FICTION/Paranormal Romance [Young Adult]
978-1-60065-010-9 • Melinda R. Morgan • Paperback • 5½" x 8½" • 456 pages • APR 2012 • $11.95
The cold rain drummed the memory of the horrible crash into my mind—mom dead, my hand ruined. Then a year later, coming out of a coma to realize my full-ride scholarship was gone and I'd never play the piano again. But the worst of it was nobody believed me—the voices, someone holding me in the mangled car, mom being ripped away from me.
So here I am in Anderson, Wyoming, living with Uncle Connor while Dad's on assignment in Europe. School started and I met Jonathan, amazingly handsome Jonathan. He made me feel like life was beginning again—until I discovered that mom's death wasn't an accident, that a supernatural realm was trying to draw me into a coterie hundreds of years old, and that a close friend wanted to destroy me.
Not the easiest way to begin my senior year….
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I am thrilled to be reviewing Etude by Melinda Morgan. I instantly loved Beth, and had compassion for her challenges. Being a pianist myself, I enjoyed the sweet way Jonathan got Beth to play again. Mrs. Morgan unfolded the story beautifully. There are so many amazing scenes throughout the book that I could not choose just one as my favorite; when Beth and Jonathan play Moonlight Sonata, anytime she is with Carl, and her tutoring of Justin are just a few. The recital was fabulous!!!!!!! I had to read it twice just to enjoy it again. I am so glad there was not drama between Beth and Jonathan. There is just enough scary to keep me wondering what is really going on without keeping me up at night with nightmares. Etude is a beautifully written story. The teaser at the end left me hanging and I am anxiously waiting for Intermezzo to be released.
I just finished reading this book for the third time. Each time I read it, I find something new to think about. That rarely happens when I read a young adult novel. The characters in Melinda Morgan's story are not the typical characters one always finds in a YA novel. Let me back up by stating that yes, there is the troubled girl in search of answers, the supernatural boy that charms her, the best friend who is kind of different, and your typical comic relief character (missing in many YA books). However, in Morgan's book, each character has a life that is separate from the character's, and each could spin off a book all their own. In most YA books the secondary characters exist primarily to drive the plot of the story. In Etude, the main character seems to "jump into" the secondary character's lives with real-life interactions that are unique to the character and separate from the main thrust of the story. In my opinion, this gives the book much more depth and complexity. … I highly recommend this book to any age reader who is looking for a book where they can fall in love with the characters and a story that will leave you inspired and wanting more.
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I recommend that you spend some time with Etude; I think you will find it to be time well spent!
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…This is one novel I couldn't put down, even though I wanted to cover my eyes and only peep at it a few times. At the conclusion, I was ready to scream, "Isn't the next one out yet?"
Melinda R. Morgan has a way with visual imagery that most authors only dream about. I could see, feel, taste and hear every last terrifying note played out in her remarkable novel, Étude.
Would I recommend Étude to others? After my glowing review, you need to ask?
… Morgan said she can't describe the feelings that came over her when the first printed copy of the book arrived at her home.
"I open the book now and I read something and I think 'I wrote that,'" she said. "I don't know that I can wrap my head around it and think I'm a published author." …
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This is a very well written book. The characters are nicely developed, so that they are three dimensional and seem to be real. As the story progresses the situations that the characters find themselves in are realistic, as are their reactions to them. The landscape of this story is rich in detail and pops off the page.
The one problem that I had with the story was the sex. No, nothing intimate happened; however if young adults or teenagers behaved in such a manner, they would be seeing the Bishop and having some serious discussions. Morgan did show that it is best to wait until marriage to be intimate and that it is the responsibility of both individuals to have a say in when sex happens.
I enjoyed the book and am looking forward to the next book. I will be reading it to get off of this cliff that Morgan has left readers on. As a mother, I would caution parents to read the book first or with their child, or to have a candid discussion about the powerful feelings that come with strong relationships which, if not controlled, could lead to all sorts of problems.
Over all, I found Etude to be a nice page turner. I was eager to find out what sort of being Jonathan was and see the truth revealed to Beth. There was a death that made me want to bawl and I had to work hard to keep the tears at bay so I could keep reading (Making the reader cry is always a good sign.) The cover is simple yet elegant (much like Grace. lol) The ending was a nice cliffhanger and I will definitely buy book 2 when it's released. I give Etude 4 stars.
So I received this book a week or two ago. I finally finished it. It only took me the two weeks because of school work (stupid school). If I didn't have that I would have finished Étude in one night. Form the start, the book was captivating. I put all others aside and focused on only Étude. Melinda has a way with words (hence why she is the author and not me). Since picking up Étude I have played only classical music wherever I go. I recieved the ARC copy of the book and as much as I dislike marking up my ARC books I just couldn't help it. Each chapter is has highlights of words to live by, question bublles, and the imagery Melinda Morgan uses. Having an ARC of this book makes it all the more easier to tell my friends to go by the published version and support your authors.
Étude has changed my outlook on what I believed crippled people could do. Though the adding of immortality is involved the book would have still been amazing without it. The immoratlity adds a little extra spice that leaves a reader turning pages.
When I reached then end of Étude, I slowly closed the book and sighed. Not because it was over, but because I was in desperate need to have the second book. I have only felt that pull for the Harry Potter series. So now I sit, waiting for second book to be released—secretly hoping I can somehow get an ARC copy of Book 2.
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The world as we know it can be quickly shattered and changed. Étude
is a novel following Beth Arrington, a high school senior preparing to face the real world, as she moves to a small Wyoming town. As she begins enraptured with romance and music, her happiness seems short lived as the reaper circles overhead and brings truth about her life to her. Étude
is the first entry into the supernatural Birthright Legacy series for young adults, and proves to be an intriguing and recommended read.
I have never read a book which combined so effectively the complexities of loss, music as power to heal, the deep questions of why we age and die or not, finite versus infinite treatment of experiencing time with the age-old battle of good versus evil and a great love story. Cannot wait to read the next in the series. Good work, Ms. Morgan!
I just finished Étude,
and it was incredible. I really hope I won't have too wait too long to find out what happens to Beth and Jonathan!
The story was richer than I remembered it. For those who compared it to Twilight, yes, it does have supernatural elements and a young girl moving to a small town and falling in love with a young man who plays piano, but your story was richer and more thought provoking than Twilight. While I enjoyed reading all of the Twilight novels, they were light, fun reads. Étude kept me thinking, wondering, considering the scientific and spiritual possibilities mentioned in the story. I spent two evenings reading the book until 3 AM and even then I fell asleep thinking about the characters and the complexity of the story.
I also feel that while both Twilight and Étude feature a piano song that is central to the main character's relationship, the use of music was more background in Twilight, while in Étude it is an extremely important part of the bond between Jonathan and Beth. I was genuinely interested in the musical terminology and history that was interwoven in the story.
I have my copy proudly displayed on our bookshelf with my other favorite books. I look forward to discussing the novel with my friends.