by Kevin Emerson
Hardcover: 320 pages
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books (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.Thank you Andye @ Reading Teen, for sending me this for an honest review!
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. . . .
I looked forward to Exile mainly because it's about music (even though I'm really not the music type). In the synopsis, it mentions a mystery and a secret: two things I really enjoy reading about. Unfortunately, Exile was a huge disappointment.
From the start, Exile couldn't hold my interest. It was painfully boring, and nothing interesting was happening. I started to lose more and more interest and multiple times I wanted to stop reading altogether. I heard positive things about this though, so I continued on with hopes of enjoying this more (I didn't).
Summer was not a likable character. She's a band manager who just got left behind by her former band when the said band got signed by a record label. She went out with one of the band members, only to find out that he's been cheating on her because "I couldn't help it. They were so into me. It was hard, you know?" Summer regrets hanging out with the band so much because without the band, she doesn't have any friends. Basically. But as she's looking for a new band, she instantly falls in love with Caleb, who got left behind by his band.
With relationships, I like the romance to build up. There was no building up here. They got together too soon and I never felt the love between them. Why are they even going out? It was so hard to connect with both of them, because Summer was her annoying self and Caleb didn't have much of a personality.
The pacing was too slow for my liking. I kept waiting and waiting for something exciting to happen. But I did like the twist. That is probably what I liked most from Exile because the mystery, finally! I guess you could say that it's the mystery that pushed me to the end, and made me rate this two stars instead of just one. But the mystery brings in a new character, Val, who I did not like reading about.
Overall, Exile turned out to be a major disappointment. I disliked the characters and majority of the plot. Because of that, I won't be continuing with this series. I honestly don't think this should be a series, because I can't see this going on much further. Exile is fine as just a standalone. I won't say I don't recommend this, however, because even though this didn't work for me, it could for you.