by Olivia Rivers
Genre: YA Contemporary Romance
Release Date: May 3rd 2016
Sky Pony Press
Summary from Goodreads:
His world is music. Her world is silent.
Ali Collins was a child prodigy destined to become one of the greatest musicians of the twenty-first centuryâuntil she was diagnosed with a life-changing brain tumor. Now, at seventeen, Ali lives in a soundless world where she gets by with American Sign Language and lip-reading. Sheâs a constant disappointment to her father, a retired cop fighting his own demons, and the bruises are getting harder to hide.
When Ali accidentally wins a backstage tour with the chart-topping band Tone Deaf, sheâs swept back into the world of music. Jace Beckett, the nineteen-year-old lead singer of the band, has a reputation. Heâs a jerk and a player, and Ali wants nothing to do with him. But thereâs more to Jace than the tabloids let on. When Jace notices Aliâs bruises and offers to help her escape to New York, Ali canât turn down the chance at freedom and a fresh start. Soon sheâs traveling cross-country, hidden away in Jaceâs RV as the band finishes their nationwide tour. With the help of Jace, Ali sets out to reboot her life and rediscover the music she once loved.
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The vibrations of the crowd die down a little, and Jace repeats, âLadies and gentlemen! Thank you for coming tonight and helping to kick off Tone Deafâs summer tour.â
More cheers. More crazy jumping and blown kisses.
âTonight a special fan will receive a special prize,â Jace says. âTone Deaf is giving away a backstage tour, so one of you can come meet us right after the concert.â The subtitles are quickly replaced with a tiny legal disclaimer, and even though the text is too small to bother reading it all, I get the gist of itâcrazy fans can win a half-hour meet-and-greet with the band, but the tour is of the stage and not anything in Jaceâs pants. Then Jace announces, âEveryone in the audience has received a wristband with a raffle code on it,â as if every girl wasnât already aware of this.
I stare down at my own band: A632D9. I wanted to rip it off as soon as the ticket guy at the entrance put it on, but Avery had started freaking out, signing frantically that the code was defunct if I took off the wristband. I kept it on, just to please her, but not before arguing back a little.
âIn ten seconds, the winning code will appear on the main screen,â says Jace. He points upwards, and all eyes turn to the huge LCD screen Iâm already staring at. A large â10â appears on the screen, quickly followed by a â9,â then an â8.â
A chant goes up in the crowd, and whatever else Jace wanted to say is drowned out as the concertgoers count down. At the â1,â a roar of sound hits me, even more powerful than before. I clutch my arms to my chest and turn to the side, trying to ward off the sensations.
Something slams into my shoulder, and I yelp, glaring at Avery. She excitedly clings to my arm as she jumps up and down, and a huge, shocked grin spreads across her face.
Which can only mean one thing.
âYou won?â I scream, hoping Iâm loud enough to be heard over the crowd.
âAli!â she shrieks. âAli! It happened! Oh my god, I told you itâd happen!â
A bubble of excitement rises in my chest as I watch her smile grow even wider. Avery babbles a long string of words, but no amount of lip-reading skill could help me interpret what sheâs saying. Then she points eagerly toward the screen, and I turn, grinning as I read the code. I have Averyâs code memorized; sheâd been chanting it like a good-luck charm before the concert started, drawing out all the Oâs like she was practicing for a kiss.
My grin falls from my face. I blink, hoping Iâm seeing things wrong. But every time I blink, the screen just grows clearer.
Itâs not Averyâs code. Not even close. Instead, the bright screen proudly displays: A632D9
Well, shit. I just won myself a date with a rock star.