Tone Deaf by Olivia Rivers

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Tone Deaf by Olivia Rivers
Publication Date: May 3rd 2016 by Sky Pony Press
Source: ARC from Publisher via Edelweiss
Rating: ★★★★
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His world is music. Her world is silent.

Ali Collins was a child prodigy destined to become one of the greatest musicians of the twenty-first century—until she was diagnosed with a life-changing brain tumor. Now, at seventeen, Ali lives in a soundless world where she gets by with American Sign Language and lip-reading. She’s a constant disappointment to her father, a retired cop fighting his own demons, and the bruises are getting harder to hide.

When Ali accidentally wins a backstage tour with the chart-topping band Tone Deaf, she’s swept back into the world of music. Jace Beckett, the nineteen-year-old lead singer of the band, has a reputation. He’s a jerk and a player, and Ali wants nothing to do with him. But there’s more to Jace than the tabloids let on. When Jace notices Ali’s bruises and offers to help her escape to New York, Ali can’t turn down the chance at freedom and a fresh start. Soon she’s traveling cross-country, hidden away in Jace’s RV as the band finishes their nationwide tour. With the help of Jace, Ali sets out to reboot her life and rediscover the music she once loved.

I received an ARC of this book from the publisher in exchange of a review. No compensation in any form was received for the review of this book.

I have been hearing great things about this book from a few bloggers which made me both excited and intimidated to read this book. I  feel like it’s been loaded in my kindle app for ages but I don’t know why I didn’t find some time to read it sooner. Good thing I was on a whim this week so I was able to squeeze this book in.

Honestly, I was really surprised that this book is very underrated because it needs to be out there in the spotlight because it’s really good. It’s one of those books where you don’t have to think. You just have to feel. Because this book is really full of emotions which heightens the experience of reading.

“When life’s tumbling down, down, down,
And nothing’s there when you look up,
Except the innocence you let life corrupt.”

I don’t think I’ve read many books that features bands but I enjoy them all the same. Looking back at that last sentence, I don’t know what the hell is wrong with me, I mean I love bands but I haven’t read enough books about them hahaha! Anyway, I guess I can be a bit picky, like I am picky with the bands I listen to.

One of the best things in this book is the character development. Ali started a little vulnerable but she got stronger as the story progressed. On the other hand, Jace started as a bit of a jerk but he was able to bare his true personality towards the end, although it took him longer, which was a bit unfair for Ali in my opinion. Also, it’s not the first book I encountered with a deaf character immersed in the world of music, which is really awesome. And I love the representation this book gives.

“I could cry about it, but I’ve lost enough tears over him.”

Another thing I love about the book is how it tackled realistic issues pretty well. It also features a fluffy gay relationship which is super adorable! I love Killer so much! Arrow took me a while to get used to, and Jon was pretty adorable.

Overall, this was such a heartfelt, swoonworthy and enjoyable read. It’s honestly realistic and underrated, I need more people to read this book.



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A 22 year old bibliophile from the outskirts of Manila, who loves reading books for passion.

2 comments / Add your comment below

  1. It looks like I have to give this book a second chance HAHA. I’ve also had this on my Kindle for quite some time now and the first time I tried reading it, I was immediately turned off by Jace. Like no – you are not worthy to be read lol. But yeah maybe I’ll give it another shot! I also recommend her other book that I did love if you have it – In the Hope of Memories! <3

    1. Jace was a bit annoying at first but he grew on me slowly. Haha! I’ll be sure to check out her other book. Thanks, Miggy! :)

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