by Heather McKenzie


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Teenage heiress Kaya experiences her first taste of freedom when she’s kidnapped from her sheltered life. But as she forms an unlikely connection with her abductor, Luke, her adventure takes a strange turn. Now, as her father’s men and her devoted bodyguard scour the woods to find her, she wonders if staying in the arms of her abductor is the safer place to be. At least, that’s what her heart is sayingher head is sayingrun

There is nothing magical about growing up in a mountainside castle, when it’s your prison. Kaya’s ruthless and powerful father keeps her under lock and key, watched every second of the day—and Kaya’s not really sure why. She’s just a normal girl…no one special. She doesn’t understand her father’s obsession with her safety—until she is kidnapped.

Dragged through a brutal wilderness, Kaya’s captor shows her the devastating truth, and even though he has dark secrets of his own, she is inexplicably drawn to him—when the stars are in your eyes, sometimes the line between right and wrong gets blurred. Passion obliterates common sense. Love... makes you reckless.

Dangerously passionate and darkly romantic, SERENADE is a page-turning thriller and seductive love story.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781634222204
Publisher: Clean Teen Publishing
Publication date: 04/17/2017
Series: Nightmusic Trilogy Series , #1
Pages: 346
Sales rank: 350,990
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range: 13 - 18 Years

About the Author

Heather McKenzie is a Canadian author whose first book Serenade was released in April 2017. A professional singer/songwriter with five albums to date, she has been telling stories through music for years and just recently fell in love with novel writing. Heather pulls from her extraordinary experiences as a musician to fuel her passion for creating Young Adult fiction. A rocker at heart, a mom of three, an aspiring painter, and a lover of animals, she is kept grounded by her husband at their home in Edmonton.

