by Tessa Emily Hall
Does breaking free require breaking the rules?
Cassie Gilbert lives every day in the shadows of her deceased mom’s rebellion. But now that she’s seventeen, she finds herself longing to break away from her grandmother’s suffocating rules, experience what it’s like to be a regular teenager, and fulfill her songwriting dreams.
James Russo, former American Spotlight contestant, escapes to small town Willow Creek, SC hoping to flee from his tarnished past. When a school project pairs him with the shy principal’s granddaughter, he’s determined to get to know this Emily-Dickinson-obsessed and typewriter-using girl. His plan? Convince Cassie to co-write songs for his demo album.
As Cassie gets to know James over “project meetings” (more like opportunities to match her lyrics with his melodies), she becomes intrigued by his sense of adventure and contagious passion for music. But soon, his past becomes exposed. Cassie’s left to wonder—did she make the same mistake Mom did by falling for the bad boy?
Then, Grandma’s control pushes her over the edge. Cassie must choose between remaining in the chains of yesterday, or delving into her own freedom by completing the melody her mom left behind.
About the Author
Tessa Emily Hall writes inspirational yet authentic YA fiction to show others they’re not alone—and because she remembers the teen life like it was yesterday (or a few years ago). The debut novel she wrote at 16-years-old, PURPLE MOON (Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas) was a Selah 2014 Finalist. Her second novel, UNWRITTEN MELODY, releases with Clean Reads November 2016. She’s the Founder of PursueMagazine.net, a magazine that inspires teens to embrace their calling. Tessa also enjoys helping writers achieve their dreams through her internship at Hartline Literary Agency.
When her fingers aren’t flying 116 WPM across the keyboard, Tessa can be found making healthy homemade lattes, speaking to teens, decorating her insulin pump, and acting in Christian films. She writes in a small town nestled between the Blue Ridge Mountains and Southeastern coast. Her favorite way to procrastinate is by connecting with readers on her blog, mailing list, social media (@tessaemilyhall), and website.
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For as long as she can remember, Cassie has lived under her grandmother’s strict rules: no staying out past curfew, no slumber parties with friends, no driving in a teenager’s car, and above all, no being alone with a non-relative male under any circumstances whatsoever. She longs for freedom from all the rules. Then James walks into her life. A singer and former contestant on a mega-popular reality show, James has made a great start his music career. When he discovers Cassie’s poetry, he is determined to make her the songwriter he desperately needs.
Unwritten Melody by Tessa Emily Hall was a charming high school romance. The characters fell in love ever so adorably, with just enough negative outside forces and misunderstandings to make the relationship unbreakable. The setting was one of those really small, rural towns where just about everybody knows everybody else. It was set up beautifully and reminded me of home. The situation with the school was a little bit like that as well, though I did get the impression that it was more of a public school than the private school it was supposed to be.
Cassie and James were both memorable characters with pasts deeper than I had imagined. Truly, the climax of the story turned a little darker than I had expected, but in a good way. Unwritten Melody addressed some of the effects of grief and depression rather well, and since they are problems that have been rather close to my heart, I really appreciate how the author represented them. The strength and long-lastingness of those issues could have been emphasized a little more, but something like that can only take so much time in a single novel focused on romance.
I recommend this book to readers of teen romances, including fans of Porcelain Keys by Sarah Beard.
Enter for your chance to win the Unwritten Melody Prize Pack! Two winners will be selected and announced on Tessa’s blog the final day of tour (Friday, December 9th) and will be notified via email.
This prize pack includes…
· E-copy of Unwritten Melody
· Signed paperback copy of Purple Moon
· Unwritten Melody mug, filled with goodies
· Unwritten Melody swag, including a bookmark, pen, and poster
· Starbucks mocha flavored instant coffee
· Free Unwritten Melody: Page-By-Page Secrets PDF
· Handmade journal
· Typewritten thank you note
*This giveaway is open to the US only
Don’t miss the next blog tour stop! Be sure to visit the following blogs on its designated tour date. You can also email tessaemilyhall (at) gmail (dot) com and request to receive the Blog Tour Packet. At the end of the tour, Tessa will send you the downloadable PDF that will contain all of the content from each blog tour stop.
Tues., November 1 – Christ is Write
Wed., November 2 - Adriana Gabrielle Writes
Thurs., November 3 – The Depth of My Faith
Fri., November 4 - Sarah Ruut
Mon., November 7 – God is Love
Tues., November 8 – The Bibliophile Angel
Wed., November 9 - Emily Rachelle Writes
Thurs, November 10 – Word Changers For His Glory
Fri., November 11 – Christian Teen Book Reviews
Mon., November 14 – Phyllis Still
Tues., November 15 – In The Bookcase
Wed., November 16 – Girl Meets Publishing World
Thurs., November 17 - Anna Schaeffer
Fri., November 18 – Ramblings of a Writer
Mon., November 21 - Naomi and Books
Tues., November 22 – Reading is My Superpower
Wed., November 23 – Zerina Blossom’s Books
Thurs., November 24 - Jennifer Slattery Lives Out Loud
Fri., November 25 – Labor Not in Vain
Mon., November 28 - Barbara Bruitt
Tues., November 29 - Katy Kauffman
Wed., November 30 – Jen Pheobus
Thurs., December 1 – Northern Belle Meg
Fri., December 2 – 2Me From Him
Mon., December 5 - Nicole Quigley
Tues., December 6 – The Destiny of One
Wed., December 7 - Catherine Castle
Thurs., December 8 - Rachelle Rea Cobb
Fri., December 9 – Leslie L. Mckee
Thanks again for participating in the blog tour, Emily! Glad to hear that you enjoyed the book! =)ReplyDelete