I went into this story not expecting to enjoy it, much less review it. I was using it as a time-waster to let my serials get written. After all, I like long stories, and anything with a Book 3 is long, right? Turns out, I was kinda impressed.
First, as always, the bad. This book assumes knowledge of musicality and possibly conducting that I just don't have. It should give you some idea, though, how ignorant I am that I really don't know where my ignorance lies. Further, it tends to quote long passages from songs with which I'm not familiar. That was rather boring for me. In that vein, there is a full cast list at one point full of people we never met and will never meet. Easy to skip if you're reading, but hard with a screenreader. Further, the author tends to muddy the waters even more than the situation already calls for. There are scenes more fitting in a suspense story than a romance story about teenagers.
But it's not all bad.
The characters are mostly likeable and, if we get to know them well enough, flawed. The plot, in general, is a bit over the moon, but if you can suspend disbelief, it's kinda fun. There's a variety of people, activities going on, and little side jaunts to keep the reader interested.
All-in--all, if the author can rein in some of his muddy or boring, dragged out moments, I'll give his following books a better review.
Full disclosure: I am a sucker for any story about people making music, especially young people making great music.
That said, while it's only up to chapter 6 I want to get my review out there.
It may be a bit syrupy for some tastes, but I'm enjoying it immensely. There's lots of good music mentioned that I wish I could actually hear. The characters are almost too good to be true, but I don't care. Technically there are very few glitches, the kind of typos that slip into the best of stories.
If there's a fault it's that there's little conflict, little suspense. It is all very harmonious (pun intended) with the exception of one predictable villain. I hope there are roadblocks to be overcome in future chapters. Even if there aren't it is a good read as it is.