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Serenade 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 21 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'm 75 years old and throughly enjoyed this story. Well written. Good strong characters interesting and not much crammed in. I've already ordered book 2. Michele Carroll.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I dont usually read YA books but without realizing it I was so engrossed in this one I could not put it down. Absolutely intend to read the next in the trilogy. Since the second one is new guess we'll have to wait a while. If the second is good as the first it will be worth waiting for. CB
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It kept me reading until the end. It had a lot of twists and turns.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was an easy read with likeable characters, though the constant narrator switching could be confusing and are jarring at first. It starts with one narrator, then switches to two, but by the end almost every character narrates a chapter. Maybe 3rd person would’ve been better. There are also some grammar errors like who’s vs whose, using too vs to, and awe vs. aw.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Jamie Michele for Readers' Favorite Serenade by Heather McKenzie is the first book in the author's series, The Nightmusic Trilogy. Kaya has lived a shockingly sheltered existence as the heiress to a billion-dollar empire. Her father (and grandfather) have made her a virtual prisoner, dictating where she can go (nowhere, really), when, and with whom. Her only friends are her bodyguards and a "manny" who's been with her since birth. When she's kidnapped, the plot thickens as things begin to reveal themselves, and this is helped along by the multiple points of view. Ultimately, the lines become completely blurred as to who is good and who is bad, and a romance ensues, adding to Kaya's turmoil. Serenade: The Nightmusic Trilogy Book 1 by Heather McKenzie has a slow burn of a start, but the backstory is important - especially her relationships from "home." The writing is well executed, particularly the descriptive elements, something in which I feel the author truly excels. "When she turned to face me, her eyes were wide and her cheeks were flushed--all my breath left my lungs. We were surrounded by incredibly beauty, yet she completely outshone it with her own." The scenes and action following the kidnapping are fantastic, with enough unexpected twists to keep the pages turning. The book does end on something of a cliff-hanger, but readers will be happy to know they don't have to wait for the next installment as Nocturne, book two in the trilogy, has already been released. I'd highly recommend this book to lovers of good, traditional YA with a unique plot.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Slow start but soon makes up for that. In the big picture, Reveals plot info at a good pace buy when the reveals happen they are thrown right in your face...takes away from the story to have characters you otherwise like be so stupid as to not catch these blatant reveals, or for the villains to be such idiots as to discuss their villainy so blatantly. Being more subtle will help a lot...we readers will pick up on what is going on. I imagine the author will get better at this in her future books. // Truly, as mentioned by others, grammar needs work, as does use of commas. // All that said, highly entertaining read. I will read more from this author.
Janel_Nava4 More than 1 year ago
This book was amazing!!!! It's a beautiful love story that shows that when you truly love someone you put them first at all cost. I couldn't put this book down it was sooo good. I recommend this book to anyone who is looking for a new book to read. Read this book! Believe me you will not be disappointed. Thank you Heather, can't wait for book #2.
LittleMissBookmark More than 1 year ago
When I received this book (from who I think was an editor for Heather McKenzie), I really didn't know what to think. I don't really read Young Adult novels any more and when I saw that it was published by Clean Teen Publishing ... I REALLY didn't know what to think. What I DID know is that the blurb for this book was intriguing. Here's the deal, it's not any secret that I appreciate a well placed f-bomb or a steamy sex scene in a book. While I don't seek those things out when choosing a book, I also don't mind them. But the words 'clean teen' made me think that there would be scenes that were a bit watered down. Dude. Not the case. I didn't find this out until after I finished the book but Clean Teen is all about just letting the reader know what they will find within the pages - kind of like a rating on a movie. Anyway, onto the book. THE. BOOK. Holy crap. I didn't expect to enjoy this as much as I did. And maybe I went into it with some preconceived notions but those were all shot down VERY quickly and I was able to immerse myself into the interesting life of Kaya. Kaya is this amazing girl that has been through so much yet, amazingly enough, it didn't kill her spirit. I think that she is a super strong character that needs to be seen more in Young Adult novels. I don't really want to get into any secondary characters because well, I don't want to ruin the twists and turns on these pages. But I will say this, as a reader, you're going to REALLY struggle with whom to support. The author did a great job of putting the reader through the push and pull of good and bad. Who is good and who is bad? Don't worry. Your alliance will shift quite a few times as you steamroll through Serenade. The story moves along quite swiftly but not jarringly so. It's just the perfect pace. I didn't find myself getting bored or skipping even a single sentence. It was a little shocking, how fast I flew through the words on these pages. I just couldn't get enough of Kaya and her life - how things were, how things became and what could be for her future, if there was one. It's nice getting to the end of the book and being left with absolutely NO questions about characters or the plot. It's been a long time since I've enjoyed a romantic suspense this much ... probably since my last Sandra Brown and that is saying something. ESPECIALLY for a first book from an author. Are you kidding me?!? THIS is what you're coming out of the gate with? Geez. I'm in trouble. I'll be stalking library shelves indefinitely for this author - she had me hooked after the first page. Lifetime fan. SO good. * I received this novel in exchange for an honest review *
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It’s a decent and a fast read. Characters are a little unbelievable, especially the two love interests. But it was entertaining.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this book rather quickly as it held my attention the entire time. I found it to be a great read that leaves you wanting to know more. Can't wait for the second book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
There were a lot of characters to keep track of. You won't always be sure who are the good guys and who are the bad guys. They don't seem to be able to make up their minds at times, either. Is that the way life is? Wouldn't that much money taint us all?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Kept me up all night.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is such an interesting novel. Intense action and surprising twists. I actually really liked the main character and found myself rooting for her through all the craziness. High quality writing that held my attention to the end.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Kept me reading but was a bit predictable
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BookwormforKids More than 1 year ago
Intrigue, tension and danger pack these pages the whole way through. Kaya is a rich man's daughter who lives in a castle in the mountains, which might sound like the perfect life. Except, it's not. Thanks to a grandfather who wants to see her dead, she's under constant, heavy security. No friends. No life outside of the bodyguards and her nanny. When secrets start to unfold, she discovers that her grandfather isn't the only deadly threat in her life. My favorite part of this book is the great outdoors. This takes place in the rustic mountains and the landscape comes to life. The descriptions paint lovely scenes and place the reader between pines, rocks and waterfalls. Even Kaya's room and surroundings gain vividness without the text every tipping into wordiness. Kaya is a pretty down to earth character--all things considered. Almost too much so. She lives a very sheltered life but has a strong personality and adapts easily. She's caring, has a warm heart and overflows in determination. It's easy to root for her the whole way through. Those around her are just as vibrant and personality rich as Kaya, and round off the scenes well. Action and tension ride high the whole way through with mounds of unexpected twists and turns. There are layers upon layers of secrets, most which are hard to predict and catch by the surprise. Bad guys meld with the good ones, making it hard to know what the real intentions are. Not everything falls into place, leaving several holes scattered throughout. The reasoning behind several secrets laid a little thin. Romance rides high and grabs with amazing heroes. But even these have intentions which aren't crystal clear. The author does a terrific job keeping a shadow of doubt over the purity of the love and danger which might lurk within. There is a love triangle and a hard hitting 'love at first sight', which lacked a bit of reality. All in all, this is an engaging read and is sure to keep young adult suspense fans on the edge of their seats, and dreaming of what book two will bring. I received a complimentary copy and enjoyed it so much that I wanted to leave my thoughts.
RayBear More than 1 year ago
Kaya lives a guarded life as the heiress to a medical company worth a fortune, but her father doesn’t ever want to relinquish control and will go to insane lengths to make sure his greed is satisfied. Kaya wants to be normal, but when she’s constantly surrounded by her male bodyguards she doesn’t have a chance, until her father consents to let her run in a weekend long 125km foot race. All is well as she is fiercely protected until one by one her guards drop out of the race. Even her new Fiancé bodyguard must leave her to finish herself, but before she can make it to the end, she is kidnapped. Female heroine. Check. Adventure with high stakes. Check. Strong and powerful story with intrigue and secrets. Check. I loved nearly everything about this story. As soon as I was fully engaged (at the mention of Death Race), I couldn’t put this one down. It had everything I hope for and love in a YA book. Though I roll my eyes at instant love, the powerful bond of the love in this story swept me away and I believed it with every fiber of my imagination, just as Kaya does with every fiber of her soul. I’ve never read an instalove that I could believe in like that in Serenade. The story was solid and the plot (when it got going) was so well developed and rolled out like a great action movie. Subplots kept me questioning every secret. The best part of this book, however, was Kaya (and maybe the powerful storytelling/writing style). Kaya comes from a rich and entitled background, but she is not a spoiled princess. Yes she hurts. Yes she complains. Yes she gets emotionally overwhelmed. And of course she makes wrong choices! She’s only a teenager after all. But she is resilient and thoughtful and never gives in. She is logical and emotional and I can’t wait for more of her! The writing style and powerful way the author can showcase emotions makes me eager to read anything McKenzie will write next- fiction, nonfiction, picture books, or anything.
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