Apr 28, 2014
Title: Sing Sweet Nightingale
Author: Erica Cameron
Publisher: Spencer Hill Press
Publication Date: March 4, 2014
Overall: 3.5 out of 5 stars
Mariella Teagen hasn’t spoken a word in four years.
She pledged her voice to Orane, the man she loves—someone she only sees in her dreams. Each night, she escapes to Paradise, the world Orane created for her, and she sings for him. Mariella never believed she could stay in Paradise longer than a night, but two weeks before her eighteenth birthday, Orane hints that she may be able to stay forever.
Hudson Vincent made a pledge to never fight again.
Calease, the creature who created his dream world, swore that giving up violence would protect Hudson. But when his vow caused the death of his little brother, Hudson turned his grief on Calease and destroyed the dream world. The battle left him with new abilities and disturbing visions of a silent girl in grave danger—Mariella.
Now, Hudson is fighting to save Mariella’s life while she fights to give it away. And he must find a way to show her Orane’s true intentions before she is lost to Paradise forever.
Sing Sweet Nightingale was a surprisingly refreshing book. I didn’t start out with high expectations, but they definitely were exceeded. I ended up really liking Hudson, and Mariella ended up growing on me. At first she seemed incredibly selfish and I didn’t understand her reasoning at all. However, as we learned more about Orane it became easier to see why she was so taken in.
Hudson was a great guy, and I always hate it when people like him have such bad things happen. There was no reason his parents should have disowned him, and I can understand grieving the loss of another son. However, who wouldn’t be proud to have a son who stands up for people? Yes, it may cause problems but what a good person!
Mariella was harder for me to enjoy because at the beginning, she really was horribly selfish. It was hard to see at first how brainwashed she was because it was such subtle manipulation. Over the course of the book though the manipulations became so blatant and obvious that it started to make me cranky that Mariella wouldn’t see it.
Erica Cameron created some great side characters too. I enjoyed K.T., Dawn, Hudson, and even Mariella’s parents. There were some things that detracted from the story for me. The crystals and rocks used too fight against the “demons” were just a little weird. It was hard to believe any sane person could believe that or start to accept it.
Overall I would give the book 3.5 out of 5 stars. Erica Cameron’s writing definitely drew me in even if parts seemed childish. I will definitely keep an eye out for the sequel
3.5/5 – A Great Read, Well-Written
**Please Note: This review is my honest opinion and I did not receive monetary compensation from it.**
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