Leisha's Song is a young adult mystery combined with romance and family drama. I was pulled in immediately by the prologue. The mystery was very well crafted. I liked the progression of the clues and had no idea of the culprit until the end. Leisha is an interesting character. As a black student at a prestigious Academy, Leisha is different, she is trying to uphold all of the standards placed on her by her grandfather who wants her to be a doctor and stay away from boys, especially white boys. I could easily relate to Leisha's predicament and wanted her to follow her dreams of singing. I did think her voice sounded a little off, not a genuine modern black high school student dealing with pressures from every side. I did appreciate Leisha's point of view, how she was dealing with the challenges in her life and her determination to move forward despite being pushed back. The romance between Leisha and Cody ended up being really sweet. Cody took me some time to warm up to, he was persistent in his pursuit of Leisha even after she said 'no' several times. I could tell that there was a spark between the two of them, but Cody needed to respect when she said no. The writing style built the mystery and suspense of Ms. Wells' disappearance as pressure was being put on Leisha from her school and her grandfather to create an exciting and unexpected conclusion.
This book was received for free in return for an honest review.