Monday, June 15, 2015

Book Review: THE SONG OF DAVID by Amy Harmon

Genre: New Adult
Publication Date: 13 June 2015

SYNOPSIS

She said I was like a song. Her favorite song. A song isn’t something you can see. It’s something you feel, something you move to, something that disappears after the last note is played.

I won my first fight when I was eleven years old, and I’ve been throwing punches ever since. Fighting is the purest, truest, most elemental thing there is. Some people describe heaven as a sea of unending white. Where choirs sing and loved ones await. But for me, heaven was something else. It sounded like the bell at the beginning of a round, it tasted like adrenaline, it burned like sweat in my eyes and fire in my belly. It looked like the blur of screaming crowds and an opponent who wanted my blood. 

For me, heaven was the octagon.

Until I met Millie, and heaven became something different. I became something different. I knew I loved her when I watched her stand perfectly still in the middle of a crowded room, people swarming, buzzing, slipping around her, her straight dancer’s posture unyielding, her chin high, her hands loose at her sides. No one seemed to see her at all, except for the few who squeezed past her, tossing exasperated looks at her unsmiling face. When they realized she wasn’t normal, they hurried away. Why was it that no one saw her, yet she was the first thing I saw?

If heaven was the octagon, then she was my angel at the center of it all, the girl with the power to take me down and lift me up again. The girl I wanted to fight for, the girl I wanted to claim. The girl who taught me that sometimes the biggest heroes go unsung and the most important battles are the ones we don’t think we can win. 




REVIEW

5++ A SONG OF LOVE STARS!

I've come to learn now that with an Amy Harmon book there will always be tears. It's a given and also a gift. A book that can evoke such deep emotions like that from readers is definitely a remarkable book and The Song of David was indeed remarkable to me. Even before starting reading his story, David "Tag" Taggert was already very dear to my heart. I met him in The Law of Moses as Moses best friend and between the two of them he was the optimistic, the caretaker, the flirt, the fighter in many ways. Now that I've read his story all those attributes just amplified themselves here making me love him so much more because he was an absolute fighter I'll never forget and his story one I loved to pieces. ♥

This book begins right about the time The Law of Moses ends so I strongly recommend reading that book first to be able to follow this story smoothly. So during the time both books connect, Tag is at a good place in his life; he loves his career as a heavyweight fighter, has a business and brand to run, and has a great team of friends that have his back. But when it came to romance no one had really caught his attention enough to want him to hang around for long, well, until Amelie "Millie" Anderson. She was like no other girl, she was incredibly independent, kindhearted, and had such profound ways about her. Those were things immediately captivated and strongly attracted Tag to her. So much so that he felt eager to learn more about Millie and so he did. 

“All the girls danced well. But I watched Millie. I watched Millie because she fascinated me. She was a brand new species, an intoxicating mix of girl and enigma, familiar yet completely foreign. I’d never met anyone like her, yet I felt like I’d known her forever.”

Millie's brother Henry was also a big part of the story that together with her, they both change Tag's heart beautifully. They give him hope, strength, and so much love that I felt it pouring down the pages. They deeply touched my heart for that but also because even though every one of them, including Tag, had their own set of hardships they all learned to deal and kept going. And such spirits, bravery, and unity just blew me away. 

“Whenever you start feeling trapped or helpless, just close your eyes, and you have more space than you’ll ever need.”

Something I adored about this book was how romantic it felt and I have to give major credit for that to Tag. From the male characters I've ready by this author, Tag has been my favorite. I loved that he never shy away from speaking out his feelings to anyone, he was always showing his love by protecting others, and his heartwarming personality melted my heart time after time.. Watching him fall in love with Millie and her of him was so beautiful to see, the two of them complemented each other in such perfect ways that I couldn't be happier for them. Their love truly felt like a miracle.

“I’ve been suffering for a while now, Millie.” “You have?” she asked, clearly amazed. “Since the moment I saw you. It devastated me. And I love when a girl devastates me.”

But like I said at the beginning, with every book by this author you can sure expect the tears. I can still feel the lump in my throat from all the emotions I've experienced and yes, not all of those emotions are from happiness but that's exactly that makes this story feel so real and profound. I think that love stories don't have to be perfect to be incredibly beautiful and this author is outstanding at giving us that. Imperfect epic romances that get under our skin and that pull at our hearts so strongly that we're only left feeling what she wants us to feel. And omg, how I felt this story in my heart, how I still feel it. 

If heaven was the octagon, then she was my angel at the center of it all, the girl with the power to take me down and lift me up again. The girl I wanted to fight for, the girl I wanted to claim. The girl who taught me that sometimes the biggest heroes go unsung and the most important battles are the ones we don’t think we can win.

Aside from Tag, Millie, their captivating romance, and every character in the story; I also loved how the plot was assembled. I was amazed at the originality of it, how from the moment I started reading I was surprised and then surprised yet again just to be then immediately engrossed into the story and eager to see how everything was going to unfold. Moses presence was another fascinating component in this book, with him there it felt like both books were merging together and I loved that so much because both stories have come to be very special to me so combining them like that couldn't feel more perfect. 

“Moses told me once that you can’t escape yourself. You can run, hide, or die. But wherever you go, there you’ll be. I was pretty empty for a long time. It took a while to figure out what fills me up.”

This was another unforgettable story by this author. Another story to love and reminisce over but also a story that felt different to me. Different like a song of love because this story felt like a tune, a dance even where my heart was beating right along the intensity of two other fascinating and strong-willed hearts. ♥♥ And like Tag said, “a song isn’t something you can see. It’s something you feel, something you move toand there's no doubt I felt and moved to the rhythm of  this beautiful love story. :')

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THE SONG OF DAVID
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THE LAW OF MOSES
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