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[Following is an official OnlineBookClub.org review of "Gods of Sound" by QM Schaffer.]
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3 out of 4 stars
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When Cameron Foster's mother dies, he goes to live in a mansion with other musically talented kids like himself. This is no ordinary house, though. In addition to being musically gifted, they wield special guitars that harness the power of sound. Each has a different ability; one can bend the sound around objects to obliterate others. Another can cause fire. Together they make a formidable force. The question, though, is what exactly does the owner of the mansion want with all of them?

Gods of Sound by QM Schaffer is a young-adult novel. Fantasy with some superhero thrown in for good measure, it's a quick read at a little over 200 pages. There are adult themes and profanity. As such, I'd recommend it to high schoolers or adults.

My favorite part of this book was Cameron's character. Sometimes frustrating, he was extremely realistic. He had asthma and was constantly bullied. He started off as a normal kid. Even after he discovered his magical talents, he was no superhero with asthma attacks often coming at the most inopportune times. He downplayed his talents in order for others to like him more. It's encouraging to the rest of us who are simply normal, without magical abilities, that we, too, can make a difference.

Likewise, the other characters are equally interesting. Each has his or her own background. Each has his or her own quirks. For instance, one flips off every one and every thing. Can you guess his nickname? (It's Flipper.) Their uniqueness made me want to continue reading.

Also, I enjoyed how captivating the book was. There were twists and turns that I didn't see coming. More than that, though, I was invested in the story, wanting to know how it all turned out. Even those with short attention spans would become engrossed in the book in a matter of a few short pages.

There were only a few small detractors. First, some of the story was a little unbelievable. For example, when entering a facility with airtight security, the guards don't even question them wearing suction cup headsets attached to their guitars. At the very least, I believe they would have asked why the headsets were necessary. There were only a very few of these moments in the story, though.

The largest problem with the story was the editing. I ran across many errors. These ranged from missing or extra punctuation to misspelled words. It's clear that another round of proofreading is needed to solve these issues.

In summary, Gods of Sound is an enjoyable novel that I award 3 out of 4 stars. The removal of a star comes simply from the need for more editing. I recommend this to anyone who enjoys novels involving everyday people who rise above in an almost fantastical way. It wouldn't be for anyone who is triggered by bullying or cultish behavior. Of note, though the main plot arcs are mostly wrapped up, the author leaves some loose ends that could signal a sequel. If so, I, for one, would be more than happy to read it.

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This book sounds like it has a unique storyline, especially with the guitars, and would be interesting to read. Thank you for your great review!
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It seems like an interesting plot although the errors spotted and the detractors would probably require the author reconsidering some stuff. Thanks for a great review!
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It sounds like a very relaxed book that I will definitely enjoy. Thank you for sharing.
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Sounds like a very promising YA novel :) I like your description of the main character very much! I always prefer books with well-developed protagonists :) Thanks for a great review!
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I've noticed that many young adult books tend to have unbelievable parts. Glad it didn't take away from your reading experience though. The premise of this book sounds quite different. I like the take of using music. I guess it does need one more round of editing as you said. Thank you for the review!
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The story seems captivating and the characters relatable. This book is definitely something I have not come across before and would like to read because of this wonderful review.
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I thought this book would remind of my early teens and mid teens age. the book would be a relaxing read as such.
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Smmwallace wrote: 06 Apr 2021, 03:31 This book sounds like it has a unique storyline, especially with the guitars, and would be interesting to read. Thank you for your great review!
Yes, I haven't heard of anything quite like it. It was find and enjoyable. I hope there's a second one.
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Dimi1 wrote: 06 Apr 2021, 03:50 It seems like an interesting plot although the errors spotted and the detractors would probably require the author reconsidering some stuff. Thanks for a great review!
Yes, but it's still worth reading. I enjoyed it despite the errors. Thanks.
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Mtibza eM wrote: 06 Apr 2021, 04:47 It sounds like a very relaxed book that I will definitely enjoy. Thank you for sharing.
I enjoyed it. I recommend it greatly. Thanks.
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Ellylion wrote: 06 Apr 2021, 06:06 Sounds like a very promising YA novel :) I like your description of the main character very much! I always prefer books with well-developed protagonists :) Thanks for a great review!
The characters were a definite strong point. They weren't just these perfect protagonists. Fun all the way around. Thanks.
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RayRuff wrote: 06 Apr 2021, 06:12 I've noticed that many young adult books tend to have unbelievable parts. Glad it didn't take away from your reading experience though. The premise of this book sounds quite different. I like the take of using music. I guess it does need one more round of editing as you said. Thank you for the review!
The use of music is unique. I loved the guitars. It's a great book which I highly recommend. Thanks.
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Precious Naiti wrote: 06 Apr 2021, 09:28 The story seems captivating and the characters relatable. This book is definitely something I have not come across before and would like to read because of this wonderful review.
It's a wonderful book with a premise that's very unique. I highly recommend it. Thanks.
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GideonWrites Review wrote: 06 Apr 2021, 18:20 I thought this book would remind of my early teens and mid teens age. the book would be a relaxing read as such.
I love young adult books. They are usually clean, quick reads, and fun. This is no exception. Thanks.
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