April 04, 2021

#BookReview: Sing Me Forgotten by @JessicaOlson123 @Inkyardpress

Synopsis: 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.


Rating: 💫💫💫💫
My Review: This gender swapped Phantom of the Opera was amazing! I think it did have to find its way to start out but after a few chapters it found its footing and became an outstanding story.  I loved the powerful message within its pages.  This story will captivate and have you spellbound until the very end. 

From School Library Journal

Gr 8 Up—This absorbing fantasy is a gender-swapped twist on The Phantom of the Opera. White, red-headed Isda, 17, has lived her whole life hiding in an opera house in Channe, Vaureille. She's a gravoir, born with gnarled cheeks, with the magical ability to manipulate other people's memories when they're singing. Gravoirs are so feared, they're killed at birth. Cyril Bardin, the white manager of the opera house, saved newborn Isda from drowning. Now Isda, masked and hidden, secretly manipulates the audience's minds to praise the opera's performances, ensuring its success. A talented composer, Isda is mesmerized by the singing voice of newly hired janitor Emeric, a handsome white man too untrained to perform in the opera. Isda offers to secretly coach him so she can access his memories. She sees he had a little sister who was a powerful gravoir and was captured. Unlike gravoirs, fendoirs, also facially scarred, are tolerated because they can siphon singing people's memories. The wealthy buy the elixir of people's memories to enhance their own ability to remember the past. As Cyril uses Isda's magic to advance his career, she discovers she's more powerful than she realizes and craves the freedom she's been denied. The story's leisurely beginning ramps up to a fast-paced, action-packed ending, with some fairly intense brutality. VERDICT Readers will empathize with Isda's desire to be treated like a human being and not a monster. The bittersweet but satisfying ending remains true to the characters and their story.—Sharon Rawlins, New Jersey State Lib., Trenton


“In a world where memories hold magic, music has the power to wield it. Lush and lavish, Sing Me Forgotten hit all the right notes. Olson handled Isda's descent into darkness with a deft hand. Fans of The Phantom of the Opera will cheer!”—Erin A. Craig, New York Times bestselling author of House of Salt and Sorrows

"Enchanting, lush, and decadent, Sing Me Forgotten had me absolutely spellbound. Olson's delivered a captivating debut that's sure to please fans of magic, romance, and ambitious heroines. This book had me up well into the night, desperate to know what would happen next."—Adalyn Grace, New York Times bestselling author of All the Stars and Teeth

A lush mysterious adventure. A girl with a terrible secret. A deliciously magical feminist twist on the beloved classic The Phantom of the OperaCourt of Miracles fans will adore this!"—Kester Grant, Sunday Times bestselling author of The Court of Miracles

“Absorbing… a gender-swapped twist on The Phantom of the Opera… fast-paced, action packed.”—School Library Journal

About the Author

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. 

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