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welcome to a world where music and magic co-exist, where isda should not exist. born a gravoir, she was forsaken by the world before her first breath. but fate had its ways, and cyril found her, saved her, provided her with everything she needed.
“destruction is a music all its own. one composed of drumbeats and a percussion of passion and pain.”
with its prose, sing me forgotten reflected the world we live in today. as a gravoir, isda was already judged as something dangerous, people not caring about knowing her full personality first. as someone who was forbidden to live with “normal” people, she found comfort in the shadows. living in an opera house, music surrounded her soul, making her heart beat in various tones. and with music, she was able to harness her powers to do her savior’s bidding and of her own. spending most of her life in the shadows protected her from harm, thus she also became known as the ghost of the opera house, which if i could remember correctly, what also unfold in the phantom of the opera. i watched the movie years ago during high school, thus i couldn’t remember most of what happened. still, the resemblance was there, the familiarity evident. the aesthetics? my thirst was quenched and a new hunger arose. the french fashion, the masquerade, the setting, i was full of the beauty and famished for more.
“they all think you’re a monster, but you don’t want to hurt anyone. you simply want to live.”
the plot was quiet predictable, but still kept me at the edge of my seat. the romance didn’t really do much to my heart, though i understood why emeric was ideal. the writing was sweet as caramel and flowed smoothly in my mind. the magic system definitely stood out, a magic both music- and memory-based. as the story developed, so did isda, and it was on point. in addition, the plot felt dragging at first, but i soon realized it was meant to be, since the author had more to show, leaving me satisfied.
“and then they are gone, and i am alone. weakened, bleeding, and filthy, but still standing.”
a book as haunting as a siren’s song, isda’s story will make it into people’s heart.
title: sing me forgotten
author: jessica s. olson
publisher: inkyard press
release date: march 9th, 2021
genre(s): young adult fiction–fantasy, romance, retellings
buy link: [ bookshop.org ]
Isda does not exist. At least not beyond the opulent walls of the opera house.
Cast into a well at birth for being one of the magical few who can manipulate memories when people sing, she was saved by Cyril, the opera house’s owner. Since that day, he has given her sanctuary from the murderous world outside. All he asks in return is that she use her power to keep ticket sales high—and that she stay out of sight. For if anyone discovers she survived, Isda and Cyril would pay with their lives.
But Isda breaks Cyril’s cardinal rule when she meets Emeric Rodin, a charming boy who throws her quiet, solitary life out of balance. His voice is unlike any she’s ever heard, but the real shock comes when she finds in his memories hints of a way to finally break free of her gilded prison.
Haunted by this possibility, Isda spends more and more time with Emeric, searching for answers in his music and his past. But the price of freedom is steeper than Isda could ever know. For even as she struggles with her growing feelings for Emeric, she learns that in order to take charge of her own destiny, she must become the monster the world tried to drown in the first place. [ goodreads ]
JESSICA S. OLSON claims New Hampshire as her home, but has somehow found herself in Texas, where she spends most of her time singing praises to the inventor of the air conditioner. When she’s not hiding from the heat, she’s corralling her three wild—but adorable—children, dreaming up stories about kissing and murder and magic, and eating peanut butter by the spoonful straight from the jar. She earned a bachelor’s in English with minors in editing and French, which essentially means she spent all of her university time reading and eating French pastries. Sing Me Forgotten is her debut novel.
Jessica is represented by Christa Heschke of McIntosh & Otis Literary Agency. [ author website ]