A Distant Voice by Birdie Blake Review

A Distant Voice

A Distant Voice
By Bridie Blake
Genre: Contemporary
Age category: Young Adult
Release Date: 14 October, 2015


“In life you don’t find your voice. It finds you.
Violet Hayes knows how to survive the year living with her grandmother in the small town of Wandorah, Tennessee.
·         Make Rose happy
·         Don’t sing or play guitar
·         Avoid Sally Shaw
·         Ignore Carter Jenkins
It seems simple enough, right? Wrong.
·        How do you keep a depressed sister happy?
·        How do you deny yourself your dream?
·        How do you avoid a friendship?
·        And how do you ignore a boy when he’s everywhere you turn?
Violet’s to-do list just became a whole lot harder.”

Thoughts And Opinions:

  • This was very much a coming of age story where the main character was helping others get over certain issues leaving for her to end up dealing with her own.
  • I loved the character development in this story and the premise of the book.
  • This book did touch on certain subjects such as depression, death and a little bit in alcoholism.
  • The main character, Violet, was easily relatable which was a great thing in a story, or at least in my opinion.
    • She is very much a giver as she was helping her sister and others while somewhat putting her dreams and goals in the back burner.
  • The book was perfectly and elegantly written.
    • Like I no joke could have just kept on reading it again and again and again. That is how elegant the book was and enjoyable.
    • However some of the events in this story may hit close to home depending on what you have experienced in your life.
    • The author was able to make you feel for the characters and the story in general which is something that you need in your book.
  • The message was clearly shown and presented through the book but you do have to pay attention and not just skim through the book (Yes I am looking at some of you).
  • You will see yourself cheering for Violet and Carter throughout the book, and if you don’t do you have no soul!?!!?
  • The character like I said were very real. Almost like I could touch them.

In conclusion this is defniatlly a book that I would suggest to any YA lover or NA lover or Contemporary lover.

I give this book a 5/5 stars.


Read more to find out where to buy the book, who the author is and where to find her and an expert from the book. 

You can find A Distant Voice on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/27397574-a-distant-voice

You can buy A Distant Voice on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Distant-Voice-Bridie-Blake-ebook/dp/B016P73Q02
About the Author:
Bridie Blake lives, daydreams and writes in Melbourne, Australia. She’s happiest at her computer, coffee in hand, Tim Tams on standby and her furry companions Poppy and Mac at her feet. When not writing she’s usually found with a book in her hand or playing with her tribe of nieces and nephews.

Bridie Blake

Bridie is the author of the YA fantasy novel, THE JEWEL OF KAMARA, and YA contemporary novels A DISTANT VOICE and UNTIL YOU.

You can find and contact Bridie here:
– Website: http://bridieblake.com/
– Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AuthorBridieBlake/
– Twitter: https://twitter.com/BridieBlake
– Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7340867.Bridie_Blake
– Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Bridie-Blake/e/B00FQVJQOO/
– Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/bridieblake/


“He smiled and reached out to pull the guitar toward him. He strummed his fingers over the strings and played a few chords before glancing over at me proudly.
He offered me the guitar. “Your turn.”
“And what makes you think I can play?”
“Your bloodlines.”
I snorted out a laugh and clapped my hand over my mouth in horror.
“Play away,” he said, ignoring my snort, and pushed the guitar into my hands.
I stared down at it with my mouth hanging open. The way my heart raced you’d think he’d pulled the pin on a grenade and handed it to me. Relax Violet. It’s an instrument. It can’t hurt you. Unless I tripped over it and broke my neck. And that could happen. Probably not entirely realistic while I’m holding it, but if I dropped it and then got up and tripped, it … oh dear god, what is wrong with me?
His mom called out his name and he gave me an apologetic shrug. “I’ll be right back.”
He left the room and I remained where I was, the guitar still burning my hands. It had been months since I’d played. Months since I’d felt that wave of joy I got whenever my fingers ran over the strings.
A yearning, so strong it sent butterflies fluttering in my stomach, washed over me and my fingers moved. They ran over the strings, playing whatever came to mind. I closed my eyes and let myself be swallowed up by it all. I allowed myself to forget and be something else. Someone else.
I didn’t know how long I stayed like that but a shuffle behind me forced me back to reality. I opened my eyes and twisted around. Carter stood in the doorway, a look of wonder on his face and it made me squirm. I dropped my hands, rested the guitar on his bed, and scrambled to my feet. “I should go.”
He moved toward me slowly, as though scared a sudden movement would startle me. “What’s wrong?”
“Nothing,” I mumbled and folded my arms across my chest, tucking my hands into my armpits where they’d be safe and wouldn’t stray towards anymore strings.
His brow creased and I saw him trying to work out what had happened but I didn’t want to talk about it. I tried to duck out of his room before he asked me anything. He gripped my arm, stopping my quick exit. “It’s okay,” he said. “You’re allowed to enjoy things. You’re not betraying your sister by having fun or doing the things you want to do.” His voice, filled with sincerity and kindness, caused a lump to take up residence in my throat.
His hand ran along my arm and towards my hidden hand. He tugged on it until he freed it and he squeezed my fingers gently. I shook my head because he’s right, but he’s wrong at the same time. It was guilt over Rose that stopped me doing things but when it came to music, there was so much more to it.
Music destroyed Gran’s life. It ruined Mom’s childhood. I couldn’t love something like that because if I did, I’d open myself up to the same hurt. And I’m not anywhere near as strong as Gran. It would destroy me. It would be my trigger.
I wanted to tell him that. I wanted him to understand. But the words wouldn’t come out of me.”

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