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I introduced my 6 year old daughter to this book through audiobook. She loved it and listened to it several times. Now, as a 7 year old she is reading it aloud to me every day. It is the first large book she took to read, and it shows just how much impression the book left on her. As an adult I can criticise it here and there, but it is children's book and I have the child who found it absolutely irresistible and keeps coming back to it.
I pre-ordered this book, hoping to love it, and finished it feeling rather let down. I was acutely aware that I was not the target audience, but thinking back to my fantasy-loving, 11-year-old self, I don't know that she would have liked it either. I found the prose uninspiring and cliché, the main character obtuse and unlikable, and the tropes both heavy-handed and obvious. The parallels to Harry Potter (hidden school for the special and talented; amazing, strangely-colored magical vessel to transport us to that school; four houses determined by superficial characteristics; protagonist with missing parents and strange talents; cheerful, emotional male sidekick) were not well-hidden. Furthermore, I found myself wondering how familiar the author actually is with "classical" music and its world, or if she instead enlisted the help of a few more-musical friends. The entire world felt clumsily grafted together from randomly-selected elements of reality and fantasy.
That said, I thought the book played well within the boundaries of the rules it had set forth. I found parts of it humorous. I especially appreciated how clear it was that not only the main character but everyone enrolled at the titular academy needed to work very, very hard: music in this universe is not a mystical endowment from the Muse but a skill to be learned and honed (unless you're talking about certain specialties, but that's another complaint). I absolutely loved the character of the headmistress, and certain other characters I found uninteresting, but believable.
I'm not sure I can recommend this book for a serious young musician, but a more casual one might love it - or you might love it! You don't have to pay attention to my opinion at all, if you like, and you certainly don't have to like the same things in a story that I do. That's the beauty of books. If you decide to buy it, I hope it gives you hours of happiness!