Book Review: Steel Strings by Alex Hayes

Book: Steel Strings
Author: Alex Hayes
Genre: YA Contemporary Romance
Release Date: December 3rd 2019
Avaliable At: Amazon

Book Overview

Compelled to silence, Brianna is like a cello without strings and must fight to reclaim her voice through the instruments she creates.

Brianna Jones is a nerdy, biracial teen who dreams of bringing music to the world via orchestral instruments fashioned out of recycled materials. But she must keep her project secret from her half sister, whose mission in life is to destroy everything Brianna holds dear.

Marek Lakewood is one of the few guys who sees Brianna for whom she really is and has admired her from afar for years, but he’s never been a risk-taker, not since his father was killed on a black diamond ski slope.

When a physics project lands Marek in Brianna’s sphere, he finds himself taking bigger and bigger risks, and discovers Brianna’s life and aspirations are far more complicated than he ever imagined

Steel Strings is a contemporary romance and companion novel to the Chameleon Effect Series.

Book Review

Steel Strings follows the characters Brianna and Marek, two high school students who are both intellectual, good at physics, and play in orchestra class together. It’s was so refreshing to have more diverse characters who have intellect and pure talents.

The two main plots are Brianna’s and Marek’s feelings for each other, both afraid to admit to each other, and Brianna’s project of creating templates of orchestral instruments using cheap and available materials so that these instruments can be recreated and given to kids who would otherwise not be able to afford or access musical instruments.

It was nice revisiting some of the supporting characters from the Silken Scales. I have read both books so I knew what was going on behind the scenes, but I feel that even if you haven’t read Silken Scales, you will still enjoy this book.

There are so many emotions in this book as Brianna tries to fulfill her dreams. We highly recommend you take this wonderful tale for a spin!

About the Author

Alex Hayes wrote her first fiction story when she was twelve. Inspired by her mother’s storytelling, she began work on her first novel, Ice Cracks, at eighteen.

She received a Bachelor of Arts degree in English, Creative Writing from San Francisco State University. In her twenties, she moved from Marin County, California to Boston, Massachusetts, where she built a career as an IT professional in database engineering. In 2004, she self-published Ice Cracks, which became a semi-finalist in the 2005 IPPY Awards.

Alex splits her time between Grand Junction, Colorado and Guanajuato, Mexico. When she isn’t writing, she’s helping her partner, Lee, renovate a 450 year old hacienda. She is mother to one beautiful daughter and many wonderful cats.

Author Links: Website | Goodreads | Twitter | Facebook

Giveaway Details

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