Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Melody Burning” as Want to Read:
Melody Burning
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

Melody Burning

3.14  ·  Rating Details  ·  301 Ratings  ·  74 Reviews
Beresford doesn’t remember much about his past or how he came to live in the chutes and crawl spaces of the posh high-rise that shares his name. But when rock star and teen sensation Melody McGrath moves to an apartment on the fiftieth floor, he knows he has to be near her. Although she doesn’t realize it, Melody is threatened by more dangerous forces than her manipulative ...more
Hardcover, 224 pages
Published December 6th 2011 by Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
More Details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Melody Burning, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about Melody Burning

Clockwork Prince by Cassandra ClareCatching Jordan by Miranda KenneallyObsidian by Jennifer L. ArmentroutShattered Souls by Mary LindseyLove and Leftovers by Sarah Tregay
2011 December YA Releases
32nd out of 47 books — 94 voters
Fallen by Lauren KateHush, Hush by Becca FitzpatrickSilence by Becca FitzpatrickDarkness Before Dawn by J.A. LondonTorment by Lauren Kate
Dark YA Covers
307th out of 348 books — 406 voters

More lists with this book...

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30 of 1,678)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  Rating Details
Nov 04, 2011 Whitley rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
I am the author of Melody Burning. The book has not yet been published, and yet there are reviews from as early as last March. Last March, it hadn't even been FINISHED! For what it's worth, I think that these people are reviewing a controversial author who they dislike. They cannot have read a book that has not yet been released. So please give Melody a chance. Do not rely on fallacious reviews. (I have dated this review to the actual date I finished the book. It will be published on December 7, ...more
Sep 26, 2011 Anni rated it did not like it
Shelves: gave-up
I just couldn't finish it. It made no sense. I mean, there's this teenage boy who lives in the elevator shafts and crawlspaces in a fancy apartment building, and he's been there since he was tiny, so he has no social skills, no education, I don't even know where he gets his clothing, and someone is trying to kill him but apparently they can't seem to do it since this has been going on for a decade at least, and then some teenage pop idol moves in and she falls in love with him? WHY? It doesn't m ...more
Jade Eby
Oct 20, 2011 Jade Eby rated it it was ok
Originally published at my blog Chasing Empty Pavements

The Good: I love love love the cover! The concept behind this book was SO awesome. The idea of this little boy literally growing up inside of a growing building is crazy. Can you imagine being on the 40th floor of a skyscraper and hearing something in the walls? Not like tiny animal sounds but literally...someone IN the walls.

That being said...

The Bad: Those were pretty much the only good points about the book... Even the cover lost its appe
(Benji) The Non Reluctant Reader
Melody Burning is one of those books that are impossible to get into. The summary sounded exciting but the book wasn't. Let me tell you why.
First things first, Whitney Stieber tried for the "instant love" approach. And it failed. Miserably. The second they meet she's all like "he's so amazing, I love him so much" but guess what, SHE HAD KNOW HIM FOR ABOUT 10 MINUTES! Even for insta-love that is fast! She didn't even know his last name, for goodness sake! This is supposed to be realistic fiction,
Mar 18, 2012 Michelle rated it did not like it
Terrible Terrible Terrible Terrible Terrible Terrible Terrible Terrible Terrible Terrible Terrible Terrible Terrible Terrible Terrible Terrible Terrible Terrible Terrible Terrible Terrible Terrible Terrible Terrible Terrible Terrible Terrible Terrible Terrible Terrible Terrible Terrible Terrible Terrible Terrible Terrible Terrible Terrible Terrible Terrible Terrible Terrible Terrible Terrible Terrible Terrible Terrible Terrible Terrible Terrible Terrible Terrible Terrible Terrible Terrible Terri ...more
Horrible. So horrible. I could barely finish it, in fact once I reached the epilogue, I just gave up.

I did not find the characters very interesting. There is a rock star, Melody, and a boy who lives inside the same apartment building as her. The boy does not own an apartment, he is a squatter. He lives in the spaces between the walls, and has been there every since his dad dies, which was years ago. None of them were very interesting to me. Melody was very plain, even though she was a rock star
Jun 13, 2012 Marie rated it did not like it
I just genuinely did not enjoy this book AT ALL.
I'm just going to leave it at that until my anger cools down, what a pure waste if my time!
Dec 03, 2011 Jennifer rated it did not like it
Shelves: young-adult-teen
Read for professional review. Two words: don't bother.
Anna (Yoda Is My Spirit Animal)
The book starts off with a prologue of little Robbie and his Dad being held at gunpoint on a work elevator in an apartment building that's under construction. Dad ends up dying and having his body dumped down the elevator shaft, while Robbie has to hide from the psycho named Luther, who has the gun. Flash forward about ten or eleven years, where everything is all suddenly about teen pop star Melody McGrath, who has moved into the Beresford apartment complex. She is almost certain that someone is ...more
Jul 03, 2011 Laura rated it really liked it
Melody is a teen sensation, a singer and actor in the Miley Cyrus mold. Her mother appears to be the driving force, with public outbursts that often embarrass her daughter - except that these are calculated to gather publicity and get Melody more positive press. They've moved into the Beresford, one of LA's premier addresses, and Melody juggles her sitcom (Swingers), recording her new album and preparing for concert at the Greek Theatre.

