When picking up BATTLE OF THE BANDS, don’t expect the deep reading experience you’d get from a full-length novel. As long as you don’t make the assumption that this quick read manages to cover all of that, you’ll love it!

Jay, Kel, and Cia are the Lunar Ticks. They love their music, and work hard to get their band to the top. They compete against other bands, and they’re pretty good–but they could never beat Indigo Daze, fronted by the beautiful Rowan. They don’t have Rowan’s talent–and Jay isn’t sure he can keep writing songs. That’s not his only problem, though; he’s also got his life to deal with, as does anyone else.

BATTLE OF THE BANDS says a lot in a half-hour’s read. It’s powerful and attention grabbing, telling a fascinating story of love, life, and music. The characters are wonderful; I’d love to read a sequel (perhaps a longer one rather than one written for reluctant readers), maybe from the point of view of one of the other characters–Cia or Rowan would be most interesting to me personally. It’s definitely a good book, and K.L. Denman has the potential to be a brilliant writer. I hope she turns her talents to a longer, higher-level book next time–I wasn’t ready for this shorter story to be over when it was!

Rating: 8.5/10