Published by Random House on July 1, 2013
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult
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If everyone loves the world's hottest band, who's trying to destroy them? Most people would love to be Lorna Powell, travelling the globe with her brother and his mega-famous band. Then again, most people don't realise just how annoying four handsome rock stars can be. A new home and a new school seem like the start of a normal life - until Lorna overhears a chilling plot to silence the band forever. Soon Lorna is drawn into a frantic attempt to identify the killer before they strike. But it'’s not easy to track suspects around the world when she’s got homework to do and secrets to protect. And when gorgeous lead singer Marius starts to act strangely, Lorna wonders if she’s had the wrong idea all along . . .
Kill the Music offers an interesting perspective that is so different to the mundane everyday life; what it feels like to have a rich and famous sibling and to be forever living in his shadow.
It’s not all glitz and glamour however, as Lorna, a teenage girl with a famous brother, finds herself being lonely and struggling to fit in. Everyone at school just wants to get close to her so they can find out more about Turmoil, one of the hottest rock band in the world. As she’s drawn into endless rehearsals, concerts, and travel, all she wants is a normal life. When Lorna overhears someone communicating murder plans at a rehearsal, her life gets thrown upside down as she struggles to protect the band and track the suspect down.
The book isn’t normally something I would have picked up from the blurb, but I’m really glad I got the chance to read it because I ended up loving it! Nansi Kunze is a skilled writer and never did I find that the novel was too young or immature. The way she wraps the combination of Lorna’s surreal life, trying to be normal, while throwing in enough about the mystery was skillful. My nose was glued to the novel from start to finish as the elements of mystery, romance and humour were so perfectly balanced.
Lorna is so down to earth and witty, but you can tell she’s also lonely being surrounded by a famous band and their crew. Never does she use that popularity to try and make friends or get ahead, and the girl who she ends up making friends with is someone who is as grounded as she is. It’s easy to let all the fame and fortune get to your head but Lorna is mostly embarrassed about being chauffeured in a limo and getting swamped by fans everywhere. Although she’s living an unbelievable life that many may covet, she just feels so real from the way the author conveys her thoughts and emotions.
The band is her only family as her parents passed away and her brother is her sole guardian. They mean everything to her as they live together and take her everywhere they go. So when she hears her family being threatened by a faceless murderer, she devotes all of her time and efforts into protecting them and finding out who it is. From running off the set of a music video to convincing a German butler to do her bidding, Lorna finds herself in some hilarious but scary situations as she pursues the suspected murderer with the FBI in tow.
I found Kill the Music to be thoroughly entertaining and real, and would recommend it to YA lovers everywhere. I’ll be following more of Nansi’s work as I really enjoyed her writing here.
I received this book for review from Random House Australia, in exchange for an honest review. Much appreciated and thank you so much for this!
Rating: 5 out of 5