Sing Sweet Nightingale
By Erica Cameron
Published by Spencer Hill Press
On March 4th 2014
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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.
There are two main characters, Hudson and Meriella. First off we get to meet Hudson who is at his most vulnerable state. He’s been thrown out of his home, and has moved to a new place and is starting a new school as well. He has some new found abilities after his little incident with this demon, and this what brings him here. He is in search of the girl he has been dreaming about. Mariella. She hasn’t spoken a word in several years, and her parents and friends don’t what more than can do to her help her. She really is a sweet girl, who was just a little misguided when it came to love, but such an enjoyable character. To not speak because of a pledge she made, shows how admirable her word was. The side characters, were written that they really didn’t feel like they were just side characters, they were a big part of the entire story. And I loved that her parents were so involved in everything, they supported her and loved her just the way she was and tried their best to understand.
This is a truly imaginative dreamworld that Cameron created. For Mariella, Paradise was full of beauty, buildings that were master pieces of architecture, surroundings that take your breath away and Opera House that she would sing at only for Orane. Mariella enjoyed her time there, and had no idea what this place really was or what it was doing to her. The romance was sweet, but it was more of an illusion of love that Orane created for Mariella. There was however a sweet and slow burning romance that brewing from the time Mariella and Hudson met, and I ahve to say that I enjoyed it so much. The blend of fantasy, horror and romance was all mixed with an intriguing and complex plot, and I found myself so engrossed I lost track of time and how long I had been sitting there reading. Towards the end I was worried that the story would left with a cliffhanger, but things seemed to tie up things very well, but did leave Mariella and Hudson right where they needed to be for another installment.
Okay, so I have probably rambled enough now, but it was a book that I truly enjoyed. Sing Sweet Nightingale is a frightening yet intricate dreamworld, with fantasy and romance and is a series that I will be continuing for sure.