Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Book Review: Virtuosity

Now is not the time for Carmen to fall in love. And Jeremy is hands-down the wrong guy for her to fall for. He is infuriating, arrogant, and the only person who can stand in the way of Carmen getting the one thing she wants most: to win the prestigious Guarneri competition. Carmen's whole life is violin, and until she met Jeremy, her whole focus was winning. But what if Jeremy isn't just hot...what if Jeremy is better?

Carmen knows that kissing Jeremy can't end well, but she just can't stay away. Nobody else understands her—and riles her up—like he does. Still, she can't trust him with her biggest secret: She is so desperate to win she takes anti-anxiety drugs to perform, and what started as an easy fix has become a hungry addiction. Carmen is sick of not feeling anything on stage and even more sick of always doing what she’s told, doing what's expected.

Sometimes, being on top just means you have a long way to fall....

Goodreads: 4/5 stars

**ARC Courtesy of Simon & Schuster’s Galley Grab

My Review:

I wasn’t sure what to expect when reading Virtuosity, but I was pleasantly pleased with the outcome. As a newbie when it comes to playing the violin, I was so intrigued with the concept of this novel. It’s not every day the YA genre presents a contemporary book filled with nothing but music. Normally, any novels I read incorporate music here and there, but don’t actually center on the subject.

Carmen eats and breathes being a virtuoso. She has fame in the form of fans and CDs, and worldwide recognition as being a child prodigy. So all she has left is to win the coveted Guarneri competition.

Enter Jeremy. He’s also a virtuoso and has fame, and, like Carmen, wants to win the Guarneri competition for his family.

When Carmen spies on Jeremy, he takes full advantage of the situation. But the more these two hang out, the more they realize that they’re falling for each other. With the competition drawing closer, the tension has never been so substantial, the stakes have never been more important, and music has never been played like this.

Overall, if you like a book that focuses on music and the characters that create it, then you’ll love this. I know I did. :)


  1. I look forward to reading this one. Thanks for the review!

  2. No problem! I thought it was really enjoyable. Different from what I normally read.


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