Arc Review – Tone Deaf by Olivia Rivers


April 1, 2016 by ceresbooksworld



Tone Deaf by Olivia Rivers

Publisher: SkyHorse Publishing

Publication Date: May 3rd, 2016

Source: eArc from the publisher

Rating: 5 hearts




Synopsis (from goodreads)

His world is music. Her world is silent.

Ali Collins was a child prodigy destined to become one of the greatest musicians of the twenty-first century—until she was diagnosed with a life-changing brain tumor. Now, at seventeen, Ali lives in a soundless world where she gets by with American Sign Language and lip-reading. She’s a constant disappointment to her father, a retired cop fighting his own demons, and the bruises are getting harder to hide.

When Ali accidentally wins a backstage tour with the chart-topping band Tone Deaf, she’s swept back into the world of music. Jace Beckett, the nineteen-year-old lead singer of the band, has a reputation. He’s a jerk and a player, and Ali wants nothing to do with him. But there’s more to Jace than the tabloids let on. When Jace notices Ali’s bruises and offers to help her escape to New York, Ali can’t turn down the chance at freedom and a fresh start. Soon she’s traveling cross-country, hidden away in Jace’s RV as the band finishes their nationwide tour. With the help of Jace, Ali sets out to reboot her life and rediscover the music she once loved.


This book is a story of hope, hope for deaf people, abuse child and rock star.

Ali is deaf but not since her birth, she knows what it is to hear people, music or wind. Her life was not easy, seeing people look at her like she’s a monster or an idiot, losing her mother and living with her father is not easy. She is a very strong girl who has to deal with some horrible things. Fortunately, she has a best friend, Avery, she can tell her everything, she also have a dream and want to make it happens.

Jace is a rockstar, he’s writing songs for his group, Tone Deaf, and he is the lead singer. His past is bad and awful and he has some issues, his real family is the band, Arrow, Killer and Jon. At first he is awful with Ali but when he understands what she’s been through, he became more caring. He must deal with his past and he knows who to recognize signs of child abuse.

I appreciate seeing Ali and Jace struggles with their feelings, they are both broken, they have some issue with letting people near them but together they will face the problem.

The members of the group are very interesting, Arrow is Jace’s cousin and he knows everything about him. Killer is Arrow’s boyfriend and he is very smart and funny, he loves Doctor Who. I like him a lot, he’s always saying smart things. And Jon had seen Jace in his bad days and took care of him.

I really enjoyed this book, the subject is very interesting and Olivia Rivers had done a good job with the characters. They are damaged but they still have hope, I like the fact that this story even if it’s a sad story can bring joy and happiness. The romance between Ali and Jace evolves slowly and as they are broken, they must learn to trust each other before thinking about love. I also like the friendship between the members of Tone Deaf, they are protecting each others even if they aren’t always agree.

I would love to see this book adapted in a movie because ASL in a book is just wrote in italic. ASL language is important so if you know deaf people it would be great to learn it.

Olivia Rivers has created two beautiful people, she gives them a life and they are very realistic. Her writing style is good and this book is a very fast read, when you begin, you can drop it.

Tone Deaf is a beautiful story of hope, friendship and trust.

About the author

Olivia Rivers is a hybrid author of Young Adult fiction. Her works include the independently published “Tortured Elements” and “Duplicity” series, along with the traditionally published novel “Tone Deaf” (Skyhorse 2016.) As a certified geek, she enjoys experimenting with new publishing technologies, and her online serials have received over 1,000,000 hits on When Olivia isn’t working as a writer, she’s a typical teen attending college in Northern California. Olivia is represented by Laurie McLean of Fuse Literary, and nothing thrills her more than hearing from readers.


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9 thoughts on “Arc Review – Tone Deaf by Olivia Rivers

  1. Syndrigast says:

    Really excited to read this book. It’s a very different sort of story than I would usually read but I’m sure it’s amazing.

  2. Oh, I’d love to read this book! It just sounds amazing!! I need to know the story of Ali and Jace <3!!

  3. zeynii says:

    I want this book because it seems interesting and I’m currently looking for a lot of good reads. And I think this will be one of them.

  4. zeyniidara says:

    I want this book because it seems interesting and I feel like I will connect to the characters as I myself is a music lover as well. I’m actually currently looking for good reads and it seems like this book will be it!

  5. Chiara says:

    I’d love to read this book since I’m a music lover and I couldn’t imagine my life without it, or without the ability to hear, so I’m really intrested in seeing how the protagonist face her struggles, even though is not the kind of book I usually read

  6. Nicole O says:

    I would REALLY love to read this book! Just from reading the synopsis and your review of it, I already can connect to Ali. While my story is a bit different from Ali’s I know how much your life can change in an instant after becoming sick and how that can completely alter your plans and disappoint those around you. Tone Deaf sounds like a beautiful story and I would love the opportunity to read it!

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