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This is David 'Tag' Taggert's book, a supporting character introduced in The Law of Moses. This is a stand-alone story, but it is highly recommended that The Law of Moses be read first to avoid spoilers.
She said I was like a song. Her favorite song. A song isn’t something you can see. It’s something you feel, something you move to, something that disappears after the last note is played.
I won my first fight when I was eleven years old, and I’ve been throwing punches ever since. Fighting is the purest, truest, most elemental thing there is. Some people describe heaven as a sea of unending white. Where choirs sing and loved ones await. But for me, heaven was something else. It sounded like the bell at the beginning of a round, it tasted like adrenaline, it burned like sweat in my eyes and fire in my belly. It looked like the blur of screaming crowds and an opponent who wanted my blood.
For me, heaven was the octagon.
Until I met Millie, and heaven became something different. I became something different. I knew I loved her when I watched her stand perfectly still in the middle of a crowded room, people swarming, buzzing, slipping around her, her straight dancer’s posture unyielding, her chin high, her hands loose at her sides. No one seemed to see her at all, except for the few who squeezed past her, tossing exasperated looks at her unsmiling face. When they realized she wasn’t normal, they hurried away. Why was it that no one saw her, yet she was the first thing I saw?
If heaven was the octagon, then she was my angel at the center of it all, the girl with the power to take me down and lift me up again. The girl I wanted to fight for, the girl I wanted to claim. The girl who taught me that sometimes the biggest heroes go unsung and the most important battles are the ones we don’t think we can win.
Review: Surj Harvey
You won't believe how many times I've written this review, deleted it, edited it and deleted it again. It's killing me because every time I put pen to paper, I feel like either I'm not doing "The Song of David" justice or I'm throwing in spoilers (which of course I don't want to do because that will ruin your enjoyment of the book)... gah!!!! Amazing books are so freakin' hard to review and yes this was amazing. I finished Tag's story this morning and even now as I think about everything that happened and the characters I was lucky enough (yes lucky enough) to meet, I can feel the lump in my throat growing and the tears threatening to fall. This is one of those books that will definitely stay with me for a long time and it's absolutely one that I will be singing and dancing about in years to come.
"Are you going to devastate me, David?"
"God I hope not," I prayed.
"Too late..." I thought I heard her whisper.
So what can I say about "The Song of David" without giving too much away? Well, one thing I've learned over the course of reading the two books in this series is that Amy Harmon doesn't do conventional... not at all. In fact everything about her books screams different... unique... a cut above and in an over saturated market place this really is a welcomed, refreshing change. Tag's story really was something else and what I will say is that it was jam packed full of surprises. I thought the synopsis gave me a good idea as to the direction this story line would take but honestly, it barely skimmed the surface. From the minute I turned the first page, I was surprised... in fact the first word made my heart skip a beat and the more I read, the more curious I became. And the more curious I became, the more addicted I got. Very quickly I discovered that I didn't want to put this book down and when I had to, it was all I could think about. Yes this was a beautiful love story that I felt down to my very soul... you know the kind that makes your heart swell and puts the biggest smile on your face but there was another story woven amongst the pages that I can't go into but one that will leave you with an overwhelming sense of foreboding that just won't go away. Yes amy did an amazing job of distracting me with Tag and Millie's beautiful story and of course I got completely lost in their world but then the author would bring me back down with a bump and the reality of the situation would put my nerves on heightened alert again. Told from alternate (but very unexpected) POV, the transition between both stories, the past and present was perfect giving my emotions a thorough work out. I went from soaring highs to the depths of despair very quickly and to say it was like being on a rollercoaster is an understatement. This was one of those books where I was desperate to get to the end to see what the outcome would be but in the same breath, I was scared to death to see what I might uncover. So many times my heart skipped a beat. So many times I wondered if I should turn the next page. I didn't want this book to end yet I needed it to end for sanity's sake.
"If the world is too flat, people like me would slide right off."
"The Song of David" is a book that made me feel... god did it make me feel. From the first page to the last, I went through so many emotions. The light hearted humour was definitely welcomed as I giggled my way through a few of the scenes but when that lump formed and the tears came, I was a mess. I take my hat off to this author for staying true to the story she wanted to write and the characters we were given. There was no sugar coating of certain situations and even the epilogue (as moving, touching and heart felt as it was) remained realistic and honest.
