Monday, October 17, 2011

Virtuosity by Jessica Martinez

To Carmen, the Guarneri competition is everything and not winning it simply isn't an option. It's what leads her to spy on her competition (her only competition), Jeremy, who she considers to be her British, male equivalent. To put it simply, he's not what she was expecting and although he can really push her buttons, she finds herself drawn to him. But the violin will always come between them, won't it? On top of that, the tight leash that her mother keeps her on is beginning to feel suffocating--as are the pills that she takes to deal with her anxiety. With the pressure of the upcoming competition, an overbearing mother, and the possibility of falling for her competition, can Carmen manage to keep it together?

Before I even get into my review, you should probably know that I'm in love with violins. No, really, I love them--although I couldn't play one to save my life. With that said, I really loved how Jessica Martinez described their violin performances. I honestly feel like it captured the sound and feel of music which can--in my opinion--be quite the task.

But I loved Virtuosity for more than the music; after all, the relationship between Jeremy and Carmen became increasingly interesting as the story progressed--I won't say anymore than that though, since I think it's best if you discover what I mean on your own. For the record, Diana, Carmen's mother drove me absolutely insane and I think it's a miracle that Carmen didn't snap earlier!

Lastly, there was the ending, which has really left me wondering if there will be a sequel to Virtuosity. With the way that things left off, it certainly feels like there's more to the story! If you love music or enjoy stories in which serious decisions must be made, definitely check out Virtuosity! I honestly enjoyed it and I think you will too.

Overall Rating: ★★★★
Author: Jessica Martinez
Publisher: Simon Pulse (an imprint of Simon & Schuster)
Release Date: October 18, 2011
Edition: e-ARC
* Received for review via Simon & Schuster's Galley Grab

1 comment:

  1. I'm seeing a lot of positive reactions to this book. I love the idea of a musician as a heroine. I can't play any sort of instrument myself, so I think it's fascinating. Great review!


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