From the Bookshelf: Dissonance, by Amanda Staley


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Now this is a really special book. I ‘met’ Amanda Staley when I first started out writing (was it Twitter? or Google+?) and began following each other’s blogs and developing a friendship. There was a point about… 6 months or so in when I was ready to delete all records of my manuscript and resign myself to a real job. I didn’t say anything, I just left the blogging world for a while. She sent me an email to jog me out of that funk and get into editing – it’s something I’ll always be grateful for. She’s also given me feedback on my early drafts, and keeps me laughing with her brilliant sense of humour.

So Amanda released her debut novel Dissonanceย recently and I ordered a print copy from her. It arrived yesterday, when I was stuck in bed with the flu (ugh!) so I didn’t hesitate to get stuck right in.

I tend to like books that are fast-paced and hold my attention. This is probably one reason I like children’s books so much!ย Dissonance was a much slower read, but it did hold my attention. It was emotionally heavy – in a good way – and kept me on my toes with little twists and turns. After I was about halfway through I had no idea how it was going to finish, but the ending was beautiful, fitting, and made me smile.

Recommended for readers who like a good drama, and delving into the emotional palette of people.

Thanks, Amanda!


9 Responses to “From the Bookshelf: Dissonance, by Amanda Staley

  • Sounds like a great book Zee and I like the phrase “the emotional palette of people”. Lovely to hear how your friendship blossomed and hope you feel a lot better soon. Deborah

    • Z.R. Southcombe
      2 years ago

      Thanks Deborah. It took me a while to come up with the best way to describe so glad it didn’t go unappreciated. Feeling much better today – thanks ๐Ÿ™‚ Hope your ‘boys’ are on the mend too x

      • I loved the way you described the book. You brought a smile to my face. I’m glad to be getting good reviews, even it they might be a bit biased ๐Ÿ˜‰

        • Z.R. Southcombe
          2 years ago

          I am a very honest reviewer – promise!

          • Let me rephrase that ๐Ÿ™‚ I am glad I am getting good reviews. Even if they are coming from good friends and family. Those are the people I was worried most about anyway ๐Ÿ˜€

          • Z.R. Southcombe
            2 years ago

            That’s better ๐Ÿ™‚

  • I was lucky enough to be one of Amanda’s beta readers for Dissonance. That was quite a while ago, yet I still remember most parts of the story vividly, which is something rare for me seeing that I have memory loss problems. Yes, this is a worthwhile book to read.

    • It’s my understanding that strong emotional experiences create stronger memories, so perhaps it’s no surprise that Dissonance is so vivid for you ๐Ÿ™‚

  • I’ve bought Amanda’s book too and look forward to reading it sometime soo.

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