Rock Fiction Coveting: The Heavy Influence Series by Ann Marie Frohoff

Posted: June 5, 2015 in Rock Fiction Coveting
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What do you know… it’s a series!

I do like series. I really do. I like getting in-depth with really good characters who almost come alive off the page. But it’s getting to be that there are so many, it’s hard to keep up with them all. And it’s hard to know which are the good ones without reading them for myself. Although, like I say all the time, Susan’s glad to cross-post or whatever if you’ve got a Rock Fiction book you want to see reviewed here.

So here’s the series. It’s called The Heavy Influence series, and it’s got as many between-the-book novels as it does main novels. Are the betweens novellas? Are they… tell me what they are.

The books seem to be about a teenaged band on the rise. Or maybe they’re older than that. It’s hard to tell. Heck, we don’t even find out their names until the third book, which is numbered 1.5. And then it seems to be a typical “throw every bad thing except the kitchen sink at them and see if their love survives” series, which has gotten increasingly popular lately and which I’m not so sure I’m on board with anymore. (Susan wants to know if these series are the answer to the mega epic family stories that were so popular when she was a kid, which she says dates her and I should delete this before she does, but I bet she forgets.)

The problem is that the book descriptions are really vague. REALLY vague. Jake faces problems that make him reevaluate his life. Okay, but … what?

And, of course, we have the usual band-at-the-top-of-the-heap cliche at some point.

I’ve told Susan she’s not allowed to write about any of those bands anymore. Just her ShapeShifter ’cause they’re already there. I want to hear from bands who are stuck in the middle, stuck always on the way up but can’t quite make it.

But… maybe these books are better than I’m giving them credit for. They probably are and are just suffering from bad back cover copy. Only one way to find out!

  1. Lady Reader says:

    Just wondering, did you read all of the books in the series thus far?

    And, yes, I believe the books in-between are called novellas. 🙂

  2. I got a hold of Jett. This is one of her coveting posts, where she talks about Rock Fiction that’s come across her radar and that she’d like to read. She’s pretty tough on a book before she begins to read it, but that drops away when and if she begins to read (kind of a cool thing she does). As I said, neither of us have read any of the books in the series. She figured out from the descriptions on GoodReads that there were no names revealed until Book Three. If you read her post, that’s her biggest complaint: the back cover copy ought to play in the World Series of Poker, these books are so good at withholding information. That may work in poker, but not when trying to sell a book! Readers need to know what the book is about. They need to know who the main characters are. They need to entice readers to read this book and not the multitude of other books out there. Right now, this series isn’t doing much to hook her. But if a copy crossed her mailbox, she’d dive right on in with the hopes of having her socks knocked off.

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