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Reviewed by Jamie Michele for Readers' Favorite
A Song Was Playing: I Never Heard It Like That by Golden November is an interactive novel that is part of The Milestoneville Book Series. There are many who have not been introduced to the prolific author November's storytelling style, wherein the scenes are wholly actionable and meant to be read out loud in a group setting. Stock photos that depict the immediate environment a character is in for the scene are provided in full color. There is a continuity of characters between the books and many of the settings are the same, but each book introduces wild new adventures and new characters to share it with. This installment takes us from predicaments like a non-mathematical math magazine employee being stuck in an elevator with the consummate math guy, Octo, before all is saved and he is off camping with Sparkle. From here, the infamous “mystery tour” commences, people require saving and we get a very clear close-up of a canine's mouth as Tessa screams.
There is a line in chapter eight, a chapter before a full metal armor sword fight at a Renaissance fair happens but after JBT is interrupted when cooking for Claire, where JBT and G are rappelling down a waterfall and G says, “Safety first.” A male friend who is familiar with Golden November novels but new to A Song Was Playing changed his line to “Safety second!” We all fell over laughing because it is a genuinely accurate line for how November makes characters work for their supper. The character Tessa was the spanner in this storyline, and you really have to appreciate her hustle, but her bedside manner is in desperate need of some etiquette. My favorite exchange in the entire book is the back-and-forth jabs between Tessa and Flower Rose, which is brilliantly delivered in November's single-line zings. This is, yet again, another winner for Milestoneville and was a blast to play act.