Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Porcelain Keys - Sarah Beard (Review)


Porcelain Keys
by Sarah Beard

Genre: YA Contemporary Romance
Release Date: February 11th 2014
Cedar Fort Publishing & Media

My Rating: 4/5

Summary from Goodreads:

Aria's life is full of secrets--secrets about her mother's death, her father's cruelty, and her dream to go to Juilliard. When Aria meets Thomas, he draws out her secrets, captures her heart, and gives her the courage to defy her father. But when tragedy strikes and Thomas disappears, Aria is left alone to transform her broken heart's melody into something beautiful. Porcelain Keys is a captivating love story that will resonate long after the last page is turned.

 

Review


This was the first audiobook that I started and had a little trouble completing.  The story was very complex and had a lot of details so I would have to stop and absorb everything that was presented to me before continuing to listen.   I feel this would have been a much better book to read then to listen too so you could put the book down reflect and then keep reading.  

This book follows Aria who lost her mother at a young age and lives with her father now.   Aria’s father has a drinking problem that turns into abuse since he seems so upset about the loss of this wife.  Aria runs away one night to her normal hiding spot and meets Thomas.  Thomas is a young boy who is the same age as Aria living next door with his parents.  Thomas’s grandfather had passed away and they were working on fixing his house to sell it.  Aria and Thomas have almost an instant connection.  

The story is completely told from Aria’s point of view, which I did enjoy, but I do find a small fault in this.  I kind of wish we got a back and forth between Thomas and Aria.  I felt like Aria had so many emotions I would have loved to get Thomas’s feelings since he had such a complex situation just like Aria.  

Aria is an extremely strong and dedicated to anything she puts her mind too.  Aria throws her life into everything she does, I love that about a person when they are so dedicated.  Thomas on the other hand comes off more mysterious of a character.  We get bits and pieces of his life and then we honestly get a completed picture of him right at the end of the book.  

The book deals with a lot of big topics and I feel does a pretty good job with them.   First is the abuse that Aria gets from her father.  This is a topic that does come up throughout the book and we really do get to see a lot of how Aria deals with it.  I like that it wasn’t just rushed over or forgotten.  Also, the idea of losing a parent so young.  We can see all the pain that Aria is still experiencing from losing her mother.   Another topic the author did a great job with was young love and how emotional it can be.  I think the author did an amazing job with the relationship she created between Aria and Thomas she really tugged on my emotions with the two of them.

The story itself is very complex I feel like we get to see a large chunk of time told through Aria’s eyes, which is great, but sometimes I felt like I wasn’t sure how much more I could take.   So much happens in the story that makes you really appreciate family.   The author did an amazing job with this story and the ending left me so happy I was glad I could take this journey with Aria.   

I would suggest this as a nighttime read.  I felt there were very natural stopping points in this book and also it presented a lot of information sometimes it took time to digest exactly what was going on. 

I received a copy of this audio book from YA Bound Tours for the purpose of providing an honest review.  This does not affect my opinion of this book.


About the Author
Sarah Beard is the author of YA novels PORCELAIN KEYS and BEYOND THE RISING TIDE. She earned a degree in communications from the University of Utah and is currently pursuing an MFA in creative writing from VCFA. When she's not writing, she referees wrestling matches between her three boys and listens to audiobooks while folding self-replicating piles of laundry. She is a breast cancer survivor, a baker of sweets, a seeker of good love stories, a composer of melancholy music, and a traveler who wishes her travel budget was much bigger. She lives with her husband and children in the shadow of the beautiful Wasatch Mountains. You can follow Sarah on twitter at @authorsarahb, or atfacebook.com/authorsarahbeard.

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