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"Making sweeping generalizations about Americans because that makes you feel better about having a national inferiority complex the size of the Atlantic Ocean. I was just trying to be helpful, but if folding your pizza threatens you sense of patriotism, you probably shouldn't do it.”
Received: Simon and Schuster Galley Grab
Review: This is going to be a quick review today because *blush* I’m not done reading (or rather listening to) the second book today. And, well, I kinda want to do something with the fam for New Year’s Eve, yo ;)
Well, what can I say? I loved Virtuosity. I adored it. It is SO CUTE! I rarely fall for the romancy books, but this one? Oh goodness, it is amazing.
I picked up Virtuosity because one of my best friends has the same name as the author. It’s such a little thing but something as insignificant like that can just capture my attention and before you know it, I was falling head over heels for Carmen and Jeremy and their rocky relationship.
Plot: The plot was so good – sweet and simple – something that could just make you smile. I have to admit, it is very predictable. But aren’t all romance novels? It contains a bit too much detail too, but I’m not going into that.
Characters: Carmen may seem different from the typical teenager: she’s passionate, driven and engrossed in her violin (that’s not to say teens aren’t driven, but come on, she won a Grammy at age 9). Despite all that, she’s just the same as any of us. She has differences with her parents, she goes through the same first romance, and she learns to be independent. So maybe you can’t totally relate to the child prodigy or the ultimate musician that is Carmen. It doesn’t matter. I can’t sing and dance for the life of me, but I loved her all the same. Martinez just gets how to make solid, realistic, well-developed characters that you would die to meet. Okay, maybe it’s just me.
Within two pages, you just know Jeremy is going to be a great “bad boy”. And that’s how he is on the outside. But the more you get to know him, the more you peel back the layers…Jeremy is no Edward, I can promise you that. (I know, Twilight reference again, sorry). He’s way way better. He is caring and funny, but he’s also unwilling to let go of everything he ever worked for just for a girl he just met. Talk about realistic. And omg, he’s British.
Romanciness: If you’ve read many of my reviews, you know that I usually don’t have something great to say about the romance. Be it over the top, underdone, or just plain annoying and unneeded, romance is present in almost every YA book I’ve ever read, but it’s also very hard to write. Or rather, it’s difficult to make the romance relevant and believable. Not so here. It's slow and sweet, and I found myself cheering for the two of them. One thing I’d like to say is that there’s NO LOVE TRIANGLE! Woohoo! I don’t know how you escaped recycling the overused love triangle, but you did it, Martinez. Here’s a pat on the back. Aw shucks, gimme a big hug!
Cover: Oh my gosh, isn’t it awesome?! It’s not that ornate or anything, pretty simple and perfect! Check out some of the alternate covers below. I like the title too. Virtuosity-A perfect title for a perfect book.
Virtuosity Virtuosity - Liebe um jeden Preis
The left one's the UK cover and the right one's German. Which one do you like best? Let me know in the comments!
Well, the review didn’t turn out as short as I thought, but I got everything out, so it’s all good. Now I’m off to finish the last book for Review Mania! Can you believe it? It’s almost already over. ?
Recommended for: Anyone looking for a light cutsie read!