by Lisa Malabanan

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Elle Martins is a gifted musician ready to start her first year at College. She is not alone. Elle has the security of her best friends and boyfriend nearby, attending the same University. Everything seems new and exciting, but the moment she joins a rock group, her life changes. The band becomes a favorite among the college crowd. Their performances are a hit thanks to Elle’s musical genius, and the band garners recognition from a major record label.
Throughout the school year, Elle struggles over music, decisions, insecurities, and most of all, love. She is grateful for many amazing opportunities, yet the chance of a lifetime is within her grasp. Can she choose the ultimate dream or leave the people she loves behind?

Product Details

BN ID: 2940044863705
Publisher: Lisa Malabanan
Publication date: 08/22/2012
Series: Dia-Matic Keys , #1
Sold by: Smashwords
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 416 KB

About the Author

I am a graduate of Rutgers College of Nursing and work as a Professional Registered Nurse in the field of Perinatology. I live in the Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania with my husband and two children. At the age of six, I discovered the piano and classical music. A variety of music genres influences my life, and I’m encouraging a love of the arts to my daughter and son.

Reading fiction is my escape from the chaos and stress of a demanding yet rewarding profession. For me, writing transcends a good book diversion. The experience is like commuting on a New York City subway; diverse people enter and exit the scene, sometimes delays and derailment occur during creativity, and a train of thought is missed or passed by on occasion. In the end, an arrival at my destination is what I hope to accomplish, and I invite readers to take that ride with me.

