She doesn’t just play, she kills it.
Talented rock guitarist Beth Collins has been barely holding herself together for months, ever since her boyfriend and bandmate became the latest victim in a string of suspicious disappearances. When her brother is injured an accident and she sees something dark billowing around him as he hovers close to death, she’s convinced her sanity is collapsing for good. Then she's accepted by a boarding school for the musically gifted. All of her new friends are bursting with talent, but they're also keeping secrets. Can she trust Vincent, who's so sweet that his very touch makes her fears melt away? Or Xavier, who's trying to tell her something but is hiding even more? Will anyone be safe when her true Talent comes out?
PRAISE FOR UNTIL BETH
From School Library Journal:
Gr 8 Up―Beth Collins has a talent, and the tingling in her chest is the only premonition she receives that her world is about to be rocked. The story begins with Beth still hurting over the disappearance of her boyfriend, dealing with the downward spiral of her brother's accident, and realizing that things might not be as "normal" in her small town as she once thought. It's a roller-coaster ride from there. She finds out that her friend and bandmate, Andre, is as talented as she is, and he helps her enroll at a school for musically "gifted" (emphasis on the "gifted"). Everyone at the school has a gift (besides the musical kind)―but each is potentially harmful to society; Beth finds out quickly that High Step isn't what she thought and not what she wants. As she fights to figure out who is who in the dangerous game of "guess that talent," Beth is torn among Vincent, Xavier, and Sam. Who is telling the truth? Who really cares about her and not her ability? There are many players, and readers are left wondering what happens next, but thankfully it's a "to be continued kind of question," as the author plans a follow-up of Beth's future.
VERDICT A solid addition to fantasy collections that has shades of Twilight's love triangle.
Meghan Oppelt, Whitehall School District, WI
On the night seventeen-year-old Jeremy Glass winds up in the hospital with a broken leg and a blood alcohol level well above the legal limit, his secret crush, Susannah, disappears. When he begins receiving messages from her from beyond the grave, he's not sure whether they're real or if he's losing his grip on reality. Clue by clue, he gets closer to unraveling the mystery, and soon realizes he must discover the truth or become the next victim himself.
From School Library Journal
Gr 9 Up--This novel is an edge-of-your-seat thriller with a supernatural twist. Amowitz does an exceptional job of portraying the fragile mental state of a young man who has faced three devastating losses. Readers will wonder if he is truly solving a murder or experiencing a mental meltdown.-- Cary Frostick, formerly at Mary Riley Styles Public Library, Falls Church, VAReview
Breaking Glass is a diamond in the rough that keeps you riveted to each page from start to finish. Amowitz blends the supernatural with a touch of romance and serious real-life teenage issues, and the haunting tone of her narrative is enhanced by exemplary prose and vivid descriptions. Breaking Glass is an impressive debut from Lisa Amowitz.
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