About Olivia Rivers
Olivia Rivers is a hybrid author of Young Adult fiction. Her works include the independently published “Tortured Elements” and “Duplicity” series, along with the traditionally published novel “Tone Deaf” (Skyhorse 2016.) As a certified geek, she enjoys experimenting with new publishing technologies, and her online serials have received over 1,000,000 hits on Wattpad.com. When Olivia isn’t working as a writer, she’s a typical teen attending college in Northern California. Olivia is represented by Laurie McLean of Fuse Literary, and nothing thrills her more than hearing from readers.
Review by Suze
Ali is deaf, but she wasn't born that way. Before she lost her hearing she was a musical prodigy. Now she has to live in a world of silence. Being deaf isn't her only problem though. At home she struggles with something worse than not being able to hear. Her father is aggressive and because he's a cop nobody dares to stop him. When Ali has the chance to meet with Jace, the lead singer of the famous band Tone Deaf, she gets an opportunity she could never have dreamed of.
Jace is fighting his own demons. He might be a great musician, but he's also a player and he isn't very kind to his fans. At first he wants Ali to go away and leave him alone, but when he discovers her bruises he immediately changes his attitude and offers her exactly what she needs. Will it be a long-term solution or will Ali's father win his battle and mess things up for his daughter again?
Tone Deaf is a touching story about two damaged people who find comfort in one another. What happened to both Jace and Ali brought tears to my eyes. Olivia Rivers makes their experiences so real that I choked up several times while I was reading this book. I kept hoping they would find some happiness after all the misery they went through. What happened to them is shocking and it made me sad to read about their childhoods. I think Olivia Rivers has chosen a very important topic for her book and she used it to write a beautiful story with a strong message.
Tone Deaf is also a story about music. While Ali can't hear she will never completely lose her gift. Jace is a good musician and they can learn from each other. I enjoyed reading about the good times they had. Because of them the story isn't completely dark, there's a lot of love in different ways and most importantly, there's hope. I loved the balance and was glad that there was something to smile about after the tears. The heaviness alternated with lightness brings a good rhythm. I couldn't put this book down and read it in one sitting. Tone Deaf greatly impressed me, it's a fantastic emotional story.
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