Hello everyone! Hope everyone is enjoying the sunny weather (or not if you’re me and are greeted with rain most days… perfect weather for reading though!)
Today I am reviewing a YA author requested book- ‘The All-stars: Teen Rock Sensation’, the first book by author Sydney Faith. Thank you Sydney for asking me to review your book!
I have to say it has been a while since I have read a Young Adult (YA) novel and I was super excited to get stuck in! I have been engrossing myself with an abundance of crime novels as it was crime month in June! Hope you enjoyed that! So the fact I was asked to read a YA book was very refreshing!
The book revolves around the character of Ro and how she became the sixth member of the notorious band ‘The All-stars’ and her relationship with the rest of the band. I was a little sceptical of the plot as I thought it would be a sort of ‘fan-fictiony’ teen girls screaming book but I was pleasantly surprised. The plot was well thought-out and the characters each had their own individual uniqueness. Ro is a sweet but fiery redhead with a strong and focused personality. She has a wonderful relationship with her younger sister and extended family but most of all, her passion lies with music.
After a chance encounter with the band before a concert, Ro and her family become friends with them and get up to all sorts of mischief in addition to some quite serious and mature plot lines. It’s a very good balance between the two! Not too sickly-sweet but not too serious for a fun and quirky story.
Ro’s feelings for singer Dylan is also a really sweet teen-romance. ‘Will they, wont they’ springs to mind but the whole story didn’t revolve around romance (which I liked) because I enjoyed how Ro’s friendship with Chloe progressed in addition to the other bandmates. At times I wasn’t sure how to connect with Ro but that may have just been personal preference- she’s confident and fiery (neither I would have described myself as at that age) but that didn’t mean I didn’t enjoy her as a protagonist. I think she was a perfect fit for the book and worked well with the other characters. As for the side plots, they connected well with the themes of the book and created a wonderful feel-good teen story.
Furthermore, I liked how this story of fame wasn’t one sided- it also showed the downside to being famous. Ro’s struggle to come to terms with the paparazzi and the band not really having a private life was spot on and not just a ‘day-dreamer’ fantasy where every aspect was perfect. In addition, the pressures of the band under their manager also caught my attention. What I am trying to say is that I think this book really touches on some real-life pressures and issues, especially living in the spotlight from an early age. It really made this story standout!
SPOILERS IN THIS PARAGRAPH… GO TO SECTIONED TITLED ‘RECOMMENDATION’
I have to say there are a few things I would have liked a little more detail on. Firstly when Ro explains about the car accident I thought she was going to keep having flashbacks and progress with confidence throughout the novel but it wasn’t really mentioned again. Secondly, I am not entirely convinced by Dylan and Ro’s relationship as they were asked to be ‘fake-together’ and I thought they would be a ‘real’ couple at the end of the novel but it is never said what is real and what is for the cameras. There are a few loose ends with the novel too like what happens to Sadie? Did she stay with her brother or did her Maggie make a full recovery? Also what happens to Lindsay and Sasha? Did Hunter ever see her again? Does Seth actually become a nicer manager? All I can say is I think I am kept guessing because there is room for a second novel I believe! I would love there to be as I really enjoyed the first and don’t want to say goodbye to these characters just yet!
I think had I not been asked to review this book I may not have read it but I am so glad I did! It just goes to show you may be surprised enjoying a book with a different genre that you usually read! I think Faith is definitely the author to watch! I would recommend to those who want a good summer read, your usual YA enthusiasts or someone like me who loves all genres but wants to read something refreshing! To sum up, I would say this book is ‘an all-round feel-good read that captures a teenager’s passion for music and how to not only follow your heart, but to find yourself in the process’.
Thank you Sydney Faith, I loved reviewing your book and look forwards to your future novels!
Here’s how to get your hands on a copy:
Oh, and here is the trailer for the book:
Yes, that’s right, I said trailer! You can find Sydney on her YouTube channel she shares with her sister… ‘The Sassy Sister Show’
Thanks for taking the time out of your busy day to read this review! It means a lot to me and the authors I review for. Till next time… Happy reading! Lx
I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.