Book Review: Melody Burning

Book Review: Melody BurningMelody Burning by Whitley Strieber
Published by Henry Holt and Co. on December 6th 2011
Pages: 224

Beresford doesn’t remember much about his past or how he came to live in the chutes and crawl spaces of the posh high-rise that shares his name. But when rock star and teen sensation Melody McGrath moves to an apartment on the fiftieth floor, he knows he has to be near her. Although she doesn’t realize it, Melody is threatened by more dangerous forces than her manipulative stage mom and the pressures of life in the spotlight. The owner of the glamorous building has been hiding a fatal secret within its walls, and Beresford puts all his plans at risk. Will Beresford and Melody be able to escape with their lives (and love) intact?

Before opening this book, I really had no clue what it was going to be about. I just knew it had a nice shiny cover that made me think maybe paranormal, maybe not. You never know nowadays.

The beginning of the book sucked me right in. A murder, a boy hiding and then back to modern times. Then the book took off from Melody's point of view, a girl who is becoming a singing sensation and can't seem to handle the pressure. Then, she meets the phantom in her wall – Beresford. A boy who appears from nowhere, yet she falls in love with nonetheless.

I really enjoyed reading this book while in the moment, but when I look back at it, I can see it was all so sudden. The love, the action part of the plot, which involved a chase, some dynamite and a serious fire. The book could have been longer with a bit more build up and I would've liked to see more of how Beresford actually survived so long in the building.

Final Verdict: 

A rather engaging story, that had a couple of gaps and rushed at parts, but otherwise a lovely romance with some action added in.


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