Arc review – The sound of us by Julie Hammerle

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June 5, 2016 by ceresbooksworld

the sounds of us


The sound of us by Julie Hammerle

Publisher: Entangled Teen

Publication Date: June 7th, 2016

Source: eArc from the publisher

Rating: 2 hearts




Synopsis (from goodreads)

Kiki Nichols might not survive music camp.

She’s put her TV-loving, nerdy self aside for one summer to prove she’s got what it takes: she can be cool enough to make friends, she can earn that music scholarship, and she can get into Krause University’s music program.

Except camp has rigid conduct rules—which means her thrilling late-night jam session with the hot drummer can’t happen again, even though they love all the same TV shows, and fifteen minutes making music with him meant more than every aria she’s ever sung.

But when someone starts snitching on rule breakers and getting them kicked out, music camp turns into survival of the fittest. If Kiki’s going to get that scholarship, her chance to make true friends—and her chance with the drummer guy—might cost her the future she wants more than anything.


Kiki is a TV-Addict, she’s a nerd and she had only one friend, Beth, who betrayed her. Now, she’s alone and she’s accepted to a music camp where she will learn Opera. There is seven scholarships to win and Kiki needs one.

The atmosphere inside the camp is rather particular, there are not only students of voice, and there are also sportsmen and musicians. Inside the voice students, this is worst; there is a mole, someone who wants this scholarship so badly that he will repeat all the people who are breaking the rules.

I don’t really like Kiki, she’s doesn’t have friend and that’s not what disturbs me. She’s doesn’t know what she wants, I don’t think she will be a great opera singer, she’s good at writing song and singing but she knows almost nothing about opera. I find her really selfish and I don’t like her reactions with Jack. He is nice with her, the attraction between them is intense, yes but he has never do anything more. I don’t understand her reaction, yes she’s angry with him, he didn’t tell her everything but he didn’t promise her anything either. And she’s doing a thing that will put all the voice students at risk, just because she’s angry about a guy. Everyone is telling her that it’s a mistake but she didn’t listen, at list at the end she’s assuming her part in the problems.

Jack is a great guy, he is at the camp for golf but he is also a drummer, I like him he is attracted by Kiki but it remains platonic. Yes I wanted them to be together but in the meantime, Kiki kiss another boy and she has the nerve to be angry to him while he promised nothing to her and while he never told her that he wanted to go out with her. I didn’t tell that all he’s doing is right but it’s not the jackass everyone wants him to be.

The nice thing is the Opera part, the students absolutely have to remain concentrated and learn songs in all the languages. It was interesting to see them studying so much for their passion, especially Brie.

I don’t like the professor, he’s not a very good man, I understand his motives, and he wants to give the scholarship to people who deserves it and who will live for Opera and no other things. But if there is a mole it’s just because of him.

There is only two kiss in the book and the romance is not magical at all.

The writing style is good and the story is not bad, it’s just that I don’t like the characters except for Brie and Jack.

Quick word: a story with an opera camp that could have been better.

About the author

Julie Hammerle is the author of The Sound of Us, which will be published by Entangled Teen on June 7, 2016. Before settling down to write “for real,” she studied opera, taught Latin, and held her real estate license for one hot minute. Currently, she writes about TV on her blog Hammervision, ropes people into conversations about Game of Thrones, and makes excuses to avoid the gym. Her favorite YA-centric TV shows include 90210 (original spice), Felicity, and Freaks and Geeks. Her iPod reads like a 1997 Lilith Fair set list.

She lives in Chicago with her husband, two kids, and a dog. They named the dog Indiana.

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