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Serenade

(The Nightmusic Trilogy #1)

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3.62  ·  Rating details ·  597 ratings  ·  80 reviews
Teenage heiress Kaya experiences her first taste of freedom when she’s kidnapped from her sheltered life. But as she forms an unlikely connection with her abductor, Luke, her adventure takes a strange turn.

There is nothing magical about growing up in a mountainside castle, when it’s your prison. Kaya’s ruthless and powerful father keeps her under lock and key, watched ever
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Published April 17th 2017 by Clean Teen Publishing
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Zøe Haslie
Mar 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
· “Kaya Lowen. I finally have the name of the girl who has haunted me for the last 1968 hours.”·


For the first time in a long while, I don’t think my words can do justice to this awesome book I just read. But, I have to try anyways! First off, this book is currently free on Amazon, so you should definitely download it in two clicks!

Now, I can move on to talk about the book. Kaya has lived her entired life guarded, protected… or should we say trapped in a golden cage? She was never free to go or
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Julie

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When I received this book (from who I think was an editor for Heather McKenzie), I really didn't know what to think. I don't really read Young Adult novels any more and when I saw that it was published by Clean Teen Publishing ... I REALLY didn't know what to think. What I DID know is that the blurb for this book was intriguing. Here's the deal, it's not any secret that I appreciate a well placed f-bomb or a steamy sex scene in a book. While I don't seek those things out when choosing a book, I
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Dianne
Jan 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 01read
She was born with a platinum spoon in her mouth and grew up a prisoner in a gilded cage. When Kaya turns eighteen, she has only one wish, to do something daring, to be a normal teen, to NOT be a prisoner in her own home, her father her keeper who has made many deadly enemies. But will her one desire turn into the very nightmare her father was “protecting” her from or will it be her coming of age, her chance to finally live? What will Kaya discover about her past, her present and her future? Will ...more
Erin Gossman
Nov 19, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have so many thoughts on this book, I don’t think I can put them all into words. First off it was captivating and interesting from page one. I initially believed it to be a mix of Rapunzel and Cinderella and then it spiraled into something so much more. There is just so much happening in this book- deception, love, lies, action... it left my head spinning. I am extremely excited to see that there are sequels and fully intend to read them. I love Kaya’s character, her personality, her attention ...more
Dani (The Pluviophile Writer)
Dec 20, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, ya, canadian
Ah to be rich… but restricted in life and in love. Set in an iconic Canadian setting, this novel is an action-packed YA romance.

Review at The Pluviophile Reader: http://bit.ly/2hUK56k

4/5 stars.
Read from December 20 to 21, 2016.
ebook.

Cheers to Heather McKenzie for providing me with an ARC edition of this book for an honest review. I love to read and support new authors! It has been a while since I’ve read a YA novel and even longer since I read one with some substance so this was a refreshing rea
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Tonja Drecker
Jun 14, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Intrigue, tension and danger pack these pages the whole way through.

Kaya is a rich man's daughter who lives in a castle in the mountains, which might sound like the perfect life. Except, it's not. Thanks to a grandfather who wants to see her dead, she's under constant, heavy security. No friends. No life outside of the bodyguards and her nanny. When secrets start to unfold, she discovers that her grandfather isn't the only deadly threat in her life.

My favorite part of this book is the great out
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Ivie
Apr 10, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dnf, awful
I really tried to push through. Honestly, I did. And usually, I try not to rate books that I didn't finish. At least, recently, I've been trying to not rate them. But I decided that this is my opinion and I'm giving it one star because this is how I feel about this book.

~What I Liked~

Not much, honestly. At first, the plot intrigued me and the idea was a good one.

Kaya is a broken person and she does act out because of it. It's realistic, but her moral compass is nonexistent. That's what bothers
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Poulami
Originally posted on Daydreaming Books.

*I received an eARC of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.*

This book really took me on for a ride. So many things happened in this book and I enjoyed it very much.

