Keeping the Beat by Marie Powell & Jeff Norton

Challenge #40 ~ “A book published in 2017.”


★ ★ ★ ★ ☆

My opinion in three sentences:

If you’re looking for a strong YA novel, Keeping the Beat is certainly one that would fit the bill (after you get past a rather choppy timeline at the start). Powell & Norton redeem this blunder, however, with an array of realistic, strong characters – a feat in itself when the five main characters are all female teenage girls with a passion for music.

(Without ruining anything) The best bit:

Once again I have to applaud the characters. It’s a pitfall many authors have made trying a setting or plot that gives a host of similar characters – either some merge into very similar people, or they start to become a little unrealistic. Not with Keeping the Beat, however – each is unique and each is plausible.

A warning for the book:

If you’re going into Keeping the Beat from the blurb alone and thinks it’s going to be a delectable murder investigation, I’d think again. In an unusual twist of things, the murder is actually a simple plot device to start the story, and instead Powell & Norton weave an explanatory tale rather than a post-event investigation. Not that that’s a bad thing at all – it worked well, it’s just better to be a bit wiser about this going into the novel (I feel it may help make the beginning a little easier.)

Recommended for fans of:

  • The Vault of Dreamers by Caragh M. O’Brien
  • All Unquiet Things by Anna Jarzab
  • Truth or Dare by Jacqueline Green


N.B. This ebook was received from NetGalley in return for a reflective and honest review.


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