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Virtuosity by Jessica Martinez

Virtuosity by Jessica Martinez
Publication Date: October 18, 2011
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Pages: 304 (egalley)
Source: S&S Galley Grab
Buy the Book: Amazon | Book Depository

Summary via Goodreads:

Now is not the time for Carmen to fall in love. And Jeremy is hands-down the wrong guy for her to fall for. He is infuriating, arrogant, and the only person who can stand in the way of Carmen getting the one thing she wants most: to win the prestigious Guarneri competition. Carmen’s whole life is violin, and until she met Jeremy, her whole focus was winning. But what if Jeremy isn’t just hot…what if Jeremy is better?
Carmen knows that kissing Jeremy can’t end well, but she just can’t stay away. Nobody else understands her–and riles her up–like he does. Still, she can’t trust him with her biggest secret: She is so desperate to win she takes anti-anxiety drugs to perform, and what started as an easy fix has become a hungry addiction. Carmen is sick of not feeling anything on stage and even more sick of always doing what she’s told, doing what’s expected.
Sometimes, being on top just means you have a long way to fall….

This book is definitely one of the best I’ve read this year!

WOW. First of all, Jessica Martinez’s writing was completely mesmerizing and just engaging and the way she executed every emotion in this spectacular debut left me breathless.

The characters are all richly developed and realistic with distinct voices and strong individuality. Carmen is such an amazing character and I felt emotionally invested in her. She’s very tangible and relatable as well in some ways. With all the pressure and smothering she’d been through, I was amazed on how she wisely handled and got through it. Her relationship with Jeremy was so exciting and really romantic! Jeremy is a smart and reserved guy with a really amazing talent like Carmen. And like Carmen, I found myself wondering if Jeremy’s feelings are for real or just plain strategy. Their relationship was just beautiful and definitely breath-taking. I love all of the characters because they are all very effective but my most favorite was Clark, Carmen’s stepfather. This is the first time for me to pay so much attention on a supporting character. Why? Clark is such a sweet and wonderful father. He cares and loves Carmen unconditionally despite her flaws and all and he was always there for her.

I seriously loved everything about the book. Just everything. Virtuosity is a story filled with raw emotions and burning passion. This is the kind of book that can make the readers’ emotions surface because it was very easy to connect with the characters and I love, love books like that. Plus, look at that stunning cover!

Virtuosity is an absolute MUST-READ! I’m giving this 5 out of 5 stars and I strongly recommend this wonderful book to all YA Contemps readers, add this on your wishlist or reading list. I also recommend this to all readers out there who wants a great story about love, music and passion this book is perfect for you!

6 Comments

  • Damp

    Well the summary seems to be pretty ordinary, but hope there should be something special in it. Because Jessica Martinez is a well known author. So will really looking forward to the release in October. Thanks for the information.

  • Bedding Sets

    Well I have gone through with some of the publication of Jessica Martinez, she always comes up with a message for the readers. So definitely looking forward to experience the “Virtuosity”

  • Sara

    This is such an enthusiastic review that I'm finding myself excited to try this book – and I've never read anything by Martinez before. I might get it for a friend who plays violin (and then sneakily borrow it off her later).
    I saw your blog over at the 100 books challenge on Book Chick City – you are doing so many challenges, it's insane. Admiration!

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