At night, however, Melody is convinced that there's someone
Apr 17, 2012 Spark740 rated it did not like it
This book has a very cool title.
This book has a very cool cover.
However, this book is not cool.

First of all, throw several pounds of swearing in my face in the first chapter and I'm not impressed. Second of all, base half your story on this guy lusting after this girl and this girl who has unbelievable, unfounded mood swings (well, she IS on drugs, but really? the nasty monster-like snarl, the "I HATE YOU" into the dark where she can't even see him?), and you've really got one downer for a firs
Dec 29, 2011 Melanie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: YA, Romance, Suspense lovers :)
Shelves: favorites
COULDN'T PUT IT DOWN! This book was great. Please don't be discouraged by lesser reviews. This author is extremely talented...his swift writing made every chapter fast paced and fun, never dull or drug out. He did an astounding job switching between first and third person. His characters were well rounded, you could really get a feel for who each one was, and therefore, you will really grow to love them. This story was fascinating, and if you like a good romance, or even a good suspense, this is ...more
Erika  Forth
Mar 02, 2012 Erika Forth rated it did not like it
Shelves: couldnt-finish
I am abandoning this book. I feel like the premise of the book could have been done so much better. The premise has the potential of really being a creepy, fast-paced thriller, but it falls terribly short. The characters are not developed enough, the story just lacks pizazz, and the love story is utterly ridiculous. I will not drag myself through the rest of this.
Feb 16, 2012 P.E. rated it it was ok
I just couldn't believe what was happening. It didn't feel real, and so I had no connection with the characters, the plot was simple and felt a bit forced (insta-love) and the world building didn't make sense (a guy lives in an apartment for years without anyone noticing?). It just wasn't my piece of cake.
Apr 08, 2016 Milo rated it liked it
Apparently, several people have given this book negative reviews before it was even published. I don't know why that's a thing. I only bring this up because I'm saying that I actually did read it.

This book is really weird. There were a few times where I couldn't quite buy into the realism of the situation (for example, character development not always fully explained). There were a couple of times when I thought to myself, "What the heck am I reading?"

But, nonetheless, it was interesting. It's q
Apr 03, 2012 Kailee rated it did not like it
Shelves: reviewed-books
All I can, truthfully, say about this book is that the narration seemed immature, and the plot was lacking in creativity and detail.
Lalaine *myficbookreviews*
Intriguing book! wanna read it!
Laurie Treacy
Oct 06, 2011 Laurie Treacy rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2011
(Actual rating 3.5) What do you do when those night time sounds we hear in our bedrooms are actually made by a living being? Pop star Melody McGrath has to grapple with this very strange issue. A young boy, witness to his father's murder, grows up all alone in the world inside a ritzy LA building where his closest neighbors are ceilings, walls and pipes. In secret, he learns to traverse through this maze of steel and metal, to live. Learning to sneak into residences when unoccupied, he watches t ...more
Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)
Jan 14, 2012 Mlpmom (Book Reviewer) rated it liked it
Shelves: kindle-books
After reading some of the review on this book, I really wasn't sure if I even wanted to give it a chance, I mean really, I don't have time for a bad book but something about this book just drew me in and I thought, what the heck and gave it a chance anyways.

I will say, the whole scenario is a little far fetched, I will give the other reviewers that have complained about that a firm agreement. But honestly? I read books sometimes to get that way out there theory. To be a part of a world that mayb
Triv S.
Oct 27, 2013 Triv S. rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
What. The. Hell. Was. That.

This was , by far, the worst book I've ever read. I don't even want to list the reasons because it was just so painful to read. In every way a book can be bad, this was bad. This wasn't a book—it was a parody of cliches.

I've honestly lost a little bit of faith. So let's break this down quickly:

Plot: 1/10 (The plot was barely existent and entirely irrelevant. Honestly it was just 200 pages of nothingness. The characters did nothing to further the events, it was just l
Tiffany Holme
Sep 04, 2012 Tiffany Holme rated it really liked it
Shelves: own, paperback, arc
With this one I was surprised. Very surprised to say the least! I picked this one up thinking I was getting myself into a paranormal type of read and yet it wasn't. However I ended up really enjoying this dark and at times tragic read. There was a very quick start that kind of pulled you in and got you interested. Murder can do that though and the fact that it left a little boy so very alone kept me glued because lets face it you need to know what happens to him. This doesn't happen right away ...more
Nov 24, 2011 Krystal rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc

This book would make a great addition under the Christmas tree. The author begins with a prologue that will help explain the next events in the book. A small boy and his father are exploring a building in Los Angeles when they are interrupted by a man clearly trying to do them harm. What happens next is slightly unsettling and leaves the small boy with no recourse but to stay where he is-for years.

