Dissonance – Brittany at The Book Addict’s Guide

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Next up we have Brittany from The Book Addict’s Guide. Her book is Dissonance.

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I’m currently reading recently read DISSONANCE by Erica O’Rourke (which was the first book I’ve read from her and BELIEVE YOU ME, I will be picking up more!) and I am just fascinated by the concept of pairing up time travel and music. The book IS titled DISSONANCE so those of you with basic music knowledge may spot that as a familiar term right off the bat.

dissonanceIn high school, I was a HUGE choir nerd and I honestly loved everything about it. I had always loved music but wasn’t able to take any lessons growing up. My parents probably knew me a little too well and knew I wouldn’t stick to music lessons because if I can’t pick something up right off the bat, I tend to put it aside. I almost played in band in elementary school on my mom’s old clarinet, but it just would have cost too much money to repair on top of paying for lessons. No room in our house for a piano and… well, my options pretty much ran out. But freshman year of high school, I chose choir as an elective because I enjoyed singing, but mostly because my sister had and she really enjoyed it (and had a great teacher). Little did I know how big choir would turn out to be and how much it shaped my high school experience.

I promise, there’s a point to the personal history story… So my senior year of high school, I took Music Theory which is an awesome class for music nerds, by the way. In DISSONANCE, Del and Simon have a music theory class together and so that was a great personal connection for me since that was one of my favorite brit2classes and it also brought back a ton of memories. I thought music was such a perfect way to help describe how the alternate universes works — I may not be a music pro, but I have just enough knowledge and extremely basic theory to really make that connection as well as understand the references and comparisons.

Even if you don’t have any music theory knowledge, it’s a pretty awesome comparison to make. The two concepts really just FIT together and I loved art and science combining to make one awesome book. For those of you who haven’t read it yet (and I recommend picking it up!), very basically the concept is that every time someone in the “Key World” (the world as we know it) ends up making one decision in place of another, an alternate world forms where the opposite choice was made. Del, as a “Walker” (someone who can walk between alternate worlds), is training to maintain the integrity and perfection of a fully functioning Key World. The different worlds have different pitches (this is where the music comes in) so worlds that are more unstable sound more dissonant, eventually causing a headache and worse if a walker stays in an unstable world too long (think about hearing a clashing of notes or completely awful sounds for hours on end).
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Let’s be honest. I have no science knowledge whatsoever. I wasn’t a bad science student, but we had a really hard chem teacher at my high school so I didn’t really want to deal with that and if you didn’t do chem, you couldn’t do physics (boo hoo, right?) so I opted for an easier class since when would I use that in real life? Anyway… Books bogged down in extremely technical scientific concepts are often hard to understand or keep straight so this was a reason I felt like DISSONANCE totally just worked. A little bit of music theory HELPS, but I’m sure we know more about music than we do about technical science so I felt like the average audience would just be able to understand the functions of the alternate worlds much better. The music-science connections are constantly popping up in the book and it felt like just such or organic way to describe everything that was going on. Everything really just seemed to FIT and I really applaud Erica O’Rourke’s decision to meld the two together!

All of the possibilities in the book can’t help but make me wonder what I would be doing in a parallel universe… And really, I try not to think of it because some of those opportunities could be so awesome! I could still be doing some things I really loved… But I could also end up a whole lot worse. When it comes down to it, I’m pretty dang happy with my life, so even if this is somehow real, let’s just pretend it really is all fiction and regret nothing!

*personal pictures belong to Brittany

Parallel Time Loop:
Introduction
Rachel – A Wrinkle in Time

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Introduction – Parallel Time Loop

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About a month ago I finished Loop by Karen Akins (review to come at the end of the month) and I was blown away. If you are my friend on Goodreads and you didn’t have Loop on you TBR list I most likely shoved it down your throat gentle nudged you to read it. I was completely crazy about it and I think a lot of you will be too.

Anyway, after I was done I started to think about all of the parallel life books that I love which got me to think of the time travel books that I love. Both seem to go hand in hand when you sit down and think about it. There are a lot of similarities in both types of stories that connect them in a fraternal twin kind of way. Then I got to thinking about how I could celebrate these types of stories because they are my favorite kinds of books. I’m just fascinated by them. So I threw it out on Twitter and I got 9 lovely ladies that responded with interest and from there Parallel Time Loop was born. For the next 10 weekdays one of the lovelies will be guesting on my blog talking about a parallel life or time travel book in their own way. Some did reviews, so have interviews, some just have fun posts. But each of us did use a different book in hopes that one might be new to you.

To kick things off and introduce the participants to all of you I have asked each of them to answer one question (and a lookie-looat the books we are all doing):

In a parallel life, what do you think you would be doing?

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Rachel (Hello, Chelly): “In my parallel life I would’ve taken French instead of Spanish in high school, studied abroad for a semester in Paris during college and eventually returned there after I graduated. I would still be a designer and blogger but I’d be doing that from Paris instead of New York/New Jersey. And of course I’d have this gorgeous loft and a boyfriend that looks like Theo James (who I would’ve met on a train traveling from London to Paris, similar to Before Sunrise). A girl can dream!”

Brittany (The Book Addicts Guide): “Hmmmm. In a parallel life, I would have chosen a better major in college and actually pursued a dream (like music, or actually DOING something with my Spanish and not just majoring in “Spanish”). I think that’s the one decision I really regret in life and I would have loved to taken the appropriate steps at the appropriate time to set myself up for a good career.”

