Posted on May 30th, 2014 by audra
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Book Title: Exile
Author: Kevin Emerson
Release Date: April 24, 2014
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Source: Publisher Arc

Catherine Summer Carlson knows how to manage bands like a professional—she’s a student at the PopArts Academy at Mount Hope High, where rock legends Allegiance to North got their start. Summer knows that falling for the lead singer of her latest band is the least professional thing a manager can do. But Caleb Daniels isn’t an ordinary band boy—he’s a hot, dreamy, sweet-singing, exiled-from-his-old-band, possibly-with-a-deep-dark-side band boy. And he can do that thing. That thing when someone sings a song and it inhabits you, possesses you, and moves you like a marionette to its will.

Summer also finds herself at the center of a mystery she never saw coming. When Caleb reveals a secret about his long-lost father, one band’s past becomes another’s present, and Summer finds it harder and harder to be both band manager and girlfriend. She knows what the well-mannered Catherine side of her would do, but she also knows what her heart is telling her. Maybe it’s time to accept who she really is, even if it means becoming an exile herself. . . .

On sale in April 2014, Kevin Emerson’s EXILE is a witty and passionate ode to love, rock and roll, and the freedom that comes in the moment when somebody believes in you, even if you’re not quite ready to believe in yourself.


For a split second I had a hard time getting into this book, and after a nod to Portlandia I was hooked. Kevin managed to blend music into Exile to create an extraordinary start to a trilogy. Summer is a student at the prestigious PopArts Academy, where music and music production is huge deal to everyone involved. Summer runs a band management company and is on the prowl for her next project after her last band and boyfriend were taken away once they signed a record deal.

She sees talent in Caleb, hiding away a bit after his departure from his previous band. Of course he’s a bit dark and mysterious and reveals a secret he hasn’t told anyone to Summer. He’s the son of a legendary dead rocker. There are three rumored tracks that he recorded and never showed anyone before his death so everyone embarks on a scavenger hunt thanks to the clues left by his dad to find these tapes, starting with the first track Exile.

Exile is an ingenious read and Kevin nails every single one of these characters. It was so easy to get lost in this book and really care about each and every book. I really love that he actually recorded some tracks for the book soundtrack, which is just themes so well with this book and is SO good. The characters felt a bit like close friends by the end of the book, and I can’t wait to continue their quest for the rest of the tracks in the next two books.

For more information on the Exile soundtrack, check out Kevin’s website.

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