Kaya desperately wants to live a normal life which is impossible as she is the sole heiress of a billion dollar company. Her father doesn't give her the time of the day and she is left in the company of her bodyguard and other security officers who in due time has become he
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Please Pass the Books
Serenade by Heather McKenzie is the first book in the author's series, The Nightmusic Trilogy. Kaya has lived a shockingly sheltered existence as the heiress to a billion-dollar empire. Her father (and grandfather) have made her a virtual prisoner, dictating where she can go (nowhere, really), when, and with whom. Her only friends are her bodyguards and a "manny" who's been with her since birth. When she's kidnapped, the plot thickens as things begin to reveal themselves, and this is helped alon ...more
Crystal
Nov 01, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I wouldn't exactly recommend this for teens, maybe not even young adults, but feel it's more for adults given the themes. I can't say it's "Clean Teen" reading either. However, I think it is a perfectly acceptable adult story.

It is like a modern FairyTale story in a way, but kind of in reverse. Abuse is hard to spot when that's all we've ever known. It is easy to mistake the control and manipulation for an overprotective love. It becomes a blur until we catch a taste of freedom and are able to
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Tonja Drecker
Apr 29, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Intrigue, tension and danger pack these pages the whole way through.

Kaya is a rich man's daughter who lives in a castle in the mountains, which might sound like the perfect life. Except, it's not. Thanks to a grandfather who wants to see her dead, she's under constant, heavy security. No friends. No life outside of the bodyguards and her nanny. When secrets start to unfold, she discovers that her grandfather isn't the only deadly threat in her life.

My favorite part of this book is the great out
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Rachel Barnard
Jan 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Kaya lives a guarded life as the heiress to a medical company worth a fortune, but her father doesn’t ever want to relinquish control and will go to insane lengths to make sure his greed is satisfied.

Kaya wants to be normal, but when she’s constantly surrounded by her male bodyguards she doesn’t have a chance, until her father consents to let her run in a weekend long 125km foot race. All is well as she is fiercely protected until one by one her guards drop out of the race. Even her new Fiancé b
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Gordon Long
Jan 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Every teenage romance should have a side story to keep it interesting — a hobby or sport or activity that gives the tale that added kick. A 24-hour Death Race through the Rockies in Banff National Park ranks up there at the top. Add to this an overprotected young heiress under the control of her much-hated billionaire father, a handsome hunk of a bodyguard and a well-meaning and fatally attractive kidnapper, and you have the grounds for some serious conflict.

The story revolves around Kaya, her
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Jenny Bynum Black Words-White Pages
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WOW, what an awesome and refreshing read full of love, hate, surprises, mystery, loyalty and everything in between. I enjoyed it very much. The characters were phenomenal and felt as if I could connect with Kaya and all she had to go through physically and emotionally. The story-line was extremely addicting and I found myself glued to the story from beginning to end. There was always something happening at the turn of every page. I a
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Samantha McLaughlin
I WISH IT WAS POSSIBLE TO GIVE SERENADE 1,000 STARS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Heather McKenzie's debut novel was outstanding and beautiful and perfect while some of the characters were imperfect and rotten (referring to you, Oliver) and amazing and outstanding and crisply written. It has been a long time since I have enjoyed a book this much. I highly recommend it; Serenade featured a heroine that is admirable and relatable to girls and women of all ages, with a kind, gentle, and steady-minded man named Lu ...more
Sienna Jazmyn
Jul 26, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
First Thoughts
This book sounded thrilling, dramatic, and romantic. I was happy to find that I was right. but sad to find that it had a little bit of a slow start, but the first part is essential to the rest of the book, it's basically the back story. so here's my honest review of Serenade.

Review
So yes this book did start out slow, but it's the back story and you need to know it. After that, it gets a bit better and it's like a will they won't they situation, to get to the really dramatic nail-bi
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Claire Drewsen
Feb 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow

I’ve read many books and many genres. I have some favorite authors and not so favorite ones. This book is the first book I’ve read by this author, but if any of her others are as good as this one, she will be in my favorite authors list (which is VERY short). Really, if she’s added it’ll make it 3 authors total.

