With few friends and fewer hopes, Cameron Foster is consistently bullied at school. He finds solace with his battered guitar. He is as skilled with it as Harry Potter is with a wand. Into his life enters a mysterious woman in her late twenties, clad in black leather, like a reincarnated Joan Jett. She observes him, soon rocking his world. But tragedy strikes and Cameron winds up under the influence of a strange and reclusive billionaire. Has he landed in a deadly secret cult? He struggles to find out before it’s too late.–from the blurb about Gods of Sound
When this book first crossed my path, I was super excited about it. The description sounded like a lot of fun, and who doesn’t love a good dose of rock ‘n’ roll?
And in the end, Gods of Sound did not disappoint me! It was a great, fun read; basically, just what I needed this past week. But keep reading to find out more about why I liked this one in my full review for Gods of Sound.
Firstly, the plot of this book is, overall, great. I loved how Schaffer carried out the coming of age story arc and all the associated themes. Plus, the plot had an overall good flow; the different events and plot points built one on top of the other in a nice sequence.
Admittedly, there were a couple of odd scenes and points where the story dragged a bit. Most notably, the climax was a bit rushed, though the shocking twist at the end sort of canceled that out. But there weren’t many of these, and they didn’t take away from my enjoyment of the book as a whole.
As for the characters, I really liked them, too. Cameron, the main character and narrator, was incredibly interesting. He had a lot of different nuances and facets to his personality; also, I found the way he reacted to certain situations and events interesting. There was a lot to enjoy about the other characters, too. They didn’t receive as much attention or development as Cameron, obviously, but they still contributed to making this an interesting, exciting story. Though, I do wish they’d been fleshed out a little more.
Moving on from the characters and plot, though, I do want to talk about the fantastical elements in this book. The abilities possessed by each of the members of this group were fascinating; the entire premise was just such a unique idea! One that I really enjoyed, of course. And even though we don’t always get the nitty-gritty, detailed explanation of how things work, Schaffer always does an excellent job at suspending disbelief.
All in all, I do recommend reading this one! I think I would have absolutely loved this when I was younger; it’s a lot of fun, with a full cast of compelling characters and an exciting plot that takes readers on a thrilling journey. Despite a few problems, the good definitely outweighs the bad. Honestly, although this is definitely best for readers in grade or middle school, I think it would be enjoyable for just about anyone. So, although
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