Series: Exile #1
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books on April 29, 2014
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Catherine Summer Carlson knows how to manage bands like a professional—she’s a student at the PopArts Academy at Mount Hope High, where rock legends Allegiance to North got their start. Summer knows that falling for the lead singer of her latest band is the least professional thing a manager can do. But Caleb Daniels isn’t an ordinary band boy—he’s a hot, dreamy, sweet-singing, exiled-from-his-old-band, possibly-with-a-deep-dark-side band boy. And he can do that thing. That thing when someone sings a song and it inhabits you, possesses you, and moves you like a marionette to its will.
Summer also finds herself at the center of a mystery she never saw coming. When Caleb reveals a secret about his long-lost father, one band’s past becomes another’s present, and Summer finds it harder and harder to be both band manager and girlfriend. She knows what the well-mannered Catherine side of her would do, but she also knows what her heart is telling her. Maybe it’s time to accept who she really is, even if it means becoming an exile herself. . . .
On sale in April 2014, Kevin Emerson’s EXILE is a witty and passionate ode to love, rock and roll, and the freedom that comes in the moment when somebody believes in you, even if you’re not quite ready to believe in yourself.
I picked up this novel because I love the idea of a musician’s romance. It just a thing of mine. Exile, for me, was too fast paced of a novel. The romance, the plot–everything was just too fast and that messed with the fluidity of the novel. It felt like everything was rushed and cut off.
Summer was a shallow character. Everything with her was on the surface. We got no back-story on her, just that she’s obsessed with managing bands. That was literally all she really thought about. Caleb, on the other hand, tried to be a little more dynamic of a character, but still his story just wasn’t developed enough to get a full sense of his character. Their relationship with an okay one. As I mentioned, Summer was obsessed with managing the band and she was having trouble finding the line between band manager and girlfriend. This definitely put strain on their relationship, especially with Caleb’s secret and all.
It seemed that Emerson wanted to throw a wrench in the story and he definitely did. It was a plot twist that was totally unexpected but it really didn’t do much to save the novel, plot wise. Again, everything in it was just moving too fast for it to help. And the ending. Gosh darnit the ending. To me, there wasn’t one–it was just an abrupt cut off at the end of the novel. Even though there is going to be a sequel, the ending could have been done better than it was. It gave off an tiny bit of mystery, but for the most part just felt abrupt.
Exile was a novel that I really wanted to enjoy but didn’t for the most part. The too-fast pacing and shallow characters just didn’t allow me to become invested in the story.