Serenade by Morgan Shamy

(The Dark Nocturne #1)

Published: May 31st 2022

Publisher: Aethon Books

Length: 313 pages

My Rating: ⭐⭐⭐


St. Paul’s Academy of the Arts isn’t your usual boarding school…

When November Huntington is sent away to live with her long-lost family, she’s forced to attend a music school for the gifted—which wouldn’t be a problem if November were musical. She’s an athlete through and through, and hates being different.

The kids at the school don’t welcome her, they’re wary of her presence, especially Vincent, a brooding teenage boy involved with dark spirits, who can make time stop when he plays his piano. In fact, all her classmates are obsessed with playing their instruments. And odd things happen when they do.

But something is off about the school. Deaths have occurred through the years, students showing up dead the same way November’s parents were killed—with their throats ripped out.

A killer is on the loose… November must figure out a way to stop whoever it is, balance her feelings for Vincent, and solve her parents’ past before she, too, is numbered among the dead.

My Review:

This was a fresh new take in paranormal young adult. I enjoyed the idea of the veil between life and death and that music was the way to keep the veil closed.

I felt at times the book dragged and the characters often seemed much older than the ages the author gave them. Years seem to pass for characters and yet they are 16-17

I enjoyed this book and will read the next one just to see how the story unfolds.

I received an arc of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own. 


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