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Title: The Sound of You
Series: Sound #1
Author: Annie Hughes
Release Date: March 31st, 2016.
Universal Link: myBook.to/TSOY
Hallie Clarke has been through the rumor mill so many times that she barely feels the sting of the lies anymore. With her impenetrable walls steady and in place, she leaves her infamous high school days behind and sets off for University of Michigan, with only her beat up, old guitar for company. Determined not to repeat past mistakes, Hallie vows to live her life differently and free from the rumors that can destroy a person so easily.
Or so she thinks.
It isn’t long before she attracts the attention of her too hot to handle neighbor, Nate Harris. She tries to fight her intense attraction to him, but with his sweet words and chiseled abs, her walls of ice begin to crumble around her. Hallie soon finds herself opening up to Nate, letting him into her world of music, and sharing secrets she swore she’d take to the grave.
The hot new romance causes more than a few heads to turn on campus, and old rumors begin to surface, threatening to pull them apart. Their connection is strong, but will it be enough to hold them together when the rumors take a dangerous turn?
Or will Hallie be left to fight it all alone?
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This is the first book by Annie Hughes that I’ve read, and I really enjoyed it.
The book’s told mostly from Hallie’s POV as she starts college. She’s closed off, strong willed, and determined to leave her past behind her. I admit, during the first few chapters, I was torn between wanting to hug and slap her. The way she kept pushing people away irritated the hell out of me, but as her past is revealed, I completely understood her thought process and the need to start afresh.
Codie, her roommate, sees Hallie for who she is and is determined for the two of them to become friends – and her loyalty to Hallie far surpasses first impressions.
These two characters are realistic and elicited real emotion from me. I could imagine myself hanging out with them. It’s relateability that I loved about them.
Then there’s Nate and his sidekick Ryan. At first the reader is led to believe that these two guys are walking, talking man whores, but they manage to worm their way into Hallie’s heart, and that of the reader.
While I enjoyed this book, it’s not quite a five star read because some parts of it slip into slight cliche territory – particularly Hallie’s character. It seemed that, despite her past, she can do no wrong and only thinks of others. This isn’t a bad thing by any means, I just felt sometimes that she was a little too good to be true.
The Sound of You is a solid start to the series, and even though it ends on a cliffhanger, it didn’t leave you wanting to rip the author’s head off. It’s a natural end to this part of the story and felt true to the characters. The book is well paced and never falls flat, and you find yourself rooting for each of the four main characters. I can’t wait for book 2. Hurry up Hughes and get it written!
About the Author:
Annie Hughes has been writing since she was a little girl, never leaving the house without a notebook. As a corporate stooge and single mother, she spends all of her free time reading, writing and drinking too much coffee (wine). Annie has a strong passion for the literary world and before writing her book, spent all of her time reviewing others. She also enjoys talking with all that read her book(s), her philosophy being that readers and authors are all part of the same world – a world where they are all enthusiastic about words.