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Title: Sing Me Forgotten
Author: Jessica S. Olson
Publisher: Inkyard Press
Pub Date: 3/09/21
Genre: YA Fantasy
Edition: ARC (Advanced Reader’s Copy)
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.
Sing Me Forgotten is a masterpiece full of heart and emotion. The writing flows almost as beautifully as the music within it, and the characters come straight to life from the beginning of the book.
I actually wasn’t sold on Emeric at first, but once he started sticking up for himself with Isda, I completely warmed up to him. He’s such a sweet, earnest character that you can’t help but fall in love with him. I also would pay big money to hear him sing. And don’t get me started on the caramels. I don’t even like caramel, but I would be begging him for some.
The writing for Isda in this was so superb. The more she started realizing what she is and what she can do, the more I rooted for her. It didn’t matter what she did or who she hurt to get what she wanted, I was all the way Team Isda. I also enjoy when you figure out information and have to wait for the characters to get to the same level of understanding. The relief toward the end when Isda finally understood was so satisfying.
The ending of Sing Me Forgotten solidified it as a 5 star read. I was leaning toward a 4.5 rating because something about it felt like it was missing something, but my sobbing at the end was enough to make me fall completely in love with this story. It emotionally destroyed me. Every time I would stop crying and would read the next line, I would start crying again. I want the last scene tattooed under my eyelids. I want to see it at all times and breathe in it’s sadness. I also want to reread that part again, but I know I’m not strong enough yet.
Overall, Sing Me Forgotten is a stunning debut that I would highly recommend if you love books centered on music, discovering who the real monsters are, and writing that makes you feel everything.
*Thank you to the publisher for the ARC. All opinions are my own*
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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.