Melody is a bit of a rock star on the rise. She moves to Los Angeles to further her career, though
Apr 02, 2012 Celine rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: for-review
Review originally posted in:

The girl's white dress reflects Melody in the book. I like how she's standing over the edge, represents a scene in the book and I love the background. I love the city's light during the night. I think the girl looks a bit weird but the background helps!


A Wild Boy and an It Girl...

So I'm just going to start this review directly instead of giving a small synopsis of the book like what I usually do in my reviews. What
Mar 12, 2016 Nicole rated it liked it
Shelves: 2013
I'm giving this like a 2.5/3 star rating. In the beginning I was like this is boring I'm not going to like this. Then there were parts where I was like okay this is good, but then I'd get to a part that would make me not like the book. I totally didn't like the insta-love. I'm never a huge fan of that. And the love that was started totally didn't make sense and totally wasn't possible. A boy is hiding in your walls and he comes out to see you and you suddenly love him? And he loves you because h ...more
Jul 09, 2011 Rachael rated it liked it
Beresford has lived hidden away for so long in the high rise building with which he shares his name that he barely remembers his past. He knows something terrible happened a long time ago and there are terrible people he should still be afraid of, but lately, all he can think about is the Beresford’s newest resident, teen pop star Melody McGrath. From the first moment he hears Melody singing from the crawl space behind her room, Beresford is sure that he loves her. On the other hand, the only th ...more
Jan 22, 2012 Kristen rated it really liked it
First Impression:
Before opening this book, I really had no clue what it was going to be about. I just knew it had a nice shiny cover that made me think maybe paranormal, maybe not. You never know nowadays.

While Reading:
The beginning of the book sucked me right in. A murder, a boy hiding and then back to modern times. Then the book took off from Melody's point of view, a girl who is becoming a singing sensation and can't seem to handle the pressure. Then, she meets the phantom in her wall - Beres
Aishabella Sheikh
Sep 19, 2015 Aishabella Sheikh rated it it was amazing
The most chilling, addictive book I have read in a long time! Every chapter had me on the edge of my seat, and the romance was so powerful and sweet - I loved it. I loved the psychological aspect of it, and the raw emotions I experienced was an unpredictable rollercoaster ride until the end.
Definitely one of my favourite novels of all time
Mar 07, 2012 Shelby rated it it was ok
This book just did nothing for me. I read it in a hour and a half, and the story just went no where. Usually I would be tempted to put this kind of book down, but it was just so short that I decided to finish.

The plot was actually quite good. Or at least it could have been. Everything just happened so fast that I was left feeling like, what?!?!?! Especially with the romance. I mean, she doesn't even know Beresford's name until the very end, and she'a already desperately in love with him (and he
Derrick College
Aug 05, 2015 Derrick College rated it did not like it
Shelves: couldnt-finish
I just cant get into this book.. no matter how hard i try.. I picked it up because the cover caught my interest and the storyline seemed legit.. but i do say i just started it maybe a half hour ago. But it is lost to me.. I try not to give negative reviews.. it just feels like some teenager wrote it just to write something down. I really cant stand the main character, she seems disinterested the world around her. She rather be doing something.. anything else. The boy character i like because he ...more
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 55 56 next »
topics  posts  views  last activity   
Sinopsis en Español // Synopsis in Spanish 1 1 Apr 09, 2015 10:44AM  
  • He's After Me
  • Truth and Dare: 20 Tales of Heartbreak and Happiness
  • Still Waters
  • Kill You Last (Thrillogy, #3)
  • The Right Song
  • The Convent
  • In My Father's Den
  • Vicious Little Darlings
  • Memory: Stadt der Träume
  • By Any Other Name
  • The Secret Sisterhood of Heartbreakers (The Secret Sisterhood of Heartbreakers, #1)
  • Illuminated
  • Hollywood Hellraisers: The Wild Lives and Fast Times of Marlon Brando, Dennis Hopper, Warren Beatty, and Jack Nicholson
  • Lightbringer (Lightbringer, #1)
  • Riding Out the Storm
  • Shattered Dreams (Midnight Dragonfly, #1)
  • Destroying Avalon
  • You Don't Even Know
American writer best known for his horror novels The Wolfen and The Hunger and for Communion, a non-fiction description of his experiences with apparent alien contact. He has recently made significant advances in understanding this phenomenon, and has published his new discoveries in Solving the Communion Enigma.

Strieber also co-authored The Coming Global Superstorm with Art Bell, which inspired t
More about Whitley Strieber...

Share This Book

No trivia or quizzes yet. Add some now »

“I think he's wonderful and strange and kind of like a poem.” 1 likes
“This time, there was the ghost of a reptile in Szatson's smile. 'I don't handle little problems.” 0 likes
More quotes…