doesn’t always happen. With the last one I read, I said forget it and said I wasn't reading any more of them!

But that changed recently. JS has been working away on her new book and I found it to be fascinating. I was intrigued by the fact that her characters portray “real” people. You don’t feel like they’re the stereotypical bad boys and girls of rock. The blurb for the book snagged me and figured I would give it a try. It’s the first one of JS’s that I’ve read and I picked it up in the middle of the series. I know, I know, how frustrating right? But honestly, not really. Yup, surprised me as well!

John has had a successful career in so many respects. He’s accomplished success with his band Hells Redemption, he’s climbed every hurdle that has been placed in his path and kept on going. It’s not to say those hurdles were easy to get around either. But he’s done it and wants to venture out into doing something even greater than ever before. He’s determined to build on top of his career, create an empire for his future children and support his wife with her dreams. One of the ways he’s going to do that gives future musicians the step up they need and hopefully sign them to his new record label. It shouldn’t be too hard right? After all, he IS John Lucas, an all around rock idol and bad ass dude! But just as with everything he’s encountered in his life, this won’t be an easy road. How does he balance his career, a new album, seeking out talent, signing them, performing, supporting his wife in her endeavors, trying to find a loved one, watching over another family member AND find the best balance possible? It’s a job most of us would run from! Shoot, I have enough trouble keeping track of my car keys!

JS introduces a new band, the boys of White Dove Massacre in this novella, and their story will be continuing. Like most “kids”, they want things done now. As impatient as they are, they run the risk of alienating the one person who is doing everything he can to make their success happen. Between the hiccups they keeping facing, medical emergencies, crude attitudes, and inter-group conflicts they’re heading to a bad place faster than they can get on stage. What is their hurry? John knows the dedication it takes to get where he has. It’s one of the reasons he is trying so hard. But as stuff keeps piling up on the negative pile, it’s not just the guys that are questioning his abilities. It’s himself as well. Both John and the guys need to step back, reach out and accept the help that’s been offered. If they can stop, regroup and march on, they might just make it! JS gives you a glimpse into their little world and minds. She gives you the perfect hint of who they are with their interactions with John and the crew. It’s that perfect bit of a teaser that makes you look forward to the next book. It will truly be interesting to see how the decisions they all make now, will carry over. There are so many directions that JS hints to throughout the book that really have you scratching your head and if you’re like me, jot some notes to tuck away to see if you were right! I know, I’m so weird. But proud!

Loved (positive): One of the things I mentioned to JS that I loved about the book is, even though it’s apart of a series I didn’t feel like I was missing out on a lot by reading this first. It flowed nicely and she gives enough information about the characters that allows you a glimpse but doesn’t under or overwhelm you. It’s not easy to put together a novella that flows smoothly and effortlessly.

Not sure (negative): Because I hadn’t read the previous ones there were moments where I was confused about A.G./Alex/Grace. It took me a few times to double check it, but I got it!

Overall: I really enjoyed the story a lot. She was able to capture my attention, offer some entertainment, intrigue as well as give some insight into what makes truly makes the music industry what it is. Her quick and thoughtful creativity adds a lot of flare to the book. I have to say I loved the interviews and bio’s at the end of it too! It gives you an idea of who each person is, and helps you to “see” the characters in a different way. I have a lot of appreciation and respect for that.

This won’t be the last one of JS’s books that I read. It has intrigued me to go back and read the series from the beginning. Even in novellas the layers that make up each character is noticeable. Now I want to find out how they grew into those! Yup, I went and snagged up Redemption which is the 1st in the Metal Prodigy Series! I can’t wait to see where it all started. It only takes one book to make a reader a fan. For me, JS has succeeded in that!

My star rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Where do I go to find out more about the author?

Author Website: J.S. Snow

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Kobo: J.S. Snow

Barnes & Noble: J.S. Snow

Good Reads:J.S. Snow

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My Amazon Review HERE

My Goodreads review HERE

Where can you find me?

In my corner of course!
Email: bookishnerd4life@gmail.com or superrainpolly@gmail.com
Facebook: Shani Kenny
Twitter: @BookishShani_K

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