What she didn't know, what she couldn't have known was that she'd level'd me.
I may have been standing next to her, but I was already falling.
I would love to tell you about the characters I met in "The Song of David" but I honestly feel that I would be doing them and you an injustice by going into any great detail. Do know that you will fall in love with near on all of them, from Tag and Millie to Henry and the boys at the gym and of course Moses who plays such a pivotal role in this book... be prepared to hand each of them a piece of your heart because these are characters you will remember not just because they were nice people but because of their strength, their fighting spirit, the unconditional love they offered and support network they provided. This was a family... a beautiful family that I feel privileged to have been introduced to.
I'd gotten too close, I'd gotten careless, and it had cost us both.
If you're looking for a book that doesn't remind you of anything you've read before, that is totally original, that will steal your breath away with the surprises and twists that lie in wait... Where the writing is flawless and the way the story is told will captivate you from the first page. Where the characters will very quickly find a place in your heart and the plot will have you addicted before you've even finished the first page, then please, please, please read "The Song of David" because this is all of those things and more.
I rated "The Song of David" ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️
I stopped a foot from her and reached out, taking one of her hands in mine. “Do you like this song?” I asked. Obviously she did and obviously I was stupid.
“I love this song.”
“Me too,” I whispered. I reached for her other hand.
“What?” I tugged her hands gently, and she took a step. I was so close now that the top of her head provided a shelf for my chin, and Damien’s song was being drowned out by the sound of my heart.
“It’s another one of his songs. . . and I think I love it even more,” she whispered back.
“But that song is so sad,” I breathed, and laid my cheek against her hair.
“That’s what makes it beautiful. It’s devastating. I love it when a song devastates me.” Her voice was thready, as if she was struggling to breathe.
“Ah, the sweet kind of suffering.” I dropped her hands and wrapped my arms around her.
“The best kind.” Her voice hitched as our bodies aligned.
“I’ve been suffering for a while now, Millie.”
“You have?” she asked, clearly amazed.
“Since the moment I saw you. It devastated me. And I love when a girl devastates me.” I was using her definition of the word, but the truth was, my sister was the only girl who had ever devastated me, and it hadn’t been sweet agony.
“I’ve never devastated anyone before,” Millie said faintly, shock and pleasure coloring her words. She still stood with her arms at her sides, almost like she couldn’t believe what was happening. But her lips hovered close to my jaw, as if she was enjoying the tension between almost and not quite.
“I’m guessing you’ve left a wake of destruction,” I whispered. “You just don’t know.”
Finally, as if she couldn’t resist any longer, she raised her hands to my waist. Trembling fingers and flat palms slid across my abdomen, up my chest, past my shoulders, progressing slowly as if she memorized as she moved. Then she touched my face and her thumbs found the cleft in my chin, the way they’d done the first time she’d traced my smile. Hesitantly, she urged my face down toward hers. A heartbeat before our mouths touched she spoke, and the soft words fluttered against my lips.
“Are you going to devastate me, David?” she asked.
“God, I hope not,” I prayed aloud.
Anticipation dissolved the lingering space between us, and I pressed needy lips to her seeking mouth. And then we melded together, hands clinging, bodies surging, music moaning, dancing in the wreckage. Sweet, sweet, devastation.
“Too late . . .” I thought I heard her whisper.
Amy Harmon is a USA Today and New York Times Bestselling author. Amy knew at an early age that writing was something she wanted to do, and she divided her time between writing songs and stories as she grew. Having grown up in the middle of wheat fields without a television, with only her books and her siblings to entertain her, she developed a strong sense of what made a good story. Her books are now being published in several countries, truly a dream come true for a little country girl from Levan, Utah.
Amy Harmon has written seven novels - the USA Today Bestsellers, Making Faces and Running Barefoot, as well as Slow Dance in Purgatory, Prom Night in Purgatory, Infinity + One and the New York Times Bestseller, A Different Blue. Her newest release, The Law of Moses, is now available. For updates on upcoming book releases, author posts and more, join Amy at www.authoramyharmon.com
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