This book is very reality based. There is nothing really unrealistic about it and that’s why I Love is so much. Almost all of the books I’ve read have something unrealistic to them, b
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Jane
Feb 06, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was asked to review this book by librarything.com

What s great read - debut novel too. Got it all mystery, love, hatred and friendship.

The author has created good characters ,secrets, twists and turns, cliff hangers and melting moments.

Kaya father is rich, and does not want her out of his sight, grandfather wants to see her dead and under security- well what a life!

As secrets emerge the twists with come and turn. Enjoy this to the very end
Kaiyla
Oct 19, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
For the first time in a long time, I could not predict the plot. It was a page-turner of discovering "what next" as the story unfolded for the main characters. I really enjoyed all the twist and turns and look forward to finishing the series!
Briana
Apr 21, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I'm sorry, but this book is a shit show. I couldn't even get through half of it without giving up. Kaya is a foolish, whiny heroine with Daddy issues and a bodyguard who is obsessed with and slightly abusive to her. Somehow we are supposed to root for the mysterious guy who has Kaya kidnapped. I rarely rate books this low but honestly, I'd give it a 0/5 if I could.
Kimberly
Feb 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was very surprised of how much I liked this book. Throughout the novel, I saw Kaya development as a character which made me like it so much more. Another thing is that it also brought up the topic of panic attacks a bit (not the main topic of the book) it was nice to see. Overall it was such a good read that I will continue reading the series once they come out.
Sherri
Feb 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sooo, Sooo Good!

Wow, this book was a wild ride! Like nothing I've read before. I never new what to expect. It had some of the most heart melting moments, but was intense most the time. I was nervous because it's the first book in a trilogy and the second one isn't quite out yet and I don't like cliffhangers, but the ending was even great! Sooo, Sooo Good!! Read it!!
Lucia
Apr 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Beautiful story, beautiful layout and interesting story line. The story gives a clear description between love and obsession. Couldn't have asked for a better couple than Kaya and Luke
Team Kaya all the way!
Vanessa
Mar 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
Not my typical read, but when I finally picked up my advanced copy, I was pleasantly surprised. I don't tend to like teen and YA but I had a hard time putting this one down. Solid first novel - will definitely follow the series as it comes out.
Lori Bindner
Mar 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Terrificly written!

Suspense, mystery, romance and intrigue.
Characters who make me want to shoot them, plot twists I hadn't expected and a smile as I wish to read more of this series.
InD'tale Magazine
Kaya is having a pretty tough time. She is accompanied by bodyguards everywhere and not allowed to leave her home.

Read full review in the 2017 November issue of InD'tale Magazine.
Connie Zinsmeister
The best

Love, confusion, kidnapping, intrigue, good guys that look like bad guys. This has it all. Poor Kaya has a lot of choices to make.
Jade Kersey
Nov 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It was a nice change of pace from my usual genre. I love the change in perspective each chapter. Great read
Elizabeth
Feb 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book kept me on my toes, I couldn’t put it down. Dramatic and lovely!
Nikki J
Jul 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Must read

Great book! Now how to write a review without spoilers....if you like like suspense and love triangles you need to give this book a shot. Now I'm off to read book two!!!
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Heather McKenzie is a Canadian author whose first book Serenade was released April 2017. Also a singer/songwriter with five albums to date, she told stories through music for years before falling in love with novel writing. Heather pulls from her extraordinary experiences as a musician to fuel her passion for creating Young Adult fiction. You can visit Heather at www.heathermckenzie.com

Other books in the series

The Nightmusic Trilogy (3 books)
  • Nocturne (Nightmusic Trilogy, #2)
  • Rhapsody (The Nightmusic Trilogy, #3)