Monday, August 19, 2013

Review: Songs From The Phenomenal Nothing By Steven Luna

The brief synopsis I had seen given by the author himself read:

"Seventeen year-old guitar prodigy Tyler Mills has become lost in the aftermath of his mother's death.  Disconnected more and more from his father, he takes refuge from it all in two things: his music and his girlfriend.   But everything changes with the chance discovery of his mother's journal - and the long-held family secret within that could alter his life forever."

My Review:

I myself normally choose supernatural/horror/fantasy books that contain blood and gore, vampires, werewolves, magi and/or zombies.  It's quite rare for me to read other genres of book, and its even rarer for me to write a review, in fact this is my first!  However, when I saw Steven post on his Facebook page that he was looking for people to read and review his new book, I jumped at the chance!  Especially as I've heard "he's an awesome author!"

This book grabbed me from the start, I read it in less than 16 hours.  The further into the book I got the better it seemed to get and the more I read, the more I found that I couldn't put the book down.

Tyler is definitely my favourite character in the story, purely because of how much he goes through and how he deals with it.  At times he seems to be a little hot-headed and acts before he has fully thought it through.  He has a huge feeling of not belonging, which seems to get even stronger for him after discovering his mother's journals.  I couldn't help but feel like I wanted to help him or just give him a hug.
The fact that Tyler finds out things about his family by finding and reading his mother's journals, he draws his own conclusions as to what some of the things written in them mean, and that nothing is confirmed until he makes the decision to investigate further.  To me Tyler also seems to feel slightly betrayed by the fact that he wasn't told the things about his family, and with his mother "uncreated" (Tyler's word for dead), he feels like he may not of ever known if it wasn't for the journals.
Tyler goes through some very emotional times and Steven has done a great job of portraying them.  There were a lot of times where I was so drawn in that it felt like I could feel his emotions too.  This to me made this book even better.

I would definitely recommend this book, not just to people who like this genre but to those who wouldn't normally consider this genre either.

I'm going to give this book a 5 out of 5 as a rating.

This is the first one of Steven' books that I have read but I will very soon be reading his others, I have no doubt that they will be as good as this one.

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