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Perfect for those wanting a quick but enjoyable read, "Steel Strings" is a story of love, family and growth, sparkled with wonders of music.

“Steel Strings” by Alex Hayes

★★★☆☆


This being my first book off of the Reedsy bookshelves, "Steel Strings" was a good choice overall to start my journey with!


This was an enjoyable and fast-paced book, perfect for those looking for a one-sitting read for those looking for that literary getaway. Alex Hayes does a wonderful job of bringing life to Brianna Jones and Marek Lakewood, the two protagonists, by employing switching first person point-of-view chapters.


Having not read Hayes' Chameleon Effects series, I was hoping I would be able to follow along and form the same connect with the characters one would expect from a stand-alone novel. There were some scenes of hidden significance (Easter eggs) that did little to further the plot of "Steel Strings" but, I suspect, were linked to her main series. Nevertheless, this did not rob me of any enjoyment to this novel which stood on its own two feet.


Hayes' character development shines through the dialogue and writing style, bringing out the vibes of teen romance I haven't felt in years and also the plights of the main protagonist, Brianna, who I rooted for throughout.


However, I do feel there were certain plot points that could have been explored further to create a better connect between the characters and myself, the reader. Juggling elements of music, love and family all together, some aspects were lacking in weight to another, making the read feel a little imbalanced and the ending rather rushed.


Although good, I didn't feel like it delivered the excitement and thrill indicated in the synopsis and I felt a little let-down toward the end on how the story had progressed. In this sense, the novel did not 'knock my (figurative) socks off'.


However, as a light breezy read, "Steel Strings" promises to entertain and enthral. I also believe readers of the original series would enjoy the novel a step further and encourage them to give it a read and discover the aforementioned Easter Eggs for themselves!

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My passion for writing culminated from childhood and grew leaps and bounds over years. I self-published my debut novel ‘A Midnight Reverie'. A keen poet, philosopher, and travelling soul among other things, I wish to share my writing and various musings with the world over the years to come.

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About the author

Alex Hayes writes sci-fi/fantasy, dystopian, romance and speculative fiction for adult, new adult and young adult readers. She is a vegetarian who believes in love and not war, and equality and compassion for all. view profile

Published on December 30, 2019

60000 words

Genre: Young Adult

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