Lauren (Love is Not a Triangle): “In my parallel life, I’m a world traveling librarian, because my excellent research skills are in demand everywhere, and that’s totally a thing in my alternate universe. ”

Rachel (Rachel Writes Things): “I love time travel. I think the idea of being able to go to a different period of time and explore it. Look at Outlander for example. I think, if I could time travel I would LOVE to go to the American Revolution. I think I would be BFF with Abigail Adams. Did you know she tried to convince her husband (John Adams, future president) that women should have the right to vote? YUP. Awesome! I also just think the American Revolution is such a huge change in history — American separate from Britain and we almost called the President ‘King’.”

Alexa (Alexa Loves Books): “In a parallel life, I’d instinctively tell you that I would be a professional ballerina. I’d dance on stages all over the world, known for my moving performances, clean line and just the way I express all the emotions with each movement for every role that I take. ”

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Emma (Miss Print): “I’m still trying to think of a cool name for the alternate universe version of myself. No matter what she’s called, I’d like to think that version of me is similar to myself but turned up to eleven. And possibly a published author who sometimes rocks pink highlights.”

Lauren (Bookmark Lit): “I always wanted to be an English teacher. In junior year of high school, I took a marketing class and it changed everything. I thought I could make more money and do something I thought was pretty easy. In hindsight, I wish I stuck with my gut. Every day I sit at my desk and wish that I went to school to be a teacher instead. I know it’s not too late to make this change (considering I just finished undergrad in 2013 anyways), but I think that is what I would be doing in my alternate universe. I would have decided to stick with teaching and would be working at a high school somewhere. I guess that’s not a particularly glamorous answer to this question, but it’s a true one!”

Danielle (Love at First Page): “What would I be doing in a parallel life? I feel like I’m going to have a really lame answer compared to everyone else, haha! Umm. Can I go a bit out there? How about – if this sort of thing were at all possible, I’d be like a book hopper. Basically I could live out all my favorite books, and be the female character who gets to fall in love with the gorgeous guy every time. Only, I wouldn’t remember once I moved onto the next book, otherwise I’d feel guilty. DOES THAT EVEN MAKE SENSE? It sounds awesome, at least. So, that’s what I’d do.”

Andi (Andi’s ABCs): “When I was little I always wanted to go to college at UCLA. I have no idea why or where I got the idea but I always said I wanted to go there. Of course as I got older that changed and I went with a more feasible plan. So for my parallel life I would like to think that I would have actually gone and lived in California for college and be on an entirely different coast right now. I’m not sure what I would be doing, maybe some kind of buyer or something, but I know I would be warmer all year round.”

What would you be doing in a parallel life?

*Katie (Polished Page-Turners) is taking part in the “tour” but was unable to answer the question in time due to real life. I’m pretty sure she would be as awesome in a parallel life as she is now!

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Review: Dissonance – Erica O’Rourke

Review: Dissonance – Erica O’RourkeDissonance by Erica O'Rourke
Series: Dissonance #1
Published by Simon and Schuster
Published: July 22nd 2014
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In this inventive romantic thriller, Del has the power to navigate between alternate realities—and the power to save multiple worlds.

Delancey knows for sure that there is more than one universe. Many more. Because every time someone makes a choice, a new, parallel world is spun off the existing one. Eating breakfast or skipping it, turning left instead of right, sneaking out instead of staying in bed—all of these choices create alternate universes in which echo selves take the roads not traveled. Del knows all of this because she’s a Walker, someone who can navigate between the worlds, and whose job is to keep the dimensions in harmony.

But Del’s decisions have consequences too. Even though she’s forbidden from Walking after a training session goes horribly wrong, she secretly starts to investigate other dissonant worlds. She’s particularly intrigued by the echo versions of Simon Lane, a guy who won’t give her the time of day in the main world, but whose alternate selves are uniquely interested. But falling for Simon draws Del closer to a truth that the Council of Walkers is trying to hide—a secret that threatens the fate of the entire multiverse.

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.


Truthfully, I have no idea how I feel about Dissonance. In terms of full disclosure, I read this book after I read two books I had been dying for that were fantastic and nothing could live up to that. So I don’t know if my uncertain feelings are because this book was a ‘rebound’ book or if I really wasn’t as in love with it as I hoped I would be. I mean Dissonance wasn’t a bad book, but I didn’t feel like it was a great book either.

The story is about Del, a girl that gets to travel into parallel worlds because she is what is known as a Walker. With every choice, a person makes a new world, or Echo, is formed and Del gets to navigate them and figure out which ones are stable. But Del has never been one to follow the rules. And when her longtime crush starts popping up in all of her Echoes and noticing her in her real world, the Key World, Del is even less likely to follow the rules. When things start changing in both the Key World and the Echoes, Del must figure out where she stands and what’s important to her.

Part of my problem with Dissonance was the pacing. It’s a long book. No getting around that. It’s a lot of pages with a lot of information and newish terms. Some of the stuff is very dense so it makes it hard to focus and pay attention. But that wasn’t the problem. The problem was that nothing seemed to be happening. It took about 3 quarters of reading before I was like, ‘oh, something just happened’. It made reading a struggle at times wish was disappointing. On the surface, the premise is really good, but all the buildup and background and unfamiliar words made it harder to get through.

Not that the whole book was bad. There were some really strong parts. The interwoven story of the characters was a part that I really enjoyed along with the different family dynamics. Del’s family was interesting. Addie was a know-it-all, and her parents were workaholics, and her grandfather was somewhere there kind of holding the family together in a way. The way that this dynamic reshaped and changed as the story progressed was a really good part. And when things started to happen, they really started to happen. Whether it was Simon, Del’s crush, and his evolving part in Del’s life or the mystery surrounding the instability in all the worlds, things definitely sped up. Enough to make me want to continue on with the series? That remains to be seen.

 

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