Once Upon A Book Club Box YA: July
This month's book adventure from Once Upon A Book Club took readers through a vaguely western setting where there's music and then there's Music, and where the people in power may not be what they seem.
The Hush by Skye Melki-Wegner
Chester has been traveling from village to village, searching for his kidnapped father. One night while fiddling to earn a few coins, he accidentally connects to the Song—the music that fuels every aspect of the world. It’s illegal to interact with the Song—only a licensed Songshaper may bend music to his will—and when Chester is caught, he’s sentenced to death.
But just before the axe is about to fall, someone in the crowd—a member of the infamous Nightfall Gang—stages a daring rescue, whisking Chester into the Hush, a shadowy nightmare mirror-world where Music can be deadly and Echoes can kill.
Susanna, captain of the Nightfall Gang has been watching Chester. She needs his special talent to pull off an elaborate plan. And she’ll risk everything to succeed. Even Chester’s life.
I enjoyed the world building and felt like all the characters were well-formed, allowing me to root for the main characters. There were some surprising reveals that were interesting, but felt a little hard to connect to given how concise the book felt. Over all this was a solid 3.5 star read for me.
"A sorcery lamp dripped bluish light through his cell."
I'm so impressed that they found a light that so perfectly captures the orbs that the Songshapers create in the book.
"Susannah kept a small blackboard and chalk at the end of the table. A moment later, she returned with the board under her arm."
There board in the book was used to tally the successes and failures of the gang's mission.
"...Chester noticed a tiny curl of faint brownish ink on each hand: a treble clef, but painted backward, as thought the symbol had been reflected in a mirror."
Dot's tattoos are source of sorrow, but this temporary tattoo is perfect for music lovers.
"The circular room had the same aroma of honey-smoke, only more intense."
The scent of the audition space in the Conservatorium is brought to life in a custom candle! And it smells really good, better than I thought this combination could, and the tiny mason jar it was made in is too cute for words.
"He tightened his grip on the pistol with one hand, while the other clenched greedily at his pendant."
All the Songshapers wear a nautilus shaped pendant. More than this lovely necklace, I can't believe that the OUABC team found a violin shaped jewelry box! How cute is this?