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SING SWEET NIGHTINGALE by Erica Cameron — Book Review

February 26, 2014

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Book Description:

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.

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Characters can make or break a story. If they are unrelatable, annoying, or poorly developed, readers can find themselves unable to continue reading. They simply don’t care if the hero and heroine get together in the end or if the evil villain is finally defeated. Without character development and chemistry (and I mean more than simply romantic chemistry), a story falls flat. Lucky for you, Sing Sweet Nightingale has some pretty great characters;)

I’ll be honest, the story starts out a bit confusing. I was lost for awhile trying to figure out exactly what was going on. Erica drops her readers into this alternate world that contains strange dreamworld people and mystical powers. It might take you a little while to get used to the differences contained within this world, but it’s worth it.

My favorite character was the hero, Hudson. He wasn’t the cookie cutter version of a hero with a troubled past he is trying desperately to escape and correct. Sure, he has a past, but it doesn’t drown out the rest of his qualities. Qualities such as perseverance, patience, and an uncanny ability to make a reader grin. His quiet inner thoughts will make you smile as he shows incredible patience while dealing with some interesting situations. And let’s not forget about Horace:)

There are a few things I am hoping will be explained in further detail in the next book. The use of crystals was especially interesting to me. However, I feel as though Erica needs to go into a bit more detail as to the different properties possessed by the different crystals. She was somewhat vague in her descriptions, and it gave the impression she was dumbing down the material for her readers. Something else that needs to be expanded upon is how exactly the energy in the dreamworld works. Erica touches on this briefly in a  few scenes, but it is never completely explained. Since this is a saga, however, I am expecting Erica to appease my curiosity:)

Erica’s tale will pull you in much like a pleasant dream. However, Sing Sweet Nightingale shows that dreams can sometimes be the worst of nightmares.

*I am an intern with Spencer Hill Press/Contemporary and was provided with an ARC of Sing Sweet Nightingale in order to provide an honest review of the book.

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