(Mini) Book Review: Melophobia by James Morris


Melophobia by James Morris

Published by Kindle Press on September 22, 2015

Genres: Science Fiction, Dystopia

Pages: 265– ebook,

Format: ebook

Source: Author (James Morris)


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Melophobia: fear or hatred of music.

The time—now; the place—America, but in a world where the government controls all forms of art and creativity. Any music sowing the seeds of anarchy is banned—destroyed if found—its creators and listeners harshly punished.

Merrin Pierce works as an undercover Patrol officer assigned to apprehend a fugitive musician who threatens the safe fabric of society, only to confront everything she thought to be true – her values, upbringing, job, and future.

Can love survive in a world without music?



*Huge thanks to the author, James Morris, for providing me with a copy for an honest review.*

It took me quite a while to get into the first 10% of this book, but soon after that, I really flew through the pages. I was done before I knew it, and I needed more. For me, this book had everything – from music to intrigue to romance. Everything about the way the book was written was just practically flawless.

The premise, however, was what really drew me in. It’s about an alternative dystopian world where music is illegal and believed to be, not a form of art or creativity, but a sower of anarchy. Merrin Pierce, our main character, is an undercover Patrol officer who arrests music fugitives and other music-lovers/rebels who are perceived to be a threat to society’s mold, spending her time busting concerts, raves, and underground parties. She is assigned one final mission to rid the world of music – find “The Source”, an unknown person who connects all the branches of music’s genres with his own talent. On this search, Merrin soon starts to doubt herself and slowly fall in love with music; romance blossoms and music is in the air.

The first thing I’d like to discuss is how this was an extremely well-executed book. It’s obvious the author knows what he’s talking about, which is such a refreshing change from other half-assed books out there. Everything was very original, creative, and had me reading faster than my eyes could follow! What made this such a page-turner was also the writing style. Beautiful and filled with emotion. It was also very empathic & articulate which made it easy to follow, too.

The dynamic characters – especially the MC – hooked me in from page one! I really felt their emotions and connected with them; just brilliant! The secondary characters weren’t just there for entertainment, they contributed to the story too, which I loved. They added a unique perspective to the story thus contributing to the main character’s path to discovering herself. Their development throughout the story was also really interesting to read!

All in all, I’d like to say that this was an absolutely compelling page-turner of a book. With it’s eye-grabbing premise, dynamic characters, and beautiful writing, I seriously can’t recommend it enough!

Rating: 4 fish!

4 fish

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