Monday, January 14, 2013

Review: Skid Out by Ann Marie Frohoff

  • Publish Date: September 11th, 2011
  • Pages: 46
  • Source: Ebook provided by Lady Reader's Book Stuff for review
Purchase: Amazon

A novella prequel to the edgy Heavy Influence Trilogy about young, intense and reckless love between a rising rock star and his younger muse. Follow their journey through temptation, deception & forbidden love.

17 year old high school senior, Jake Masters, front man of a rising rock band, finds new interest in his younger freshman next door neighbor Alyssa Montgomery. Their relationship breaks hearts; stirs jealousy and band infighting. When they’re brought to new found awareness of body and soul, will rightful boundaries be crossed? Will the right decisions and choices, which are detrimental to the band and its future, be made through the haze of infatuation? Will Jake’s absences on the road lead to another filling his shoes? Jake and Alyssa’s lifelong friendships are strained and tested; secrets are kept, admitted and shared. Family bonds are broken, as others grow stronger. Who knew a first love could cause so many problems? Then again, in their eyes, there are no problems as long as they’re together. In the end, will his new found muse bring down everything he’s worked so hard to achieve or will she inspire positive creative change; that will carry him and his band to stardom.

*Included in the purchase price, this novella comes with an original song as printed on the pages of the book. To receive your Mp3 download of "Transpose" by Bad Suns, please email your order receipt number to: heavyinfluencetrilogy@gmail.com and it will be promptly sent! Thank you!



My Thoughts

This was a really quick read that I enjoyed a lot. Jake is in a band that seems to be going places and it's the summer before his senior year of high school. This novella lets us get to know Jake a little and also his neighbor Alyssa. I really liked each of the characters and thought that it was a good set up to go into the first book in the Heavy Influence trilogy. We get music, a little bit of drama, and a first look at what I think is going to be a fantastic romance.

Jake is a singer in a band. He's gorgeous, funny, and charming. The band is going places, in fact they will be recording with a major producer and going on tour. Jake has his hands a bit full though with Rachel. She has been his friend forever, but in a drunken stupor he gave into her advances and now she thinks that they are something more. I really wished that he would just man up and tell her that he doesn't like her and it's never going to happen between them, but he's only 17 and I can understand where he is coming from. He also now has noticed that little Alyssa has grown up and he is taking an interest in her. 

Alyssa is fun. She seems to have no filter when it comes to keeping her thoughts in and it's super entertaining. It's funny because although she has been crushing on Matt, she never really thought of herself as boy crazy. Now it seems as though her hormones are in overdrive. (Which they probably are) She is totally into Jake and she doesn't know how to stop it. A boy who she used to spend time with all the time is now a hot budding rock star and she can't help but want him. I do really respect her feelings for her friend who is really into Jake too, but the sneaking is only going to backfire and I think she should just come clean about it.

It's amazing that such a short story can give so much. I really felt like I was starting to get to know these characters pretty well and I need to know more. I want more Jake and Alyssa. I think that since they have been friends it will make a great relationship. Here's to hoping there's not too many obstacles that stand in their way.






I also have a video for Transpose, the song that Jake writes at the end of this novella.




What do you think? I like it and I am super excited to read the first book in the Heavy Influence series.

17 comments:

  1. Hmm, never heard of this book but I like emotional reads. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. For a short story this sure gave a lot. I can't wait for more!

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  2. I've never heard of this one before, but I have to say I am impressed with how much the author got you sucked in for so little pages! That takes skill! I love books that have to do with music, so I think I could really enjoy this. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. I think you would like this Jenni. Like I said, it's just a short story, but you learn a lot about the characters. I need more.

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  3. Yay!! I loved Skid Out and could not believe how much Annie got into that short books! I'm dying to readcFirat Kiss, I've been waiting nearly a YEAR!!

    Great review!

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    1. It was so excellent. It's exactly what a prequel novella should be. It totally has me interested in where the story is going.

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  4. Love when short stories don't disappoint! I've read a ton that were so bad, it mad my brain hurt!

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    1. This one is really good. I really enjoyed it.

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  5. OMG...I can't wait for First Kiss! Andrea made me read this one right after she did last year and I fell in love with it.

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    1. I can't wait to read First Kiss. I'm glad that I only read this just now so the wait isn't so long.

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  6. I've heard a little about this one but I'm not sure that I've read any reviews. Sounds like a good one to get busy reading so I'll be ready for the first official book. Awesome review!

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    1. It's a super quick read too. Very easy to fit in. I loved how much we got out of such a short story.

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  7. Oh, I hadn't heard of this one--sounds like it could be fun. Thanks for the heads up!

    Wendy @ The Midnight Garden

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    1. It was really fun. I love when short stories really let you know the characters like this one did.

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  8. Great review Amy! I haven't heard of this one before but definitely interested now. It sounds like a story I would enjoy and I love quick reads. I also love stories that have characters that play music!

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    1. I know that you love stories with music. I definitely think this would be something you would like.

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  9. I really like short stories that deliver whole stories! Glad you liked it and thanks for sharing.

    Valerie

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