Sunday 2 March 2014

Sing Sweet Nightingale Review

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.

I love it when my book radar hones in something that I just know I’m going to love.

And I love it when I’m right.

To say I was excited to read Sing Sweet Nightingale by Erica Cameron is a bit of an understatement as it sounded like the perfect book for me and believe me when I tell you, it totally was.  I mean a book about a girl who meets the man of her dreams (literally) every night in their own private paradise? COUNT ME IN.  But Paradise isn’t as heavenly as it seems and Mariella is in danger of losing more than her heart.  Thank God for Hudson who’s also had his own dreams of a girl in terrible trouble.  Trusting his instincts, he tracks her down but convincing her that Paradise doesn’t exist isn’t going to be easy especially when the lie is so appealing.

I want to get something out of the way first.  I’ve seen some reviews classify this book as a mix of genres, including horror.  For those of you that are too much of a wuss to read scary books (and I include myself in that category) please rest assured that I did not think this book fell into the horror category AT ALL.  I probably wouldn’t have read it otherwise and it didn’t scare me so I’m sure it won’t scare you, okay? So you can relax on that front.

I don’t want to talk too much about the plot but it’s just fantastic and my favourite part was something I can’t even talk about for fear of spoiling it for you but let’s just say – GIRL POWER and leave it at that ;)

Sing Sweet Nightingale is one of the most original books I’ve read in some time and I just absolutely loved it so, so hard.  One of the tests I have when I read and review a book is to ask myself - would I buy it?  And the answer is HELL, YES.  I’ve already pre ordered my copy and I urge you to do the same.   This is a page turner and a half, there’s no cliff hanger and while this book is satisfying enough to read as a standalone, the potential for more is definitely there and I’m told there will indeed be a sequel.  It can’t come fast enough for me.

Sing Sweet Nightingale is published on 4th March, 2014.  To find out more about Erica Cameron and her books, please click here to visit her website.

Received from Spencer Hill Press (via Netgalley) in exchange for an honest review.