Reviewed: August 11th, 2021
Released: June 20th, 2021
Genre: YA Fantasy
Four musicians vie for a coveted spot on the main stage at the prestigious Olive Branch Music and Arts Festival.
For as long as she can remember, Melly has only been good at one thing: making music. From the instant she got her fingers on a flute and tambourine, music had transformed her life and become a way for her to express the hidden desires of her heart. And like every artist in the realm, joining the illustrious Olive Branch Music and Arts Festival was her ultimate dream.
When Hakim encounters Melly singing in a grubby tavern, his world stops for the briefest of moments. For Hakim, it was as clear as the sky on a sunny day—her voice was what his band, Needlework, had been missing. On a whim, a deal is struck. Soon Melly finds herself whisked away with the band as they join the Olive Branch Festival for what promises to be one wild ride.
Helen’s thoughts: 5/5
A beautifully written and emotional YA fantasy story, with amazing characters who tug on your heartstrings. Berge is not afraid to tackle some sensitive subjects, all of which she handles sympathetically and with care. Hakim and Melly are truly wonderful characters and your heart goes out to them as they struggle with all the challenges and self-doubt they have to face.
Berge creates a wonderful world, with beautiful settings as the backdrop to this magical story about four friends who dream to perform at the most illustrious festival in the land. Admidst treachery and betrayal, the friendship between the band members is lovely to read. How they support each other though all their trials is truly inspiring.
An enjoyable YA fantasy, with plenty of action, twist and turns. Highly recommend you pick it up.
***Trigger Warning: Content includes after-effects of sexual assault, as well as depression, grief, and suicidal thoughts/attempts.
About the Author:
Bekah Berge fell in love with all things mystical at a young age. Her love of stories led to her writing her first book in her early twenties, and she’s never looked back since. When not scribbling down fantastical tales, she enjoys traveling, gardening, vegan baking, and brewing the perfect cup of tea.
She also suffers from a rare chronic pain condition called CRPS (Complex Regional Pain Syndrome) and to learn more visit: CRPSBookshelf.com
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