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    Must Read

    The first time I ever read anything by Emma Raveling was while she was just at the beginning stages of her Ondine Quartet series (pretty sure it was book 1). Little did I know, Ondine Quartet would become one of my all time favorite series. You know, the ones where no matter what you’ll always come back to and re-read because the story is just that amazing! When Ondine Quartet ended, I didn’t know what to do with myself. I was a wreck, an emotional hot mess…you name it, that was me. When Emma decided to delve into something that didn’t hinge on YA fantasy dare I say…I was slightly skeptical. Everything that I have known about Emma’s writing has been filled with fantasy. There was always some sort of magical element that held you in suspense. Let me tell you, I had nothing to worry about. Breaking Measures is one of those books that sucks you in and doesn’t want to let you out. Such brilliant writing from beginning to end. The magic was there, hidden beneath the suspenseful and amazingly intricate story line. Everything about Breaking Measures was in such perfect detail, with poor Leila and the life that she knew being ripped away from her and watching her stumble and find the courage to do what needs to be done. Quite honestly just the sheer amount of betrayal in this novella was staggering. A Woven Silence is up next for Emma, and I can’t wait. I loved every second of Breaking Measures.
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    A Fantastic Mystery!

    I fell in love with Emma Raveling's style of writing in her YA series, Ondine Quartet, that features a certain stubborn heroine who always tries to do the right thing. Breaking Measures is Emma's first adult novella and she did such a wonderful job! The words flow smoothly and I swear I could feel the same emotions that music stirs inside of you when you listen to it which only increased what emotions I felt when reading the story. The mystery and twists in this book are great and definitely kept me guessing on who it could possibly be. So all in all a great first adult novella by Emma Raveling. I'm so excited for A Woven Silence where we can read about what happens with Leila next! Breaking Measures is out September 24th! Told from 3rd person POV
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    Hauntingly beautiful

    I fell in love with Emma’s writing in her YA fantasy, the Ondine Quartet, I was instantly swept away in her enchanting ability to immerse you in such a magical world with it’s captivating inhabitants. Reading Breaking Measures was a completely different experience, and even though there was no magic in the storyline, it still felt weaved throughout the entire story. The writing was hauntingly beautiful, every description was cultivated with such care. The music and it’s instruments felt like living, breathing beings, luring you in with their seductive siren’s song. I felt as if I were right there with Leila watching her perfectly crafted world shatter around her piece by structured piece. The mystery was fantastic! I loved the scramble for the next clue and getting knocked upside the head with each shocking twist and turn. This was a fabulous prequel and I can’t wait to see what awaits Leila next in A Woven Silence! I received an ARC from the author in exchange for an honest review
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    Poignant & edgy

    Poignant and edgy, Breaking Measures takes contemporary fiction to the next level. Emma Raveling's writing has always been a stunning example of how an author can reel in their readers from the very first word. And Breaking Measures is no exception. In fact, it builds on Raveling's ability to entertain readers by adding a bundle of mystery and suspense that will keep readers on the edge of their seat...and looking over their shoulders to check that a mass murderer hasn't snuck into their houses! Sprinkled with delicious descriptions of the main protagonist Leila Cates' music career and her love for her art, this novel is utterly captivating from start to finish. This book is highly recommended for readers who love to read well-written books. Love books where it feels like every word, every sentence, has been chosen and put together with the utmost care and attention? Do you love books that make you feel invested in their mysterious events, and that urge you to join in on the journey to discover the truth? Then Breaking Measures is most definitely for you!
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