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Consonance 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Chrissy_W More than 1 year ago
2.5 stars Did I enjoy this book: It was okay. I stuck with it until the end but I skimmed quite a bit of it. When I received the invite for this blog tour, I was intrigued by the blurb. I wanted to read this book. It sounded exciting and fun. I love books about musicians. I play the piano. I went to college. It sounded right up my alley. And Consonance had some good parts but I was bored by most it. And a lot of the book seemed forced. Elle is the narrator of this book. She is 18 years old and going to college in 1990. She seemed to have a good head on her shoulders and some wonderful friends. Her best friends, James and Drew, are like brothers to her. They grew up together and are now at the same college. I thought James and Drew were too overprotective of Elle. In fact, I found them to be rather controlling of her. I didn’t like it and it was uncomfortable.Their relationship was too much. Elle was constantly telling us that the brothers had her back and she had theirs. Their dialogue constantly said the same thing. I can’t imagine 18 and 20 year old boys being as emotional and devoted to a girl. They were constantly telling each other how much they cared for one another. It just didn’t jive with me. Elle rooms with her best friend Tiffany and her boyfriend Sean lives nearby.Tiffany is dating James. She was pretty down to earth. Sean was a sweetheart. But, again, I don’t know how many 19 year old guys would stick around for a girl who is obviously infatuated with two other guys and doesn’t seem to care that much for her boyfriend. He also makes her dinner all the time. In college. Not real to me. She joins James and Drew’s band with Kevin and Ryan. They all get along wonderfully, and Kevin and Ryan soon become great friends with Elle. She is a bit swoony over each of them. No, she is overly swoony. So swoony that she apparently freezes and can’t breathe every time she sees them. I thought Kevin was cocky and Ryan was a bit to sure of himself. Neither of them respected Elle all that much. And Elle was fake around all of the boys. She tried too hard to hang with them. So hard that it was rather annoying, and I felt like she thought she was better than everyone else. The main problem I had with this book was that the narration and the dialogue did not match. For an 18 year old, the narration is too formal and unrealistic. Ms. Malabanan has a wonderful way of expressing what is going on and the feelings of the characters. But the expression is not appropriate for an 18 year old. The language was too old. I don’t know many 18 year old girl who discuss what “attire” they will be choosing for an event, or who would state how “savory” a meal is. The dialogue was forced. Yes, the usage of slang was correct for 1990. I remember saying “Wassup” and people being tight. BUT … when you put quotation marks around the slang in the dialogue, it makes is sound like that person is trying to hard to be “down” with it. (See what I did there. It doesn’t sound right, does it?) Honestly, it would have read better without the quotation marks. The dialogue would have been more realistic. There’s potential here. The base story is good and interesting. The delivery is what bothered me. Would I recommend it: I don’t think that I would actively recommend this book. Would I discourage someone from reading it? Absolutely not! But I wouldn’t tell everyone and anyone to read it. Will I read it again: I will not. (I received a copy of this book for review purposes.)
LAvery_Brown More than 1 year ago
1. Book Title  I don't think this is the best title for a book as I venture to guess that most people don't have the musical background Malabanan has. It's a term that, unless a reader has had music theory,  they probably won't get it.  And when it comes to book titles - I've found that people tend to shy away from books with titles that sound almost foreign to them. 2. Book Cover It is a lovely cover of a woman playing a piano...which is extremely beneficial to the title because it gives the average reader a visual point of reference they can use to decipher the title of the book. One look and we know that this book is about music. What's more one can glean from the cover that the main character is a woman who plays the piano - it's a sleek image, too - perhaps the lead of the story  is a concert pianist. And since it's listed as a romance one can come up with a basic notion of the story = concert pianist in love. 3. First 500... Malabanan does a terrific job of guiding the reader as Elle steps into the first few 'real' moments of her being an actual freshman at Rutgers.  The hook in the opening is very subtle and for this story that's fine.  4. Age Recommendation/Genre Classification This is a classic romance/coming of 'college' age story. It's got the angst of Elle's various relationships as well as her growth as a member as the lead singer/guitar player/and keyboard player of the rock-cover band The Dia-Matic Keys.  5. Presentation/Format For the most part, I am impressed with Malabanan's ability to keep the action in the proper voice and tense. Likewise, I enjoyed the way she spun the yarn of Elle's relationship(s) with the various men who are in her life.  6. Theme/Originality  Even though there were 'way' too many 'friendly quotes' and cool phrases that were overemphasized for the readers to make sure they  'got' whatever 'it' needed to be 'gotten' - the story - the skeleton of the tale was terrific. This is one of those stories where the phrase 'it's complicated' fits to a T! 7. Description/Enhancement There were a few places where things were a bit over described. It wasn't often but I will say there were about 5 spots in the story where  instead of being gently guided through a scene, I felt like I was being forced to see everything in the scene so that the ability to imagine some things was taken away from me because once the image was given - it's all I could consider. 8. Intrigue This story had me wanting to find out what was going to happen at every turn. Things like the weird shifting of identity in the way that Andrew and James (Elle's 'I've known them so long, they're like big brothers - who are actually brothers -  to me') view Elle. Also, the prickly dynamic of two (other) brothers Ryan and Kevin who also develop feelings for Elle. Add to that Elle's boyfriend, Sean, and the fact that she truly loves him but has a hard time turning off the attraction she feels for Ryan and Kevin. (I told you it was complicated - and so juicy you just have to keep reading!) 9. Grammar/Mechanics To be honest, I'm really impressed with the technical part of Consonance. Either Malabanan, her editor, or the two of them together did some serious work to make sure this book was dressed to the nines so far as the technical aspects. Especially the POV which I said earlier is tough to maintain! 10. Overall Impression I enjoyed this story and recommend it to people who enjoy a complicated romance! 
DiiMI More than 1 year ago
Are musicians or artists in general slightly more dramatic than us “regular” people? Or are they just more expressive in their feelings and actions? Are their emotions truly more volatile, more intense, or just more magnified due to their creative nature? Consonance by Lisa Malabanan is, to say the least, extremely intense, emotionally jarring, beautifully written and very creative in her use of “lyrical prose.” Ms. Malabanan’s characters are like a collage, interesting bits and pieces alone, but colorful and intensely fascinating together! Each character adds to the believability of the next. Elle is the central piece (or character), and for me, she was also the most jaggedly damaged and needy, therefore making her difficult to truly say I always liked her. Without characters like James or Drew, or even Tiffany, her best friends to shore her up and support her need to be the central focus, I’m not sure Elle could survive. Band members Kevin and Ryan add to the mix with their contrasting personalities around Elle. Kevin loves to aggravate her to get her attention; Ryan has a quiet strength that draws Elle in, and we mustn’t forget Sean, Elle’s long-suffering boyfriend who never quite fit into the picture, a sign that they were not meant to last forever? I absolutely loved each of these characters and feel they could hold their own as a main character in a new adult romance novel! Throughout the book, there is an edgy feel, a feeling that something is just out of reach for Elle, and I desperately wanted her to find herself as a whole person! In spite of that, I did truly enjoy Consonance with its many trials, subplots and avenues that led to its conclusion! Ms. Malabanan’s gift for detail and placing me in the moment with the characters, the songs and music she references throughout could be heard in my mind, bringing several smiles and memories to mind! Filled with inner turmoil, angst, romance and some quirky humor at times, this is a very good New Adult read. I received this review copy as part of the Consonance One Day Book Blast Tour & Giveaway at Tome Tender, September 16, 2013!
Zetharin More than 1 year ago
This book caught my attention firmly at the intro.  The first chapter has Elle, the female main character starting her freshman year at college.  Each chapter (and it’s a lot of chapters for a book this short) ended so solidly though that I had no trouble putting the book down and doing other things.  That could be a plus or a minus depending on your reading style, I guess.  I liked the little flashbacks to the past as the story progressed, giving us a glimpse of important points in the life of Elle.  The author does a fairly good job of staying on point, describing important things in detail but not artificially inflating the word count with information we don’t need.   If someone is looking for a great literary work, this isn’t it.  If you’re looking for some fluffy and nice light reading, this would be a good choice.   The book is probably suitable from high school and older.  Many of the events could have happened senior year in high school rather than college (though there is mention of drinking).    The real world challenges the characters face help us identify with them and push them to grow but the whole thing is soft and sweet.  There’s romance but it’s less of a focus than the friendships.  There’s internal struggles to face and the characters change in a natural way over the course of the story but but there’s nothing too hard from an outsider perspective.  It’s all very believable. Something like these events could happen.  
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
You must read this! I'd rate this for more of young adults, so 14+. Elle's journey will make you feel her pain, but will make you smile. Sometimes in this book you'll find yourself laughing aloud with Lisa's humor. Please check it out- you won't regret it! ;-)