May 31, 2012

Amplified by Tara Kelly

Release Date: October 25, 2011
Publisher: Henry Holt and Co.
Pages: 304
Series: n/a
Review Source: Library

Synopsis: (from Goodreads)
When privileged 17-year-old Jasmine gets kicked out of her house, she takes what is left of her savings and flees to Santa Cruz to pursue her dream of becoming a musician. Jasmine finds the ideal room in an oceanfront house, but she needs to convince the three guys living there that she's the perfect roommate and lead guitarist for their band, C-Side. Too bad she has major stage fright and the cute bassist doesn't think a spoiled girl from over the hill can hack it. . .

In this fresh new novel by critically acclaimed author Tara Kelly, Jasmine finds out what happens when her life gets Amplified.

My Thoughts:
I loved 'Harmonic Feedback', so I was really excited to read 'Amplified', especially when I kept reading such great reviews for it. 'Amplified' ended up being just as good as I expected, and a lot of fun to read. The band aspect of the book was awesome. Tara Kelly is basically synonymous with music in my mind because you can just tell how much she loves it by how she describes it. All of the band members were lively and fun, and I loved the friendship connection that occurred between Veta and Jasmine.

And then the romance... omigosh, the romance. Spine tingly connection!! I just have to squee about Sean and Jasmine, because I adored their automatic love/hate chemistry, the slow flirting and growing admiration into something more. I loved how it was swoony and realistic at the same time. There were real feelings there, but no rushing into declarations because of both characters dealing with real situations.

I just really loved this book. It kept me up late despite having to get up early for work, and really, what could be a better sign of a good book than that? ‘Amplified’ is a feel good music romp with an awesome romance aspect as well.

The Cover:
Love! Especially in person.


Find Amplified by Tara Kelly on Goodreads, Book Depository, & Amazon.


  1. YEAH!!! I loved this one too Ashley! I've reread it a bunch of times already because the romance just makes me smile:) And I got so nervous for her when she was on stage, I think I actually had to get up and walk away at one point. Loved it, glad you did as well!

  2. Oh this sounds good, especially since it's set in Santa Cruz! :D The cover is cute too.

  3. GAH! 4.5/5 stars- FROM YOU?!? So this is basically a must read! ;) I am really looking forward to this: I just have to squee about Sean and Jasmine, because I adored their automatic love/hate chemistry, the slow flirting and growing admiration into something more.

    1. I feel like the Simon Cowell of book blogging or something with the way people get so excited when they see anything above 4 stars from me, hahaha... =b

      I think I need to write a post about 5 star ratings and how I see ratings.

      Anyway, yessss I all kinds of adored Sean/Jasmine.

  4. I really enjoyed this one too. The romance progression felt very real. I saw on goodreads the author wants to write a sequel, which has me so excited! Great review! :)

    1. That is awesome!! I just went and read that blog and it makes me happy. =D

  5. Oh, I'm so happy you liked this book because I got it in my TBR pile!!
    :D it sounds so good. I love books with music

  6. Absolutely adored this one--recommended it to every single one of my students who asked for a good story. And they loved it, too. Wish this author would get the buzz she deserves.

    1. It definitely makes me a little sad when such awesome authors are relegated to middle list, when I don't feel like other more popular authors are near as talented.

  7. I play guitar so it's great to hear that you can tell from the writing how much the author appreciates and "gets" music. Plus, I love a good love/hate romantic spark when it's written well...have the feeling I might enjoy this one! Thanks for your thoughts, Ashley :)


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