Monday, November 14, 2011

Review: Virtuosity by Jessica Martinez

Summary/Cover Image from Publisher's Website:
Now is not the time for Carmen to fall in love. And Jeremy is hands-down the wrong guy for her to fall for. He is infuriating, arrogant, and the only person who can stand in the way of Carmen getting the one thing she wants most: to win the prestigious Guarneri competition. Carmen's whole life is violin, and until she met Jeremy, her whole focus was winning. But what if Jeremy isn't just hot...what if Jeremy isbetter?

Carmen knows that kissing Jeremy can't end well, but she just can't stay away. Nobody else understands her--and riles her up--like he does. Still, she can't trust him with her biggest secret: She is so desperate to win she takes anti-anxiety drugs to perform, and what started as an easy fix has become a hungry addiction. Carmen is sick of not feeling anything on stage and even more sick of always doing what she's told, doing what's expected.

Sometimes, being on top just means you have a long way to fall....

Virtuosity is another one of those books I’ve wanted to read for the longest of times. I love the cover for it, and the premise sounded amazing. Plus after seeing all the praise it was receiving, I knew there had to be something amazing about it, and as it turns out, there was…something very, very amazing! Simply put Virtuosity is one of my favorite 2011 reads due to not only the heart racing romance but also the characters as well as the writing!

Virtuosity begins the story of Carmen, a young yet very talented violin player who is facing the biggest competition of her life, one that might just break or make her. From the very first page, it was easy to see Carmen was struggling with life as well as the certainty and uncertainty lying around her future. She was also a very sheltered girl, one who knows everything about the violin but not much about real life…friends, romance, etc. are things she hasn’t had much experience with. However, in Virtuosity she begins to life and come to life in the process, which made her character all the more likable and easy to root for! I especially loved seeing her friendship as well as romance bloom with Jeremy. Jeremy is someone who has experienced life even with his big violin career, and because of this, he changes Carmen as much as she changes him and while Jeremy wasn’t always the most likable guy around, he had a heart of gold deep down- it just wasn’t always easy to see.

As mentioned above, Virtuosity also contained an interesting premise, and thankfully, the execution was even better. It was interesting seeing the ins and outs of the classical music world, especially from an author who has had their own experience in it. Plus, I really enjoyed seeing the focus on family in this one, as not only did it bring more understanding to Carmen’s character but it also brought a couple of twists and turns along the way. Least but not last, the romance between Carmen and Jeremy…simply put it was the definition of swoon worthy. It had a taste of Romeo and Juliet to yet it was completely its own. Better yet, I loved that it actually developed at a reasonable pace, and while the conclusion of it was a little too good to be true, it was good all the same.

Lastly, Jessica Martinez truly shines as an author in this one. Seriously, after reading this one, I can without a doubt understand why it’s been getting so much buzz. Because not only does Jessica fully present a three dimensional world as well as interesting and diverse characters but also she does so in a well-written way, one that fully brings the emotions and actions felt to life with every word.

Romantic and enchanting with taste of suspense, Virtuosity is a fabulous debut, one that will have fans eager to read more by Jessica Martinez, especially if it involves more about Jeremy and Carmen.

Grade: A+

Virtuosity (Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Goodreads) is now out!

Source: Publicist at Simon Pulse- thanks Dawn! 


  1. I keep seeing these positive reviews on this one and I cannot wait to pick it. Thanks for the awesome review! :)

  2. awesome, awesome awesome book and review
    i devoured it both,lol

  3. I loved this book as well! Fantastic review. :) Jessica's writing was so great and her characters were outstanding!


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