I would like to start this review by stating that this book, Six Strings by C Billie Brunson was sent to me for free, but this is not impacting my review.
I am going to post the blurb that is on the back of the book:
“Carl Percival (Percy) VanNess inherits a guitar from his father. He’s intent on learning to play and wants to use it as a roadway to fame and riches. But this guitar is not as benign as it appears. In fact, the music produced when it is played incites anyone within earshot to murder whomever is in sight.
Troubles escalate when Carl Lets his buddy Peyton borrow the guitar, Next, Mat, Peyton’s older brother, gets caught up in the same diabolical intrigues surrounding the guitar.
Only Stacey, Carl’s enduring sweetheart, is aware and seems immune to the Gibson’s evil persuasion. Is this due to some latent magic she holds within, dumb luck, or something else entirely? Can she, with the help of her loyal Lab, Diva, convince her friends to let go of something they cherish before it tears their friendship apart? Might two Djinn token seekers who are after the guitar to fulfill their own agenda put the brakes on her efforts?”
So to start this is a genre that I love but I’m very picky about it, but I completely loved the concept of this book and the writing style. I also really enjoyed the short chapters. I love short chapters because it makes the book feel more fast paced for me.
For the characters, Carl is such a believable teenager. He is the “too cool” high schooler that can’t tell his girlfriend how he feels. I thought this was very believable because of how feelings are looked at from guys especially in high school. Stacey, Carl’s girlfriend, is such a fun character. She is the first person that we see to put together that something is wrong with the guitar, and we see her jealousy when Carl is picking the guitar over her. At first I didn’t like that she didn’t just leave him during this time, but when we got the backstory of Stacey it all made sense and pieced together nicely. Peyton and Matt are really fun as brothers because of their dynamic.
The descriptions and scenery were great throughout this whole book. With so much supernatural in puts and details sometimes it can be hard to imagine everything that is happening, but with this book I didn’t have that problem. This book is in the third person which works really well since we have so many people to follow and we need to see into each person’s life in order to piece all the information together. There are so many little details that add up that the reader needs to know so this point of view gives the reader insight from all the different angles.
With the backstory of what is wrong with the guitar the people that it affects makes complete sense. I think once we get the background everything about the guitar before and after makes so much sense. There is so much suspension in this book, and I really enjoyed trying to guess what was going to happen next (even if I was wrong the whole time).
This book is such a great change from the normal paranormal books, and has such a unique concept, especially with the back story. I really enjoyed being thrown into the story with Carl and mostly Stacey since I was on Stacey’s side. I really enjoyed reading this book. It is definitely a book that I would reread and definitely recommend it to anyone that likes horror, paranormal, magical realism, or needs a change in their genre.