Hey guys, this is Abi here,
And this review has kind of been thrown to the wayside next to everything else that I've posted this month.
So I think it's time that I post this review so I can share my thoughts!
With further ado, here's the review!
Author: Chris Russell
Release date: 13th July, 2017
Status: Book 2/3 in trilogy
Blurb: "From where I
stood, cracks were
Boy Band On The
Face Of The Earth. But for the
next ten minutes, none of that
would matter. Because when
those four boys hit the
stage, they lit a fire
inside your soul...
Charlie Bloom is
just an ordinary girl.
Who happened to spend last
winter hanging out with the hottest
boy band in the world. No biggie.
But that's all ancient history. And now
Charlie doesn't have time to even think
about Fire&Lights. Or what went down with
Gabe... Until she's pulled into their world
of glamour and paparazzi once again.
As old feelings are rekindled, Charlie
notices that the band seems different
this time. But then again, so is she..."
After the roaring success of Songs About A Girl, I was both very excited, and a little nervous about what the sequel would be like. Because surely, it couldn't be just as good as the first one?
It totally was.
There was the normal amazingness, and then add another level.
It was that good.
And the reason?
Taking place a few months after the events of the first book, Charlie Bloom has returned back into the anonymously of her normal life. Although it doesn't take much for her to delve back into that band crazy world with Fire&Lights.
But anyway, what I loved about the plot was that this time around, when Charlie when back into that world, something was different. The unity of the band members, just wasn't there, which gave everything an edge. There was a wonderful undertone to the store and, along with the added tension on this strain that was so clearly in the band, my heart was beating with each confrontation. There was so much tension in each of the chapters, that the anxiety for these characters was there constantly.
Which brings me to the characters. There wasn't just the, confrontations between Olly & Gabriel, there was some character development between the other band members too, as the connection between Charlie and the band grew ever stronger. It put the dynamic between Fire&Lights into perspective, getting to know that there was more to the others than just a backing for the sound-off between Olly and Gabriel.
Along with that, a lead that was introduced at the end of the first book became sort of a minor focus in the story which, I have to say, was a fine way to create conflict between the characters.
Contrary to popular belief, what I loved most about this book was that it when far deeper than the "girl with a passion whilst also fangirling about popular boy band". Because Chris Russell grew up in a boy band, this was nothing like it seems to be, which is something that became a part in the first book, and it went a lot deeper in this one. It was like having a backstage pass to a sold out concert. It was so realistic that the situation seemed normal, which adds up to quite an inspiring book that gives the message that "you can achieve anything you set your mind to."
So overall, this was an inspiring, wonderful, yet tension filled (but still AMAZING) book that will have you on the edge of your seat from the first page and leaving you desperate for more. (The twists and turns will leave you scolded, but scouring the pages with your eyes, wanting to know what happens next, trust me). Another fantastic book, and I can't wait for the conclusion of the trilogy next year!
So that is all I have for you today! Let me know in the comments if you have any thoughts and I will be sure to reply, because this is now one of my favourite books of 2017!
I hope you have a wonderful weekend and I will see you all on Monday!