Exile (Exile, #1) by Kevin Emerson

Disclaimer: I received this ARC for free from the publisher Harper Collins in exchange for an honest review. However, this fact does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Catherine Summer Carlson knows how to manage bands like a professional—she’s a student at the PopArts Academy at Mount Hope High, where rock legends Allegiance to North got their start. Summer knows that falling for the lead singer of her latest band is the least professional thing a manager can do. But Caleb Daniels isn’t an ordinary band boy—he’s a hot, dreamy, sweet-singing, exiled-from-his-old-band, possibly-with-a-deep-dark-side band boy. And he can do that thing. That thing when someone sings a song and it inhabits you, possesses you, and moves you like a marionette to its will.

Summer also finds herself at the center of a mystery she never saw coming. When Caleb reveals a secret about his long-lost father, one band’s past becomes another’s present, and Summer finds it harder and harder to be both band manager and girlfriend. She knows what the well-mannered Catherine side of her would do, but she also knows what her heart is telling her. Maybe it’s time to accept who she really is, even if it means becoming an exile herself. . . .

On sale in April 2014, Kevin Emerson’s EXILE is a witty and passionate ode to love, rock and roll, and the freedom that comes in the moment when somebody believes in you, even if you’re not quite ready to believe in yourself.

Source: Goodreads

My review:

I didn’t know much about this book before starting it, so I didn’t have any expectations and didn’t know if I would like it or not.

Now after having read Exile I can say that it was okay, but nothing special. The reason why I didn’t love it was because Summer just fell too easily for Caleb and in my opinion it was just ‘instalove’. Also, I found that Summer was more into Caleb than the other way around, and I didn’t think that these two were a great match because they were just too different despite their love for music. More over, I didn’t really know if they were together or not most of the time, because Caleb behaved really weird for the entire book.

Also, I found that Summer was a little insecure and she behaved that way in many situations. She wasn’t a strong heroine and she should have spoken her mind more often.  She should have told Caleb how she really felt and she also should have told her parents that she doesn’t really want to study law because she obviously has a different passion.

I also didn’t really love Caleb. I don’t know, I just couldn’t grow fond of him. I understood his problems, but to be honest, I just didn’t feel for him.

When you cannot connect with the characters, it’s obviously very hard to care about them or about what happens to them.

Exile was an okay read, but I just didn’t love the protagonists, and the ‘instalove’ was a turn off. Also, there wasn’t anything special about the plot and after I’ve finished reading this book I couldn’t really say that it was worth reading it.


2.5 out of 5 stars

Note: I would like to thank Harper Collins for sending me this review copy!



8 thoughts on “Exile (Exile, #1) by Kevin Emerson

  1. Ah, insta-love. I can never get into a book when it handles that aspect not very well. And I definitely agree with you when you can’t connect with the characters. Sorry you didn’t enjoy this one as much, but I loved your honest review!


  2. I’ve been curious about this one for the longest time but never interested enough to pick it up. I’m kind of glad I didn’t, it sounds pretty frustrating. It’s no fun when you can’t bring yourself to care about the characters and the insta-love just makes it worse.


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