Sunday, March 28, 2021

Sing Me Forgotten by Jessica S. Olson - ADVISABLE

Sing Me Forgotten
by Jessica S. Olson
, 336 pages. Inkyard Press, 2021. $20.

Language: PG (7 swears, 0 “f”); Mature Content: PG; Violence: PG13



17yo Isda lives in the shadows because she has to, but she also thrives in the background of the opera house she calls home. If she steps into the spotlight she longs for, Isda’s magical abilities would become known and execution would soon follow. However, her music and the only father she has ever known is too small of a world for Isda once she hears Emeric sing. Expanding her world to include this stranger is a risk, but Isda is willing to take it.

As is common in books, readers drop into the story moments before a catalyst for change appears in Isda’s world and she chooses to invite that change into her life. With Isda still discovering the directions her new choices can take her, her character felt erratic. Isda was warring with herself, which made her character seem inconsistent and hard for me to connect with. Once Isda embraced her change, I had an easier time enjoying the story through to its amazing end. The way Olson chose to end the story is one of my top three favorite things about Sing Me Forgotten, with another being how the magic is tied up in music. Music is powerful and vulnerable, and I love how Olson has taken the real enchantment of music and broadened it for Isda’s story.  The violence rating is for blood, gun use, and murder.

Reviewer: Carolina Herdegen

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